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Dec 20, 2003 (10:05 am)
Document ID# 487734
2002 Chevrolet Impala
Spoiler Replacement - Rear Impala
J 25070 Heat Gun
Use of harsh chemicals when cleaning can damage exterior lamps. Suggested cleaners are a mild soap and water, or Varnish Makers and Painters (VM&P) Naptha. VM&P Naptha is a specific type of naptha and should not be substituted by any other naptha.
Open the rear compartment.
Remove the nuts from the rear end spoiler studs.
Heat the rear end spoiler mounting points from the inside, using J 25070 152 mm (6 in) from surface. Apply heat using a circular motion for about 30 seconds.
Remove the rear end spoiler from the rear compartment lid surface using a small wood or plastic flat-bladed tool. Do NOT damage the paint.
Remove the rear end spoiler from the rear compartment lid.
Clean the rear end spoiler adhesive from the rear compartment lid and/or the rear end spoiler using 3M™ Scotch Brite molding adhesive remover disk, 3M™ P/N 07501, or equivalent.
Clean the body panel using VM&P Naphtha in order to remove any adhesive. Wipe the surface dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.
Warm the rear compartment lid with J 25070 from the outside, to a minimum of 21°C (70°F).
Do not touch the adhesive backing.
Peel the backing from the mounting surfaces of the rear end spoiler.
Align the rear end spoiler studs to the holes in the rear compartment lid.
Install the rear end spoiler to the rear compartment lid, pressing into place until the adhesive is fully seated.
Open the rear compartment.
Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.
Use new nuts/mastic washers in order to avoid a possible water leak.
Install the nuts to the rear end spoiler. Tighten
Tighten the rear end spoiler nuts to 6 N·m (53 lb in).
Close the rear compartment.
Dec 21, 2003 (12:32 pm)
You do understand that there will screw holes in the trunk when you remove the spoiler?
Should you decide to remove the spoiler and wish to sell it, I would be interested in it, if it is a 2001 or 2002.
#843 of 2014 CURSED!
Dec 22, 2003 (3:42 pm)
Well I spent $550 in September for a wheel bearing on my '01 Impala.
Today while driving to work i felt a slight surging in 3rd and 4th gear.
Checked the trans fluid and it was brown.
(isn't there a TSB for this?)
Anyway took it to the dealer and the solenoid was sticking. Needs to be replaced $1170!!!
This is a 29 month old car with 52K miles.
#844 of 2014 Resolute in face of odds
Dec 23, 2003 (6:04 am)
I was going to pay off my Impala as we needed to replace our '93 Subaru Impreza and bought a new Toyota. But with the coolant leak problem evident in our 2000 base Impala, plus a couple visits to fix some clunking...I decided to visit this site and see what was up. What an education. Read all 40 pages and appreciate the insight (and exasperation) and now have concerns whether my "prudent" financial plan to pay off one car and have only one car payment is a good one. Especially considering that I'm probably looking at a possible repair bill with combined problems of about $1500-$2000. And with little confidence that will solve the problems for good.
My plan is to approach the dealer where I bought the car and try to remediate the repair costs on the warped manifold. Anyone ever tried that? The Intermediate Steering Shaft needs to be replaced as well, I'm pretty sure. Wondering if anyone's ever tried to meet the dealer in the middle on any of these chronic problems.
On top of the reply posting, I would appreciate direct email replies from anyone willing to give some perspective.
#845 of 2014 cuddsoccer
Dec 23, 2003 (6:58 am)
GM will pay for the warped manifold.
It is a recall.
#846 of 2014 No recall on 2000?
Dec 23, 2003 (8:10 am)
The dealer service rep said there was no recall on my particular "VIN" #. Is he giving me a line?
I asked why there would be a recall on later models than 2000 when the problem was the same in earlier models that 2001-2003, and he shrugged it off.
I'm going to press the issue, for sure.
Dec 25, 2003 (7:58 pm)
A recall that may or may not apply to you.
Customer Satisfaction Program -- Engine Coolant Leak #03034 - (07/07/2003)
03034 - Engine Coolant Leak
All 2000-2002 and Certain 2003 Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo; Pontiac Grand Prix, Bonneville; and Buick Regal, LeSabre, Park Avenue
Equipped with 3.8L V6 Engine (RPO L36 - VIN Code K)
THIS RECALL IS IN EFFECT UNTIL JULY 31, 2005.
General Motors has decided that all 2000-2002 and certain 2003 Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo; Pontiac Grand Prix, Bonneville; and Buick Regal, LeSabre, Park Avenue model vehicles equipped with 3.8L (RPO L36 - VIN Code K) engines, may have a condition in which engine coolant may leak at the upper intake manifold throttle body gasket, or at the upper intake manifold to lower intake manifold gasket. This condition may result in a low engine coolant level and higher engine operating temperatures.
Dealers are to replace the three throttle body fastener nuts and add cooling system sealant to the radiator tank.
