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#1250 of 2014 Re: 2001 chevy impala periodically won't start [johnson2]
May 12, 2005 (5:27 pm)
Just a suggestion:
I had to replace the dead battery in my 2000 LS with a new battery and the car started fine. The next day the car wouldn't start again. I tightened up the battery connections and the car started right away. I realized I had not put the little red plastic cap over the positive connection. As soon as I put that cap on, the car again would not start. I took that cap off permanently and car has started fine for the last three months.
May 13, 2005 (5:46 am)
FWIW I've got 80k miles on my 2000 Impala...had the front rotors turned once under warranty early on, and haven't touched them since...I replaced the brake pads myself at 50k miles and rotors are still fine. When these pads wear out in another 20k miles or so I'll probably take the opportunity to upgrade the rotors. However, I've got the 3.8l base model that came with the multi-spoke type wheel vs. the LS 5-spoke style, so maybe mine doesn't have as much exposure to water as the LS wheel does.
Compared to the '84 Buick Skyhawk I had back in college that required brake pads about once a year, the Impala has been a relatively problem free car!!
#1252 of 2014 GM fix problems/sportymonk
May 14, 2005 (4:50 am)
I do believe brake issues are a lot to do with driving habits......I have 35,000 miles on my 2001 Impala LS and the brakes have never been touched.....there have been others on this forum as well with much higher mileage with the same results and others that are replacing pads and rotors all the time....water has nothing to do with warped rotors period!
If you don't take further action with your complaints then you have no reason to complain..Its your investment, and responsibilty to ask to speak with the service manager, area representative, write a letter to the dealership owner, call GM etc...I would be very disappointed with one of my adult children if they just walked away and didn't at least go to the next level.... walking away just makes GM believe that your vehicle was giving you trouble free service...just going to another manufacturer will never rectify or solve any problems you had.......The Impala is the top seller for Chevrolet and I intend to buy another new Impala next year.....good luck with your Honda.
#1253 of 2014 what should i inflate nitrogen tires too?
May 14, 2005 (8:25 pm)
I have a 2002 impala ls and I just bought new tires and my tire dealer put nitrogen in instead of compressed air,they put 35 psi in and it rode like a brick so I reduced the pressure too 31.5 my question is since nitrogen does not increase pressure as it heats up like air does (3lbs. roughly) should I have left 33 lbs. of nitrogen in instead? I mean does chevy figure the tires are going to heat up 3lbs.which would take them too 33lbs.? and thats why they only inflate to 30lbs.? I just don't wanna waste all the money I put into tires hope some one has experienced something similar and can help me out cause the tire shops all wanna fill the tires to 35 and they handle like sh*t that high thank-you.
#1254 of 2014 Sunroof stuck open
May 15, 2005 (6:13 pm)
Today the sunroof of my 2001 Impala LS stuck in the open position. Anyone have any experience with this? Cost to fix? Is there a manual crank to close it? Appears that one side is trying to close, but the other is not. Any help appreciated as rain is in the forecast....
#1256 of 2014 Re: what should i inflate nitrogen tires too? [chrisis30]
May 16, 2005 (11:39 am)
I have had similar experience with the local tire shop. Every time I have the tires rotated and balanced they seem to choose 35 psi. I don't think they bother to look at the recommended pressure on the car.
I've never heard of nitrogen filled tires, but as an engineer, I doubt the statement that the pressure doesn't increase with temperature. All gases increase pressure to some extent with temperature increase and air is about 80% nitrogen already so I doubt if 100% nitrogen acts much differently than air does. Maybe there is some other advantage like less leakage or less heat build up. Does a nitrogen fill cost extra?
#1257 of 2014 Re: what should i inflate nitrogen tires too? [charlief1]
May 16, 2005 (12:09 pm)
You are correct I checked the hot tire pressure and sure enough the pressure raised 5psi that means it would have been 40 psi when they used 35 psi cold inflation no wonder it handled like a brick! and to answer your question yes they did screw 4.99 out of me for each tire not a whole lot of lost cash but I did lose trust and faith in my tire dealer that I have been faithful too for 16 yrs if they ask you and wanna charge for it "just say no"
#1258 of 2014 Re: what should i inflate nitrogen tires too? [charlief1]
May 16, 2005 (4:05 pm)
Considering the atmosphere is 80% nitrogen, I am not sure what the advantage is other than the money the dealer gets to take home.
#1259 of 2014 Re: Cold Engine Tapping - Carbon on the Pistons [chevyonly]
May 17, 2005 (10:11 am)
It's not the car it is the gasoline. Depending on your part of the country, various "reformulated" fuels are being used to meet emissions requirements. Mechanics are telling me that these new fuel mixtures can carbon up an engine in 7,000 miles or less. Not only can these carbon build-ups reduce gas mileage, but if it gets thick enough the valve can be damaged.
The only solution I know is a routine fuel system cleaner to include the intake system. I run a bottle of Techron in my '01 Imp about every 1,000 miles and do fuel system cleaning at the shop about 7-10K. I've never had any valve clicking.