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Hard starting hello my van is hard to start for the first time but onces its warm it will start every time it blowning a little white smoke.and there is no sign of coolant on the dip stick

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White smoke often indicates a blown head gasket.... what's the level of the antifreeze... if you are checking it by removing the rad cap... make sure it's cold first

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Have very little to no heat in my 2001 venture van do you think its possible to be the head gasket or just thermostate

The thermostat is a good place to start if the only problem you are having is little heat.
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if the level is full and there is no leaks or white smoke, and the heater lines aren't very warm, then change the thermostat....but be careful when you fill the system back up with coolant. there is a bleeder valve on a black post on the water pump housing that needs to be opened to get the air out of the system. if your van has rear heat, which most do, the air will be harder to get out. a good trick that often works is to take the hose off of the bleeder tower and fill more coolant up there. also drive the van a about 5-10 miles and the check the coolant level. do this a few times until your heaters (front and rear) are throwing good heat.

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