1999 Chevrolet Venture Temperature Gauge
Mike in Hansonville VA

Gate City, VA

#61 Feb 21, 2007
I have a 1997 Venture Van. The coolant light came on saying low coolant. I filled up and couple of days later the light came on again. There was only a small drip but drips more when warmed up. I thought the water pump was bad so I replaced it myself, a rather easy job & torgued it according to specs. Now it leaks worse than ever but not from water pump. It seems to be down on lower back or side of engine where I can't see from looking in the top. There is no water in my oil or oil in my water. Do I have a bad rusted freeze plug.(Don't know where the plugs are on the block) or something else. If anyone knows help me out. I am out in the country and hope to fix soon or is this a major problem. Thanks.
Ben

Englewood, CO

#62 Feb 22, 2007
FYI - Your radio is fine. It is called SCV (Speed Controlled Volume). On your Delco radio, the volume knob has an outer ring. This is the amount of applied SCV. Turn the ring all of the way CCW to disable this feature...
Mrs W Nutting wrote:
I have a 2000 Chevy Venture. I think it has electrical issues. When I step on the brake my radio volume lowers. When I step on the gas my radio volume increases. My headlights and interior lighting flickers quite a bit. My passenger side power window works when it feels it is appropriate. My gas gauge dances from empty to full all day. twice I have come out to my car to start it and it doesn't turn over. The first time resulted in my husband purchasing a new battery. It ran fine for a year, but now it is playing I wont start game. My Battery has been tested and is fine. My alternator is fine. I now realize that we purchased a van with a nice ride and lots of problems; however it is my mode of transportation. We haven't taken it to the dealer yet because we are afraid they will charge an arm and a leg without the problem being solved. Has anyone found a solution to the flickering lights and the van not starting? I know it an electrical problem. If someone can point me in the right right direction we might be able to solve this myself.
Deb

Monsey, NY

#63 Feb 22, 2007
I have been driving a friend's Venture on and off for a few weeks. Naturally the wipers die on my watch! Actually they only work on the fastest cycle or not at all. Then they shut off exactly where they are when I turn the control instead of returning to the "off" position. I looked for a fuse that might control the interminent and speed function and can't find one. Ideas? Thank you since I will repair this before my friend asks for the van back.
Mike in Hansonville VA

Gate City, VA

#64 Feb 23, 2007
My 1997 venture van is leaking coolant near lower belt side near back of engine. Cant see where it is leaking. I already replaced water pump but that is not the problem. Do I have a bad head gasket or is there a freeze plug on the block somewhere. Any one know where freeze plugs are. There are no leaks in radiator, thermostat or upper and lower radiator hose. There is no oil in water or water in oil in my engine. Doesn't leak till engine is on for a couple of minutes.
Diane

AOL

#65 Feb 23, 2007
Dr-Venture wrote:
I own a 1998 Venture and it too has cooling system issues. I have changed the Radiator, Water Pump and Thermostat. The van kept over heating. I also had alot of pressure. I come to the conclusion that it was the head gasket. I then realized since it takes a hour just to take the radiator cap off that to replace the gasket possile cracked head would exceed the vans value. I added 1 unit of Bars Leak aluminum Sealer (liquid) and drove it 20 minutes. Then 1 tube of alumaseal cost 6.00 the van does not over heat and runs good. I am not sure that this will last a long time but since Christmas is coming this was a cheap fix.
My husband just tried your advice, so far so good.
We just had the engine rebuilt etc. head gasket, intake, pump, everything...and then this. It still leaked.
Hopefully, Dr. Venture the patient is healed.
P.S our alumaseal was $3.49 in Bangor ME.
Gordon

Canada

#66 Mar 1, 2007
We have a 1997 chev venture van ,the heater does not blow hot air unless the motor is idled up ,have replaced thermostate and bleed system ,does anyone know what may bbe wrong
matt

United States

#67 Mar 3, 2007
Katrina wrote:
Can anyone tell me where to get a rebuilt motor for my 1998 venture van it has all the above problems. Dont have much money so any advise will help.
try car-parts.com , you can narrow the search to your area
matt

