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#1052 of 2014 leak - front floorboard - 2002 chevy impala ls
Nov 27, 2004 (7:17 pm)
Recently had small repair to front bumper, while at body shop asked them to repair front windshield chip in glass. Windshield was replaced as I later found out a month later. Since then, water collects on front right hand side floorboard. Initially glass repair said was not their fault. Body repair guy said this is a "design flaw" of chevy and as courtesy cleaned and cleared debris out of front windshield trap(collects leaves, etc. which breakdown and clogs drain). Thought everything was find - no way. Back to glass dealer - now they look at it since body shop has cleared out debris trap - again "design flaw" - said no water leak from replacement of glass - added "double sided tape which they said would cause water to run away from car not into floorboard. Thought it was fixed - it rained today - no way.....
What do I do???? I've got the feeling glass guy feels this is a "design issue" and yet I know if I now go to dealer they will say not there problem because window has been replaced. Should I try another mechanic?? Has anyone else ever had this problem?
The reason I ask this is because rear defroster was repaired several times by dealer - they said could not replace because it may cause future problems. Now unfortunately, the front glass was replaced instead of being repaired and I'm afraid I will have continual problems. Am I?
Moisture because of leak causes problems in clearing glass on sides of vehicle now as well. Should I be looking for a new vehicle because I will always have problems now???
I'ld appreciate any input, as a woman I always feel at a loss when trying to deal with any auto repair. Thanks.
#1053 of 2014 Re: inquiry #756 - Rear Defroster/Impala 2002 LS [carpaltunnel]
Nov 28, 2004 (5:02 pm)
Sorry for late reply - just came across defroster issue after I just posted another problem. Dealer repaired defroster with paint on substance. It works however the line painted does not look show room quality. Not happy with dealer to say the least.
Now I have a water leak in front floorboard. I felt was result of replacing front windshield. Body shop and glass repair shop say this is a design flaw of chevy. They've cleaned debris/line which collects leaves/debris, also added sticky tape to deflect water - no luck. I'm going to try repair shop that does my service/oil changes this week. Beginning to get disgusted with my chevy - wondering if I should be thinking of replacing.
Have you had any other issues?
#1054 of 2014 Re: 2002 chevy impala LS transmission problem? [ambro3096]
Nov 29, 2004 (5:12 am)
I have the same exact problem with mine, Taking it in this morning. Same problem.......
Not sure what to do.
#1055 of 2014 Re: leak - front floorboard - 2002 chevy impala ls [distantrunner]
Nov 29, 2004 (7:39 am)
I've been on this board off and on since early 2000, and don't recall many mentions of water collecting on the floorboard - I've seen it mentioned on some other GM boards (like the Colorado/Canyon, for instance), but I wouldn't say it was a well-known problem on the Impala by any means. Things like the intermediate steering shaft, warped brake rotors, peeling roof seam filler, etc. I would consider known problems with the Impala, but not rainwater collecting on the floor.
#1056 of 2014 2002 front end impala thumping/svoparj
Nov 30, 2004 (4:52 am)
Find another chevy dealer and get their opinion, even if it is several miles away. Don't tell them that you have already been to another dealer. Remember its a mechanic that diagnosed your car and maybe he was one that didn't finish in the top half of his class. .....indicate that you are concerned about the safety of your braking system..be persistant! Good luck
#1057 of 2014 Re: 2001 REAR WHEEL SPEED SENSOR [herrdon1]
Dec 01, 2004 (8:03 am)
Had a '96 Pontiac GP with a similar problem. The dealer changed the speed sensor 2 or 3 times, with the ABS light coming on intermittently and inexplicably. Finally they found a bare wire in the harness running along the frame to the right rear wheel. Something to check
Dec 01, 2004 (8:16 am)
Open the coolant expansion tank and take a whiff. My brand new '03 came with such an odor. Dealer found the coolant was contaminated. They flushed the system and replaced the coolant and added a deoderizer. Cured the smell.
#1059 of 2014 Re: leak - front floorboard - 2002 chevy impala ls [nosirrahg]
Dec 01, 2004 (5:07 pm)
Thanks for input. I'm headed by to shop tomorrow - they're going to have another guy look at it since the other one who's already checked it out is adamant not their fault. Next stop is dealer to look for flaw that hopefully warranty will cover. I'm heartbroken - I use to love this car.
#1060 of 2014 FLICKERING LIGHTS
Dec 05, 2004 (6:51 am)
re: TSB 01-06-03-005
The flickering light symptom is apparently a problem that has occurred on many different GM vehicles.
For those that have had the problem and applied the TSB cited above (which simply involves replacing an alternator/regulator grounding bolt- a $5.00 part)...
QUESTION 1- Have you with your IMPALA been told that the flickering lights were caused by a defective alternator that was overcharging the battery?
QUESTION 2- Does anyone know what is the maximum voltage that should be coming off the alternator to charge the battery?
QUESTION 3- Could a bad grounding bolt account for higher than normal voltages from the alternator?
#1061 of 2014 Re: Tire inflation [hknoepfle]
Dec 06, 2004 (5:00 pm)
I bought the Mich X-ones over a year ago and run them right around 33 pounds. You're going to LOVE the difference in sound, styling and handling after you wear them in a little. This is a quality tire for this car.