Question about 1997 Chevrolet Astro

6 Answers

1997 Chevy Astro Van starting problems after rain

If it rains, my van will not start. It ususally takes three days or more to dry out or something, then it starts perfectly. Help.

Posted by on

  • 8 more comments 
  • alfonsg Oct 17, 2008

    Thank you, at least you have given me a starting place.

  • chevitz08 Oct 22, 2008

    when it rains or gets cold it wont start till i leave it sit or mess with it for awhile, then it starts perfectly.

  • mecseven Dec 23, 2008

    I have a 97 Chevy Astro Van that will not start during rain/snow/heavy fog. When I can get it started it seems like it is miss firing. This has been going on for years and gradually got to the point it will not start. I have had a recent tune-up with wires, rotor & distributor cap being replaced. What is going on?

  • dhintz_81 Dec 31, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my 2003 astro van. It has always started but after it rains it will sputter while driving. Then it would not start all together. So far the ignition module, coil, spark plugs, a sensor(not sure which one), and even gas have all been replaced.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    hi . i also have a 97' astro 2wd ....it only gave me trouble once after the cold and wet . i let it sit with the block heater plugged in...worked great....i would recommend that first ..rather than replace parts...



    mark



    vancouver island

  • AngryAstro Jan 18, 2009

    We have a 1997 Chevrolet Asto van also, base model. Since it got colder and damp in the later fall we had problems with starting it. A shop we took it told us that these vehicles are known to "to have bad distributor caps and rotors".......................so we took it in and they replaced these parts, in addition to a "winter tune up".

    We picked it up that night and the next am again we couldn't start it. Took it back to the same shop, then they replaced the ignition wires and spark plugs which we were advised were "platinum tipped" and this was the reason for what I thought was a high cost to replace spark plug wires and plugs.

    Most recently when we have very cold weather (over -30 with windchills) one day my husband took it to work and it started in the am but when he went to leave work mid afternoon it would start.

    Called this shop and we again had to have it towed to the shop who the next day when they looked at it said "They couldn't find out what was wrong..................we wasted another tow and now our CAA membership doesn't cover us fully for towes and we have to pay.........

    The next am it woudln't start parked in our garage in the am, we had it plugged into a timer, so we plugged it directly into the wall plug. My husband dropped me off somewhere I had to go but when I called him later that am I find that he is waiting on a street corner "becuase the van just died as he was driving" and he al least could coast to the side of the stree. He had to wait 3 hours in a cold vehicle (at least the weather warmed up) until CAA showed up. This time we towed it to a local car dealership, now havinng to pay towards the tow, and they won't look at it until next week and I shudder to think what they are going to find...........

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2009

    i have this exact problem. It only happens after severe rains. It just sucks waiting for whatever under the hood to dry out.

  • elyse7777 Apr 21, 2009

    I have a1995 chevy asto van, I need to find out how to remove and repace the power steering Gear Box Seals . I have the kit, but an having trouble removing the seals.. thank you

  • Anonymous May 19, 2009

    same problem for my 2002 astro van

  • randywiz
    randywiz Mar 24, 2012

    I've been pulling my hair out for 2 years now with my 97 Chevy pickup with this moisture issue. Driving or not driving, it either dies or will not start in the rain. The solution lies somewhere around or inside the distributor. If i spray distributor/cap with WD40, it will fire. My current attempt at a solution is 100% silicone on cap to dist seal and around ignition pickup opening. Supposed to rain tommorow, we'll see......

×

6 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 4 Answers

These vehicles get moisture in the distributor cap. replace those with GM ONLY parts. When you go to install the cap, put a bead of wheel bearing grease on the outside of the cap only where it seals to the distributor base. This will keep out the moisture which causes corrosion.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Sergeant:

    An expert that has over 500 points.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 172 Answers

Change your ignition coil ! Try to start your vehicle and have someone look at your coil to see if they see a spark or hear cracking from the coil, im sure theres a small crack in the casing.

Posted on Oct 24, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Master:

    An expert who has achieved Level 3.

  • Master
  • 426 Answers

Rather than replacing everything why not find the hole and stop the leak.If it runs ok when dry the obvious solution would be to fix the leak.hell of a lot cheaper than replacing stuff that still works ok.Fix the cause not the result .Replace it all and its still going to get wet so problem has not been solved

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

There is a channel where the water runs down and the water is funneled to a spot where if you park the van uphill the water will spill right on the electronic control module box and all of its connections. im pretty sure that this is the problem because i have already replaced one ecm on this van and am having the same problem again

Posted on Aug 01, 2010

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

This is a bit weird but my 1997 Astro would shut off while driving then start a few days later if I was lucky happened in all kind of weather. Some times it would start in the morning but not the afternoon. Decided to replace the fuel pump inside the gas tank and fuel filter and problem gone.
I don't know if this will work for everybody but it's worth a try worked for me. The hardest part is getting the tank down with a full tank of gas. Good Luck.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Chevrolet Master
  • 5,568 Answers

After 11 years, it may be time to replace all ignition wiring; plug & coil wires. If you have done that already or do it and it doesn't help, use a hand-held hair dryer and heat individual items under the hood one-by-one while frequently trying to start the engine. Don't forget that some items will have enough mass that it may take a few minutes to warm something enough to evaporate moisture. 
Check also if some 'service tech' has removed and not replaced splash shields under the engine compartment; sometimes manufacturers put them on for a reason and have too often seen them stay behind after 'service' because fasteners broke or were lost.  

