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#1463 of 2014 2000 Impala problem?
Sep 21, 2005 (2:49 pm)
My Father has a 2000 Impala with approx. 82,000 KM on it. The problem is when he is driving the battery light will come on followed by the security light and then shut everything down. He looses power brakes as well as power steering, so he has to shift into neutral and turn the key off and restart the engine. The Chevy Mechanic has no idea and can't see any problems when he hooks it up to his computer.
This is obviously very dangerous and I have lent them my car so they don't get into any trouble on the side of the road,especially my Mother.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
#1464 of 2014 Re: MY 2002 IMPALA WONT START SOMETIMES!!!!!! [louanne]
Sep 22, 2005 (11:09 am)
I have a 2000 Impala LS and was having starting problems like lots of others. The car would start fine when cold, but then after a short trip to the grocery store or mall, it wouldn't start. It would crank over and over but wouldn't fire. We would let it sit for 10-15 minutes and try it again and away we'd go. I took it to the dealer yesterday and they said it was a bad "ignition module". That was replaced and so far so good. Had a similiar problem just after 36k, and then it was a fuel pressure regulator. Also I had gasket problems, leaking coolant and oil so replaced a lower intake gasket and oil pan gasket. I really like the design of the new 2006 Impala but I think I'm going to switcht to Honda or Toyota when I'm ready to trade.
#1465 of 2014 Re: 2003 chevy impala police cruiser electrical problems [spikey]
Sep 23, 2005 (6:07 pm)
Its pretty much standard on the police cars to not have the interior lights come on when the doors are opened. Its for officer's safety that they are not lit up when the door is opened. Your best bet is to talk to a dealer and see if they know how to by pass it.
#1466 of 2014 Re: 2002 IMPALA WONT START HELP!!!!! [wa2cool]
Sep 24, 2005 (11:02 am)
Actually, that's exactly what my mechanic did too and referred me back to the dealer, who was never able to recreate the problem. Finally it did and the car just wouldn't start again and they determined it was the fuel pump. That was over a month ago & (knock on wood), I haven't had any more issues. The dealer had it for over 2 weeks and it ended up costing me a fortune but at least I can drive the thing again. Now I need to replace the brakes again........
#1467 of 2014 Re: 2002 IMPALA WONT START HELP!!!!! [ladyimpala]
Sep 24, 2005 (7:49 pm)
Finally after 3 months of going back and forth to the dealer and the dealer having it longer than I did the problem seems to be fixed. They changed the ignition switch, bypass module, body module and finally the item that seems to have fixed it was the starter. It had a bad spot in the motor winding. Did not have to replace the fuel pump. So far for 3 weeks no problems. Good Luck.
#1468 of 2014 Catalytic Converter
Sep 24, 2005 (8:27 pm)
I got a letter from Chevy to warranty my 2001 Impala catalytic converter for 10 year or 120,000 miles.This for 3.4 &3.8 engines.
Sep 25, 2005 (5:42 am)
I am new to this site and would please like some information before I get "beat" by a mechanic. I have no idea about cars, whatsoever. I have a 2004 Impala with 55K miles. I have had 2 problems so far. The first is when I start my car, it kind of drags. I thought the started was going out, but the mechanic told me that it was fine.??? Why would it be doing this? Second, yesterday I came out of the library and started my car and pushed the accelarator and it would barely go past 10 mph. Then, the check engine light came on. I took it to Auto Zone and they put it a tester and it read that the 02 was backfiring? Is this major? Am I going to be out of some big money to fix this? HEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLPPPP, any suggestions any mechanics in the Davenport IA area that can help me?
#1470 of 2014 Re: 2004 Impala [michelles]
Sep 25, 2005 (9:25 am)
Hello Michelle, problem number 1, have the battery checked. If the voltage is OK, have the positive terminal check for looseness. I just had to replace my OEM battery because the positive terminal just came off when I tried to loosen it. It detached from the battery case so that the terminal was still attached to the cable. My original investigation was for a no start problem I encountered one day. If your battery is a 78-yr Delco OEM battery they have suspect positive terminals.
Problem 2, have the catalytic converter checked, it contains a honeycomb material coated with platinum. If the honeycomb breaks it could clog the converter and cause low power, backfire, etc. It should be under warranty. I hope this helps, good luck.
#1471 of 2014 Re: 2004 Impala [michelles]
Sep 26, 2005 (1:42 pm)
Take the car to the dealer and have them check the catalytic converter. I have a 2002 Impala and just got a letter from GM advising that I MIGHT experience a problem with the converter (that was described like your problem) and if so return to the dealer for a WARRANTY repair. They advised this was not a recall and stated they were extending the warranty for this particular problem to 10 years/120,000 miles. I had a similar problem on a car I had about 10 years ago and it was also the converter that had gone bad. hope this helps.
#1472 of 2014 Re: 2004 Impala [hchu1]
Sep 26, 2005 (1:50 pm)
It is under warranty still. Thank you so much for the advice. I at least can go in and give them suggestions on what I think it may be, so they can at least think I know what I am talking about. Thanks again.