The Chevy Astro Van has been the vehicle of choice for small families that need a ride that can pretty much carry everything. Whether it's for a weekend trip or daily rides to school and work, the Chevy Astro can do it all. Produced from 1985 up to 2005, this small van has enjoyed a small cult following both here and abroad because it can be easily modified to suit a variety of tasks. Unfortunately, the Chevy Astro Van comes with a couple of common problems that owners have noticed throughout the years.
A lot of different transmission problems have often affected the later models of the Chevy Astro Van. Vehicle models that came out from 1995 up to 1999 often had weak valve bodies, which are central components for the van's automatic transmission system. This can easily be spotted and repaired by checking the valve body for leaks and promptly replacing it afterward.
Other problems involving the Chevy Astro Van's transmission system are faulty transfer case shift motors, which was prevalent in the 2000 to 2003 Astro. These are expensive parts to fix and most would expect to spend more than $500 when replacing a broken valve body or a worn out transfer case shift motor. Although expensive, these parts are easy to remove and install as long as you stick to compatible Chevy Astro Van Parts.
The suspension system on older Chevy Astro Vans can become worn-out after years of use and would need to be replaced. Vibrations, excessive leaning, and pulling over to one side while braking can be traced back to a couple of worn out suspension parts. Ball joint problems are by far the most common problem affecting the Astro. Years of road dirt and moisture can easily corrode the ball joints, which will lead to eventually wear and tear. The van's CV joints can also get affected, and should be replaced every 60,000 miles. Finally, the control arm should be tightened to torque specifications so it won't come off loose or even break entirely. All of these parts can be replaced with compatible Chevy Astro Van accessories and parts.