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#610 of 2014 Moisture in headlights
Jan 09, 2003 (6:34 pm)
I have a 2002 Impala. I've had it about 10 months now. A few weeks ago, I noticed that there is moisture inside the headlights all the time. It looks like there is a bunch of water condensed on the inside of the headlamp cover. I have seen several chevy's in parking lots with the same problem. Does anyone know anything about this? Is it a problem I should have the dealer fix?
Thanks in advance.
#611 of 2014 paul888/Headlight moisture
Jan 09, 2003 (8:31 pm)
Is the moisture actually within the headlight area, or just in a sort of ring area around the outside edge? I've noticed moisture around the outer edge of mine, but I haven't had any moisture actually inside where the bulb it. It's like the clear plastic extends about 1/4-inch past where the rubber gasket actually makes a seal with the clear plastic; moisture sometimes shows up in this sort of transition area, but I haven't had a problem (or seen any other Impalas) with heave condensation in their headlights.
#612 of 2014 Moisture in headlight
Jan 10, 2003 (9:29 am)
As nosirrahg mentioned, moisture and debris can collect around the perimeter of the headlight lens. It's mentioned on the News and TSBs page. There could be moisture in the headlight housing itself, but the housing is vented, so when the lights go on, the moisture can come out.
Jan 10, 2003 (10:02 am)
I have a 2002 impala ls with the 3.8 and 7000 miles on it,i keep the oil on full at all times so when i say it is using oil i mean it goes below full i never let it reach add. anyhow between oil changes it will use 3/4 quart of 10w 30 pennzoil per 3000 mile oil change is this normal? thanks.
#614 of 2014 reply chrisis30
Jan 11, 2003 (8:51 am)
I just heard Pat Goss, auto expert,say that up to 1 qt. per 800 mi. is the industry standard for normal oil consumption.
Since the Imp engine only holds 4.5 qts. with the filter if you're dumping the whole fifth qt. you may be burning more than you think??
#615 of 2014 Key won't turn in ignition
Jan 14, 2003 (6:33 am)
I have a 2001 Impala. Last night I put the key in the ignition and tried to turn it, but it would not turn. This is the second time this has happened. The first time the car was towed to the dealer who replaced the ignition lock cylinder. I had to have it towed yesterday also and I expect the solution to be the same. I had the same problem with a 1998 Malibu. I have not heard of anyone else with this problem. I can't think of how I might be abusing an ignition lock cylinder by putting the key in and turning it. There is no warning that this might happen. "Fortunately", it happened when the car was at home - not at a rest area in the middle of nowhere. I would appreciate any advice.
#616 of 2014 Re: Key won't turn in ignition
Jan 14, 2003 (12:27 pm)
I had a problem with a lock cylinder... Key chain was too heavy...
#617 of 2014 Coolant leak question
Jan 15, 2003 (6:18 am)
For those who have experienced the warped plastic intake manifold problem that leads to coolant leakage, I haven't heard of anyone suffering engine damage from this, just a leak of coolant to the outside of the engine. If I suspect I've got the same problem (smelling hot coolant in the garage, steady but slight decrease in coolant level, etc.) is this something that should be dealt with right away, or if left alone, will it simply mean I'll have to top off the coolant occasionally? My "low coolant" light has never come on, and except for a "check engine" light a few weeks ago due to a clogged fuel injector, I've had no other engine-related problems.
#618 of 2014 Nosirragh: Coolant leak
Jan 15, 2003 (7:26 am)
Yes, this is a problem that has to be dealt with RIGHT AWAY. A coolant leak is serious whether it is internal or external. Further, if you leave the warped manifold the way it is you run the risk of developing an internal coolant leak and if the antifreeze mixes with your engine oil, your engine is finished.
If you are outside of warranty, expect to pay $800 for the warped manifold and gasket replacement. Mine was done under warranty and the repair took about 5 hours to complete, so you need to plan ahead and leave the car at the dealership for at least 1 day.
Believe it or not, it is cheaper to pay $800 now for a new manifold than $4K+ for a new engine. My service manager told me that I had brought the car in in the "Nick of time". Never leave it with a manifold intake coolant leak...It is a serious fault that needs to be remedied as soon as possible.
PS: My "Low Coolant" warning message never came on either. So don't think that everything is all right if the light never comes on.
#619 of 2014 Jimm7: Faulty ignition key lock
Jan 15, 2003 (7:34 am)
I have never ever had a problem with the ignition key lock in my '01 Impala LS with 19K miles. I believe that this problem is mostly caused by very heavy keychains. A mechanic friend of mine told me some years ago, that the number one cause of bad ignition key lock cylinders is that people keep the car keys in very heavy key chains. Heavy key chains excercise severe pressure on the key lock assembly and overtime it either gets stuck or becomes useless.
My suggestion is just to keep the single car key attached to your remote entry keyfob and out all other unrelated keys and keychains elsewhere.
If you have experienced this problem in 2 separate cars, that tells me right away that you are using a very heavy keychain thus causing damage to your cylinder key lock.