Question about 2002 Chevrolet Impala
I've found a few posts mentioning the same problem with the transmission, I've checked for recalls and there is none. There is a problem with the transmission, the front bearings and the brake rotors, they tend to warp, if you are looking to buy this vehicle, check both wheel bearings, rotors, front and back for warpage and subtract the price of a new transmission. There are newer Impalas also having transmission problems after just 14 months of use.
Does this sound familiar: The transmission does not engage immediately after cornering or during hard acceleration. When it does you can hear and feel a loud clunking noise coming from the powertrain. Often times this also causes the tires to "chirp". The above mentioned transmission problem has started when the car reached about 30,000 miles and 1 year old, until finally the wheels locked up.
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Posted on Oct 09, 2010
OK, if the front wheels lock up, the transmission is not the likely cause. It may have more to do with the brakes or the hub assemblies.
Are you able to push or move the vehicle when in neutral?
May need to jack up the front and try to spin the wheels when the car is not running.
Spinning the wheels will tell you if the brakes are locked up or bearings locked up at the rotors.
If one spins the front wheel one way, the other side should spin the opposite way even in park.
Tell me if this helps you understand what may be wrong with the vehicle in question.
By the way, what happened to the engine?
Posted on Oct 08, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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