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Chevrolet Astro Recalls

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Recall Date Problem Area Recall Text
04/08/04 Certain minivans have an interference condition between the lower ball joint rubber boot and the steering knuckle (both left/right sides), which could result in cutting of the boot that is intended to seal the ball joint. if the lower ball joint boot were cut, contamination from the road (salt, dirt, water, etc.) could enter the ball socket area of the ball joint causing the joint to wear out too quickly.

The steering knuckle could separate from the lower control arm, dropping down the affected corner of the vehicle. the coil spring would push the control arm down into contact with the ground, creating a drag that would slow the vehicle. the driver could have difficulty in maintaining the directional control of the vehicle. in addition, the affected wheel assembly could separate from the vehicle if forces resulting from the wheel's dragging action were sufficient to fracture the tie rod end and upper ball joint connections. separation of the wheel assembly would also sever that wheel's hydraulic brake hose, resulting in lost braking performance from the front brake system. vehicle stopping distance would increase, which could result in a crash.

Dealers will replace the steering knuckles. owner notification is expected to begin on april 8, 2004. owners should contact chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or gmc at 1-866-996-9463.

Gm recall no. 03044.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
04/13/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning On certain minivans, the multifunction switch may develop an open circuit condition in the stop lamp or hazard lamp circuit that results in the stop lamps and hazard lamps being inoperative.

The loss of stop lamps and rear hazard lamps could fail to warn a following driver that the vehicle is braking and/or is stopped and could lead to a vehicle crash.

Dealers will replace the hazard warning flasher switch and apply special grease to the contacts at the time of installation of the module free of charge. the repair would be used in vehicles in which the hazard slider button is still movable. if a vehicle has a hazard slider button that is not movable (frozen), the entire multifunction switch will be replaced. the recall began on april 13, 2005. owners may contact chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or gmc at 1-866-996-9463.

Gm recall no. 05013.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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Chevrolet Astro Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.