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#3317 of 3636 Sunvisor
Jun 11, 2008 (8:39 am)
I have an '06 Impala I purchased back in 08/07. Passenger sunvisor has "fallen". It will not stay up any more. I have bobbed my head on it a time or 2 now because it won't stay up any more. Any ideas how to possibly fix without having to purchase brand new one. I am most disappointed that this has happened and the car is only 2006. This happened in my Mazda but my Mazda was 13 yrs old!
#3318 of 3636 Re: Sunvisor [ladyz]
Jun 11, 2008 (9:41 am)
I have an '06 and my driver's side visor is loose if you push it toward the windshield instead of straight down. It will drop back down some. It does hold when pushed all the way to the ceiling out of the way. I don't see any way to tighten it, though. My rearview mirror was loose, but service tightened it the last time I was allowed to take it in.
#3319 of 3636 E85 flex fuel fix
Jul 01, 2008 (9:58 am)
Those of you who have had the flex fuel recall fix done, did you notice a drop in mpg after the fix when using gasoline and not E85? I am getting a couple miles less a gallon now and it seems to have been since the fix. I saw a couple of people on a different site say they thought it reduced their regular mph as well.
#3320 of 3636 Re: E85 flex fuel fix [wbowl99]
Jul 01, 2008 (4:24 pm)
I'm not sure...possibly it's just timing. I didn't have a fix performed but noticed recently that my mileage has dropped a little. It then occurred to me that we are probably running the summer blend of fuel that uses more ethanol...and results with lower mileage.
I drive an SS that's gas only and I'm having the same problem...so it may be the fuel.
#3321 of 3636 Re: E85 flex fuel fix [wbowl99]
Jul 01, 2008 (5:04 pm)
I took my car in for an oil change some time ago and they performed this update without asking. I was a bit frustrated, to say the least, but removing it would potentially cause problems so I left it alone. Anyway, I have not noticed any difference in gas mileage or performance. Hope all is going well with you. I have looked several times at the 50th LT Impala; it's a trim and suspension package on a 2LT. Just can't justify the trade of a car at this point. Clark
#3322 of 3636 Re: E85 flex fuel fix [cnw]
Jul 02, 2008 (9:45 am)
I'm doing well although I am a bit concerned that my tie rods may be failing. Did someone post that there was a TSB for them? Do you know if TSBs are valid AFTER the 3/36 warranty has run out? I took my car in for alignment issues and was told all was well but I definitely have something going on in the front. I still haven't managed to get it off the ground to check for myself.
Any info on a tie rod TSB would be great. Thanks all!
#3323 of 3636 Re: E85 flex fuel fix [quietpro]
Jul 02, 2008 (3:24 pm)
Ron, I don't have any personal experience with TSBs, so I can't state for certain. However, it seems to me if it is acknowledged as a problem sufficient to warrant a TSB, it would apply to all vehicles regardless of mileage or age. I can't recall anything regarding an acknowledged tie rod problem on our model years; I don't recall there being a TSB. I do recall several folks stating that they had loose handling and tire wear--both of which indicate to me that there are issues with tie rods or 'ball-joint" equivalents in the front end. McPherson struts have an equivalent rotating bearing that can wear and get sloppy. Good luck and keep us posted. Clark
Jul 03, 2008 (6:49 am)
I researched this and found the latest TSB regarding front suspension. It's TSB# 060232009 but I couldn't find the details of it. It is applicable to many GM models and may simply be a diagnostic guide to the service techs to help them determine the causes of various complaints. Since it does single out certain vehicles, it may indicate that we are prone to problems. I'll try to get some information from a dealer and report back with anything I can find out. If anyone out there has access to TSBs, please feel free to post what you can find.
Thanks again, all...
#3325 of 3636 Re: E85 flex fuel fix [cnw]
Jul 03, 2008 (8:14 am)
I still think I have something going on with the supension too, but when I had it checked they said it was fine and then refused to let me bring it back for another look. I had a rotation done last oil change and an alignment not too long before that, but my tires are showing some wear on the outside edges again. Just recently there seemed to be a little wobble when I turned sharp to the left. I had a tie rod replaced earlier in the year. I'm wondering if the other one is going bad now.
The tire wear may be due to lower air in the tires. When they checked the suspension they said the rougher ride when hitting uneven pavement and such was because there was too much air in the tire and said that I was not supposed to have over 30 lbs in the tires. They lowered my pressures to 30, but it didn't help the ride.
#3326 of 3636 Re: E85 flex fuel fix [quietpro]
Jul 04, 2008 (6:55 am)
Technical Service Bulletins are issued by manufacturers, and used by dealers, to address known issues that might arise in a particular model. TSBs also offer more detailed, or even revised, repair procedures than those in the standard repair manual. If the problem comes up while the vehicle is under warranty, it will be covered under warranty. However, just because a TSB is issued doesn't mean the problem will be fixed for free once the warranty ends.
For example, if the tie-rods go bad during the 3/36 warranty, the dealer will fix the issue using the procedure outlined in the TSB. If the tie-rods go bad after the 3/36, the dealer still uses the TSB for the proper repair procedure but it will not be covered under warranty.
Once the 3/36 expires, the only things that are typically fixed for free are official recalls for a severe mechanical or safety concern. Some manufacturers also allow warranty repairs for concerns that were documented prior to the expiration of the warranty but were not completely resolved at the time. TSB's are very different from recalls. The best way to think of TSBs are as supplements to the standard repair manual.