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Chevy Vans: Problems & Solutions



  • cobcob Posts: 210
    Check the adjustment on the tv cable that is attached to the throttle body. Haynes or chiltons manual will show you how to adjust. This cable tells the trans when to up or down shift depending on the position of the throttle.
  • I just purchased a '97 Astro that had a noisy fuel pump. The pump gave out a few weeks after I got it.
    We pulled the tank and replaced the pump with a new one. It worked fine and only made a little noise.
    The noise has gotten louder over the week since it's replacement. I fear that some thing is causing the pump damage and shorting it's life.
    Anybody have any advice or knolage on this?
    The noise changes pitch when I flip the heater fan switch from HI (witch doesn't work) to Med Hi (witch works half the time).
    Is it possible that a short in the electrical system could be causing problems with the pump?
  • can any one tell me were the relay is for the fuel pump on a 1993 astro van
    and if the fuel pump was bad would it crank and not turn over
  • I have a 2000 olds silhouette that is having a similar issue. When the brakes are applied during idle and in reverse, the harzard light turns on but not blinking.
    any solution in solving this problem? pls email your responds.

  • I also own one of those :lemon: Ventures. There is always something wrong. We regret buying this van. We bought the van used with 33000 miles in Jan of 2002. Problems started happening a month or two after taking it home. The problems-the 2 front wheel bearings, tie rod, rear wiper blades don't work, the front driver's side wiper arm, temperture sensor, throttle position sensor, the driver's side window acts funny, pass. side is starting to act up too, no AC, drivers side sliding door doesn't lock and creaks when you open it, pass. side power sliding door works half of the time, panels on two of the doors coming loose, pass side mirror does not stay in place when you shut the door, the drivers side seat does not recline anymore, condensation in the driver's side head lamp, etc...... The most recent...battery light came on and now the van won't start. My husband is currently in another state with it at a service center. It is the altenator for $600. The thing is, we still owe way to much to even trade or sell it. Some of the minor problems we are living with. It seems like every problem is worth $400+. We just don't have the money to fix all of the problems. We had another vehicle a Saturn that had 368000 miles on it. The only major repair was the clutch. It was a good car. What will be the next problem? I don't want to know.
  • Just had my fuel pump go out. It's going to cost me $680 to replace it and the filter. Anyone else had this go out out of the blue? :confuse:
  • johnaecjohnaec Posts: 11
    I'm in the market for a small, RWD van, and it looks like Astro/Safai is it.

    I saw one message that says get a '97 or newer - is this correct? I've also seen numerous issues owners have dealt with, but this is something I'll just have to deal with.

    Anyway, since there seems to be no alternative to the Astro/Safari, what are the things I should be looking out for? I'm in CA, so I don't need/want AWD, and rust shouldn't be a problem.

    Thanks for any insights.

  • I hope that you have solved your problem by now. If not, you have to begin by removing the carpet trim that is actually under the closed door by using an offset screwdriver... it's a lot of fun. When the trim is removed and you pull the carpeting back, you can look underneath and see the screws that hold the lower part of the panel on. After these are removed the panel should be loose enought to figure out the rest. When the panel is off, you can reach in and pop the door open. With the door open, it's a sixty second repair. The dealership actually wanted over 90 dollars for the part, but it's available on line for about 12.

    I'm on line tonight because, six months after fixing the right hand door, the left one broke and I'm looking for the place I bought the last handle.

    Good luck.

  • cobcob Posts: 210
    Watch for intake manifold leaking coolent either into the oil or puddle of red liquid under the van. Mine ran down the back of the motor and left a puddle between the motor and transmission. The transmissions 4L60E are prone to self destruct. First sign is a hard 1-2 shift, especially when cold, it is easy to tell it will jerk the van when shifting. I have not had any tire or brake problems. Have over 50,000 on the current set of brakes. Other normal GM problems like starter and alternator go out by 100,000 miles.
  • Check the AC drain tube in teh engine compartment - passenger side - You;ll need to probably get under the car to reach it, and a flashlight to see...

    I used a stiff wire to run up into the drain hose and clear it out.. It worked for a few weeks.. but it still puddles water under the drivers' side carpeting.. Makes the car stink. Our Venture has done this for 6 years... Frustrating...

