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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
Sep 15, 2006 (7:32 am)
I just purchased a high mileage 2000 Chevy Impala LS. It has 156K but I have to tell you it runs like it is brand new. All the miles on the car are highway miles and I am so happy with the car.
I'd like to know who has the highest miles on their Impala. I read a review that said these cars are supposed to be able to last to 400,000. I highly doubt any Impala will see that, but I'm curious.
Sep 15, 2006 (12:34 pm)
We purchased our LS new and it has 27,000 original miles and still looks new. When I bring it in for inspection, they think it is alot newer. I just replaced the original air filter with a K&N, should have done that years ago. the only issue I have is the ISS needs greasing. I might take it apart myself, I have the factory repair manuals, the size of 2 large phonebooks.
#13235 of 13621 Fixed my ISS, No more noise
Sep 15, 2006 (3:31 pm)
I have been fixing cars for 25 years as a hobby and still do my own stuff when I can and for others. I decided to give this ISS issue a look over.
I pulled the boot that covers the ISS down, it is located under the dash, just above the brake pedal. It is about 4" in diameter. I noticed that it looks like a mini universal joint and it is hollow in the middle. I thought, the shaft must slide up and down in the middle and that is why it is binding.
I wasn't sure I could get grease in there so I used som PB Blaster, penetrating oil. I squirted it down the hole in the middle and guess what, no more noise.
Not sure how long it will last, even if it is months, it takes 5 minutes and pennies to fix.
The reason I chose PB blaster Penetrating Catalyst,
PB Blaster is a powerful, concentrated penetrant frees rusted or frozen parts by releasing the surface tension that causes parts to stick. Lubricates to protect against future rust and corrosion.
Only time will tell. I attached a picture, the arrow points toward the hole in the middle.
#13236 of 13621 Re: Fixed my ISS, No more noise [2k_impala_ls]
Sep 17, 2006 (7:48 pm)
I had my ISS dealt with by my dealer several years ago, and just today I thought I might have felt the problem coming back. I think the fix involved drilling a hole and installing a grease fitting, but I've often wondered where this fitting was. I'll try to remember to look under my dash when I get a chance and see if I can find the same piece you've pictured, AND see if I can indeed locate a grease fitting. If so, I'll try shooting a little grease into it myself and see if I notice any difference or not.
One question - where's the firewall in relation to this photo?
#13237 of 13621 Re: Fixed my ISS, No more noise [nosirrahg]
Sep 18, 2006 (5:43 pm)
the firewall is behind the ISS, look under the dash, you cant miss the black rubber boot, just pull it down
#13238 of 13621 Re: Fixed my ISS, No more noise [2k_impala_ls]
Sep 19, 2006 (1:36 pm)
I just craweled around and looked under mine, and unless the grease fitting is further down the shaft than I can push back the rubber boot, I can't see any evidence of a fitting added to my ISS. I did find the hole you're talking about though, and may spray a little WD-40 in there and see if that helps. I stuck my finger in a little bit, and got a little bit of yellowish grease on it, but I don't think I'm ready to just fill the thing with grease at this point.
I did find that there's a panel under the dash which just clips on at the front, and it has the under-dash light attached to it. If you remove the clips and lower the panel, you can twist out the bulb housing and use it as a flashlight to take a look in the area. I checked the shaft from the "universal joint" up to the steering wheel, and definitely found nothing there. I'll do a little digging around and if I find a grease fitting I'll let you know, but if nothing else I'll shoot a little WD-40 in and see what happens.
#13239 of 13621 Re: Fixed my ISS, No more noise [nosirrahg]
Sep 19, 2006 (4:33 pm)
I know the PB blaster works, got it at Advance Auto. I'll bet that 3 in 1 oil would do the same, basicly stops the binding. I thought I had a brake problem also but the lube solved everything, it rides as smooth as new now, no noises. Only time will tell how long it will last. I am willing to spray a little every few months if I have too.
#13240 of 13621 Re: Fixed my ISS, No more noise [2k_impala_ls]
Sep 19, 2006 (7:36 pm)
I couldn't find my WD-40; tried something else I had, but didn't have the "straw" that came with it to pinpoint where I was spraying the stuff, so can't say it did me any good. Did you basically spray your PB blaster down the hollow tube (and if so, approx. how long/much did you spray), and/or did you spray the entire UV joint assembly as well?
One difference I noticed between your photo and what I saw on mine; whereas your UV joint has these nicely machine pressed divots holding the thing together, mine had those as well as a number of irregular looking dents in it too...as if part of the "fix" to mine might have involved taking a chisel and hammering around on the UV joint in an effort to take out any slack in the piece.
#13241 of 13621 CD Ejection problem
Sep 29, 2006 (6:43 pm)
I've got a sporatic problem with my 2000 Impala radio; it's the version with the single CD player + cassette. Every now and then (especially on hot days), I'll have trouble ejecting a CD from the player. I hit the "eject" button and the CD raises up and is visible in the opening, but for whatever reason it won't project forward enough to grab and remove. Typically it will pull the CD back in and try again a couple of times, then stop (with the CD inside). The only way I've been able to get the CDs out in this case is to take something like a pocket knife and slip under the CD when it's trying to eject and try to help slide it out, but of course when I do I end up scratching my CDs.
Anyone else having this problem, and if so, any suggestions to fix it (other than dubbing my CDs to cassette!!)?
#13242 of 13621 Re: Fixed my ISS, No more noise [nosirrahg]
Sep 30, 2006 (4:48 pm)
I just sprayed for a few seconds. It actually started dripping from the botton on to the floor. Still steers like new