4th Jun 2008, 01:49
OK, so I just bought a 2000 Impala Ls 3.8 V6.. It has 130,000 miles and ran beautifully when I drove it off the lot..
I was at work one night and I drove the car up next to the door. Shut it off and went back in to clock out. I came back out, tried to start the car and it wouldn't.. So first thing came to my mind was the battery was dead, so I had a friend jump me.. Well I clicked it over a few times and it did nothing.. So I waited a few more minutes and tried again; I clicked it over a few times and it started... Well I drove it home thought it was the battery and I fixed the cables on the battery, cause I thought that was it..
Well a few days went by, everything was fine, my check engine light kept coming on for a few days, and then would go away and still does.. So I went to do laundry and parked my car; same thing happened, got back in to leave and it wouldn't start.. So I left my car, walked home and waited.. Went back a hour or so later and got my laundry, got into my car, and tried to start it nothing happened... I tried a few more times and it started up, so I drove it home...
Well a couple days went by it was running good. I drove home from work and everything was fine... Went out the next day to head to work and it wouldn't start.. Came home that night from work clicked it over a couple of times and it started up.. I cannot think of what would be doing that. If anyone knows anything about it, please help..
5th Jun 2008, 11:32
This sounds very much like a defective starter relay, or possibly solenoid (which pushes the starter drive gear into the flywheel to turn the engine). Both of these are very minor issues. My guess (I'm a mechanic) based on what you describe is a bad relay. They are fairly inexpensive and usually easy to replace. Have a mechanically-minded friend check this out for you.
9th Jun 2008, 12:09
I bought a 2000 Impala last November. I've never had ANY trouble with it at all. Lately, though, the warning light is constantly on stating that my Tire pressure is low. I checked and re-checked the pressure, and it's fine. I also had it hooked up to a diagnostic machine, and cannot reset the warning. Has anyone else had this problem? Could you tell me how to fix it?
19th Jun 2008, 21:05
I have a 2005 Chevy Impala that I purchased in 2006. I also purchased the extended warranty, that was recommended by the car salesman. In 2007 -- I have had (3) transmissions installed in this car and needing another one now. It is still under the extended warranty, thank goodness! The warranty will not install a "new" GM transmission - It covers a used one with approx. same miles as I have??? They are supposed to be checked out to be good ones before they are installed in the car -- well they had to install 3 to find one that would work! For expense it cost them for a rental car (warranty paid for) and 3 transmissions & the labor to install & un-install them -- I could have had a "New One the first time and would have cost less. Anyway the transmission has been the only problem, oh, except my engine light is on. Was told is was a vapor leak, maybe from fuel cap?? But this is enough. I'm getting ready to go on vacation and I have to rent a car - cause mine will be going to the shop for the 4th transmission -- (Warranty only pays for me a rental with limited mileage).I like the car - just hope they get a good transmission this time because my extended warranty will be up really soon. If it's not right this time, I will be forced to trade it off!
21st Jun 2008, 19:01
To comment 12:09. The low tire warning light is very simple to fix. 1) Take a piece of black electrical tape 2) Place tape over the light and ignore it.
I've had these kind if goofy warning lights on several of my cars. I'm a mechanic and if nothing is wrong (and I DO check things out) I just ignore the stupid lights. I drove one car over 150,000 miles with the "brake" warning light glowing merrily (under the black tape!!) and 40,000 miles with a "check engine" light on. These lights are installed by the manufacturer to scare people into taking them to the dealership and paying hundreds of dollars for nothing. Some manufacturers program the lights to just pop on every 30,000 miles to get you into the dealership. In some cases if you can find a service tech and get to be good buddies with them they can tell you the "secret code" to turn off these stupid lights. I was lucky enough to get the code for one of my Dodges. The "check engine" light on it came on at 40,000 miles, 80,000 miles, 120,000 miles, 160,000 miles, 200,000 miles and 240,000 miles. There was NEVER anything wrong with the car.
27th Jun 2008, 09:49
I have a 2003 chevy impala that I purchased in 2005. I did not have any problems until last year. The blinkers stop working, they will come on but not flasher. I was told it was the flashers. Then fuel pump went out, intake manifold, air compressor stop working, and now the gas gauge shows empty when we have a full tank of gas. I called GM motors to see if they had any recalls and they told me that they do not have any reported. What do you guys think we can't do to make them see?
17th Jul 2008, 08:35
For the June 9th, 12:09 comment:
You should be able to reset the tire pressure light through the on-board controls on your radio. If I remember right, you have the ignition in the on position but not started then push and hold the display button on your radio. After a few seconds, the settings menu will pop up. Scroll through the menu and you'll come to the tire pressure setting and you can reset it there.
21st Jul 2008, 18:20
I have a 2004 Impala that will not crank every 20 or so starts. Replaced the starter twice. I can hear a clicking from the relay. I replaced all the ignition and crank relays I could find under the hood and in the inside fuse block. Still I have the same problem. I am hearing a lot about BCM and passive lock problems, but do not want it to nickel and dime me. Any ideas?
14th Aug 2008, 12:53
I have a 2000 Impala ls 3.8 and tire pressure light always comes on as well. A way to reset it is turn key to acc position and manually turn headlight switch on and off three times within 5 seconds. Another trick, this one to reset change oil light is to do the same thing but instead of light switch, pump the gas pedal 3 time. Really works to reset light. I had to learn these b/c I changed the radio and could not reset.