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#1263 of 2014 Rust! Help me!!
May 19, 2005 (1:58 pm)
I own a 2001 Chevy Impala LS sedan and just discovered rust on the same place on both front seat doors. It's just next to the glass of the window where it meets the door frame on the outside of the door on the side where it opens, not the side that hinges. Since it is symmetric, I am thinking of trading since it's not from something that I did, like from a scratch or blemish. I can't find anyone else with this issue. I have almost 80,000 and bought it new in 2001, but I still have almost 2 years left in my loan. However, I do like the car to this point minus a few problems, but I could probably get what I owe in trade. I worry that if I try to keep this until it dies, which is what I originally had planned, that it will turn into a cancerous rust ball. What should I do, and has anyone else had this problem??
#1264 of 2014 Re: Brake rotors [nosirrahg]
May 19, 2005 (7:06 pm)
I gotta ask, I am a newbie to cars. What is a rotor? I did a search on rotor, and got lots of messages, but it was difficult to find a definition. How do they differ from brake pads, and what does turning them mean? How do they affect braking? I see they are a big issue on Impalas, and I don't know what to watch out for.
I do see what is meant by being able to look thru the spokes and see the wheel parts. I can't understand why that isn't sealed up!
#1265 of 2014 Re: Brake rotors [bh628]
May 19, 2005 (9:29 pm)
well to answer your first question the rotor you are referring to is the disc brake rotor, if you look inside your rim slots on the car you will see a shiny silver disc this is your rotor the caliper which holds your brake pads and applys the brakes rides near this and the caliper closes and opens with the application of the brake peddle,when you have your rotors turned it means the shop puts them on a machine that spins them and grinds any warpage or scores (grooves) out of the surface to make them true,as for them being a big problem on impalas I'm not so sure they are, warped and scored rotors have been a problem with all cars as far as I can remember, its all how you use your brakes and take care of your car,and as far as the theory of the alloy spokes being wider than the cheaper steel wheels and in turn warp more often I dont buy that at all the more heat dissapation the better and if there is no where for the heat to go (small holes as with the steel wheels) the more likely for overheating where as the sport wheels would hold less heat because the heat would not be trapped as much and as far as the water theory I'm not so sure about that one either after all the water is still gonna hit the A-arm side of the rotor and warp it just the same no matter what wheel you have I'm not so sure the hardened steel used on brake rotors is affected by cold water on hot steel.
#1267 of 2014 Fan on 2001 Impala LS no low speed
May 21, 2005 (7:22 pm)
Does anyone know where the fan resistor is located on 2001 Impala LS?
Mine will only work on speeds higher than # 3.
By the way transmission went out at about 28,000 miles, under warranty (they said sprocket came apart).
Then transmission scrambled at 38,000 miles. New transmission installed by Moorone Chevrolet under extended warranty. After first time I purchased the GM warranty for a additional 4 years and 50,000 more miles.
Front brake rotors cut down by independent shop about 15,000, then replaced with a aftermarket set of rotors 6 months later. Work great now with 57,000 miles on it.
After all these problems I still like the car. Still get 21+ mpg in south Florida traffic, and 30 on the highway
#1268 of 2014 Re: Fan on 2001 Impala LS no low speed [daveand]
May 21, 2005 (7:56 pm)
Yeah, GM/Chevy must be bad about that. I had a 91 Astro that went through about 3 or 4 switches. Would get hot behind switch and wouldn't work on lower speeds. Learned out to replace it myself. May be harder on Impala. Father's Buick had same problem also.
#1269 of 2014 Re: Brake rotors [alcan]
May 22, 2005 (1:02 pm)
Thanks for the link. I am someone who doesn't know much about cars. Looks like lots of pictures, which helps. If I print off the printable version, I don't have to go from page to page. It's still confusing, because I don't know the basics, like what a "hub" is. But at least I have a place to search that now. I'll bookmark that site for the future.
Thanks so much!
#1270 of 2014 Re: Coolant leak at intake... [dgonzalez13]
May 22, 2005 (3:14 pm)
If you have the 3800 series 2 engine gm will correct the problem up to july 31 2005
gm will replace the upper intake manifold nuts and put sealant in the radiator need more info call CHEVY at 1800 630 2438
#1271 of 2014 2002 impala power brake problem
May 23, 2005 (5:37 am)
Hi- the first 4 or 5 times that I apply the brakes when using the car I hear a
a sound that can best be described as the Moo of a cow or a steer (or the squeel of a power steering unit failure). There also at that point seems to be a bit of squishyness in the brake pedal, though this could be my imagination. the abs light goes on intermittantly. Any thoughts?
Also, (the car has 4 disc brakes) when chaning pads, should the metal clips that fit on the calipers and on which the pads sit, be greased? (the above problem occurred several weeks after I replaced the pads. I don't think it is related. I must admit I have a bit of a shudder when braking but I strongly suspect this is related to a bad rotor (I did not replace them or have them turned).
#1272 of 2014 '01 Impala headlights and radio blinking with switch off
May 23, 2005 (7:54 am)
Yesterday, (Sunday afternoon when no repair shops open) our Impala started blinking the headlights. We went to the car and inside the radio/time light was also blinking and making a clicking sound. We took the key out and it didn't help. Finally, as a last resort, we disconnected the battery. Any ideas? The only thing that has recently happened was that we had a low tire and had to reset the low tire reading through the radio. There didn't seem to be any problems with that. That was about a week ago. Thanks for any help.