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#1662 of 2014 Re: Possible transmission problem [shfl2005]
Jan 31, 2006 (7:32 am)
I have a 2001 Chevrolet impala Ls 3.8 ltr, i think i am having the same problem . . . however, i was on my way home from work monday when stopped at a light the security light came on, the battery light came on and the car just shut off from an idle, when trying to restart it wouldn't start, it took three tries, called on-star and they said i have a "Major malfunction with the drive train get the car to your local dealer within 1 day" ? when the car did start, it was jolting and sluggish, didn't want to run . .. not sure if it's the tranny or something else, just recently had a problem with the check enging light constantly coming on and not going off, it was a solenoid related to the EVAP system, clld GM and didn't want to know anything about it, that seems to be fixed for now, but if it's not one thing with these hi tech cars, its another . . . never ending battle it appears to be to me
#1663 of 2014 Re: problem cars - we are not alone [txguy]
Feb 04, 2006 (5:54 am)
TX GUY...or anyone else that has had the steering clunk problem TX Guy noted in thread way back.
I just inherited an 01 Impala LS, it's got 47,500 miles and runs great, with exception of one problem. The steering when step on brake to shift, it seems to have a clunk, also seems to elicit that same sound occasionally when turning, etc... Do you recall what the diagnosis was to fix the problem. Took to mechanic other day and he said drove and didn't feel/hear anything. My wife who had never driven the car before we inherited it, noticed it the very first time she drove it. I noticed on first drive as well.... hoping to help them figure out problem (suppose the guys not much of a mechanic).
#1664 of 2014 Re: problem cars - we are not alone [gtforme2]
Feb 06, 2006 (6:53 am)
Sounds like the intermediate steering shaft (ISS) problem many others have had (not just the Impala, but other GM sedans of this size). Dealerships should have had enough experience dealing with these that they'd recognize the problem; unless things have changed since I had my 2000 repaired they basically tap a grease fitting into the steering shaft and squirt it full of grease - I don't think it's a safety issue or anything, just annoying. The noise definitely presents itself when applying brakes and turning (and especially when doing both).
#1665 of 2014 Re: 2002 chevy impala LS transmission problem? [onesteve]
Feb 08, 2006 (11:52 am)
well there are alot of Cat problems wiht the impy. the cat is covered up to 160,000 miles by gm. FREE replacement on the cat. just and fyi
#1666 of 2014 coolant leaking into oil
Feb 10, 2006 (8:46 am)
Help - please explain exactly what this is. Coolant is leaking into oil. I was told "it could be the intake manifold or the gasket". What kind of cost would be involved? Car is a nightmare. Am talking to GM but they only offer to "MAYBE" pay part of the cost of repair. 2002 Impala with 48000 miles.
#1667 of 2014 Re: coolant leaking into oil [woozie]
Feb 10, 2006 (9:12 am)
There was a pretty common problem with the 3.8l engines and their upper intake manifolds (at least the earlier years of the Impala); as I recall they switched from using an aluminum manifold to a composite one to save a few pennies, but as a result they ended up developing leaks (maybe because of different expansion rates between the composite and the aluminum parts beneath). When my 2000 model developed a leak, I think I paid about $800 for the repair, which was ultimately reimbursed by GM. Fortunately mine leaked coolant outside the engine versus mixing with the oil internally, so I can't say your problem is the same as what I (and several other of us) experienced.
#1668 of 2014 Re: coolant leaking into oil [nosirrahg]
Feb 10, 2006 (10:19 am)
When they told me it was "either the intake manifold OR the gasket or both" did that mean a gasket related to the manifold or does it mean the head gasket?
#1669 of 2014 Re: coolant leaking into oil [woozie]
Feb 10, 2006 (1:09 pm)
The problems I've heard about are all related to the intake manifold (and the accompanying gasket); I haven't heard of any problems with the head gasket. However, since you've got an oil/water mix problem that might indicate something more than the intake manifold. Hopefully it's the intake manifold/gasket; if so let them know that you know there were problems with this, and that GM paid to repair many of these. If you dredge back through the archives here you can probably find a reference to the VIN numbers or build dates of the cars covered by the repair. I don't think it was a recall per se, it may have been more of a service bulletin-type of thing. I'll check the few things I've got flagged and if I can find anything else I'll post it here. Actually I found a reference in post #671 in this forum...dig around in that area and see if you can find any details.
Is yours a 3.4 or 3.8? I don't recall much problem with the 3.4 in this regard, so if you've got the 3.8 it's probably the intake...if it's the 3.4 I don't know.
#1670 of 2014 Re: coolant leaking into oil [nosirrahg]
Feb 10, 2006 (2:06 pm)
I appreciate your replies. I'll have to look to see if it's 3.4 or 3.8. I've already talked to GM and they want me to get the pressure test done, then they would evaluate to see if it looks like there is any question about proper maintenance, THEN they might pay for part of it is what I was told. It was clear from the start that they know about these problems.
#1671 of 2014 Re: coolant leaking into oil [woozie]
Feb 11, 2006 (8:43 am)