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#13554 of 13621 Re: faulty lights [scooter69]
Jan 22, 2010 (12:52 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2002 Impala.
I hit the high beam switch and my lights went out. Chevy should recall these combination switches!
I purchased an aftermarket combination switch for about $150. and installed it myself. You will need to remove the fuse for the air bag system and you will need to get a steering wheel puller if you are doing it yourself.
If you go to the Dealer it is probably going to run between $400-500 dollars to have it replaced.
#13555 of 13621 Re: Needs new front hubs? [waathaq]
Jan 22, 2010 (1:01 pm)
If you hear a whining sound or if it sounds like a helicopter taking off, you could need new hub/bearings.
For an 2004 Impala you should be able to find a shop in the Warminster area that will replace them for about $375 each side.
If it is not making any noises and your front tires aren't getting chewed up, I would let it go. When you take it in for your Pa State Inspection, the mechanic will tell you if you need them!
#13556 of 13621 Re: 2004 impala speedometer [the_big_al]
Jan 22, 2010 (4:02 pm)
Update on my fuel gauge and speedo issue. It to be in the cluster itself. The sending units for the speedo and fuel gauge seem to work fine. The odometer/trip meter work fine as well as the low fuel light. It will also maintain cruise control. I tested all this using a GPS unit and setting the cruise control and then decided to test the fuel limits to see if my low fuel light would come on when it usually does.
The cruise control will maintain the speed set, even if the speedometer is reading wonky. If the speedo gets stuck at say 50 MPH I can still set it the cruise to what ever I want and then change it and the car will maintain that set speed. That tells me that the sending unit itself is working. The low fuel light also comes on when it normally does as I always reset the trip meter when fueling and so I know how far I have gone on each gas tank. The last two or three times I tested it, the low fuel light came on with 14 gallons used. So while the gauge itself is wonky, the low fuel light is not. And while the speedometer is wonky, the cruise control and odometer are not.
That tells me it is a gauge cluster? I just don't know or want to think about replacement costs and may not even worry about it, but it is a bit of a driveability issue and plus, I don't like things like this that don't work. It's like a check engine light or brake light on the dash. I don't like that there is something wrong...
#13557 of 13621 Re: 2004 impala speedometer [the_big_al]
Jan 23, 2010 (6:55 am)
You should try e-bay!
You can probably find a good deal on an instrument cluster and a find shop manual that tells you how to install it!!
Jan 23, 2010 (8:05 am)
2004 impala3.4, after driving about 30 miles speedo goes to 0 and stays there until i shut tghe engine off, then it works fine after , until the engne cools off then works fine for another 30 miles,then to 0 again any help please. i do not get a check engine light or any warnings
#13559 of 13621 Re: speedometer [jerrcrib]
Jan 23, 2010 (11:19 pm)
see some of my posts... dealing with the same thing only it gets stuck at a speed or doesn't work... but neither does my fuel gauge either. (Does the odometer work?? And the cruise??)
Jan 23, 2010 (11:21 pm)
So I am mulling replacing the gauge cluster in my car. I am pretty sure that is where my problem with my speedo and gas gauge are at.
So my question is, when I do replace it, if I go to the junk yard and pull one from there (assuming the yards around here even have an Impala there, will I be stuck with whatever mileage is showing on the "new" cluster? Also would I be able to pull a cluster from different model years and or so a different model? Like let's say I found a cluster that has all the gauges - volt meter and oil pressure in addition to fuel and temp as well as a tach. Will it plug and play into what I have? I am assuming I have all the proper sensors as they are still sending info to the onboard computer so it can warn to impending problems like low oil pressure and that the gauges are not actual gauges in the sense that they receive a mechanical signal. Instead they receive an electrical signal from the various sensors and then either sends it to the computer where it is not seen unless a problem (like low oil pressure is senses) or if there is a gauge for that particular function it gets sent there as well. Right?????
So I am assuming I am receiving all the needed info, I just don't have a gauge to display it. So if I plug in a cluster that has those gauges, then theoretically I should be able to have that info???
