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Old 01-09-2008, 07:10 PM   #11
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I...don't want to bring up the absolute obvious...but you HAVE checked the fluid level in the PS right?

VC gaskets are a very common culprit to oil seepage...and luckily are quite easy to replace.

Went away? Maybe you lost your sense of smell and went deaf?
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VC gaskets are a very common culprit to oil seepage...and luckily are quite easy to replace.
They're definitely a common failure on 3800s.

Does your Impala have that dog-bone mount on the passenger side front of the motor? If so, that needs to be removed. Removing that invovles removing the coil packs, ICM and a tensioner. I just did it to the Regal. Added a lot of time to the job.
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Oh geez, I've never removed those.. I don't have to hoist the engine up with anything, right? The other mounts should be able to carry the weight (right??? ).

John, yes I've checked the fluid level. The PS pump works excellent, I have no trouble steering at any speed.
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Alrighty, fixed all of them except for the valve cover gaskets (more labor intensive than I thought), but now I have a NEW problem. Now, if this is a feature of the Intense PCM that I don't know about, please tell me, but I don't think it is. I can't kickdown from fourth. It'* weird, I'm at around 50, and my TC stays locked up and in fourth when I kick it down. Pretty weird, eh? What gives?
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I have a intense PCM, but I don't experience anything like you're saying, when I want to pass (if you was trying to pass), the transmission, kicks down to 2nd gear and off I go really fast...
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Exactly....
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False alarm, took it to AZ to clear the maf code, and on the way home it kicked into 2nd like it was supposed to

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME MY CAR HAS RAN PERFECTLY SINCE SEPTEMBER!!!


(I just jynxed myself, didn't I...)
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(I just jynxed myself, didn't I...)
Sweet, sweet irony

I know you guys must be getting tired of trying to fix a broken Impala (), but my car has started making this horribly loud constant chime-like sound, if that makes sense. I don't know another way to describe it, but it come on at random times and when I go over a large bump or turn it off, it stops. I have no clue what it is. It seems to be coming from the drivers side, but I haven't been able to correctly analyze where exactly it'* coming from. My steering rack has also developed a low-pitched creaking sound the same time the other sound started. It'* weird, because right before everything started, I changed my thermostat. I'm pretty sure I cleaned up all the fluid that dripped out, but if some of this stuff could have gotten in the steering rack, could that cause a problem? This car sucks.
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