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Problems with Chevy Venture Gauges



  • chaseschases Posts: 41
    if your fairly confident with tools than do it yourself and save big!!!

    the tank should be fairly empty. support the tank with blocks or jack stands. The tank is only held up with two strapes and four bolts. being plastic and fairly empty, the tank should be managable to slide out from under the van. The float/sending unit is very easy to replace from there.

    Check all of your wire connections, clean and put eletric grease on them before re-installing.
  • dsmnfdsmnf Posts: 2
    Could bad terminal connections on the harness plug also cause the fuel gauge to constantly "vibrate" then sporadically jump around everywhere? Sometimes, it even almost does a 360.

    I also have a problem with my oil pressure gauge, in that while driving, the oil pressure gauge remains around 45-55. When I begin to slow down below 30 mph, the oil pressure gauge slowly begins to drop. At idle, it drops to about 20. It immediately goes back up to 45-55 as soon as I press the accelerator.
  • please tell me what you did to sove this problem. I am having the same problem with my 2004 chevy venture. very frustrating :confuse:
  • please tell me how you fixed this problem. i am having the same issues with my 2004 Chevrolet Venture :confuse:
  • I've had my 2004 chevy venture for over a year. The speedometer was the first to start going crazy.. it would say 100 when I was only going 30mph. Then the gas guage began acting up.. saying a full tank when it was only half full. NOW the temperature guage has caused me the most trouble! over $400 in repairs. :mad: No one has a clue whats wrong with it. it says that the car is running hot when it really isn't. thermostat replaced, everything flushed< what should I do next???? please help me :confuse: :confuse: :confuse:
  • tina1017tina1017 Posts: 1
    OK, I am no expert, but I have spent several hours researching on the net and calling my two trusted mechanics. The problem is the speedometer cluster. This cluster is common to 2002-2005 Chevy Ventures and I am sure other Chevy vehicles. Google "chevy speedometer cluster problems" or "chevy speedometer cluster recall" and you will find that Chevy has issued bulletins about this problem on other Chevy models, BUT NOT the Venture. They also stopped short of issuing a recall...merely did a "special bulletin" to dealers/mechanics. The problem is faulty stepper motors on the gauges. MY problem is I dont have a solution. A used part will have the same problems as will a "new" one ordered through a dealer because Chevy has not fixed the probem. There are techs who will replace the step motors for around $170 like this one

    Good luck to all! I am sending my unit off in the next couple days. I will repost when I know if this is a valid fix.
  • hjavis72hjavis72 Posts: 1
    I have exactly the same problems except that the gas gauge is not working neither I hope somebody can help
  • sallylsallyl Posts: 2
    I have had a 2004 Venture for going on 3 years and my gauges has never worked right. I think that my van has a elctrical problem too. I have replaced brakes, struts, balljoints already 4 times. My power steering has never been right in the van I have replaced it 2 times already I don't know what's wrong with it. I have had a new headlite put in I had it done professional and after I had it put in the turn signal bulb melted in the lite. I wish that I had never purchased this vehickle I have had nohing but problems out of it since I have had it. They need to do something about this vehickle like there doing with Toyota. :mad: :lemon:
  • Tina- did you send the cluster in? Did that solve your problems?
    I have a 2004 Venture and I am contemplating sending it to Mr. Whizard in the next couple weeks. The gas & temp gauge are always off and the speedo now 'ticking' up the mph, so I think that's going next. After all the research I came to the same result as you.
    I was just looking for some feedback if Mr. Whizard's $189 fix is not worth it. Thanks!
  • deedlerdeedler Posts: 1
    OK, 2004 Venture, same temp gauge issues. Also have ABS light on occasional. Starter seemed to start going, so changed it. ABS light out immediately. 1 week and abs light comes back on. Then van won't start. Not even attempt to turn over, with boost or other attempts. Day later starts no problem and mechanic can't find an issue. 2 days later, won't start again. Lots of power, just no attempt by the starter to turn over. No noise, whir, spin or anything else. All guages seem fine, but abs light came on just before turning van off. Can't see why the two connected, but it seems to be. Any thoughts?
  • talleagletalleagle Posts: 1
    we have had our van for almost 3 years now first our temp guage went out and then the gas guage and now the speedometer doesn't work we need help anybody have any ideas on what to do please help
  • sakpudasakpuda Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem with my 2002 Venture. Took it to Chevy dealer and have all sorts of codes regarding the fuel pump. They told me there is no pressure from the fuel pump, They also said something about the harness wires. The biggest shock was the price they quoted me for replacing these parts. $1750.
  • Did you solve the problem? I'm in the middle of replacing 1998 venture cluster with a used one. Coolant gauge says the motor is hot when there is no other evidence of overheating.
  • I have an 03 venture & a year ago my fuel pump wiring harness went bad. It took a lot of research however I didn't waste $ on parts I didn't need. It's located underneath the drivers side front seat. It gets corroded & messes w/ ur gauge & can cause numerous other problems. I tried cleaning mine & it didn't work so I replaced it. I pd $70 u have to drop the tank only 2 straps & not bad w/ the right tools.
  • bwsadebwsade Posts: 1

