Question about 2001 Chevrolet Impala
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have a 2003 impala that had the same problem. after examining what it might be I finally figured it out. Typacal auto poor design!. ever notice when it rains or if you spray the winshield with the washer and you are driving the water comes right back into the car and down the inside of your door? it pures right onto the switches. as a smoker this is a big problem. indeed the water damages and shorts out the switches. cause the driver's window is used the most it is the one that takes the hit more and is worn out more.
I too tried to replace the switch but only found out that the whole switch pack for the door handle can only be replace. even at the wrecking yard this was very expensive. so I wasn't going to play that game. no sir! I went to a electronic supply house like radio shack and bought a 2WAY SPRING MOMENTARY SWITCH WITH CENTER OFF, drilled a hole on the underside of the handle part that houses the switch cluster and re wired the the window leads to that switch. (HINT! you will want to use a volt meter to find the constant power lead withing the harnes plug to the switches then use a small piece of wire to find the up and down wires for that window. they won't be where you might think!!! by doing this place the one end of the wire into the found hot lead with the ignition on. then stab around the harnes untill you fint the up and down wires. once you locate them then attach those wires to you new switch. and a third wire from the hot feed to the new switch now you have a working up and down switch.)
this is a cheap inexpensive fix. I just refuse to pay big dollars on plastic junk. i don't plan to resell the car. it may be repo'd first then I don't car what they do with it! HAHA. but if you are rich unlike me! then just replace the switch cluster. two screws and you done.
turn signals is unrelated to this issue. sounds like you have a bad steering column switch. this can cause you headlights to intermittantly to fail when switching from hi and low.
hope this helps you all.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
Sorry i dont have a diagram but what i can tell you is that you can take it to a body shop and they can remove the inside door panel and show you what part snapped or if you are pretty good with tools, screw drivers and star bits, you can take the panel off yourself, they're usually fairly simple to remove. Just be careful of your switches and door handle. Also check the window power motor too.
Hope that gives you a start.
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
SOURCE: driver side window off track
2 sets (total 4) T30 Torx screws need to be removed.
The 2 holding the interior door handle grip / cup.
And then behind where the cup is, there are 2 more, that secure the door panel to the door.
FWIW, there are also 2 philips screws. One at the top, near the mirror. The second at the moveable door handle latch.
Lastly, of course, the standard "pop" sort of fasteners, around the perimeter on the 2 sides and bottom of the door panel. Also, there are 2 light blue plastic alignment posts (that do *not* fasten).
When re-assembling, make *sure* to properly catch / engage the door panel's top black plastic lip into the 3 hidden metal "U" holders, at the very top of the door panel.
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
If it's a single window that has this problem. It is not a fuse.
If it just started, it's probably the switch. It could also be the motor has burned out.
Do you hear anything then you try to lower the window?
If the window button is on the console or dash, pop it out and If it's on the door, remove the door panel. Once you have access to the wires, try connecting them manually.
If nothing happens, it's probably the motor. You should also put a volt meter on the wires at the switch to see if power is getting to it.
Posted on Sep 19, 2009
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