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#13102 of 13621 Re: 03 Impala front end clicking noise [mst52]
Oct 18, 2005 (4:33 pm)
I just bought a 2001 impala and it has the clicking noise when I turn the wheel. It does it when I am breaking and turning around corners, and also when stationary. No clicking while on the road at higher speeds.
I have not ever owned an impala, but test drove three other 2000 impalas when looking to purchase my car, 2 of the 3 had the noise. I assumed this was a normal thing for impalas.
At the dealership I bought mine at, the dealer told me he owned a Chevy Silverado 2002 and he had the same issues. He described it as a rattle/clicking, mine is more of a popping/clicking no rattle....so I do not know if he was experiencing the same thing?!?
Let me know if you find anything out from the service department. Its good to know this is a consistent problem with impalas. Hopefully its an easy fix. Anyone know the ballpark cost for this type of repair??
I also have the air bag light come flicker on occasionally when I drive, it just flashes on for a quick second. Is this a bad sensor or loose wiring?
#13103 of 13621 Impala front end clicking/ejs11
Oct 19, 2005 (6:56 am)
The 2000 to 2002 Impalas had two problems that created the clicking noise. One was the aluminum engine cradle that developed cracks and when turning slowly you can hear this clicking noise. Chevy installed shims that were to rectify this problem and cars built from 2002 onward had more welds on the cradle to prevent this from happening.. 2nd reason is the intermediate steering shaft that loses lubrication and after a year or two needs lubricating. It causes a clicking noise when turning slowly or going up an approach They have tried several fixes on this problem and made a new design.
If you purchased your Impala from a GM dealer (recently) you should have a 30 or 60 day warranty on this car. Same if you purchased from a reputable used car dealer.
Click into the search discussion box on this page and type in engine cradle or intermediate steering shaft and copy all the complaints from these and they might include GM repair #s. Take these copies to the dealership where you bought the car and demand that these issues be repaired. If you don't the problems will always exist and at some point you will pay!
#13104 of 13621 Re: Notice recall catalytic converter/nosirrahg [charts2]
Oct 19, 2005 (5:40 pm)
Thanks for the info; looks like the 2000 models aren't involved in the catalytic converter issue (one of the few problems the first-year models avoided!).
#13105 of 13621 Re: Intermediate Steering Shaft Lubing [batista]
Nov 18, 2005 (10:17 am)
I have a 2005 LS w/14k miles. I complained to dealer about steering. First he said somthing about lubrication then when I talked to him about picking it up he said he replaced the steering shaft free of charge w/warranty. He said it is a frequent complaint. BTW the steering is much better, very tight. I will see if they put an improved replacement part in
#13106 of 13621 Re: Notice from recall dept [fathertyricius]
Nov 23, 2005 (7:38 am)
I have 59,000 miles on my 2002 Impala with 200 hp V6. This weekend I noticed loss of power. The car would bog down so bad climbing hills on the highway I would have to pull off into the slow vehicle lanes and let everyone pass me by. The car is in the shop today - have not heard anything regarding diagnosis, buy sounds like the catalytic converter.
#13107 of 13621 Re: 03 Impala front end clicking noise [mst52]
Nov 25, 2005 (4:43 pm)
I have the same problem in my 02 Impala.
There is a factory defect in the steering shaft. Apparently the u-joint in the steering input shaft has a lot of play or defective bearings. GM is aware of it, but won't recall it! The mechanic at the dealership told me that it is not a safety issue, it is just a nuisance sound.
for 250 dollars the dealer can replace the shaft and the noise will go away. I can live with the noise for now.
#13108 of 13621 Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Dec 22, 2005 (1:35 pm)
I recently bought a 2001 Impala. The tire monitor light on the dash came on the other day because one of my tires had lost pressure. No problem, right? Well, now I can't reset it. I've tried the following: With the key in the "acc" position, hold the disp button on the radio until "settings" is displayed. Then, using the seek buttons, select tire monitor and reset it. The only problem is that Tire Mon is not one of the options in my menu. Is it possible that the dealer could have at one point disabled this with his scanner? I've also had suggeastions to try turning the headlights to parking-lights, off, parking lights, off, parking lights within 5 seconds and to simply press a reset switch in the interior fuse panel - but neither of those worked. I can't even find a switch inside my fuse panel...I assume this is because the car is equipped with the RDS. Someone please help - the light is driving me nuts!!
Dec 22, 2005 (2:47 pm)
There is also a kit that will allow you to grease the ISS.
A lot cheaper than replacing it.
Jan 01, 2006 (7:40 pm)
My 2004 Impala has only 14,000 miles on it and has been well-maintained. It started leaking oil and the dealer replaced the oil pan gasket. This did not work...so they said that the first time they used a cork gasket and now the second time they would use the GM recommended liquid/rubbery gasket. But still the oil leaks. Now on the 3rd try they say it's not the oil pan but the rear main seal needs replaced. Isn't this a major repair for a relatively new engine. Will this ever be right or is this car a lemon? I don't like the idea of having engine repairs on a car I've owned for 18 months. Is there any hope for this car?
Jan 04, 2006 (3:26 pm)
Just keep adding oil until the dealer gets it right. Sometimes they try a cheap fix before they address the real problem, apparently the main seal. Better yet try another dealer. This should not affect your engine if you keep up the oil level.