United States

#68 Mar 3, 2007
bobby wrote:
Well our 2001 Venture has just over 100,000 miles, The Coolant Temp gauge just dropped will not go up or down, So from past experiance with these problems I replaced the sensor, No change but now the service engine light is on, I got some info on checking the sensor, The old one checks out fine, Hold a lighter under the tube on the sensor and the needle on the meter will rise,, So does the new one, Still blows good heat and does not over heat engine wise, How many Temp Sensors are on this and where are they,,,,,, What a dream van YEA RIGHT!!!! NEVER AGIN WILL I BUT ONE OF THESE CREAM PUFFS, THE CREAM HAS LEAKED OUT AND THE PUFF FELL OFF :-) LOL!!!
there are two separate computers that read off the temp sensor,one is in the overhead console,if they don't coinside it throw the gauge out of wack,had this same problem,my local chev. garage reset for me.
1997 Chevy Venture

Boise, ID

#69 Mar 5, 2007
My 97' Chevy Venture is kind of "jumpy" when I push on the gas from a stop and even when I am just driving down the road or freeway. It is hard to explain what I mean but I will do the best that I can:
It feels like my tires are in a rut or slipping on ice trying to get traction. As I drive down the road, it will start to "sputter" or "jump". Almost like it wants to stop but doesn't.
The Check Engine Light does not come on and it is really sensitive. My Low Coolant light has been coming off and on but I have had it checked and there is not a leak.
Any help would be great.

Thanks,
Yvonne in Idaho
Mike

United States

#70 Mar 9, 2007
I have a 97 Venture w/ 220,000 miles. Just replaced the head gaskets myself last summer. The tempeture guage was fluxing wildly back and forth. Now with pressure testing, Machining, Cleaning, cost of GM gasket kit, new plugs,wires, reworking of valves @ machine shop, and new O2 sensors, oil, and coolant; Part's ran around $700.00. The van runs great, smooth and quiet with plenty of power. Now 8 months later I am slow leaking coolant out of the back passengers side of the engine. Don't know if I have a gasket failure, alingment problem or what but first I will try leak sealant and if that fails I will take the heads off again and see what is going on. Maybe to much torqe on the bolts to cause failure on the gasket. With all that said the mechanics at the dealership have said the venture's are prone to head gasket failure after 90,000 miles. Beyond that every mile gained is gravy but I will never own another mini van again. They are the most torturous vehicle to work on I have ever seen.
SCOTT

Owensboro, KY

#71 Mar 21, 2007
Alicia - Weymouth MA wrote:
The "service engine" light comes on after we have been on the road for 45 min. and shifts hard. We pull over for 5min and let it sit. The engine light is still on but the hard shifting has stopped for the rest of the trip.We have used a lot of Dex coolant with no apparent leaks. Now, I smell gas when I get out of the van. Fuel filter? The windshield wiper motor died last month. We replaced it with a rebuilt wiper motor that has a lifetime guarantee. Go figure?! There's condensation in the headlights, the AC works on #3-6, the thermometer located above the review mirror is about 20degrees off. The small things I can live without, but the engine problems on top of the car payments and gas prices is choking me. I read one of the postings that said law suit. Where can I add my name? There are too many of us having the same problems. Intake manifold? Head gasket?$$$=(
THE HARD SHIFTING IS A SOLENOID IN THE TRANNY. CHEAP MECHANIC FIX. THEY REPLAECED MINE, THEN LESS THAN A YEAR LATER, IT BLEW. CHUNKS OF BRASS AS BIG AS A MARBLES IN THE PAN. GOOD LUCK
1997 Chevy Venture

Boise, ID

#72 Mar 22, 2007
1997 Chevy Venture wrote:
My 97' Chevy Venture is kind of "jumpy" when I push on the gas from a stop and even when I am just driving down the road or freeway. It is hard to explain what I mean but I will do the best that I can:
It feels like my tires are in a rut or slipping on ice trying to get traction. As I drive down the road, it will start to "sputter" or "jump". Almost like it wants to stop but doesn't.
The Check Engine Light does not come on and it is really sensitive. My Low Coolant light has been coming off and on but I have had it checked and there is not a leak.
Any help would be great.
Thanks,
Yvonne in Idaho
CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP?
hastings

