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#21 of 136 Multiple questions and problems
May 15, 2005 (6:40 pm)
I started reading the posts on this board from number 1 and realized that the problems I am having with my recent 2002 Impala LS purchase are common. I hope that someone can give me the information I need without my having to read all 1191 posts!
First the ISS; I was familiar with a problem in the steering column because my daughters cavalier also has a clunk in the steering wheel. I bought the car anyway. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of buying the Impala from a used car lot. Not a Chevy dealer. I had them replace the Steering shaft(?) was fine for a couple of weeks, now the problem feels even worse. In addition the traction control system keeps kicking in, the abs light comes on occasionally and the service traction system warning light comes on. I replaced the starter and along with the battery last week because car wouldn't start intermittently at a cost of $520. I am waiting for a paycheck to take the car in for the abs/traction control problem...
Anyway, can anyone tell me where to get recall information - if there is any on the 02, and has anyone had success getting repairs on the list of "defects" that this car seems to have without paying thousands and without the car being under warranty? I bought the car in November '04 -the warranty that I received was up at the end of March- three weeks before the brake problem started. Thanks in advance for any and all help. P.S. - despite the headaches - I love this car. I must be crazy.
#22 of 136 Re: Multiple questions and problems [robinlynn2]
May 17, 2005 (10:19 am)
abs, trac control lights coming on. Each wheel has a sensor. It is one of the reasons the wheel hub, bearing assembly is so expensive. I know, I just had two front units replaced. Though I only paid $618 total for both installed. My '01 Imp LS has 127,000K miles and going strong.
Anyway, there is a good chance one of the sensors is malfunctioning. That would tell your car's computer that one wheel was moving at a different speed than the other three thus triggering the traction control response and the warning light.
By the way, the bearings as part of the wheel assembly are not limited to Chevy.
#23 of 136 Re: Multiple questions and problems [robinlynn2]
Oct 17, 2005 (6:09 am)
Did you get the traction control problem repaired on your 2002 Impala? I also own one and seem to be experiencing the same problem you had, in that the traction control comes on occasionally for no apparent reason. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
#24 of 136 Prower steering
Aug 14, 2005 (5:42 pm)
I cannot find the power steering reservoir for my 2000 impala
#25 of 136 Power steering reservoir Impala
Aug 15, 2005 (7:32 am)
If you have a 3800 engine. Facing your engine from the front, the reservoir is located on the passenger side of the engine compartment, on the right side of the coolant reservoir down below the back of the altenator 6 inches out from the firewall. It is very difficult to reach. Use a flashlight. Several inches down you will feel the cap. If you remove the cap hang on tight its very easy to drop and difficult to pull out past all the hoses. I just had mine flushed out by the dealer on my 2001 LS 3800. If you have a 3400 engine it might be in the same location.
#26 of 136 Re: Prower steering [philpot1]
Aug 29, 2005 (6:13 pm)
if your standing in front of the car its on the left side behind the valve cover in the back of the motor its is like halfway down kinda hidden
#27 of 136 Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement
Nov 14, 2005 (8:53 am)
I've lurked here looking for info on my 2002 3.4 Impala steering clunk and was happy to learn that GM has acknowledged the problem and upgraded the ISS part. Armed with this information I took the car to my dealer and told them "I have the ISS clunk". They said it's a known issue and they could put the new version of the ISS in. About $200. Note that the first time I had them check the clunk I was vague in my description and the dealer said nothing was wrong. Being informed and direct was the key to getting a resolution.
Thanks to everyone who shared their information!
#28 of 136 Re: 2005 Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement [mrplavick]
Nov 16, 2005 (5:59 am)
I just brought back my 2005 LS back to dealer complaining of a real slight feel in steering wheel when I go thru turns and they changed steering shaft with warranty. I recommend anyone who feels anything in steering wheel on new car to bring back to dealer!
#29 of 136 Re: Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement [mrplavick]
Feb 26, 2006 (5:28 am)
I recently inherited brother in-law 2001 Impala. Only has a little over 47K on it. Have the clunk sound. Took it to dealer earlier this month. I also found a TSB for the ISS. Dealer supposedly ordered part, couldn't fill order. Said there part no longer available. Said revising part and said new TSB released in January this year (I haven't been able to locate it). Said, only thing could do is take out and grease it. I've read others have done this but only to find problem comes back.
So my question? When you say put in "new version" was this an upgrade over the original design? Trying to figure out if dealership just doesn't want to help me.
#30 of 136 Re: Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement [gtforme2]
Feb 26, 2006 (12:26 pm)
As far as I know (2000 Impala owner posting here since early 2000), there was no improvement made to the ISS...they simply took out the old one and put in a new one, hoping it didn't develop the problem. I had mine greased early on (where they tap in a grease fitting and basically fill the thing with lube), and thus far haven't had the problem return. I wouldn't be afraid to go that route if it's an option.