I have tried everything everyone else has to no avail - 6th cap (many have been AC Delco as this was recommended a ways back) and still have issues.
I had all but givin up and was in the process of selling the van (97 Astro) for $700 bucks (well below KBB) as it is clean, everything else works (except the rear door latch) and I gave up on it (and everybody had an opinion like: "fuel pump" which I'm on my 3rd probably for no good reason) - when I came across this thread on a related Google search!
I had researched this heavily and found no similar threads or explanation for the problem. So about 5 mos ago, the day after my daughter bought her first new (junker) car - I, as the "bad Dad", commandeered it, and have drivin it since (don't worry I still take her everywhere she has to go!). She's told me to vacate it as she's turnin 18 and I'm looking for something for me to drive.
SO sell the Astro add 1k and go by me a junker - right?
Nope, I found you good folks chattin about "my issues" and it looks like I better revisit the old Astro before some "wiz kid" straight out of mechanics class buys my van, throws a new distributor/cap/rotor in it and squeezes the last 20,000 miles out of it!
I called the local dealer service dept this morning and spoke with "Darrell" and you wouldn't believe it but he said he knows about this issue. He has "fixed a bunch of them" and it's easy.
Replace the distributor, bottom line!
He said the "vent issue" is prominent (I explained I didn't think that was MY issue - but I dunno) and he also said there was mechanical issues with the "old style" yet he wasn't clear exactly what physically is different. He's just been replacing them and all is well.
One other note, the last time it "pooped out" it also backfired when I was trying to start it and when we tried the old cap replacement, and could never get it to go again (I could get it to idle, but just touch the pedal and it died). Hopefully the timing chain didn't go (anyone with an astro knows that is a "more major" job than on most vehicle's) cause I'll just sell it as a "no start" before I put that kinda effort back into it!
Anybody got a cheeeep Kia?
Thursday, June 19th, 2008 AT 5:26 PM