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Engine Shut Off Without Warning Problems of Chevrolet Impala - part 1

Chevrolet Impala owners have reported 48 problems related to engine shut off without warning (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 1
Failure Date: 01/03/2016

I bought my 2009 Chevrolet Impala used in April 2015, and since then I have had the warning service traction control, followed by engine power reduced pop up about a dozen times, with varying lengths between incidents, but not until yesterday did the car respond in any way. Yesterday I was accelerating up an interstate entrance ramp when the service traction control message popped up, then engine power reduced, and I paid little attention until quickly after the second message I realized I had no power, I had the accelerator to the floor and the car wasn't responding, the engine had shut down. So I turned on my hazard flashers and tried to pull over to the berm, but had to fight the dead steering wheel to do so, the power steering had stopped working when the engine shut down. The car wouldn't immediately restart once I had come to a stop, but after letting it sit for a few minutes, it started and I had no further issues getting home. I have read about this problem with this model vehicle here on this website, but this is the first time the engine has shut down on me after the two warning messages, and I was very lucky that there was no traffic in the lane I was trying to merge into when it did happen.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 2
Failure Date: 09/28/2015

Engine shuts off while at a red light and then will turnover but will not restart.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 3
Failure Date: 09/08/2015

Was driving along at 55mph and the service traction system light came on followed by the reduced engine power light. Then the car just completly died. I was able to get to right shoulder and park it. I have done some research and seems that there have been several other folks with the same issue. I can't believe that this car would just shut down and have no control. I had the entire family in the car and was thankful that this didn't cause an accident. I am looking for answers and plan on taking it to the chevy dealership I purchased the car from today or tomorrow.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 4
Failure Date: 05/10/2015

My car shut down on me on may 15 2015. Service traction control and reduced engine power message appeared. I managed to drive the car home at slow speed. This is a safety issue. I have read reports that similar problems have appeared on other 2009 Impalas. Some reports said the car shut down completely in fast moving traffic. I had my own mechanic look at the car and the part that needed to be replaced was thea. I. R. System check valve. I later received a notice from Chevrolet about another problem that could cause the car to shut down unexpectedly. (app) sensor accelerator pedal position sensor. I believe a recall should be issued for these problems because of the potential for accidents on the highway. Also, Chevrolet did not cover the cost of the repairs to the a. I. R. Pump. Thank you.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 5
Failure Date: 04/13/2015

While on my way home from work on a major highway, message lit up saying engine power is reduced, service traction control, then said starting disabled and the engine shut off mid highway with no time to react. I was almost hit by several cars, tractor trailer, and buses. I had no power steering, nothing. I have 5 children who are often in the car with me and this created a mess of traffic and could have killed people. After being scared out of my mind and stuck half in a highway lane for 5 min with traffic swerving, the car started back up with no issues and I continued home. No sign of anything today, however I am reading thousands of complaints online from other chevy Impala owners who state they are experiencing the same issues and it comes and goes and have tried everything to fix it and it still happens every so often sometimes more than others. Someone is going to lose a life.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 6
Failure Date: 02/13/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that aprroximatley 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and shut off without warning. The vehicle restarted after numerous attempts. The engine power reduced warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failure had occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was not available. Ddr.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala 7
Failure Date: 12/12/2014

The security light came on and car shut off while I was driving the car at approx 30 mph. This happened several times since then while traveling at a higher rate of speed. Luckily I did not have an accident but, I am afraid to drive the car that an accident may happen. This is a very serious safety issue. I have researched the internet and came across many complaints the same as mine. How can it be that no recalls have been made on an issue so serious?.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 8
Failure Date: 10/28/2014

On my display I have seen daily (service traction action) and (engine power reduced) along with (service airbag) for more than a year, did not service due to cost and it is not my fault! my car usually slows down once the engine power reduced displays causing the car to jerk due to me trying to give it more gas so as not to be hit from the back. As my grandchildren and I were headed home on the freeway my car decided to just shut off. On the display it read first. . Service traction action and then starting disabled service throttle. My car immediately lost power and I began to pray hoping I would not get hit from the back with my grandchildren sitting in the back. Once I pulled over my car would not start I sat for about a minute and tried to start again and it started. Just today 01/12/2015, with my grandchildren in the back of my car again my car decided to loose power again but this time it did something very different, it would not allow me to first reverse and then it allowed me to but soon after I could not go forward. The gas peddle acted as though the car was completely turned off but the car was running. When I attempted to press the gas peddle I pressed it all the way down to the floor, nothing happened. I ended up calling a towing service and after telling them what happened I was told my issues stemmed from a electrical system issue that chevy had recalled. This does not make any sense for so many of us to go through the same issues but nothing be done about these issues. Something needs to be done quickly!!.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 9
Failure Date: 08/19/2014

