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#1199 of 2014 Low profile 04 Impala
Apr 11, 2005 (7:40 am)
Just confirming post #1135, the air deflector like on most cars catches air and directs it to the bottom of the radiator for cooling.......the 2000 - 2004 Impala's is a bit low and it is not a concern, just an annoyance.......Chevy changed the design on the 2005 Impala deflector, it is a couple inches shorter and on more of an angle, less likely to scrape going in and out of driveways......in winter driving when there is more then 4" on snow on the road it acts like a snow plow which really becomes annoying...
#1200 of 2014 Re: No Power Steering at Low Speed [gchecksfield]
Apr 11, 2005 (7:16 pm)
You're the only person on the internet who has even suggested a knowledge of how to top off the power steering fluid. I have been a "shade tree" mechanic for 30+ years and I CAN'T FIND THE RESERVOIR FOR POWER STEERING FLUID ON MY 2000 LS -- Boy does that make me feel stupid!! I have looked in every nook and cranny of the engine compartment and still can't find where to add PS fluid. CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY CLUES?? I have the original owner's manual and it says "passenger side near the rear of the engine compartment". If that's a clue, it's a lousy one. HELP!!
#1201 of 2014 traction control system
Apr 12, 2005 (6:27 pm)
i am new to this, but, here goes. my 2001 impala ls has a problem no one can figure out. the "traction active" light comes on and i feel a "pressure" against my brake pedal. it happens when i am stopping from a slow speed or am taking off at a slow speed. the traction control and abs lights intermittently come on, and i am sure that i don't have tire slippage. there is also a sound that goes with it. it sounds like a motor running or a pump running. i hear this sound when i feel the pressure in my brake pedal. took to the dealer and they said i needed a speed sensor. replaced that one as well as the other side. still have the problem and it seems to be getting worse.
#1202 of 2014 Re: leak - front floorboard - 2002 chevy impala ls [distantrunner]
Apr 13, 2005 (1:50 pm)
Hi, I have a 2000 Chevy Impala, and have the exact same problem with water on the right floor when it rains. I went through the same procedure as you also. I had a windshield replaced by a glass dealer, and at some point after that, the leaks started. I took the car back to the glass dealer and he told me it was common for leaves and debris to plug up the water drains. He took off the fender well and the plastic cowl assembly that is between the hood and windshield. He assured me that it was now fixed. I took the car home and ran the garden hose on the roof and let the water flow down the windshield. Within a few seconds, water was running out onto the floor inside the car. I immediately called the glass guy and he told me he did everything he knew to do, and he would refund my money for the work he did. My question to you is, did you ever get anyone to figure out why the water was leaking into your car? Thanks
#1203 of 2014 Re: Low profile 04 Impala [charts2]
Apr 13, 2005 (5:47 pm)
The air deflector does not direct air to cool the bottom of the radiator, but rather it forms an area of lower air pressure behind it which is filled by air flowing through the radiator above, thus causing a higher volume of air to flow through the radiator resulting in more efficient cooling. This counteracts the area of higher air pressure which forms under the front bumper area which partially passes through the front wheels. Notice how the front wheels are dirty with brake dust from the air flow going from inside the wheel to the outside, while the back wheels are always cleaner because the air flow through them is from the outside of the wheel to the inside.
#1204 of 2014 air deflector Impala
Apr 14, 2005 (3:39 am)
That makes sense.....the 2005 Impala deflector is much shorter and on an angle, how does that afect the air pressure behind the rad? Its half the size of the previous deflector......it definetly eliminates the scraping going over curbs anyway.
#1205 of 2014 Re: air deflector Impala [charts2]
Apr 14, 2005 (4:26 am)
Thanks for the info!
The irony is that I had a choice between getting a 1SC (more options than 1SB) right away or having an '05 built. They don't make the Impala 1SC package anymore, it also has sedan sport pkg. I wanted the more options over the Onstar. Always pros and cons to every decision. I do love this car, though!
Thanks for all the info.
#1206 of 2014 Engine shut off, hard shift, rough idle
Apr 14, 2005 (6:55 am)
Hey all - new member. I have a 2000 Impala with about 96K miles - obviously, I drive a lot. I have just starting experiencing a hard idle with inevitable engine failure (random) and also a hard shift when the automatic goes into 2nd gear. I also sense, at times, there is engine failure which corrects itself at high speeds (interstate driving).
I did find some TBS announcements online but wanted to learn more about specific parts and if someone had a fix. link title
#1207 of 2014 Ride Quality on 2002 Impala 3.4L
Apr 14, 2005 (6:49 pm)
I just purchased this car (used) with 13990 miles from the same dealer of my previous new car (2000 Malibu - 6 cyl base model) - recently totalled in a rear-ender.
One thing that has surprised me is the ride quality which seems harsher than the Malibu - I feel every little bump in the road. Dealer says this is normal for this car and Pontiac GrandAm. It is the base model so the sport suspension should not apply. True?? Tires are the Uniroyal Tigers-Paw.
Most postings I've read seem to comment positively on the smoothness of the ride. I'm not feeling vibrations in the steering (steering seems tight and positive), but in the entire car.
No, I did not test drive the car. Was happy with the Malibu and felt this would be even better. Price was $11550. CarFax said OK. Car came off a one owner 3 year lease.
Also, first thing dealer had to do was cut the rotors - brakes pulsated.
Any suggestions, please?
#1208 of 2014 Re: Engine shut off, hard shift, rough idle [emonte]
Apr 14, 2005 (10:27 pm)
There was a recall on many Impalas related to a fuel regulator, which might be the cause of some of your stalling/hesitation issues...mine got a little hesitant to start about the time I got the recall notice, and once I got the recall repair performed, the problem went away.
I also had some hard shifting problems maybe a year or so ago, and as I recall there was some type of module that had to be replaced in the transmittion which solved the problem (seems like that cost $500).