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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:20 pm    Post subject:  Several Problems... Reply with quote

It's been awhile since I last posted. (I deleted my account years ago and recently re-joined.)

I have several issues that I have let fester over the last couple of years. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction with advice and/or costs.

2004 Impala SS. Mods: K&N panel filter; U-Bend exhaust delete; Flameball shift knob. 85k miles.

1) Ignition will not turn. I've had this happen to me several times. I've resolved it by tapping on the ignition key several times. Associated with this is I've noticed that the steering wheel doesn't lock with the key out. Should the steering wheel lock? What is the properly resolution/cost for the ignition switch?

2) Auto dim rear view mirror doesn't appear to work. Is this a known issue with this part? Replacement cost?

3) Driver's seat heater doesn't work. Anyone have an estimated repair cost?

4) Steering noise. This doesn't appear to be a u-joint issue as noted in the sticky. It's more of a fast ratcheting sound on low speed, hard turns when cold. Also the traction control light comes on when this happens. Back off the throttle and it's fine after that. Any idea what the problem is?

5) Transmission seems to slip when shifting. This has happened pretty much since new. Happens on low, slow speed take aways and at speed when accelerating. Downshifts seems to have a lot of hesitation. Initially I figured that it had something to do with power management, but this seems excessive. Under warranty no issue was noted (twice). Transmission service every 25k miles. Any input? (I'll probably just get a performance rebuild at some point).

So thanks for reading this far and thanks for any offered help or advice.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Only one thing I can offer is that the steering wheel doesn't lock on these cars. Mine doesn't and you can ask anyone else with a 00-05 Imp and they'll say the same. So that's not a problem. Very Happy

Sorry, I don't know much about the other problems you listed.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

1) I bet your keys are worn out. Do you have a spare key that hasn't been used as much? If you do, I bet that'll work. If not, see if you can get a new key cut by a dealer. If that fails, you can replace the ignition cylinder for around 100 bucks. It's relatively easy.

2) The autodim mechanism will crap out over time. They pop up here from time to time for a reasonable price, but if you PM ZSPOT about it he can tell you what a new one would cost.

3) I have no idea as I don't have heated seats

4) The traction control light suggests that you have an issue with the wheel hub/wheel speed sensor/wheel speed sensor wiring. The noise you are hearing might be the ABS activating. Do you have a scanner that can read ABS codes? If not, pay a visit to a reputable shop and they can help you out.

5) Welcome to the world of W-body transmissions. Mine is back in the shop for a second rebuild as I type this.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

1) Spare set in new condition. Same problem.

I've got ODBWiz with the GM chassis module. I'll look for ABS codes.

Thanks for the rest.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If the spare key in new condition still can't get the cylinder to turn, it's probably the ignition cylinder itself that's busted.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:38 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

2)...
Autodim repair???
http://www.*****.com/ch.....irror.html

3)...
Heated seat repair...
http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....p;start=60
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:58 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Presumably, that is the issue with your seat. I didn't bother searching around for it but I was going to mention that there is a how-to for it.

As far as the autodim, you could try cleaning it as the thread suggests, but more likely than not the fluid has leaked out over time.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yeah, the auto dim mirror is a cheap enough replacement if that's necessary.

However, I'm gonna be pretty embarrassed when I get around to looking at the mirror to see if a radar detector mount I have attached to my mirror is covering the sensor.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Your heated seats, you may have a burned out element. I would pull the leather and check for burned elements.

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