About Chevrolet Impala
Positioned as a prestige car within the reach of the average American citizens, Chevrolet Impala was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division from 1958 to 1985, 1994 to 2006 and again was put into production since 1999 as full-size and mid-size cars. Originally used for the top trim level of the full-size Bel Air in 1958, Impala became its own model in 1959 as Chevrolet's most expensive passenger model through 1965 and had become the best-selling car in the United States. Earning lots of awards such as Motor Trend Magazine's Car of the Year. Automotive Fleet and Business Magazines' Fleet Car of the Year and so on, Impala is now in its tenth generation.
The ninth-generation Chevrolet Impala was produced from 2006 to 2016 and made its debut at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2006 model. Built based on the updated GM W platform, it came in four trim levels: entry-level LS, midgrade LT and range-topping LTZ, and SS. During this generation, Impala had a lot of engine options ranging from 3.5 L V6 rated at 211 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque to 5.3 L V8 producing 303 horsepower. And engines sent power through 4-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions to front wheels. Today's Impala debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show for the 2014 model year. Now, it features LS, LT1, LT2, LTZ2 and Premier trim levels. Power for the current model comes from 2.4 L I4 rated at 196 hp and 186 pound-feet of torque, optional 3.6 L V6 making 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque and a 2.4 L I4 eAssit engine. Engines pair with 6-speed automatic transmission that drivers the front wheels.
Chevrolet Impala Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Distinguishing itself from other large sedans with sharp styling and a spacious trunk, Chevy Impala is a dazzling choice as a family-friendly full-size sedan. However, as time passes by, you need to pay more attention to these common problems on Impala:
First, shifting rough and suspension failure are what Chevrolet Impala drivers complained most about the vehicle. We can speculate from symptoms such as indicator not matching the gear, vehicle not turning off, vehicle starting in another gear or not going into gear at all, and roughly shifting or transmission slippage and surging, the transmission is out of the order and reason lies on Impala shift cable, transfer case seal, and automatic transmission shifter. As for suspension failure, you must keep the Impala shock absorber in good order.
Second, engine and steering system in Chevrolet Impala are also rather vulnerable parts. Steering failure often results in a shaky or loose steering wheel, uneven or excessive tire wear, and squealing noises, you should pay more attention to the working condition of Impala tie rod and power steering pump. And once you could hear impact noises, see leaking coolant or oil and steam coming from the radiator, feel engine overheating and a decrease in the oil pressure, power, acceleration and fuel economy. If left unattended, your vehicle will end up with breaking down, thus, once the Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light are illuminated, please make sure if the Impala engine mount, water pump, coolant reservoir, thermostat, intake manifold gasket, oil pump, EGR valve, EGR filter and oil filter are working properly immediately.
An effective method in making sure safe and comfortable driving trip is to perform routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts, but people often ignore this method. As your Chevy Impala is assembled by so many different kinds of auto parts, here are some clues about what parts need routine maintenance. First, electrical parts are convenient but vulnerable due to high frequency of usage. Thus, Impala ABS control module, blower motor, mass air flow sensor, A/C switch, steering angle sensor, MAP sensor, throttle position sensor, oxygen sensor and headlight switch should be maintained routinely. And windshield wiper, wiper blade, seat belt, wiper arm, headlight, horn, wheel cover, antenna, fog light bulb and headlight should be on routine maintenance list, too.
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