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Chevrolet Astro Van Parts and Chevrolet Astro Van Accessories

Fun Facts about the Chevrolet Astro Van

  • Over its 20-year production run, the Chevrolet Astro van has been used and modified to suit a variety of needs. It's been built to serve just about every personal and commercial use that you could imagine. From taxis, customs, rolling canvases, 4x4s, low riders, and hot-rods. No wonder this minivan can be seen just about anywhere in the United States.

  • Because of the Chevrolet Astro's popularity as a conversion van, a cult following of sorts have led to a rise in "backyard" modifiers. These customized vans can be fitted with a small-block V8 engine (such as the Chevrolet 350 engine) since the original 4.3L Vortec V6 was actually based on the V8. Even the van's stock drive train components can be reused with little to no modifications required. With this nifty upgrade, the Chevrolet Astro can be turned into a formidable off-road van that's perfect for any weekend getaway.

  • Old Chevrolet Astro posters feature a whole lot of different uses for this minivan. Accompanied by slogans such as "the van that can" and "nothing works like a Chevrolet Astro", you know that this van has certainly lived up to expectations.

  • When fitted with the right components and accessories, the Astro can easily pull 5,500 lb (2,500 kg). This is due to the Astro having a truck based powertrain and an all-wheel drive. The average front-wheel drive minivan is commonly limited to a 3,500 pound towing capacity.

  • Since it uses a power train that was originally made for a truck, the Astro is perfect for camping enthusiasts. With features like all-wheel drive, a powerful drivetrain, huge space, and more, the Astro can be easily modified to become the perfect camper.

  • This tough minivan isn't only popular in North America. The Astro enjoys a huge cult following in Japan as well. Chevrolet of Japan offered a limited edition run of the final production models back in 2005 and was quickly sold out. A quick search on the net would bring up some crazy modifications from these Japanese enthusiasts. You might be surprised at what you find and may even spark an idea on how to modify your own Astro.

Chevrolet Astro Van Articles

  • Common Problems with the Chevy Astro Van

    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.

    Transmission issues

    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.

    Worn-out suspension 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.