Bridgeville, PA

#73 Mar 24, 2007
I have a 2003 venture, this winter the temperature gauge ran normal, but now that the warmer weather is on it's way it's running at the half way mark.
I haven't opened the hood to let it idle and watch to see if the fans are kicking in and wonnder if it's my antifreeze solution, I bought the van about 4 months ago.
any ideas for me?
thanks
Mark

Sherman, TX

#74 Mar 25, 2007
On the 3.4L the intake manifold gasket fails and allowing coolant and pressure to escape causing the overheating. It can only be resolved by replacing the gasket which cost around $1500. I took mine to a local garage and had it repaired. I then contact GM Customer Service via email and they called me back. Long story short they sent me a check for $800 and told me if I had taken it to a chevy dealer they would have paid for the whole thing. Hope this helps.
Krista

Ottawa, Canada

#75 Apr 14, 2007
Bought my 1998 venture second hand less than two years ago. Thermostat started going up to the top and then dropping back down. Mechanic found anifreeze in the oil. He flushed it and did the intake manifold but it was too late the engine is gone. Where do I sign in the law suit? Wonder if I'm eligible?
good luck friends
Betty

AOL

#76 Apr 27, 2007
Daniel wrote:
I've been having a problem with my 99 venture's temp gauge. idling the car is fine but once i start driving around a bit...the gauge starts to rise pretty quickly and get close to if not all the way to the end of the gauge. i shut the car off and it begins to cool and then eventually it goes back to normal indications (cold or cool). now i've replaced the water pump in january and the problem seemed to be fixed but it has come back...i've then replaced the thermostat and the problem still persists. any suggestions or recommendations would be most appreciative..thanks.
I have recently had a similar problem to yours, low coolant light came on and smelling gas. Turns out I had to replace fuel lines from the gas tank to the engine. Replaced thermostat , my temp gauge is pegged but engine is not over heating. I have been told that the air needs to be purged out of the system. Hope this helps.
David

Sweden

#77 Apr 28, 2007
Daniel wrote:
I've been having a problem with my 99 venture's temp gauge. idling the car is fine but once i start driving around a bit...the gauge starts to rise pretty quickly and get close to if not all the way to the end of the gauge. i shut the car off and it begins to cool and then eventually it goes back to normal indications (cold or cool). now i've replaced the water pump in january and the problem seemed to be fixed but it has come back...i've then replaced the thermostat and the problem still persists. any suggestions or recommendations would be most appreciative..thanks.
OK.
1. Check the radiatorfans. The fuse and the fan-thermostat. If it works, move on.

2. Clean the system.
Take away the thermostate. Empty the entire coolingsystem and flush it with a hose. Pour in radiatorcleaner. Drive 20-30 minutes. wait until its cold. empty the system and clean it. Pour in fresh water. Chech thouroghly that the returncan-hose is clean.(Dirt can get stuck in it)

3. Check if some earlier owner (shady cardealer) used Radiator-cement to plug some leak. This is totally forbidden on Venture. This engine is very very sensitive. Replace the radiator instantly with a new one, NOT a used one.

4. Replace the 91c thermostate to a 88c. This will help the engine to a longer life (GM likes higher temperature on Venture) Since this engine is very sensitive one single time of boiling could fuck up the entire alu-engine and give you terrible costs.

when you checked these things and the problems still persists, replace the headgasket. If you replace the headgasket and dont check these things, you will be in trouble soon again.

Have fun.

Michael

Roswell, NM

#78 May 6, 2007
My venture gets a problem. when the car running a little longer (1 hour). the transmission start to jerk. and coolant temperature gauge a little higher than normal. I changed the headgasket,thermostat and new coolant. never had the same problem when engine is cold. Anyone give some help.
thanks a lot.
Michael G

Roswell, NM

#79 May 6, 2007
My venture transmission started to jerk when the engine was hot. temperture gauge show a little higher than normal. Never happen when the car is cold. Anyone can help me out. Thanks a lot
LEE

United States

#80 May 16, 2007
I HAVE A 2003 CHEVY VENTURE . I WAS WOUNDERING IF ANYONE HAS THE SAME PROBLEM AS I DO THE TEMP GAGE GOES ABOVE HALF WAY AROUND 4 LINE WHEN THE VAN IS SITTING . CAN ANY ONE GIVE ME ADVICE ?

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