Just throwing questions out there. If I have to replace the cluster and I can get a cluster that has that info like tach (especially the tach) and the oil and voltage, I would like that. If not, I have never had that in this car so it's not a big deal. But just thought I would ask. And the mileage reading also concerns me. I only have 50K miles and I don't want to get a gauge cluster that reads 110,000 miles and have my car reading 110,000 miles. That could screw up a whole bunch of paperwork and wreak havoc at the DMV. I would fear them rendering me a salvage title or an asterisk next to the mileage stating true mileage unknown....
Not that I am going to go to the "junkyard" per se, but that is where I am headed. E-bay is also my option, but those usually come from a salvage yard too. I am not worried about that as long as my "true" mileage isn't affected. I could go new, but I think that cost would be pretty high - much higher than I really want to pay.
#13561 of 13621 Re: 2004 impala speedometer [jerrcrib]
Jan 24, 2010 (10:44 pm)
Okay - I have done some research on the non-working or wonky working gauges on these cars.
Apparently this is not an uncommon problem. These gauge cluster's are prone to failure. So I did research and there are several options that I have found. One is to just live with it and use your trip meter to measure your fuel and get a GPS to measure your speed.
The other is to fix it. But you would have to take it to a dealer which is probably an astronomical cost. But there are repair facilities that will do it for you, but you have to ship the gauge cluster to them.
I did find a site though that will do that and offers "new" clusters as a replacement. He offers several different services. These cluster's are "plug-n-play". Meaning you can take one from any model year (2000-2005) and it will plug right in and work. You can also use any type of cluster, from the base model 3 gauge to the SS gauge cluster that has oil pressure, voltmeter, tach, water temp, and fuel....
He can also "update" the mileage on the "new" cluster to reflect the actual miles that you have on your car. You have to sign a waiver stating you are giving him the true mileage on your car but he can and will when he sends you a new cluster make sure that you get the correct mileage. This is important I think because the problem with going to the junk yard or trying ebay is that when you do find a cluster, you are stuck with whatever mileage was on the car is came from. So being able to update the mileage on a "new" cluster for me is a BIG plus and almost worth the cost alone, which in my opinion is fairly reasonable for what he is charging.
Here is the site:
I won't attest to his "quality" as I haven't bought from him yet (I just found it yesterday and funds are limiting my purchase right now) and you must be able to remove your old cluster and be able to install the "new" one. Being mechanically inclined is definitely required, but if that is you then this could be a real money saver..
#13562 of 13621 Re: 2004 impala speedometer [the_big_al]
Jan 25, 2010 (9:10 am)
Hi, owner of a 2004 Impala here. The issue with the speedo/gas/tach/etc is not the cluster per say, but the motors that drive the needles. They are called "stepper motors" A quick search will uncover lots of info on them. I have replaced my tach motor a year or so ago and no problems. The fuel/temp gauges are now wacky, that is on the to-do. I purchased the new motors from ebay $6.50 each or sets for $25-50 (get the best price) and installed them myself. You need to buy a motor for each needle. I bought 4 motors, but only installed one to be sure. Now I will install the other 3. You need mech and soldering skills to do this. You have to remove the dash fascia (the panel with the vents), which is one piece side to side. Then unplug and unfasten the cluster. Instructions are in the tech section of North American Impala Owners: http://www.naioa.com. This is great site for Impala owners. Once you have the cluster out, the stepper motors are soldered onto the board. Take the clear plastic lens off and then you need to find and mark where the needle stops on the cluster. The needle gets pulled off, you un-solder and re-solder the motor. Once all the motors are replaced, plug in cluster and test. you may need to adjust the needles for accuracy.
If you feel that you are not able to do this, then send in your cluster. this procedure is what the cluster rebuilders are doing.
#13563 of 13621 2005 Impala LS heater will not heat
Feb 02, 2010 (1:10 pm)
I have a 2005 Impala LS that has about 110,000 miles on it, and have recently been having a problem with the heater not getting hot, even though the temperature gauge indicates that it is hot enough.. As long as it's sitting still it will not get hot. When you start moving, it starts to heat up. Slow down, and the heater gets cooler.