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1997 Chevrolet Astro Van electrical problems

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1997 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 251997

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver's side rear window will not stay open, clips that should hold it up are blocked by material, window slams shut when going over a bump. Transmission went out at 45000 miles. Oil leak, dealer ordered axle output shaft seal and crankshaft sensor. Electric fuel pump replaced due to vehicle cutting and would crank, but would not star. Oil pressure gauge erratic, dealer replaced oil pressure sender. Front brakes and pads were replaced, rotors were resurfaced. Consumer states there is play in the steering, dealer replaced both idler arms and reset toe in. Power door locks inoperable, dealer replaced power door lock switch. Power window inoperable, dealer replaced power window switch. Shifter was hard to move, dealer replaced shift cable. Gas pedal binds at times, dealer ordered throttle cable and replaced accelerator cable. Driver seta seems loose when braking, dealer ordered driver seat track assembly and replaced driver seat adjuster. PCM fuse kept blowing out, dealer removed engine cover and traced wire harness, repaired shorted harness at the rear of the transmission.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 071999

Astro Van

  • miles
Was driving and the engine started to miss, and would not pull it's self down the hwy. Then engine stalled, and would not restart. Its was towed to a local Chevy dealer, which is 350 miles from my house. Where the problem was determined. The electrical systam was contaminated with fuel. The mechanic poured raw gas from ECM. Apparently fuel is being pumped through the wires that fire the injector to the ECM. The dealer don johnson motors of rice lake ws, had never seen anything like this before. My local Chevy dealer sheppard Chevrolet of lake bluff il has had another 4.3 in a truck do the same thing. GM warrented that. But I'm over my standard warrenty and the best they say they can do is 50/50 on the cost, which I think is unfair. They should cover this, as far as im concered this is a safety issue. One spark while I was driving and it could have caught on fire. Don johnson motors had contacted GM technocial assist. When the problem was determined and asked for help. GM says they have found this problem before but wouldnt give specifics. In reviewing other complaints on the NHTSA web page, others have had injector problems with these vans, but their descriptions are incomplete.

- Mundelein, LA, USA

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