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Parked Impala with transmission problems gets much worse!

 
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Jesse
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:49 am    Post subject:  Parked Impala with transmission problems gets much worse! Reply with quote

Back in 2007 I posted here about a whining sound coming from my 2005 3.4L Impala. It is here:

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....264#202264

Two years later the vehicle became undrivable due to increasing transmission problems. It was to the point that my wife couldn't move forward from a stop light in a reasonable time especially if on an incline. The vehicle has pretty much been parked since September 2010.

Every month or so I'd start it up and drive a mile or two. Last year I noticed a funky smell but figured it was just from being parked. After some heavy rains this year I noticed there was a puddle on the rear passenger side floor board! Now the smell was making more sense.

I took out all the seats and pulled up the carpet to find several inches of disgusting water. I did some research and found that it was the seal above the HVAC intake. Now the seal has been put back where it belongs.

So far this is what has been damaged by the water:

- HVAC blower motor - It needed some rust broken off and oiled, but seems to be working for now.
- Blower control module - Blower is always on high even when the key is removed regardless of the settings on the control unit.
- Stereo - Power and ground wires splices that go to the amp in the trunk were broken and corroded.
- Instrument cluster - Temperature guage points straight down (not sure if this is water related)
- Carpet/padding - Smelled horrible. Soaked in detergent and diluted bleach mixture, pressure washed.


So, after all that because of a $5 piece of rubber that GM couldn't GLUE into place, I'm back to figuring out what's wrong with the transmission.

Back in 2010 I took it to a local transmission shop and they said it would need replaced or rebuilt. They said it would cost about $5000. They could not give me any insight as to why or exactly what was wrong with it so I was skeptical. Even back then I read many cases where something else was causing a problem other than catastrophic mechanical failure.

So to summarize:

1. Shortly after purchasing the vehicle, a strange whining sound began coming from the transmission.
2. Right before it started slipping and hard shifting the sound stopped completely.
3. If I put it in 1st gear, it starts out much better but still slips a little. It also slips going from 1st to 2nd.

I've been reading about shift kits that have fixed many other's problems and wonder if it could be that simple?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:13 am    Post subject:  Re: Parked Impala with transmission problems gets much worse Reply with quote

Jesse wrote:
Back in 2007 I posted here about a whining sound coming from my 2005 3.4L Impala. It is here:

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....264#202264

Two years later the vehicle became undrivable due to increasing transmission problems. It was to the point that my wife couldn't move forward from a stop light in a reasonable time especially if on an incline. The vehicle has pretty much been parked since September 2010.

Every month or so I'd start it up and drive a mile or two. Last year I noticed a funky smell but figured it was just from being parked. After some heavy rains this year I noticed there was a puddle on the rear passenger side floor board! Now the smell was making more sense.

I took out all the seats and pulled up the carpet to find several inches of disgusting water. I did some research and found that it was the seal above the HVAC intake. Now the seal has been put back where it belongs.

So far this is what has been damaged by the water:

- HVAC blower motor - It needed some rust broken off and oiled, but seems to be working for now.
- Blower control module - Blower is always on high even when the key is removed regardless of the settings on the control unit.
- Stereo - Power and ground wires splices that go to the amp in the trunk were broken and corroded.
- Instrument cluster - Temperature guage points straight down (not sure if this is water related)
- Carpet/padding - Smelled horrible. Soaked in detergent and diluted bleach mixture, pressure washed.


So, after all that because of a $5 piece of rubber that GM couldn't GLUE into place, I'm back to figuring out what's wrong with the transmission.

Back in 2010 I took it to a local transmission shop and they said it would need replaced or rebuilt. They said it would cost about $5000. They could not give me any insight as to why or exactly what was wrong with it so I was skeptical. Even back then I read many cases where something else was causing a problem other than catastrophic mechanical failure.

So to summarize:

1. Shortly after purchasing the vehicle, a strange whining sound began coming from the transmission.
2. Right before it started slipping and hard shifting the sound stopped completely.
3. If I put it in 1st gear, it starts out much better but still slips a little. It also slips going from 1st to 2nd.

I've been reading about shift kits that have fixed many other's problems and wonder if it could be that simple?


for 5k you can buy a brand new engine and transmission.
TRANSAXLE Impala; 3.8L; 2nd Design; Code 3LCB Rolling Eyes
MSRP Core ? Online Price
$2,218.75 $700.00 $2,130.00

ENGINE Impala, Monte Carlo; Federal 3.8L
MSRP Core ? Online Price
$2,610.00 $200.00 $2,818.80

just get your self a used one from a wreaked car that was rear ended avoid front ended and side impacts, unless the Front wheels were not touched. shgould be able to get one for 200-500$ for used one.

they are trying to make you look stupid tell them you can buy a brand new engine and tras for 5k
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Or you can get a bullet proof TEP for 1600 and some change
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Please excuse my ignorance, but what is a "bullet proof TEP?"

98ss wrote:
Or you can get a bullet proof TEP for 1600 and some change
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Jesse wrote:
Please excuse my ignorance, but what is a "bullet proof TEP?"

98ss wrote:
Or you can get a bullet proof TEP for 1600 and some change


http://www.tripleedgeperforman.....sions.html

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:58 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Frank wrote:
Jesse wrote:
Please excuse my ignorance, but what is a "bullet proof TEP?"

98ss wrote:
Or you can get a bullet proof TEP for 1600 and some change


http://www.tripleedgeperforman.....sions.html


Easiest way to put it is this is the only transmission you should get if you have any plans to keep the car more than a year or two. I'd still have my Monte Carlo if I had gone that route, instead I had recurrent transmission issues after a rebuild...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm with Impala_03. Just pick up a used one for a few hundred bucks and move on. And a shift kit won't help an already bad transmission.

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