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2006 Chevrolet Impala

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  • I'm in the process of purchasing an 06 Impala LTZ and I noticed the blinkers are extremely loud - can this be remedied? The car has 36k on it and appears quite clean - anything else I should be looking for? Thanks in advance
  • cdnonecdnone Posts: 6
    My problem I think is a very isolated case....fortunate for you /unfortunate for me LOL. My blinker noise, when working normally, is actually very faint....to the point I often find it gets left on at times and the car then chimes at you to remind you. When I bought the car I initially asked if it was possible to make the noise a bit louder. but they said they had no control over the volume. Wow and 3 months later the full volume blinker became one of my issues.
    If I didn't have this isolated problem I would highly recommend the Impala....it is a great car to drive both in the city and is great on the highway....perfect size too if you are looking for the extra room that some imports don't have...the trunk space has amazed many people....4 sets of golf clubs are not an issue.
  • My question is how do I decrease the volume of the turn signal?
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    I had a 2000 Impala, and as I recall you could press down on the #6 radio preset with the radio off (and the key on), and it would cycle the turn signal level between normal and loud (I think it also adjusted the sound of all the alert tones too). Can't guarantee that's the same way to do it on a 2006+, but at least there's hope. As I recall I found that info digging through the owners manual at one point, so if you have a copy there might be info there. Also, FWIW it was pretty common in the 2000-2005 models for the flasher button on the dash to go out (you'd know when your turn signals quit blinking, but could be "jump started" by pressing the hazard button. Anyway, typically replacing the faulty switch resulted in a muted blinker sound...might be another option.
  • Thanks - there is no owners manual with this vehicle so I'll have to track one down
  • rysterryster Posts: 471
    The turn signal volume in '06+ Impalas is controlled through the Driver's Information Center (DIC). It is one of the settings. I believe the choices are Low and High. Press the 3rd button down (the button with the two checkboxes on it) until the Tone Volume settting comes up. Then press the 4th button down to change it from low to high or vice versa.
  • thanks I'll give it a shot -
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    Also basing this on my 2000 ownership, but I think if you go to www.mygmlink.com you can register your vehicle there, and having done so you can click on the "glovebox" link and can download a pdf of your model's owners manual. Even though I had a manual with mine I downloaded one too, so if I had a question about something but didn't want to trudge outside and get the book, I could just pull up the pdf.

    Registering at the site is also a good way to get any recall info and such too, since you can enter your VIN so they'll know exactly which vehicle you have.
  • jhines82jhines82 Posts: 2
    I am interested in putting some aftermarket rims on my 2006 Impala LT. I am wondering how that will affect the Tire Monitor System. Is there a way to disable the system, or can sensors be installed on the aftermarket rims so the system will still function properly. Can someone help me out
  • loyalssloyalss Posts: 1
    I have been following this message board since purchasing my 06 SS in Nov. of 05. I've seen numerous post about problems experienced by owners and they seem to be split between the SS and LTZ models pretty evenly. I have not had one issue with my SS since purchasing it and have only had one recall and that was to reprogram the braking system. Has anyone had other recalls other that the one I've listed?
    I haven't seen many positive post but just wanted to say I have not experienced any of the issues that I have seen listed. Of course, I live in the sunny South and don't have to contend with the severe winters that others do. Don't know if that has anything to do with the fact my dash doesn't squesk, my key fob works well, the remote start works across a large parking lot and I haven't had a loss of steering fluid as of this post. So, just thought I would sign up and post a positive note to say that there are a few good Impalas out there and I feel like mine is one of them.
    I might add I have owned Toyota's, Honda's, VW's, Nissan's, Ford's, Chrysler's and other GM products and I feel this car is as good as any of those and better than most. Just my 2 cents worth - Thanks.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    As I understand it, the tire pressure monitors are strapped to the inside of the rim and can be removed and placed on other rims. However, i don't know if there is a size limit for the replacement rims so you'd probably want to check with a professional.
  • wesleygwesleyg Posts: 164
    sorry for double post, hit wrong button.

    long time lurker here but it seems I've read about this problem here. I have an 06SS with 17K and no problems really since new. yesterday driving in heavy traffic while leaving a stop light the transmission really slammed with the 1-2 upshift.