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Will not start when its damp out. when not damp starts right away thank u mike


Astro won't start or very hard to start when damp or rain ...

www.topix.com > Chevrolet Astro
Aug 24, 2007 - Posted in the Chevrolet Astro Forum. Leave a ... 2000 astro, Hardstarting or wont start when wet, once started its fine. I replaced the cap, rotor, gas filter, next rain was hard to start but did after about 10 tries. ... I have a 2000 astrocargo van. 4.3 v6. ... look for a faulty coil. mine passed out in a rainy day.

Van won't start in wet weather - Chevrolet Forum - Chevy ...

chevroletforum.com > ... > Past Chevy Truck, SUV & Vans > Astro
Sep 22, 2007 - I have a 1999 Astro Van and nearly everytime it rains or sometimes when I wash it, it will not start. ... I really like my ASTRO for everything from carrying family, boat, trailer, etc. but if it is not resolved its going before someone gets hurt. ...When it was damp out, the coil case would become wet, and the ...

Jan 18, 2016 | 1987 Chevrolet Astro Cargo

1 Answer

Why does my ECM-I fuse keeps blowing?


Did you check the crank sensor wire, it may be hitting the hot exhaust. does the wire going to fuel pump have a problem and is shorting out. ECM 1 ..... then there are 5 components that this fuse feeds
1-crank sensor
2- all injectors
3- ECM
4- electronic ignition control module
5- ignition coil - check for a bad wire in these areas. Hope this helps.

May 21, 2014 | 1997 Chevrolet Astro

1 Answer

Overdrive light comes on and car decelerates when raining


you have a connection on the trany that is effected-is shorting out by the moisture-take it to your friendly mazda repairman and have him check it out-Denny

Nov 06, 2013 | 2001 Mazda MPV

1 Answer

Will not start after raining.Takes two to three days of no rain to start again.Then van will run again till it rains again.


you don`t say but it sounds like the moisture from the rain is sitting on the plug wires causing them to short the voltage to ground and possibly moisture in the distributor cap.how long has it been since a tune-up was done to the van.

May 09, 2011 | 1997 GMC Safari

2 Answers

1999 Chevy Astro van will not start after sitting day of rain


Have the resistance checked on your ignition wires! When it's wet, the wires break down or don't allow enough voltage to get through to the plugs. Therefore the spark is weak & the van won't start. You may have to change them. Good luck!

Mar 22, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet Astro

1 Answer

1992 Plymouth Voyager won't start after it rains


I don't know if this is the same, but I used to have a 87 Chrysler LeBaron. It ran great until you washed it or it started raining. Then it would die and it wouldn't start until 2 or 3 days later after it dried out. I took it to the shop several times, they always said it was the fuel pump. It turned out to be the wiring that runs next to the battery, had the insulation eaten away from battery acid over the years. I wrapped the wiring next to the battery in a piece of plastic and I never had another problem with it. Sounds cheesy I know, but it was ironic that several shops looked at it and couldn't figure it out. As far as white smoke that might be a differant problem.

Jun 08, 2009 | 1995 Chevrolet Blazer

1 Answer

1992 ford aerostar van wont start after it rains


I just had this exact problem. Wouldn't start or took 15 trys to start, but then ran smoothly. Sometimes a little rough starting on dry days, but pretty much hard starting after rain. I was thinking water in my tank/bad gas, but shooting some starter fluid in my intake didn't give me the initial blast at start up... that certainly indicated that it was electrical...
...but the next day the vehicle stalled in the middle lane of a three lane street, wouldn't restart. After pushing it to the curb, I got to the point where I was checking the wire from the coil to the distributor cap. Two thirds of the wire lifted right out. This wire was in 2 pieces! Amazing that it had been running at all, with this one wire burned down to a whisper, before it broke completely. There were signs of heat/elec damage to the wire also at a point an inch away on this wire.
Replacing the wires is absolutely the first thing to try. It's cheap and easy to do, and it should be done (or the wires inspected/tested) routinely anyway. The coil-to-distributor coil gets more engine heat and more use than any of the indiv spark plug wires and hence wears much faster.
I am betting this wire is much more likely your problem than a coil failure. Good Luck!

Dec 27, 2008 | 1992 Ford Aerostar Extended

1 Answer

1989 Chevy Astro Van CL will not start if it has rained hard


these vans where kind off know for haveing problems with there dist. check the dist cap for cracks, check the coil wire also. what has happened is that mosture is getting in some where and probley the cap is at fault. when s the last time the vech has had a decent tune/up cap rotor plugs wires . replace the cap and rotor and coil wire, should solve your problem . but i would recommend looking at the other tune /up parts good luck kdc744

Dec 24, 2008 | 1989 Chevrolet Astro Cargo

2 Answers

I have a 1996 Chevy astro Van I have problems starting.


im having the same problem with mine..the service engine soon light came on.. i hooked up the electronic diognostic reader (obd2) to the van and a p0108 code came up (map/baro circuit high input). i am going to take off the engine cover tomorrow inside the van behind the center console to get to the map sensor to see if it is loose and check the vaccuum lines and change the spark plugs while im back there.. from what im told.. thats how u fix that problem.. also u may need to reset the sensor electronically.. that i have no idea how to do yet but i am going to purchase the book from strauss

Nov 18, 2008 | 1996 Chevrolet Astro

Not finding what you are looking for?
1997 Chevrolet Astro Logo

2,616 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chevrolet Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

61037 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

21949 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

6812 Answers

Are you a Chevrolet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...