    Rex S.
  • johnaecjohnaec Posts: 11
    Thanks for the info. I'm looking at a '99, and also a 2003. I notice the 2003 has 6-bolt 16 inch wheels - was this an upgrade option, (heavier duty?). Is it worth looking out for?

    Thanks - John
  • cj50cj50 Posts: 1
    My 2001 Venture experiences a slippage in warm weather when the air conditioner is on. The slippage sounds like driving over a rumble strip. The vehicle loses power momentarily. The problem is noticable at slow speeds (accelerating from a stop, in a parking lot). This problem occurred while still under warranty. The dealer did not have a solution. They told us to document when the problem occurs. Has anyone experienced a similar problem and found a correction?
  • Just wanted to let you know, you are not alone. We had our tranny replaced on extended warranty. Now, 30,000 miles later the second tranny is cooked on our 97 Venture. Yeesh. What gives? We also know 2 other people in our little corner of the world with the same problems. GM is aware of the transmission problem - they have to be, judging by the number of complaints on this website.

    In addition to the tranny, the van overheats AND my drivers side window has problems going down. Looking over this website, there are other owners experiencing these problems as well.

    We have contacted the dealer where we purchased the van and are giving them the opportunity to make things right. We shall see what happens. You mention a lawyer helping you out, ask him about the possibility of Class Action.

    Automakers make me ill. They are making money, at least enough to pay their execs big figure incomes. If they really care, they should make things right and do a recall. If they don't, then it's time for a lawsuit. I will keep you updated on my plight. Good luck with yours!
  • cobcob Posts: 210
    16 inch wheels became standard in 2003 replacing the 15 inch previous standard wheel size. The increase in diameter does not make them any stronger but ususally by increasing wheel diameter the ride is better. The 2003 would be a better choice, not only for the 16 inch wheels but also the transmission's were supposed to be upgraded to fix the problems plaging the 1996-2002 4L60E models. They upgraded the failing parts.
  • rob99rob99 Posts: 1
    I had the same corrosion problem on my 01 Safari at about 50k miles (80k kilometers). Would not start when cold and wet. New cap and rotor took care of the problem in near term. Now I have to replace the cap & rotor every 13-14 months. Just replaced the cap and rotor two weeks ago due to no start and then had a no start again yesterday. Plugs are original and GM says they are good for 100K miles (160k km). I only have 60k miles (102k km) so plugs should be ok. Dealer says that there may be a short on coil wire or in the coil. Dealer suggests spraying mist of water onto coil wire and coil and checking for short. Other repair shops say that they replace many caps and rotors on Safari and Astro due to corrosion and moisture collection. I made sure the vent screens in the base of the distributor were clear to allow venting but that was not the problem. I have a theory that even though plugs are not "worn out" the larger gap causes higher voltage requiement and leads to easier shorting. This van appears to have a weak electrical design if that is the case. Any other suggestions on what to check????
  • I have a 2001 Venture with 67000 miles on it and low and behold I was informed by my dealer at the last oil change that my intake gasket is leaking. I see I am not the only one with this problem. Does anyone have any advice on how to get GM to cough up at least part of the expense to replace this? I have perfect service records...and this really frustrates me. The service manager just laughed when I asked if GM would cover any of the $800 repair bill, despite the fact that this is a well known problem. Any ideas?
  • cobcob Posts: 210
    Call the 800 number in the owners manual and talk to a GM rep about the issue and they will give you the information required to submit to get a review board to see if they will reimburse you for all of part of the expense. I did this last year on the transmission on my Astro. Even though the van is a 1997 and out of warrenty it only had 78,000 miles when the trans blew. They sent me a check for $500 based on the age of the van and the miles on it they felt only responsable for a 1/4 of the cost for a rebuild. It was better than a kick in the pants. I had to send a copy of the title, the original repair bill, the name, phoe number and address of the trans repair shop so GM could contact them, and also a short letter describing all the problems I had had with the van over the 18 months I had owned it. The process took about 3 weeks and a check arrived in the mail. Good luck, it helps if you had other major problems with you van and as always put a word in your letter about how you would hate to have to buy another manufacturers vehicle the next time you are shopping for a new car.