    No problems before or since and the downshifts are fine. I drive the car pretty hard but never any abuse. Does this seem worthy of trip to the dealer or just wait and see? I might add about 4 months ago I checked my trans dipstick and found the level to be 1 full quart low from the factory, never any leaks, I realize I should have checked it long before that, learned a valuable lesson, never take this for granted that it's right when new. This fact is causing me to worry about yesterdays problem, that running the car for 12K or so at a quart low might have caused some now appearing damage.
  • awryawry Posts: 4
    Has anyone actually resolved this issue? My dealer tells me that the technical service center of GM has informed them that they are working on new calibration software to fix this problem. Software problem does not appear at 60K miles. They have replaced my thermostat which is a joke because the problem is the temperature reading and not engine overheating. I think they need to replace the sensor, but they can't do that now because they are told by GM not to replace any part until new software is available. I know most of you have been dealing with this year ago. Did anyone get this resolved?
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Wesley,
    There are a lot of factors involved in that slam you refer to. I have had an occasional hard shift but mine seem to be attributable to just the right amount of throttle and particular timing to get it to happen. I've either learned how to avoid it subconsciously or it was a temporary thing that may have been fixed by the car's computer. I'm not really sure.
    Before you take in, there is one thing I'm sure of. If you can't replicate the problem, the service department won't be able to help you. So, I would suggest trying to duplicate the problem. If you can repeatedly cause it to happen, then you should take it in. If not, you're wasting your time (not a dig at you or the service department).
    I would assume it's possible the the lower level of fluid may have caused the problem that one time. Now that you've topped it off, it may elminate the needed variable that allowed it to happen. As for any long term damage, I don't believe you'll have any problems. Lower fluid levels are anticipated and the various components aren't THAT sensitive to "minor" issues like that. I believe (but may be wrong) that if your fluids were at a low enough level to cause any real problems, you would've noticed transmission slipping. Rest assured, you'll have that thought in the back of your mind, though, and you'll notice any new peculiar behavior. Rest easy but also continue to pay attention to your baby. :) I'm sure she'll be fine.

    Ron
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Another bonus of the electronic owners manual is that you can do a word search to find things. It's helped me find things I knew I had seen before but couldn't find. :)
  • I have a 2007 Impala LS that is 12 months old and experiencing the same problem!! My dealer said they will only look at it if it is making the loud turn signal at the time I bring it in! It always seems to happen when I am far from the dealer or when they are closed. It only comes out full volume of what seems like the passenger front speaker. Have you found anything out yet? How did you contact GM, I would like them to become aware of the issue as well.
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    If you ever have this problem again, do not turn off ignition and then drive directly to the dealer to show that to them. The reason is this is being intermittent problem and it may clear itself after ignition cycle (radio goes to sleep and restarts in every ignition cycle)

    The chime and blinker sounds should be heard on the Left front speaker

    jt
  • cdnonecdnone Posts: 6
    Thanks jnt...unfortunately the dealer has seen it on 3 different occassions...but that hasn't gotten me anywhere either...it's pretty amazing that you would know it's the left front speaker...that seems to amaze them....when it is happening I actually have realized that the radio is working...very very faintly thru the Left front speaker only...very faintly. Also the last time it happened I tried calling the cars OnStar...the phone doesn't ring...but if you connect you can again very faintly hear on the left front speaker. dealer is aware of all this, but........
  • elandeland Posts: 1
    ladyz,
    I have somewhat the same problem,my radio just dim all the time. The dealership replace the radio 2 times. The radio display is still dim.
    If you have found a answer? Let me know
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