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#13103 of 13618 Impala front end clicking/ejs11
Oct 19, 2005 (7:56 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 13618 Re: Notice recall catalytic converter/nosirrahg [charts2]
Oct 19, 2005 (6:40 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 13618 Re: Intermediate Steering Shaft Lubing [batista]
Nov 18, 2005 (11:17 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 13618 Re: Notice from recall dept [fathertyricius]
Nov 23, 2005 (8:38 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 13618 Re: 03 Impala front end clicking noise [mst52]
Nov 25, 2005 (5:43 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 13618 Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Dec 22, 2005 (2:35 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 (3:47 pm)
There is also a kit that will allow you to grease the ISS.
A lot cheaper than replacing it.
Jan 01, 2006 (8:40 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 (4:26 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.
#13112 of 13618 Re: 03 Impala front end clicking noise [revjim64]
Jan 04, 2006 (5:34 pm)
I just went back for the clicking problem in the ISS with my 2001 Impala LS. This was the 4th time going back with it. The first 3 times they just packed it with grease. As a matter of fact the first time they greased it, it came back worse than it went in. This time we told them that the grease jobs on the shaft wasn't cutting it. They replaced the ISS with one with a different part number.