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Chevy Impala traction control light & engine light



  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Good morning texasimpala,
    We're sorry that you've encountered these troubles with your Impala after the repair you had done last summer. I understand if you are searching out other options as well, but if you need assistance locating a dealership in your area to get this checked into, let us know.
    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • I have a 2008 Impala LT, 83000 miles and at about 50,000 I went to the dealership for the same problem "Traction Control service" and ABS and reduce speed. It was pretty hairy while driving at highway speed and you go from 65 to 40 mph. Well the dealership changed the left wheel hub because they said the sensor was showing a fault. I think that bill was $650....
    I'm getting the same message again, this time I took it to a local mechanic who used to work at a local Chevy dealership till the government closed them. He changed the left wheel hub again. Its been 2 weeks and the car is doing it again!!!!!! It is extremely frustrating. My son who is very good with foreign cars is telling me to just drive it, there is no fix unless I want to spend big $$$. I can't afford another car, damm if a dealership has problems and can't get it right....we are in big trouble
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Hi winnie1623,

    I can completely understand how frustrating of an issue this could be. I would really like to reach out to you via email to get more information from you. This way I am able to look into your specific situation and work as hard as I can to get a resolution. Can you private message me your full name, address, phone number, Vehicle Identification number, and dealer your involved with? This was I can stay involved throughout the process. My email is "Crystal". Look forward to hearing from you:-)

    Crystal-GM Customer Care
  • I have recently bought a chevy. I have not even paid on it 6 times. Today I got a traction control, stability light with the engine power reduced. I hope this does not cause a wreck. This is a 2011 Chevy Impala LT. I do not feel that anything should go bad in a car less than 2 yrs old, with less than 40000 miles on it. If it costs me more than$20.00 to fix, I will blast Chevy with everything that I have in my power to do. I will be at the Chevy dealer tomorrow hoping that this fix is quick and reliable.
  • jwc1951jwc1951 Posts: 4
    edited April 2013
    Hello, I went through this whole thing on March 18, 2013. Took my car to GM dealer and 500 dollars later it was fixed GM social media acted as though they were concerned but all they could tell me was sorry. Dealer said no recall and there probably won't be one. Seems like a lot of people having this problem. I understand things break. Even Maytag washers have issues at times. What bothers me is that GM is not offering any good will assistance of any kind. I bought manny new GM cars through the years. This one hasn't been good. I can accept that. What I can't accept is GM's lack of real concern. They make it look like there on it but I think it's all eyewash. Hopefully its fixed. It's our family car & must be safe and reliable
  • deadchevydeadchevy Posts: 3
    edited April 2013
    First off. I posted this like a week ago. I had this light come on and then go off. I thought it was just a small problem that happened by accident. It came on again today. I was on a ramp and these lights started going on, the engine started beeping. I was jerked wen the engine power reduced, and I CRASHED into a light post. Luckily I wasn't hurt. The airbags did not go off but my whole car is ruined. I also have no faith left in Chevy. I will never feel safe driving this car, if it is repairable and to add, I have to pay the deductible for an accident that is obviously caused by an engineering problem. What I want to know is, What is Chevy going to do about this????
  • Its very sad that there is no recall or fix for this....I just took it to a 3rd mechanic too. and guess what, still not fixed. The worst is the Chevy dealer that was down the block was closed by Obama. I'm going to the NY auto show to look at Toyota and Subaru's
  • I also have been seeing the response e-mails from GM Cust Ser. asking for info. Has anybody gotten a 2nd response to fix the proplem? Or is GM just giving us lip service.
    I vote lip service
  • I called them to complain and file a claim against GM. They took my information and want me to tow my crashed car into a dealership so they can come look at it. I have complained twice and not one person has responded to these complaints. Really upset with GM Chevrolet.
  • td9td9 Posts: 1
    i have a 2008impala, and I have owned it for 2 yrs now. i have a traction control light, service engine and reduced engine power, once that warning comes on the speed reduces and it struggles to shift gears. also the lights go in and out on the dashboard. But once I park and turn the car off it goes away a drives fine. Sometimes it goes months with out doing it again and other times just days. And recently my cruise control would shut off by itself as I'm traveling down the interstate on cruise. It just shuts off and the car decelerates. what to do with this car, dealer told us impalas were the best full size car. Starting to wonder
  • rpeckiorpeckio Posts: 3
    I have read the comments here and this problem has occurred with my 2010 Impala multiple times as well. First I had the wheel bearing fixed. Then I had the gas pedal cleaned where the throttle position sensor is. Then I replaced the throttle body. GM dealer says none of this is covered under powertrain. I am having this brought back to a GM mechanic for the fourth time. If this is not a small fix at this point, I am through. I would rather pay the loan off than continue to dump money in to an unreliable vehicle. I am through buying American cars, my prior Ford Explorer gave me all sorts of problems.
  • tjk7tjk7 Posts: 1
    turn your wheels to the left right, undo the abs sensor clip and then cover the end with electrical tape, voila no more traction control
  • rpeckiorpeckio Posts: 3
    I wish I was handy in that regard Winny. I called up to GM Corporate and they had no interest in that the car has been at the mechanic 4 times in the past month for the same issue, and is a 2010. They asked why I did not bring the car to Chevy Service. Well, I told them I had each code read and each time I called the code in to service, it was not covered under powertrain warranty. I stated why would I bring it to Chevy service and get ripped off on price when I can just bring it to a local GM mechanic for 15 years I trust. They had no concern for my vehicle. The Chevy customer service is as faulty as the parts they put in their vehicles. They should be ashamed of themselves.
  • jwc1951jwc1951 Posts: 4
    edited August 2013
    Really!!!! I have a 2006 impala, bought it new, took very good care of it, all scheduled maint plus some completed on time. I always had a chevy or a pontiac. Some were very good others were just ok. This 2006 has just turned 50,000 miles. It is without a doubt the worst car I have ever owned. The muffler rusted out at 30,000 miles, not covered over 3 years old. Then coolant by-pass tube and water pump, not covered over 3 years old. Then heater/ac control door motor, not covered. Then acc pedal control module, not covered. Then the power seat went out. Now I have a body control module blown out due to a power spike from the cooling fan. Really!!! All these afflictions with the exception of the muffler have GM service bullitens so they know there is a problem. GM cust care is eye wash only, they really don't care. 2014 Chevy impala? I think ill pass on this one. I need a break
  • I have an 08 impala reduce engine power light came on traction light and engine I contacted customer service at gm recall its my problem I need to fix it with so many complaints on this issue there should be a recall I am very up set dont have money to take to dealer to put on machine100.00 then another 400+ for repairs im clearly done with gm
  • we3st3we3st3 Posts: 1
    This is the 5th time I have had my 2006 Chevy impala in the shop, I have had it exactly one year and 2 months, I have a traction control & engine light on and I keep getting no answer from 3 different shops why it is on. All computer checks won't give them the proper codes to fix the problem. I feel so unsafe in my car I have had it in the shop more than I have driven the car. No one including GM has no answers. I have no trust in Chevy. All the problems is so sad that they put us at risk. I think GM should recall this problem before someone gets hurt or killed by Chevy. Please fix before I have no money left and no car running.
  • I have had this problem multiple times as well.. I have spent well over $3000 fixing a 2008 Chevy Impala SS.. makes me not want to even buy another GM car ever.. Now today.. Service Stabiltrack light comes on.. smh.. whats next?

