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Transmission Noise Problems of Chevrolet Impala



Chevrolet Impala owners have reported 13 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 1
Failure Date: 12/28/2012

I was driving to work, nearly at the end of a 50 mile trip, the car was functioning normally with no abnormal noises or indications of problems. I drove the car into the parking lot and was making a slight right turn, traveling at about 15 mph, when suddenly the car screeched to an immediate halt and stalled the engine. The sudden stop was violent and threw me against my seatbelt. I moved the gear selector lever from drive to park and restarted the engine without any trouble. The engine ran smooth and without any unusual noise. I put the car into drive, but it would not move and it made loud grinding and clunking sounds. I put the car in reverse, but still it would not move and again made loud noises. I put the car in neutral and a friend came over to help me push the car to a more safe area, but still the car would not move. Apparently the drivetrain was locked up and would not move, no matter what gear position the transmission was in. The car was later dragged on to a flatbed truck and taken to my local auto service center, where they determined the transmission was bad. The vehicle was then towed to my local Chevrolet dealer to be fixed under the gm 100,000mi/5 year powertrain warranty. I am very shaken up by this incident and fear what would have happen if the vehicles front wheels would have violently locked up like this at highway speeds. I fear the result would have been a total loss of control of the vehicle and possibly severe injury or even death to myself and others. I hope gm and the NHTSA investigate this incident and find the cause of the transmission failure with the goal of preventing this from happening again before someone gets hurt or killed.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Impala 2
Failure Date: 10/17/2012

At speeds 15 mph and above after decelerating then accelerating transmission will make a noise ranging from a clink, clank, clunk to a banging jolt as if the car has been rear ended. The more pressure on acceleration and the lower the gear the louder the noise and the greater the jolt. Dealership states transmission is operating properly.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala 3
Failure Date: 08/01/2011

From stop I would step on the gas, and the car would slam into gear. I have had to have the electrical cluster replaced $300, and the fuel control replaced (car always smelt like gas) now they think this slam is the tcc valve in the transmission which is anywhere from $600-$900. Also the steering knuckle makes a loud noise on sharp turns. Whats next? are any of these issues recalls?.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala 4
Failure Date: 05/06/2011

Tranmission slips, rolls backwards when accelerating uphill, vibration when acclereating from stop, grindin/ rattling noise from transmission.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 5
Failure Date: 10/22/2010

I had purchased a 2010 Chevrolet Impala in July, 2010. The first attempt at repair of the front end vibration was on 10/22/2010. The dealership did not recognize the vibration. The vehicle tires were rotated on 01/26/11 in an attempt to stop the vibration in the front end. The vehicle was taken in on 03/18/11 for front end noise (thump) while turning the wheels. The vehicle was taken in on 07/07/11 for the thumping noise in the front end while turning the wheels. The vehicle was taken in on 07/28/11 for a front end thumping noise when turning the wheels. The vehicle was taken in on 08/16/11 for a front end thumping noise and the dealership notices the tires were wearing slightly cupped on the inside edge. The vehicle was taken in on 09/08/11 for a whining noise from tne engine bay and power steering fluid was flushed. The vehicle was taken in on 04/09/12 for front end thumping noise, wheel bearing, transmission surge, and whine noise from radio. The vehicle was taken in on 06/27/12 for rough idle, tire replacement, transmission. The vehicle was taken in on 07/27/12 for rough idle, transmission surge, thump noise in front end and whine noise in radio. The vehicle was taken in on 10/05/12 for transmission surge, rough idle, thump noise in front end, and whine noise in radio. The outcome at this point is the dealership tried to reprogram the vehicle, gm approved replacement of all four tires, a replacement of the power steering pump, wheel bearing on driver front side. The dealerships have done two throttle body cleanings. The dealership has stated they will replace the rotors but gm would not approve replacement only turning on the rotors. This case has been opend with the better business bureau whom advised me to contact NHTSA. Gm refuses to replace parts because their computer system cannot tell them what is wrong with the vehicle. Gm has recalled the police vehicles for front end suspension and has a lawsuit pending in michigan for personal vehicl.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 6
Failure Date: 09/03/2010