    This has happened to pretty much all the gauges on my wife's 2004 Chevrolet Venture! I won't speak for everyone, but it sounds to me like the gauge stepper motors are shot. In the case that they are your stepper motors. You will need to have the gauge cluster rebuilt / refurbished. You can also replace the stepper motors yourself.
    To rebuild the gauge cluster yourself is really not that hard. A rebuilt or refurbished gauge cluster will cost you anywhere from $200.00 to $400.00 depending on who does it. Also you will be without your gauges for a period of time. I refurbished the gauge cluster in my wife's van and my pickup in approximately an hour and a half. The kit cost me $50.00 bucks. Now the gauges on my wife's Venture and on my Silverado are working just like new again.
    In case your thinking, I can't do that kind of repair. Keep in mind, I myself am no big shot mechanic. I have the ability to screw up anything I touch and I did this myself in my garage with a screwdriver and a kitchen fork! Some kits contain the tools needed such as a soldering iron and solder sucker.

  • jw1983jw1983 Posts: 3

    So I bought a 2000 Venture Van last Saturday. My mechanic was selling it from the previous owner who owned it since new. The owner pretty much ran the tank to empty. I was driving it to the gas station and the gauge went from empty to full. I was thinking "okay, that's odd." I went to go the gas station and filled up the tank. Started the van after filling and the gauge went to full, back to empty and then back to full. There was a near by parking lot and I waited 15 minutes sitting to make sure everything was fine. The gauge had been working normal since then. I figured it was a safety to tell the driver it's empty, even though there is a light that says 'low fuel." I phoned my mechanic to let him know and he said "to let him know if it goes to empty again where there is gas in the tank." Drove it for a few days after and never had any issues with it.

    Reading the messages from other members at least lets me know that this is a common issue. It's a common issue that can repaired easily enough. I have a Pick N' Pull not too far from my house so I can get parts for cheap since i don't want to pay for dealer prices. Plus, if I can do it myself, the better.

  • OK, I have 2004 venture van and I feel your pains, but I had none of these remedies be successful. What fixed all of my gauges was I purchased new ones and soldered them in myself. I got them on ebay - 3 of them were 6 bucks total. The gauges were all bad, but after replacing the little motors on the back, all is well. You can find the vids on youtube to guide you - that's how I figured it out.
  • jason096jason096 North CarolinaPosts: 1
    I have a 2001 chevy venture and the fuel guage reads either full or empty when ignition in on position or van is running but reads what i believe to be correct in acc position. I cant figure it out. Also the transmission will not shift into overdrive and the fluid levels are good. I know this has been touched on alot but i havent seen anything about the fuel gauge reading right in acc only not reading right at all. Any help would be appreciated.
  • I too have a 2004 Chevy Venture. Five feet from the lot I bought it from, the cruise control quit working, which is ok because I don't use cruise much anyway. Two days after that, the temperature gauge started going nuts and registering that I was overheating. I took it back to the lot and they pretended to check it for a couple of days and told me I was imagining it. It was working sporadically then. I took pictures of the gauge which was all the way past the top temperature but they basically ignored me. It has been all the way to the bottom for 4 years now. My speedometer works sporadically too. Some days it works, some days it says I am going 100, when I'm only going about 25 mph, other times it says I'm going 35 mph when I know I'm going at least 60 mph. If I catch it right away, before I accelerate, I can do the math to figure out what speed I'm actually doing but most of the time I don't notice until I'm already up to speed. The gas gauge and odometer are still working but I know it's only a matter of time. It makes every drive interesting and sharpens my math skills too!
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