    P.S. I also had to replace the leaking intake gaskets which I did myself and I had also replaced the starter and the alternator. This all happened before 80,000 miles.
  • My power locks stopped working and the cause was that one of the wires in that enormous cluster that goes into your door, was broken. All that opening and closing of the door pinched and fatigued a wire. Could this be a possibility for you?
  • Do you that there was recall on chevy venture sliding doors? Yes, all dealers are aware of it and they will fix them with no charge to you. Call any chevy dealer today and tell them about it
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    yep, happened at about 70K. fortunately I had an extended warranty.
  • ruddrudd Posts: 1
    I have a 98 Astro van that is very tempremental. If it rains it will just turn over and not start, but if I plug the block heater in for an hour it starts fine. It also sometimes just starts and stalls right away. I have replaced the cap and rotor and there is no sign of moisture getting into the distributor cap. This is driving me nuts does anyone have any ideas?
  • I have a 98 Astro Van, suddenly a few months back the entire dasboard(all guages, speedo, and turn signals) would intermittently quit working, and then come back on when they felt like it. I checked and wiggled wires and connectors under the hood as well as under the dash area, and all of a sudden the problem was gone. Well know its back, and the dashboard has been out to lunch for a few days. I believe it is a ground problem. Now does anyone out there know, what or where the ground wire is located for the instrument cluster, or dashboard on thei van??? Other than this it has been a great vehicle. Any electrical wizards out there, familiar with this van problem, or can tell me where I can figure out the ground side of the dash.
  • I have a 1995 Chevy Astro with a 4.3l multiport. I am burning an excessive amount of fuel and there is a strong smell of fuel in the engine compartment, the cab and out the exhaust. My suspicion is that the injector O-rings are leaking which requires the replacement of the entire system. Anyone have any other ideas where I might diagnose before I go through the trouble and expense of replacing this part. The part is about $400 and i don't want to waste time and money if there is a simpler solution,
  • HELP.
    I am having electrical problems with my '99 venture.
    Sometimes it won't start. Also, the fan/blower works
    on levels 3,4 and 5, but won't run at all on speeeds 1, and 2. I checked and there is a separte fuse for low fan speeds, but the fuse is fine. I also replaced the switch itself, a $25.00 part, but that didn't change anything either.
    I am looking for help on either condition???
  • When the sensor on the dash senses that it is getting dark out it puts on the exterior lights and the interior dash lights on. The dash lights, radio lights and the heater control lights go out. It is intermittant and annoying. The dash lights will not come back on until the vehicle is stopped and the ignition turned off and restarted. Have had the headlight dimmer switch replaced twice and have had it in the dealership to be checked, and surprise . . . . they have no idea what is causing the problem. Any suggestion . . . other than trading it in?
  • I have a 95 Astro which I just recently had in the shop for a transmission rebuild. Now I'm fighting what appears to be an intake manifold gasket leak. I'm rough shifting in 1-2, losing coolant with no puddle and having a strong coolant smell. What number do you call at GM and how do you approach the problem to get them to defray the repair costs? My van is reasonably low mileage (under 90,000).
  • cobcob Posts: 210
    There is an 800 number for customer service in the back of the owners manual.
  • Hello,

    I have a 2002 Chevy Venture and the rear brakes have been creaking when the van comes to a complete stop. This happens at stop lights, when we park etc. It sounds like they are dry or something. I have taken off the drums and everything seems fine. The vehicle stops well but I am certatin this should not be happening. It is definitely the brakes and not rear shocks or any other component. Any suggestions or solutions is very much appreciated.
  • As for the fan. You need to first check the wire to see if it is getting anything on speed 1 and 2. Might be that the fan motor is just tired and needs the extra juice it gets on speed 3 and higher to run now.

    Look for my post on fuel pump. I just replaced mine and now the starting problem is gone on mine.
  • :sick: I am disgusted with being conned into purchasing this vehicle brand new. 1 year after the AC no longer works, which we barely used. There is a crack (forgot name of where this crack is) where the freon goes or passes through. This problem diagnosed by a trusted mechanic, my brother in law who one of the good guys at firestone. Now the passenger side window will not come back up. Also, received recall notice in mail for air bags or something. It should only take 15 minutes to repair, as long as you make an appointment. The only thing is that I have to travel 2 hours to get to repair shop. I live in San Diego, CA, which is major city that should be able to accommodate the recall repair. Go figure! I wish that something could be done legally, like after so many confirmed complaints that it is mandatory for manufacturer to replace /trade in vehicle at no loss to buyer. I still owe so much and the first few years I added tons of miles so depreciated so much that I owe more than its worth! :( :cry:
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