Have 2007 Impala lt3. (purchased from sunset Chevrolet, sumner, wa) 1/13/2010. Having serious transmission issues. Took vehicle to firestone (6/10/10) for routine oil change and inspection. Found leak in transmission. Also needed fuel system service. Repairs not done at this time due to financial shortage. Took to firestone again for routine oil change 8/26/10. During routine inspection oil leak detected. Transmission leaking. And power steering making abnormal noise. Could not afford repairs. Then took vehicle to dealership. Was told that repairs not covered by warranty. Could not afford out of pocket. Transmission got worse as did oil leak and powersteering. 1/31/11 firestone serviced the transmission and replaced the leaking gasket. This did nothing to help transmission issues. Contacted gm. Was eventually told that even though burien Chevrolet told us the parts were not covered by warranty, that in fact the parts were covered by warranty at the time we took it to the dealer. But because we took the vehicle to an independent auto shop, their was nothing gm could do to assist us with our issue. Now I am unsure how to proceed. Any advise? thank you for your time. Sincerely, keith buss.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Impala 7
Failure Date: 02/10/2010

Transmission failure clutches worn slipping, had to have whole tranny rebuilt, took it to chevy dealer 8 months ago after it was slipping and banging into gear and whining noise (which was the bearing in the transmission being worn, chevy dealer said nothing wrong sent me home. . 8months later and $2,600 later had to have it rebuilt by private transmission shop.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 8
Failure Date: 01/03/2010

I own a 2007 Impala lt 3. 9 l. Purchased from sunset Chevrolet in sumner, wa 1/03/10. Not even 3 months after buying the car, the engine oil started leaking, the transmission started leaking, the power steering started making an abnormal noise, and the car needed a brake job. (front and back). Took car to dealer (burien Chevrolet in burien, wa). Was told that the needed repairs were not covered by warranty. We declined repairs as we could not afford out of pocket cost. Contacted general motors. Was told that at the time the vehicle was taken to the dealer, that relevant components were indeed covered by the warranty. Gm was unsure of why dealer had told us they were not covered by warranty. But that the warranty was presently expired, and even though it wasn't when we took car to dealer, there is nothing they can do now that the warranty is expired. Also, the tech at burien Chevrolet said that he could see no signs of the symptoms that we described were wrong with the transmission, even though there was a service bulletin issued by gm on 10/15/09 (06-07-30-023c) which describes the symptoms exactly as we told the dealer. It also contains information neede to repair the problem. Now the transmission is on the verge of breaking down and the engine is leaking oil more than ever.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 9
Failure Date: 01/01/2010

Transmission "slips" then engages hard. Has progressively gotten worse. Had transmission service just about a year ago, fluid has been clean and full. I was making a right hand turn and started to go but the car would barely pick up speed, the engine revved then after about 3 seconds it jerked hard and resumed acceleration. My local dealer and gm themselves flat-out lies about the issues with this car (has had all the common things, tire wear, bad rotors, motor mounts, window screeching, steering noises, remote entry, you know, typical Impala) so unlikely it will go to dealer for diagnosis. They will likely say it's due to position of the moon and direction of the wind. Just hope this does not cause accident before I can ditch this car or NHTSA gets on gm's case for these defect ridden cars!.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala 10
Failure Date: 07/22/2007

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the engine compartment. The gears failed and the vehicle suddenly stopped moving. No warning indicators were present. The vehicle was towed to her residence and taken to a transmission shop the following day. The mechanic stated that the cause of failure was the transmission. The current and failure mileages were 67,000.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 11
Failure Date: 06/29/2005

2004 chevy Impala transmission failed while driving on a major highway interstate 80. The failure has cost $100's of dollars in tow truck fees, rental fees etc. Complaints were made to grey Chevrolet in stroudsburg pennsylvania over the past 6 months regarding a noise come from either the transmission or the engine and up to the point of the failure the service departement at the dealer could never find a problem with the vehicle. The vehicle was never property assessed. GMC customer assistance was also contacted regarding our unsatisfactory service my this dealer over the past few months as I write this complain 7/7/05 my car is still sitting in the lot of the service department awaiting word from GMC on what to do.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala 12
Failure Date: 02/23/2005

Problems to get gear in - delayed with some noise. A day later the transmission failed. The planetary system broke - after only 44000 miles. Ransmission type 4t65e. Repair was necessary - costs $2300.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala 13
Failure Date: 09/01/2003

We heard a low rumbling noise while accelerating from a stop, we barely made it through the next major intersection as the car was hardly moving forward any more and coasted to a boulevard off of a major road. The car jumped forward in park when we restarted it and then it would not respond whether we tried to put the car in drive or reverse. This is a 2001 vehicle now in need of a refabbed transmission for a whopping $2700! the dealer never opened the transmission to find out exactly what went wrong (they guess it's the gear set) and they refuse to let us get a 3rd party to examine it. They will charge us a $700 non-refundable core fee even if we return the core to them in a timely manner. Also, the time table for them to return the part to gm just went to 24 hours. Originally they said it usually takes around a week for them to send the part back!.