  • I'm having problem with my 2009 Chevy Impala 3.5L. I've had this car for 3 years and no major problems till a few months ago. This started happening around 5 months ago At first it was the engine power reduced I Fix this myself by replacing the Accelerator Pedal Sensor, now the traction control light and then the check engine light started coming on and the engine would start losing power. I'm not sure wants wrong with is now

  • I am glad to see I am not the only person having this issue. I have a 2009 Impala LTZ with 103,000 miles. The first time it happened my car had been parked at work all day. I started it up and went to pull out of parking spot when service traction control came over display and car started shaking. I stopped, turned car off and sat. It started up fine with no issues just check engine light on and drive with no issues. I thought maybe because it was so cold that was the issue. Well today a week later I left my house with no issues while driving 55mph it displayed service traction control, engine power reduced, check engine light came on and then shut down. Fortunately I was somewhere I could pull off the road. I sat there for about 5 minutes and started it up and the entire car shook. I turned the car back off and waited 5 more minutes. I started car again with no issues and check engine light was off. I made it about 3 miles and did it again. I now sit waiting for a tow truck and a ride because when I start car it just shakes. I now scared to drive my vehicle to work as I commute 50 miles each way and cannot afford to be stranded. Luckily I don't have my kid today with me as its 21 outside and I'm sitting on the side of the road.
  • atandt3katandt3k Posts: 2

    I have a 2009 Chevy Impala, I bought it used with 42k at a local dealership. At 45k the Service traction control Reduced Engine power alarm came on. The dealership changed the accelerator pedal, the problem went away until 80K. It was sporadic, only occuring when it rained. I took it to a new car dealer and they said it was the Throttle body sensor. I replaced 3 throttle bodies, the first being the original, and the other two due to none of the local dealers knowing that it had to be programmed. I took it to Arnell Automotive group in Chesterton, IN and they programmed it for me, the Service Mananger Mike was awesome in looking up the information. After 5000k the problem came back, again in the rain. I found the wiring harness was on top of the engine mount bolt. I moved it and checked the wires and did not find any damaged. I taped it with high temp, corrosive resistant tape. It helped for 200 miles then it came again. Again in the rain. None of the dealers no why and whats wrong with it. Now its starting to do it in snow, and when I don't drive the car for 24hrs and it sits in the drive way. In the drive way it trips the code when you start the car without the car moving. The codes I get are P2176, and P2138. BTW even with the traction control off, I hit a icy spot in the road at 30mph and it shut the car down. The car has become VERY DANGEROUS. Chevy help!

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