My family was driving down the interstate at 70 mph, all of the sudden these messages started to appear on the message center. Engine power has been redused, something about traction control and another message that I can not remember. The car then lost all power, it shut off completely. We did make it over to the "slow" lane, but there we sat on the interstate with traffice all around us. The car would not start!!! need less to my girls and my self were terrified that we would be hit. After about 10 minutes the car did start again and we made it to our destination. The messages are not displaying now, but the engine light is still. I am taking it to the shop today. What will it take before gm does something about this??????.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala 10
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

While driving on the highway the "service traction control" message comes on, then, the messages "service stability trak" then "engine power is reduced". And then the car shuts down I had to quickly pull over on the side of the road. After a few minutes the car starts up and everything is fine. This happened twice since then. Every couple months the sensor lights would come on with the above message-without car shutting down. The lights come on a lot more often now-although the car does not shut down, it's the fear of the possibility. When googling this problem with the car it sounds like this is a common problem. I'm not sure why there hasn't been a recall. I'm bringing in my car tomorrow to get fixed. However, its upsetting that there seems to be a problem with the throttle position sensor, and there was a recall on a GMC truck in 2008 for this problem. This seems to be a problem regardless of year of miles of the Impala.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala 11
Failure Date: 07/26/2014

Throttle control shut down,engine power reduced,car shut down on highway without warning.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala 12
Failure Date: 07/05/2014

My family and I were traveling from newark, NJ from the July 4th holiday back home to raleigh nc on 95 south in virginia and going at a speed of 72mph approx. And the car/engine just turned off at that rate of speed with 2 children in the back seat of the vehicle. After we sat on the side of the road for about 45min the vehicle proceeded to start and we made it home to nc. The following business day after the holiday I took it to my mechanic giao auto located on capital blvd in raleigh nc and he could not determine why the vehicle shut off the way it did. So I continued to drive just with precaution. I received a letter on 8/21/2014 regarding the recall and was livid because this has happened to my family while driving on the interstate! I believe that this may happen to my family again and do not want to risk this, so I would like to know what can be done to ensure that my children have a safe vehicle.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 13
Failure Date: 06/16/2014

Goodmorning I just would like to say this is my second vehicle from chevy but this vehical has really placed me in a bad bind. First the airbag light comes on and off for the passed month, next the key becomes stuck in the ignition then it went out had to replace that. Traction control light comeson comes over board with message saying," engine power is reduced then message states car shuting down " in the middle of driving . This last time I had my new born grandbaby in the car driving on expressway going 60speed limit car just shut offcars flying pass me I was really terrified for my safty and my grand child. This has occured off and on since last year. Last yeat I had taken it back to all star chevy in miss. They stated they couldn't find anything cost me a good penny when they stated that the warrenty was out. Now the car will not start. I have been replacing alot of electrical issues with this car for the last year but this time is the last time my grand baby and myself could have lost our life" now no car to get back and forth to work I have been really patient with chevy with this car I still have all my reciepts from aaa fixing this car I refused to spend any more money on this car. I need toknow if this compay will help me because a 2010 should not have this much problem.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 14
Failure Date: 06/16/2014

I was driving on the highway during rush hour traffic going approximately 65 per hour and the service traction control came on and then said that engine power was reduced. It also had the engine light come on and stayed on all the way home. I then got home safely that time and shut off the car about 20 minutes later went out and all lights had gone off and was back to normal. This has happened at least a dozen times since then. Then on 6/29/15 this happened again on the highway during rush hour traffic. However this time the car said throttle disabled and the car shut off completely in the middle of the highway and I had to try and get to the side of the road without incident. After about 10 or 15 minutes the car then started back up and the lights went out and I was able to drive again. Then later in the day I returned home and tried to leave in my car and it would not start and had no power what so ever. The key also would not come out of the ignition and I just had that recall dealt with on the key. I could have been seriously injured in this last incident. This needs to be recalled and gm needs to pay for what I am out of pocket because I now had to get a rental car to work. I have read pages upon pages of complaints just like mine, which is ridiculous that this issue has not been fixed. Does it take someone getting injured or killed for gm to do something?.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 15
Failure Date: 06/07/2014

The traction control light comes on, then you get a message saying the engine power is reduced. Then you get a message saying the car is shutting down. This has been happening every once in a while, but now it's a lot more frequent. This Saturday I was driving about 60 on a three lane highway with no shoulder/break down lane. The car shut off while I was going up a hill. Cars were flying up behind me and swerving to miss me. Normally it takes about 5 minutes and you can restart the car. This time it was almost 10 minutes. I had a panic attack sitting there. Once the car finally started I drove about 50 feet and it happened again. Luckily there was a dunkin donuts there and I coasted into the parking lot. I sat there about 20 minutes so I could catch my breath, stop crying and composed myself. When I went to the dealer about 6 months ago they said it was my gas pedal, and it was going to cost $164. However when you research this on the web, you will see most people who have the gas pedal fixed it happens again. There should really be a recall on this because someone will get into an accident and perhaps get killed.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Impala 16
Failure Date: 06/07/2014

