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venture temperature gauge and cooling fans

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Since: May 07

Coraopolis, PA

#1 May 6, 2007
We bought a 2001 venture with 55,000 mi about a month ago and like it very much. Our van seems to operate under "normal" driving conditions at about 1/4 of the way up the scale on the temp gauge. However when left to idle for an extended period on a warm day,(70F), the gauge will creep up to about 5/8 or slightly higher, then when we start to move again, it slowly recedes to the 1/4 mark. Is this normal? When should I expect the cooling fans to come on? I'm worried about overheating while sitting in traffic as the weather gets warmer. Thanks
Joe G

Houston, TX

#2 May 6, 2007
I have the same problem. I have so far figure out that the fans are not kicking on until it is above 3/4 for a minute or so. As soon as the fans kick on the temperature will return to normal. What or where is the controller for the cooling fans? It is a 2001 Chevy Venture LT.
niecy

United States

#3 May 7, 2007
I have a 99 venture that keeps running hot. I was in the shop and the head gasket was replaced, a new radiator and a theromstat was replaced as well. The problem is, its still running hot and low coolant and service engine lights are now on. Please help. what else could be wrong.
Willie B

Coraopolis, PA

#4 May 7, 2007
Joe G wrote:
I have the same problem. I have so far figure out that the fans are not kicking on until it is above 3/4 for a minute or so. As soon as the fans kick on the temperature will return to normal. What or where is the controller for the cooling fans? It is a 2001 Chevy Venture LT.
Joe, thanks for the response. My temp gauge has yet to reach the 3/4 mark, I guess I'll have to wait until the weather warms up a little more. Do you think the gauge moving to 3/4 mark is a problem or is this expected behavior? I spoke to a dealer service center today and they said it is normal for the temp to fluctuate depending on driving driving conditions and not to worry about it if it stays out of the red. They said they cooling fans should kick on when the coolant temp is about 210F but they were unable or unwilling to tell me the corrollation to the gauge that has no numbers. I've never had a vehicle were it was normal for the needle to fluctuate over half of the dial. I know there is a coolant temperature sensor where the top radiator hose goes into the thermostat housing as well as 3 relays and 2 fuses in the panel above the passenger side wheel well.

Since: May 07

Pittsburgh

#5 May 26, 2007
I have had this same problem for 3 or 4 years. Also doesn't get hot in winter to warm car
John

Columbus, OH

#6 May 26, 2007
Jeffreyz wrote:
I have had this same problem for 3 or 4 years. Also doesn't get hot in winter to warm car
Have the intake qaskets checked, these vans are notorious for leaking (a sure sign) is if the coolant is slowly disappearing and you don't see a leak but can smell it.
Tania B

Atlanta, GA

#7 May 27, 2007
I have a 2000 Chevy Venture, I have the check engine light that just came on and there is cool air blowing out of the heater and the temperature gage is almost going to the max. I had the head gaskets replace last year, and I just replace the thermostate and it is still doing the same thing. Anybody have any ideas on what to do?
Mark

Raleigh, NC

#8 May 30, 2007
Seems to be a problem with the Venture. Mine does the same thing (1998).

The fans won't kick on until the needle gets quite high. When you're moving, it doesn't matter if they fans come on, as the air thru the radiator when moving does the cooling.

One secret is to keep the AC on. The AC causes the fans to come on which will keep the temp down while you are sitting at idle.

Mark
WillieB

Coraopolis, PA

#9 Jun 3, 2007
Thanks for the comments Mark. Mine behaves just as you described in your post. Hopefully this is normal.
WillieB
Simon

Manorville, NY

#10 Jun 10, 2007
Just bought a 2002 venture have a week and I note the temp gauge moves up as soon as I start the car and goes to half then falls back below that. I did notice that with the a/c on it stay below half.
Mindy

Rogers, AR

#11 Sep 16, 2007
Tania B wrote:
I have a 2000 Chevy Venture, I have the check engine light that just came on and there is cool air blowing out of the heater and the temperature gage is almost going to the max. I had the head gaskets replace last year, and I just replace the thermostate and it is still doing the same thing. Anybody have any ideas on what to do?
My Van is a 98 and is doing the exact same thing as yours. No one seems to be able to tell me what is wrong with it! I've changed the themometer and the sensor, my machanic says its a blown head gasket but my father seems to disagree because the oil isnt full of water... Any suggestions from anyone? I'm a single mom of 4 girls and this is my only transportation! When the van gets all the way to Hot it shuts off on me.:(
Hamps

Lafayette, IN

#12 Nov 11, 2007
'98 Venture with 130,000 mi. Always a very reliable vehicle. Just recently on a 55 degree day in 25 mi/hr stop/go traffic the temp gauge went red and there was no warm air blowing in the cabin. After tow home, I personally replaced the thermostat and had the coolant system professionally flushed. It ran well again for 1/2 day. Now while traveling in normal traffic, gauge will be normal for 3 mins with warm air in the cabin, then approach red with cold air in cabin. I can not predict if the gauge will reduce toward normal temp. There are two bleeder screws for the coolant system. I suspect air pockets in the circulation cause irratic behavior. Does anyone have bleeding instructions?
candy

Sullivan, MO

#13 Nov 16, 2007
2001 venture temp gauge doesn't work at all but heater is working fine except for high on the blower doesn't work. any suggestions
Gerald

United States

#14 Dec 12, 2007
I have a 2001 Venture that I constantly work on. I have talked to a service manager at a Chevy dealership and they said it is a common problem with the intake manifold gaskets going bad causing radiator fluid to leak out. I replaced this gasket myself which stopped it for awhile, it is leaking again. I'll have to go back in there and replace it again and not only replace it but the engine head gaskets.
The problem I seem to see with the fans not coming on has to do with the ground. The radiator fans is controlled by the computer, turning on the A/C brings on both fans. Older models have a radiator fan relay on the radiator itself.
dru

Pinckney, MI

#15 Mar 14, 2009
I have a 2004 venture the gauge goes into red only on warm days, recently the gauge started pointing directly south???? Their is no obvious signs of overheating such as louder engine sounds or smoke or steam, coolant levels are fine. Any advice???
keith

United States

#16 Jun 26, 2009
Jeffreyz wrote:
I have had this same problem for 3 or 4 years. Also doesn't get hot in winter to warm car
Jeffreyz what did you find with your problem with venture van low temp. Mine has the dose the same thing and it don't heat very well the winter. Been like that from day one.
keith

United States

#17 Jun 26, 2009
What did you find out on the temp on your venture van
Harry

Centerburg, OH

#18 Jul 17, 2009
iam having acooling fan problem the fans dont come on at all also i can not get my compressor to come on the relays are ok fuse are ok as well as switches so iam wondering about the pcm ?
dewayne

Arab, AL

#19 Aug 12, 2009
Harry wrote:
iam having acooling fan problem the fans dont come on at all also i can not get my compressor to come on the relays are ok fuse are ok as well as switches so iam wondering about the pcm ?
I have the exact symptoms on my van and was curious if you have diagnosed your problem.fans wont come on or compressor no bad fuse or relay. im lost? any sugggestions
Anissa

Arraij√°n, Panama

#20 Dec 5, 2009
Has anyone fixed the problem??

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