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#42 of 142 Re: NO HEAT ON DRIVER SIDE 05 IMPALA [sgoodie66]
Nov 23, 2007 (5:13 pm)
This will let you know how to replace drivers side or the passenger side actuator. Passenger side difference is noted at end of this letter. My 2004 Chevy Impala driver side climate control was stuck on cold, no matter where I switched it to. The light on the panel was also out. Resetting by disconnecting the battery did not work. I had to buy and replace the drivers side actuator (Part Number 15844096 - $38.46 at Chevy dealer). The passenger side actuator is also the exact same part number. They are both located under the dash, about equal height as the climate control knobs. Make sure you disconnect the positive cable on the battery before removing the switch. Drivers side actuator is accessed by removing the bottom dash cover on the drivers side. Two easy clips to disconnect the dash cover, remove the floor courtesy light by twisting, and the cover comes right out. The drivers side actuator is harder to work on than the passenger side, due to room. But I replaced my actuator with only having to take off the bottom dash cover. There are two screws holding the actuator on. I used a 1/4 hand driver with a 3" extension, a 1/4 universal joint for the 1/4 socket (and the universal is needed), and a 7/32" socket. These were the only tools I needed. After unscrewing the two screws, I pulled the actuator off of a small arm it is connected to which switches the flap for the climate control system between hot or cold. I then was able to let it hang down, and disconnected the wire running to the actuator. Room was an issue, and I did some of this by feel. Now comes the tricky part. The new actuator has to slide back on the small arm, but it is flat on two sides, with rounded ends. The new actuator has to match the flat ends to the same position as the old actuator. I hooked the wire onto the new actuator, and let it hang down. I held the old actuator up by it, and had my wife hold the battery connector to the battery to get power. The new actuator will rotate when the connection is made, and stopped rotating when I had my wife pull the connector from the battery. It took a couple tries, but I finally got it to stop at the same position as the old actuator. I then lined up the new switch, and got it on the control arm. This took a few minutes and tries, as I had to do it by feel. I then put the two screws back in and tightened them down. Again, tricky due to room. Once done, I put the cover back on, reconnected battery, and warmed up the car. Was very happy to find that I now had heat on the drivers side, as Michigan weather is cold this time of year. One note is that even though I now had heat, the light on my drivers side control stayed out. I can live with that though.
The whole job took me about an hour and a half.
Also, note if you have to replace the passenger side actuator, you need to remove the passenger side bottom cover on the dash. You then remove the glove compartment door by removing the five screws on the bottom of the door. Slide the whole glove compartment door out of the car. You will be happy to know you have much more room to replace the passenger side actuator, so it should be much easier and quicker than the drivers side.
#43 of 142 Re: a/c only works sumtimes. 2001 impala. [kaleighnmatt]
Jan 07, 2008 (11:04 pm)
i hade the exact same problem with my 01 and fixed it! VERY EASY you will need a 1/4" ratchet with a swivell and extention underneith the dash on the passenger side you will find the blower motor once you pull out that clip in plastic cover .. remove the blower it should be three or four screws cant remember exactly. once this is removed you will see at the upper most part inside where the fan was towards the driver side there is a "plastic wire harness" where your six wires from the fan controll come in and leave out to two that go straight to the blower motor its self. there are three of the same size screws holding this in. pull that part out and call your local gm parts dept. with the part number. i tried calling auto zone and advanced where i live but this is not a comon part. the gm place had it in stock for about 50$ and everything works perfect. my friend had the same problem with his 00 grad prix took it in and they charged him about 400-450 he was not happy.. hope this isnt too late good luck
#45 of 142 03 Impala heater not workin
Jan 21, 2008 (6:13 pm)
03 impala heater not working. I have already replace the thermostat. Not sure what else to do. Have anyone else had this problem or knows how to resolve?
#46 of 142 Re: 2003 Chevy Impala [almuerzo]
Mar 08, 2008 (3:05 pm)
This is how General Motors is getting people to buy new cars (hopefully you didn't buy another GM but we did) Had a 2000 Tahoe Limited with very low miles and right after the warranty ran out the computer locked up and the car wouldn't turn over, cost us a 600.00 trip to the dealer and a four day wait on the part so in the meantime we just traded it in on another.....Have a friend that this just happened to on a 2006 Equinox right after the warrnaty ran out GO FIGURE, they are programming this stuff to stop working and then you get irritated enough you just get rid of it.
Apr 29, 2008 (7:18 am)
I am new here to the forum and needed a little advice. I have an 03 Impala, base model with 55K miles. Last year I had my AC charged it was the first summer I had the car and by September it wasnt getting cold. Does it need to be recharged?
#48 of 142 06 Impala AC Compressor
Aug 19, 2008 (11:23 am)
I had a new AC Compressor put in my 06 Impala (66,000miles) for total cost of $800 including parts/labor. I had to find the part online as all the local shops had it on backorder. I went to discountacparts.com and got it NEW for about $350. All the dealerships and GM warehouses were quoting $600+ for the part. I had it shipped direct to my repair shop where the guys fixed it in about a 3 hour time window. I was told it's a common part to go bad on these 06 models.
#49 of 142 Re: 06 Impala AC Compressor [endurancemom]
Aug 28, 2008 (8:43 pm)
Gm has been using Nippondenso compressors for the past few years, those compressors are total junk & are expensive to replace. I've replaced several of them over the past few years on various GM products. Unfortunately, our beloved Impalas also use them. Our '06 Impala SS has some compressor noise after its been driven on a long trip while using the AC. I'm sure its only a mater of time before it fails.
#50 of 142 How to replace the driver side temp. actuator? Help.
Oct 03, 2008 (6:42 am)
The driver side climate control of my 2004 chevy impala doesn't work, only code air and no heat regardless of the temp. control. I searched here and found that it might be the problem of driver side temp, actuator. Could somebody tell me how the part look like, where it is located, and how to replace it? It would be great if you have pics for that. Thanks.
#51 of 142 Re: NO HEAT ON DRIVER SIDE 05 IMPALA [doitmyselfer1]
Oct 06, 2008 (8:32 pm)
Thanks for the detailed description! I also have an 05 Impala. I got the part for $46.16. That included tax. Once I found out what the part looked like I was able to find it and replace it! The dealer said it would cost $109.00 to change it. A local repair shop said they would do it for $100.00. I did it in an hour and a half an donly had one screw left over. The part was made in China. I took apart the old actuator and it has 3 plastic gears and a motor in it. The gears were still intact. Evidently the motor failed. Yes, the motor said it was made in China. I am guessing the part cost G.M. about $4.00 at most. I am wondering if I should buy another actuator before the price goes up. The passenger actuator is probably right around the corner as far as failure.