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Chevy Venture

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  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    I have a 2000 with 266k miles, and I don't drive nice. It has taken a beating, and it keeps going. I keep up on fluids and maintenance (go full synthetic) and the only problem was the trans thanks to a bad dealership repair. I got a rebuild and kept on chugging. I also got a great deal on a used motor with only 7k miles on it for $1100 and I had it swapped since it was cheaper to do that then to replace the leaky exhaust gaskets and bad engine mount. The engine otherwise ran really well despite the miles - most any engine built nowadays will go about 400,000 miles. I kept the old engine and am going to tear it apart this summer.

    Even with 4 kids my interior is like new and it is still the most comfortable car I ever owned. The only breakdown I ever had was a fuel filter that split and dumped a couple gallons down a remote stretch of I-57.

    Minivans lose value becasue they have a bad image in our incredibly shallow society. It really has nothing to do with the mechanical capability, they just don't sell off used car lots. GM and Ford are cancelling their minivan lines soon and putting their efforts into crossovers, which are just compact minivans/oversized station wagons.

    Stick with it - I know I don't want another car payment.

    Ted
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    Get a manual - I have a Haynes - it takes all of hte guesswork out of finding and troubleshooting. I replaced my stock release for the radiator and replaced it with one that I could reach under and grab and twist for about $3 at NAPA. You might have to take the original in with you to match.

    It is on the drivers side of the radiator on the bottom, but you have to turn the valve on the rear bottom over the drain hole counterclockwise while pulling out.

    Ted
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    Instead of knocking a whole line of cars, try not to buy the first year or two of a new model - especially used! I thought everyone knew that. I love my van, and am the envy of my sisters who have an Odyssey and a Sienna. Talk about junk - plus they paid about double.

    Tough luck, I am sorry to hear you had to learn that one the hard way.
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    Get a K&N or other washable air filter - you won't have to mess with the air filter as often and can increase your gas milage. I actually drilled holes in the front of the cold air box and got rid of the baffles inside. I also happened to put a larger throttle body on (among other things).

    The kids get a kick out of the way it growls when I punch it!

    Ted
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I read where GM is recommending not to use washable/oiled air filters in some of their cars because the oil from the filters was fouling the MAF sensors...have you seen any issues on yours with the K&N...I'm assuming not as you're recommending it...

    I like our Venture too (2000)...we didn't pay a lot for it and its held up pretty well...
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    I have a better idea - get your kids some book to read. Its much, much cheaper - especially in the long run.

    I'm really not trying to be a smartass, I really mean it (I'm a middle school teacher).

    If you still want to fix it, I would pull it and trace it all to its sources. It is possible to get moisture between the roof liner and the roof. It could also be as simple as a blown fuse or an overheated connection someplace. My stereo always runs hot by design, but it has never failed (the buttons are worn down to the white).It isn't hard to pull the stereo either, but make sure you disable the anti-theft first. A Haynes or Chilton's repair manual would probably be $12 well spent.

    Ted
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    I actually pestered K&N until they made one for the vehicle. It has gotten the MAF dirty but never to failure. When I give it its annual cleaning, I also clean the platinum MAF wires. When the filter is oiled, only spay the oil on the outer side of the filter, that way any excess oil won't get globbed onto the MAF. A little won't hurt, since the MAF leads actually heat up and are designed to burn off dirt from the leads. My problems for a while was with the throttle body getting gunked up and sticking. It was resolved after putting in the K&N - go figure.

    If I buy a new one, it will probably be one of the newer washable types without the oil.
  • kevin67kevin67 Posts: 5
    Did the mobile DVD player take the place of the VCP (Video Cassette Player) and also use the overhead monitor or does it just plug in to the RCA Jacks? Also, can you tell me the make and model of the DVD player. Any help is truly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Kevin
  • CONDENSERS ARE A BIG PROBLEM WITH THE VENTURE,TRANSPORT,MONTANA,SHILOHETTE,RENDEZVOUS.THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME INTERCHANGABLE PART FOR THE CONDENSOR. I RUN A SALVAGE YARD AND CAN TESTIFY TO IT.I OWN ONE ALSO.BUT A VERY NICE VAN .ALSO 1995 & up to 2003.5 YEAR VEHICLES FOR GM HAD BAD INTAKE GASKETS. 3.1L ENGINE,3.4L ENGINE,3.8L ENGINES ETC... THEY NOW HAVE A RECALL JUST POSTED ABOUT 2 WKS AGO. DO SOME RESEARCH.
  • THEY ARE NOT FACTORY PER SAY.YOU BUY THE VEHICLE AT THE DEALERSHIP,BUT THEY OUTSOURCE THE ACCESSORIES LIKE THE DVD PLAYERS. COULD BE PANOSONIC,SONY,OR AFTERMARKET. THEY ALL USE DIFFERENT BRANDS.
  • 3400 ENGINES HAVE INTAKE GASKET PROBLEMS. I RUN A SALVAGE YARD IN MICHIGAN AND THERE IS A RECALL.IF YOU ARE REPLACING ANTIFREEZE,THEN IT IS GOING SOMEWHERE IT SHOULD NOT BE GOING.IF NO VISABLE LEAKS CHECK INTAKE 1ST THEN HEAD GASKETS
  • snowman89snowman89 Posts: 36
    Can you please post specific info about the recall..is it for the intake gaskets and what does it cover? I had to replace my a/c condensor last year to the tune of about $430. I have an 01 venture lt and it's not aging well. Last week I had to have the pressure control sensor replaced in my transmission. I don't drive it hard, and at 92000 miles it's not holding up well and doesn't make me feel good about GM no matter what some experts say is good today, burn me once and I'll go elsewhere.
  • NO YOU CAN NOT WELD IT. IT IS SEAMED TOGETHER ON THE ENDS AND ALSO HOLLOW
  • 25 US GAL I THINK.DEPENDING IF YOU HAVE AN EXT WHEELBASE VAN
  • REPLACE THE CATALYTIC CONVERTOR
  • I WILL GET A COPY OF THE RECALL AND POST IT
  • snowman89snowman89 Posts: 36
    Thanks, junkyarddawggd...I'll watch for it.
  • jeddryjeddry Posts: 33
    Fellas,
    I have a 2001 Venture that I am having brake light issues with. I have checked all the fuses and bulbs however the brake lights are not working. The slim light on the back door works fine however the rest won't. ANY SUGGESTIONS??
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Fuses good says - no shorts...

