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    2011 Impala LT 3.5L 83,088 miles: Guest Oil Change

    Was home visiting parent recently (hard not to be able to type "parents" anymore), and my Mom's Impala needed some work done: two sets of accident damage repaired (driver's door and rear passenger bumper cover) ... and after that was done, I decided to change the oil - (the very first time for...
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    '02 Impala 3.4L, 211.6k : Annoying Window Motor Assembly Problem

    '02 Impala 3.4L, 211.6k : Annoying Window Motor Assembly Problem The vehicle was bought brand new in June 2002. Original driver's side window motor assembly lasted to 184k miles. Three years ago (but only 26,000 miles ago), that part failed when the plastic pulley(s) cracked and the metal...
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    '02 Impala 3.4L, 209.4k : P0102 Won't Go Away!

    Bought this car brand new in June 2002. No accident history; service history: just oil changes, brake pads, rotors, and of course intake gaskets where I replaced everything in the path down to injector o-rings back at 104k miles (2007?) So I've had this code for quite a long time (over a...
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    2011 Impala: Self-Re-program New Key?

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Chevy MODEL: Impala YEAR: 2011 MILES: ?? ENGINE: V6 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... 2011 Impala: Self-Re-program New Key? My father's car up in New England. He had cut a new key at a lumber yard and apparently had it re-programmed at the dealer, but...
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    '02 Impala: Diagnose This!

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: MODEL: YEAR: MILES: ENGINE: DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Without first getting into a discussion of the problem, please review these three data captures and tell me if you see anything that would point to a problem. The Captures were taken on the...
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    '97 Taurus Wagon GL 3.0L 226.3k: Gasket Job Looming?

    Think I may need an intake and/or head gasket job. All gaskets are factory original. Background: ========= Was previously losing a bit of coolant, needing to fill up about half recovery tank every 2-3 months or so. Some white smoke out exhaust, but nothing too concerning. Then engine started...
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    2002 Impala 3.4L 189.6k: Passenger Wiper Arm Doesn't Move

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Chevy MODEL: Impala YEAR: 2002 MILES: 189.6 ENGINE: 3.4L DESCRIBE ISSUE.... 2002 Impala 3.4L 189.6k: Passenger Wiper Arm Doesn't Move Almost embarrassed to post this because I've done so many other much-more-involved repairs (LIM gaskets...
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    02 Impala 3.4L 185.4k: Directional (“Blinker”) Light Fix

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Chevy MODEL: Impala YEAR: 2002 MILES: 185.4k ENGINE: 3.4L DESCRIBE ISSUE.... I just installed a replacement Hazard Switch because the directional "blinker" light stopped working (after only working sporadically for a while). This...
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    02 Impala 3.4L 185k: Front Cover Gasket

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Chevy MODEL: Impala YEAR: 2002 MILES: 185k ENGINE: 3.4 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Shop Manual says you need to remove the oil pan as part of the front cover gasket repair. Is that really true? Removing the oil pan on this car is a very...
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    '97 Taurus GL Wagon 3.0L 217.2k: Heater Core Flush Produced "Tomato Juice" fluid

    '97 Taurus GL Wagon 3.0L 217.2k: Heater Core Flush Produced "Tomato Juice" fluid Haven't had heat all winter, so I decided to flush the heater core today. What came out looked very different to me. I've flushed this core at least once every winter, but I cannot ever remember seeing the fluid...
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    '02 Impala 3.4L, 185k: Running HOT !

    Full Disclosure: This thing has had a coolant leak for a few months now, and without both time and energy to get to it, I've been just filling with mostly water, but enough coolant to prevent freeze damage (although this car is in the Carolinas where freezing is not much of an issue). Leak...
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    '97 Taurus Wagon 3.0L, 209.2k : Wiper speed all over the place

    I used to notice this every once in a while years ago - wipers would be on intermittent, but then they would 'miss', or go out of sync, every now and then. The other day, in a rainstorm, I couldn't get the wipers to go fast enough. They were very noticeably S-L-O-W! I started looking at the...
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    Recommend Hydraulic Floor Jack that *DOESN'T" Leak??

    Really sick of my Craftsman Aluminum Floor Jack. I've had it since 2006, but probably only used it 30 times or so. Leaked like a sieve within the first year. Brought it back, got the run-around at Sears on a replacement (only had much smaller model), forgot to go back within the year, and so...
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    '97 Taurus GL 3.0L 208.3k miles: Normal Half-Shaft Movement??

    Had the front end off the ground on jack stands today to remove the tires, rotate, etc. Noticed my new ball joint and probably the half-axle boot (which is still factory original) had been spewing grease all over the place the past couple weeks I've been driving the car. The backside of rim...
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    Detecting Coolant in Transmission Fluid (or oil)

    Co-worker has a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder (3.5 L?, 175k ?). Reverse suddenly failed without warning. Forward gears work fine - even at high speed. From what I've been able to gather on Nissan forums, this is a common problem with these Pathfinders. Apparently, the transmission cooler either...
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    '97 Taurus GL Wagon 3.0L, 207.5k: Front Driver Ball Joint Won't Break Free

    '97 Taurus GL Wagon 3.0L, 207.5k: Front Driver Ball Joint Won't Break Free Cannot get this (bad) ball joint free of the Control Arm. Ball joint is pressed into the knuckle on this car with stud going down through the Arm. Bottom nut is off, of course, but so far both the Pitman puller and...
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    '02 Impala 3.4L 177k miles: Temp Gauge Lower Than Usual (I think)

    Used to run around mid-scale (190-ish F), then started creeping over mid-scale a couple of lines (7-15 degrees) about 4 years ago (plus losing coolant), so I replaced the intake gaskets, T-stat, hoses, lifters, o-rings, etc. Then, everything seemed fine .. it fell back down below mid-scale...
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    '97 Taurus 3.0L 205k miles: Just Poured Prestone PS Fluid into PS Reservoir

    '97 Taurus 3.0L 205k miles: Just Poured Prestone PS Fluid into PS Reservoir Bozo move. New water pump and "H" hose installed and I was just running the car and checking for leaks. Looked good. However, buzzing noise coming from PS pump, and it appeared the HOT fluid was at least an inch...
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    '97 Taurus GL 3.0 205k: Brake Failure Mystery During Oil Pan/Front Cover Project

    I had my Taurus on a single jackstand (lowest setting) just behind the passenger front wheel (the standard jack point) for several weeks while I casually replaced my oil pan/front cover gaskets. When I finally put the car back together and was able to start it, I decided to put it up on two...
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    '97 Taurus GL 3.0L OHV: Picture for 3-Prong Heat Shield Install

    While I was doing my oil pan gasket/front cover project, I ended up yanking off a couple of heat shields down along the bottom lip of the firewall trying to get at a couple of O2 sensor plugs. After putting everything back in place, I can't picture how this one heat shield goes in (the other...
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