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#13566 of 13621 Re: Cruise control [rooster9]
Mar 07, 2010 (12:28 pm)
I have a 2003 Impala and it won't hold speed going down even a mild rolling hill, but will keep the speed up...I was told they fixed that on the 2004, but drove a 2007 at Carmax today and it didn't work on a very mild hill, set at 27mph, it went quickly to 40. Damn. That's important to me - keeps tickets away. Why would Chevy have this defect when so many other cars don't?
#13567 of 13621 Gone but not forgotten
Jun 16, 2010 (6:21 pm)
Over 10 years ago I ordered a new 2000 Impala, and joined this forum to try to find out how long it would take for my car to arrive. That led to getting to know a bunch of the regulars here, and ultimately being chosen as one of several people from this group who were featured in the 2001 Impala brochure. Anyway, I drove the car until early 2008 when I bought a new vehicle and sold my Impala via craigslist. That was over two years ago, but I always wondered how the car held up after I sold it (it had 114k miles on it at the time). Well, today I was digging through my old sent emails looking for something for work, and I ran across the string of emails from when I sold the car, so I took a minute and sent the guy a note to see if he still had the car and if he'd had any problems with it. I later got the reply that about 6 months after I sold it the car was involved in an accident and totaled. Apparently the wreck wasn't that bad, but the cost of repairs were greater than the value of the car, so the insurance company totaled it.
Anyway, I suspect there might be a few old timers from the early days of this thread who still check in here from time to time, so I felt it would only be right to post a note here to let folks know. Up until today I've always looked twice at any silver Impala to see if it might be mine; it'll be sad to get out of that habit now.
#13568 of 13621 Blocked a/c condensation drain ... 2004 Impala SS ...
Jun 16, 2010 (7:33 pm)
can ayone tell me how to unclog the a/c condensation drain. where, under the car, is the drain located. any help is much apprecfiated.
#13569 of 13621 Re: Blocked a/c condensation drain ... 2004 Impala SS ... [johnalston]
Jun 18, 2010 (4:26 am)
There is no condensor drain. The AC condensor is a closed system with two refrigernant lines.
#13570 of 13621 Re: Blocked a/c condensation drain ... 2004 Impala SS ... [revjim64]
Jun 18, 2010 (5:40 am)
Thank you for your reply. I was referring to the condensation drain. This is the second time it's been plugged. I took it into a local auto chain last night (Canadian Tire) and they fixed it no cost!
The mechanic explained that the drain on the 2004 Impala was unusually small. Normally it's 3/4 or 1 inch but the Impala was 1/2 inch. My driveway is below several trees. The debris from the trees gets sucked into the air intake on the right side just under the windshield. Apparently over time this debris can accumulate in the condensation drain and result in a blockage. The water diverts to the passenger side floor wells. Unfortunately there is wiring in the area where the water accumulates that runs between teh radio and amplifier. This wiring has now shorted out and I have no sound. Now that I've fixed the root problem I'm hoping to get my radio back working.
#13571 of 13621 Re: Blocked a/c condensation drain ... 2004 Impala SS ... [johnalston]
Jun 18, 2010 (10:17 am)
Ok, sorry for the misunderstanding. I suspect you are referring to the Orifuce Tube.
The orifice tube, probably the most commonly used, can be found in most GM and Ford models. It is located in the inlet tube of the evaporator, or in the liquid line, somewhere between the outlet of the condenser and the inlet of the evaporator. This point can be found in a properly functioning system by locating the area between the outlet of the condenser and the inlet of the evaporator that suddenly makes the change from hot to cold. You should then see small dimples placed in the line that keep the orifice tube from moving. Most of the orifice tubes in use today measure approximately three inches in length and consist of a small brass tube, surrounded by plastic, and covered with a filter screen at each end. It is not uncommon for these tubes to become clogged with small debris. While inexpensive, usually between three to five dollars, the labor to replace one involves recovering the refrigerant, opening the system up, replacing the orifice tube, evacuating and then recharging. With this in mind, it might make sense to install a larger pre filter in front of the orifice tube to minimize the risk of of this problem reoccurring. Some Ford models have a permanently affixed orifice tube in the liquid line. These can be cut out and replaced with a combination filter/orifice assembly.
#13572 of 13621 Re: Blocked a/c condensation drain ... 2004 Impala SS ... [johnalston]
Jun 18, 2010 (7:15 pm)
I have a 2004 Impala, though not an ss. The condensation drain is a small rubber or plastic elbow shaped piece that is on the on the firewall. Facing the engine I think it's a little to the right of the power steering pump about a foot or more down from the cowling. It pulls off easily, just hard to see and to locate with your hand.
Mine was clogged, but that wasn't the real problem. There's a short piece of rubber under the cowling and above the cabin air filter. It's not put on with adhesive and it eventually comes off, allowing water into the blower motor which then leaks onto the floor. I didn't know that was the problem until there was enough water in the blower to hear it. I ended up replacing the blower resistor and blower motor.
To fix the rubber piece, raise the wipers, and remove the push pins and one screw in the cowling. From the front of the cowling peel the weatherstrip back halfway to the center and lift the cowling. You'll see the cabin air filter and the rubber above it which should be part-way off. Use adhesive to reattach it. You can replace the cabin air filter too. Then put the cowling back into place. That takes about 15 minutes and a few minutes more to locate the condensation drain.
Haven't had the water problem again after doing this.
#13573 of 13621 oil change intervals
Jul 14, 2010 (9:24 pm)
Heres a general question for the Impala drivers out there. I have a 2004 with the 3.4 motor. I currently run a 10K oci with Mobile 1 0w30. My question is this. I reset the oil change light a long while back and I think it has been at leat 10K since I reset it. I know the oil monitor is calibrated for standard dino oil and a 10K oil change on dino oil seems really long for, me at least. How ever, if true, I may just go back to dino oil, or extend my M1 change to 15K miles???
I'd be curious as to what other OCI of the last generation Impala owners have been running.
#13574 of 13621 oil changes at 3K
Nov 21, 2010 (12:28 pm)
I have an 02 Impala with about 110k on it. It has the 3.4 V-6 and typically I use Quakerstate 5/30 and I change the oil about every 3k miles. If I use the synthetic blends, I may go 6 or 7k between oil chnages.
I heard on my local news channel that modern blends of detergent motor oils can go up to 10-15k and still maintain their viscosity.
So, basically you may go 10-15 k between oil changes without damaging your engine. (Under normal driving conditions)
#13575 of 13621 2004 impala radio issues
Jul 07, 2011 (6:00 pm)
I have a 2004 Chevy Impala and the radio has stopped putting out sound. The radio display is still working but no sound.. I talked to my friend who is a mechanic and he said that the radio is probably going out.. Any one have any suggestions on how to check and see if its going out or if there is a simple fix. I'm really disappointed in this car as well. Not only is the radio not working but have a speedometer issues twice and the rack and pinnon is bad... Needless to say I wish I could afford to get rid of it...