Involved are all 2000-2002 Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo; Pontiac Grand Prix, Bonneville; and Buick Regal, LeSabre, Park Avenue model vehicles equipped with 3.8L (RPO L36 - VIN Code K) engines and built within these VIN breakpoints:
Year Division Model From Through
2000 Chevrolet Impala Y9100001 - Y9385472
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Y9100297 - Y9385464
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix YF100033 - YF353313
2000 Pontiac Bonneville Y4101040 - Y4297271
2000 Buick Regal Y1100004 - Y1304443
2000 Buick LeSabre Y4100001 - Y4297273
YU100001 - YU357893
2000 Buick Park Avenue Y4100095 - Y4297269
2001 Chevrolet Impala 19100001 - 19378249
2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19100004 - 19378234
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix 1F100004 - 1F275188
2001 Pontiac Bonneville 14100001 - 14298963
2001 Buick Regal 11100001 - 11338085
2001 Buick LeSabre 14108500 - 14298966
1U100003 - 1U302094
2001 Buick Park Avenue 14108918 - 14298968
2002 Chevrolet Impala 29100002 - 29391929
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 29100018 - 29391931
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 2F100016 - 2F293267
2002 Pontiac Bonneville 24100001 - 24245293
2002 Buick Regal 21100001 - 21301745
2002 Buick LeSabre 24100011 - 24245292
2U100001 - 2U306396
2002 Buick Park Avenue 24100009 - 24245294
2003 Chevrolet Impala 39100002 - 39360495
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 39100018 - 39360489
2003 Pontiac Grand Prix 3F100002 - 3F181300
2003 Pontiac Bonneville 34100002 - 34180189
2003 Buick Regal 31100001 - 31275410
2003 Buick LeSabre 34100001 - 34180190
3U100002 - 3U251518
2003 Buick Park Avenue 34100004 - 34180177
Dealers should confirm vehicle eligibility through GMVIS (GM Vehicle Inquiry System) or GM Access Screen (Canada only) or DCS Screen 445 (IPC only) prior to beginning program repairs. [Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved.]
Computer listings containing the complete Vehicle Identification Number, customer name and address data have been prepared, and are being furnished to involved dealers with the program bulletin. The customer name and address data furnished will enable dealers to follow up with customers involved in this program. Any dealer not receiving a computer listing with the program bulletin has no involved vehicles currently assigned.
These dealer listings may contain customer names and addresses obtained from Motor Vehicle Registration Records. The use of such motor vehicle registration data for any other purpose is a violation of law in several states/provinces/countries. Accordingly, you are urged to limit the use of this listing to the follow-up necessary to complete this program.
Parts required to complete this program are to be obtained from General Motors Service Parts Operations (GMSPO). Please refer to your "involved vehicles listing" before ordering requirements. Normal orders should be placed on a DRO = Daily Replenishment Order. In an emergency situation, parts should be ordered on a CSO = Customer Special Order.
#848 of 2014 cudsoccer, also........
Dec 25, 2003 (8:00 pm)
This is not a recall, but a TSB and unless under warranty, your cost, but far cheaper than a manifold and more often the problem.
Engine Oil or Coolant Leak (Install New Intake Manifold Gasket) #03-06-01-010B - (10/24/2003)
Engine Oil or Coolant Leak (Install New Intake Manifold Gasket)
2000-2003 Buick Century
2002-2003 Buick Rendezvous
1996 Chevrolet Lumina APV
1997-2003 Chevrolet Venture
1999-2001 Chevrolet Lumina
1999-2003 Chevrolet Malibu, Monte Carlo
2000-2003 Chevrolet Impala
1996-2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette
1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1999-2003 Oldsmobile Alero
1996-1999 Pontiac Trans Sport
1999-2003 Pontiac Grand Am, Montana
2000-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
2001-2003 Pontiac Aztek
with 3.1L or 3.4L V-6 Engine (VINs J, E - RPOs LG8, LA1)
This bulletin is being revised to change the model Information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 03-06-01-010A (Section 06 - Engine).
Some owners may comment on an apparent oil or coolant leak. Additionally, the comments may range from spots on the driveway to having to add fluids.
Intake manifold may be leaking allowing coolant, oil or both to leak from the engine.
Install a new design intake manifold gasket. The material used in the gasket has been changed in order to improve the sealing qualities of the gasket. When replacing the gasket, the intake manifold bolts must also be replaced and torqued to a revised specification. The new bolts will come with a pre-applied threadlocker on them.
#849 of 2014 Spark plug fire and power steering leak
Dec 26, 2003 (8:44 am)
I'm doing some research for my husband's niece who bought my 2001 Impala Sedan (with optional 3.8L engine)a few months ago. The car currently has 40,000+ miles. She has had problems with the power steering fluid leaking and needing refilled frequently. Also, just recently when she was checking the oil a fire occurred in the engine. She was told the spark plugs caught on fire. The car had been shut off for several minutes. Apparently, she is getting confusing opinions about all of this. I'm hoping someone may be able to help her and me both out. Thanks in advance.
#850 of 2014 Radio Problem
Dec 26, 2003 (9:06 am)
My Impala is a 2001, bought new in Oct 2000. About 2 weeks ago I started having problems with the radio. Sometimes,when I first turn on the radio, no sound comes out for up to 2-3 minutes. Then the sound may cut out and come back. Other times,the radio comes right on and then cuts out and comes back. Usually after about 15 minutes, it doesn't do this. Other times when I turn the radio on its fine.
This abnormal behaviour isn't confined to the radio, as I have tested the tape and CD player, when the sound is dead to see if its just the radio. The same abnormality affects those as well, until the sound comes on. I haven't called the dealer, due to just being busy.
Any suggestions, comments appreciated.