The engine shut off after hitting a large bump in the road. The engine shut off a second time again after hitting a large bump in the road. The power steering and power brakes were both affected. The car restarted. The dealer looked at the car and couldn't duplicate the condition. The problem went away after I removed all the keys from the key-ring.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 17
Failure Date: 05/19/2014

Driving to work and I got a display message that said some thing similar to "stabilitrack repair, engine power reduced" and then the car shut down. No power steering, nothing. I was finally able to stop, but I wasn't able to get off the road and it caused a potentially dangerous situation. I've read online this is a common issue with Impala's and something that is a design flaw, as the shutting down of the car is not needed. Had I been in traffic, a large car pile up would have resulted.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 18
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

This vehicle has a push button engine shut off button. I went to a shopping mall and forgot to shut off the engine. When I returned approx. 1 hour later, the engine was still running. I am concerned should this happen when I park the auto in my closed garge which is located directly below a bedroom. The engine will be running all night and the bedroom will be filled with carbon monoxide resulting in death to the occupants. The vehicle needs a time delay shut off should the driver forget to shut off the engine. The time delay could be set by the manufacturer and should be approximately 15 to 20 minutes otherwise the engine will run forever.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 19
Failure Date: 04/11/2014

I was driving my 2009 chevy Impala traveling at about 45-50 mph when the "reduce engine power" message came up followed by "check traction control". The car then became sluggish and slowed down to about 15-20 mph. It then shut off without warning and it seems as though the power steering went out. I had my daughter in the car with me and thank god traffic was light because with that happening it was an accident waiting to happen. I am concerned because it seems like this has been a common problem with this car for a few years and there has not been a recall yet. Is gm waiting for someone to die. No one seems to be able to pinpoint what the problem is and I don't think it's fair that someone has to pay money to fix what may be a problem. Something needs to be done because this is not safe at all. I see a lot of Impalas in my town and it's scary to think that at any time this can happen to any one of those cars, mine included, and seriously hurt or kill someone. Gm needs to step up and do the responsible thing for the people who invested their money in the gm brand.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala 20
Failure Date: 04/08/2014

While driving message reduced engine power is displayed along with throttle disabled message, engine shuts off, making vehicle difficult to steer. Left my wife stranded in middle of road. Car restarts after approx. 15 min and displays orange engine light. Took to webbs texaco in lakeland, FL and they say it has a bad ecm. Previously shut off at 70 mph on interstate.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Impala 21
Failure Date: 03/19/2014

Vehicle shuts off while driving. . . Extremely dangerous to drive!! this has happened on multiple occasions.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala 22
Failure Date: 01/02/2014

Throttle disable light comes on and the engine shuts down, including steering. This has happened twice. The first time was January of 2014, speed was approximately 50 mph. We were able to steer the car into a neighborhood and after about 30-40 minutes, the engine started again. This happened again yesterday, in a much more dangerous situation. I was entering a highway with traffic travelling at and above posted speed of 70 mph. As I merged, the throttle disabled light flashed on and the engine immediately shut down. Luckily I was able to steer the car onto the shoulder. I truly feel my life was in danger. The vehicle started after about 30 minutes of me sitting on the very busy shoulder of this highway.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala 23
Failure Date: 12/13/2013

The service traction control light comes on and the engine power reduced messesge appears. The entire car shuts down and you can not accelerate. I was on the freeway and could have been hit from behind. I immediately put on my hazard lights and pulled off to the side of the road. This was the first time, happened again this month(March). Taking to chevy dealer for a diagnosis.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Impala 24
Failure Date: 12/11/2013

Driving on freeway when a reduced engine power light came on and the car shut off, luckily I was able to pull aside from big trucks, otherwise I would be struck by. No codes and no one knows what the problem is. As far as I know this is a major incident that someone can get hurt or loses life. I went online thru edmunds and saw a lots of complains about the same problem, but when I called the dealer they said nothing about a recall !! been a chevy customer for a long time. I just can't believe it. Something or someone got to do something about this problem, please !!!.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 25
Failure Date: 10/12/2013

I have had numerous problems with my 2009 Impala. From the very beginning with only 100+ miles on it and the problems continue today. The dash will say reduced engine power and as I was going down the road at 55 miles an hour my car just shut off. I was able to get it to the side of the road and just sat there wondering what was going on. It wouldn't do anything, it was just completely off. I was about to call for aaa and tried one more time and it started. This happened again in November of 2013 as well and I was going 45 on a country rd. Again I was able to pull to the side and sat there and waited again. When this happens the car will do nothing. I have problems with my traction control, making a strange grinding type noise and bogs the car down from moving when I am trying to accelerate from a stop or trying to turn either left or right. I have had problems with my air bag lights coming on and telling me to service my air bags. It comes on and goes off and comes on and goes off. The dash light will come on and tell me to shut engine off now for low oil pressure, this has happened for 4 years, the car is 5 years old. This car was never a good car from the very day it came off the lot.

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