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#3253 of 3636 Re: 2006 Chevy Impala Steering Trouble! [endurancemom]
Feb 17, 2008 (8:59 am)
I second ryster's suggestions. Look in owner's manual to identify where the power steering pump is for replacing fluid. You can get powersteering fluid at many places. I think they even had it at Kroger's in our area.
The reason the car turns so hard is that you are turning the wheels through the mechanical linkage only without the pressure of the hydraulic fluid kicking in to help turn. This is the way cars drove before power steering was common. The gear ratio was higher so the wheels turned easier, but parking was difficult work in some car models.
Do you see any drip spots under the car?
#3254 of 3636 Re: 2006 Chevy Impala Steering Trouble! [endurancemom]
Feb 17, 2008 (1:19 pm)
I agree with the others on a probable power steering pump issue. Worst case scenario if it is not that would be the steering rack, hopefully it is not that since it is an expensive fix.
#3255 of 3636 Extended Warranties
Feb 21, 2008 (9:49 am)
Anybody have any experience with extended warranties offered by third parties? My 2006 has about 39,000 and I just got a mailing through my dealer for one.
#3256 of 3636 Re: Extended Warranties [jeberle]
Feb 21, 2008 (11:17 am)
The best advice I've collected is only buy from teh car manufacturer.
There are car dealers who sell at discounted prices. One was Black Pontiac in I believe Pennsylvania. Search on the web for GMPP that's the warranty name. Compare prices. Out-of-state doesn't charge sales tax.
I believe they email you pricing when you request it. It's an automatic reply IIRC. Check out their website--and there are others.
This is one that I had shopped for my 03, but I ended up not purchasing. The prices tend to go up and that discouraged when because I shopped just after a price increase.
Some local dealers will price match. For service it makes no difference where you purchased the warranty. It's in the computer for your car' VIN number.
#3257 of 3636 Re: Extended Warranties [jeberle]
Feb 27, 2008 (10:16 am)
With a service contract, you're basically pre-paying for repairs. Think about it. If a company can sell you a contract for, say $1500, and they need to make a profit, then the average expense to repair your car is a good bit less than $1500. Park that $1500 in your savings account instead of sending it to the third-party and you have a reserve account for surprise repairs AND you control who fixes your car, what parts they use, and where your loaner car comes from.
With a service contract, the administrator (not necessarily the same company that sold the contract to you) has the right to require used parts, they can pay only 'customary' labor charges (which means: you pay the difference), they can require you take the car to their mechanic, they can monkey around wasting time before giving authorization for repairs. They can also go out of business, leaving you with a worthless contract.
The advantage with GMPP is that GM backs the contract. They have a vested interest in keeping you happy. They also use only GM/ACDelco parts and have contracts with GM dealerships in regards to labor/time.
I still wouldn't buy a service contract, but if you must, get a GMPP.
#3258 of 3636 2006 Impala LT wont heat when using remote start
Mar 09, 2008 (7:12 pm)
I have a 2006 Impala LT, when using the remote start the car will not heat up. It has the outside temperature gauge, so it should heat but does not. Any suggestions?
#3259 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala LT wont heat when using remote start [ajt1124]
Mar 10, 2008 (5:10 am)
Whatever you left your temp control settings on determines what air (hot or cold) comes out when you remote start. In other words, when you last get out of your car, if the temp control is set to heat, when you remote start the next morning it should heat up (and vice versa).
#3260 of 3636 Re: Question for '06 or newer SS owners [jcy02ob]
Mar 10, 2008 (8:40 am)
I meant to get back to you sooner on this but I tested my car to see if I could re-create your problem. I tried to do this at several different speeds, causing the transmission to down-shift into 1st and 2nd gears (because you didn't mention exactly what speeds you were talking about). Regardless, I could not make a clunk sound or get any type of jerk that might result in one.
Let us know if you found the source of the problem but I would guess that you do have something going wrong. The motor mount or some other component (as stated above) sounds like the most likely cause. Good luck!
#3261 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala LT wont heat when using remote start [ladyz]
Mar 10, 2008 (8:44 am)
I disagree. The temperature of the ventilation during the remote start is based against outside air temperature. If it's cold outside, the system blows hot air through the defroster. If it's hot outside, the system blows AC through the vents.
My sister had a similar problem with her car and it turned out to be a bubble in the heater hose. I too have noticed my car doesn't warm up as fast as it did when new and suspect I have hte same problem. I did have low coolant when I first noticed it but have filled it up with no significant change noted.
If you're still within your warranty, have it checked. I think I even remember a TSB being mentioned for this issue.
Good luck and be sure to tell us if you get it fixed!
#3262 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala LT wont heat when using remote start [ladyz]
Mar 12, 2008 (2:41 am)
This is not true. 2006 Impala LT has outside temperature gauge, therefore when you remote start the car, it will sense what the temperature is and then adjust accordingly.