    make sure sockets are in good shape and bulbs are inserted correctly (sounds stupid but you can put them in wrong very easily - flip them and reinsert, see if it cures the issue...

    Broken wire somewhere is next guess I think 1 broken wire can kill both bulbs on the Venture...
  • jeddryjeddry Posts: 33
    442dude,

    Man thanks alot for the information. I checked that bulbs in the reverse light position and they worked fine and they were install the same way I took them out. You stated maybe an broken wire, what is involved in fixing that and where should I start or should I have a technician do this?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Hello,

    To fix a broken wire: splice & tape is minimal repair, you could also solder or use crimp style connectors.

    If your high mounted LED light works, it means that the brake switch and the wire all the way from the front to the back are good. This is good...

    According to the wiring diagram there is a white wire that feeds all 3 - you need to find where the white wire that feeds the top LED connects to the other 2 white wires that go to the lower stop lamps. It may take a little detective work but I think you;ll find your problem there...the spot is very likely up high where the LED is...take the LED off and look behind it, it might be right there...Once you find it, repair it and you should be good to go...good luck, post back, I'll keep an eye out...

    John :)
  • jeddryjeddry Posts: 33
    Thanks dude,

    I will research this tomorrow morning, This was my last effort before taking it in. I enjoy doing things myself until they reach the point that I don't know enough. It really sounds like you know you stuff inside and out, thanks again! I will let you know how things go.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    If you like working on the Venture then the Haynes book for it is a must...check it out...was the best 20 bucks I ever spent...some things on the Venture are a little quirky and different than what you're used to, helps to have a reference book.

    Let me know how you do.... ;)
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Did a little extra research and found a TSB for the problem youre having - apparently there's also an issue with the connectors for each of the brake lights. Here's the TSB:

    TSB #03-08-42-007A - (Jan 9, 2004)
    Tail Lamp/Brake Lamp Bulb Inoperative (Replace Bulb and/or Circuit Board)
    2000-2004 Chevrolet Venture
    2000-2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette
    2000-2004 Pontiac Montana
    Revised to add model years (from 03-08-42-007).

    Condition
    Some customers may comment that the upper left hand or right hand tail lamp/brake lamp bulb is inoperative.

    Cause
    This condition may be the result of moisture entering the lamp housing and changing the bulbs resistance, causing the bulb to burn out and or melting the circuit board.

    Correction
    Replace the burned out bulb and the circuit board if needed. Apply dielectric lubricant or dielectric grease to the left hand and right hand tail lamp bulb terminals.

    Parts Info
    Part # Description
    12377900 (10953529 in Canada) Dielectric Lubricant
    12345579 Dielectric Silicone Grease
    12533713 Circuit Board-Left
    12533714 Circuit Board-Right
    9441839 Bulb
  • jeddryjeddry Posts: 33
    Didn't have much luck this morning, decided to take it into the shop. I don't have alot of the tools required to work on electronics so I figured I bring it in and see what they could find.
    Thanks again for all you info, I will let you know what the verdict is.
  • jeddryjeddry Posts: 33
    The culprit was the bulbs, I guess when I investigated it I didn't do a good enough job. Oh well $40 bucks later the problem is fixed. Thanks again and if I have any questions I will be sure to give you a ring!
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I'm glad it was something fairly painless... :)

    John
  • viscernviscern Posts: 5
    I have a 98 venture that I cannot read the ECU codes. I have taken the van to 4 different autoparts stores and each handheld machine will not recognize a connection to the ECU plug.

    I checked fuses. Any ideas? Am I missing something?
  • chaseschases Posts: 41
    I know you said that you checked the fuses but...

    Mine did this too. Check the aux power fuse and the cig lighter fuse. The computer portion of the ECU is powered through one of these. I found part of a staple in mine that was blowing the fuse.
  • I see many posts on this topic and many guesses. Does anyone know exactly what the problem is that creates this whistling noise and exactly what the solution is. Cross wind is an issue.

    thanks!
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