Got invited here from the introduction thing; HELLO!
Well, yesterday I bought a (very ugly) 2004 Impala LS; here's the story as mentioned on the introductions to the forum:
This particular Impala is in kind-of-poor condition, and I exchanged my 2005 Hyundai Accent (my little tank which was very reliable for 12 years since I bought it) on the Impala buck for buck. My Accent was in better condition and I loved that little bugger.
The Impala has many electrical issues (many cables are just running wild, have to check each), no a/c (compressor not turning on), power steering
is busted (might be pump?), coolant reservoir is broken (was patched but it gave), and the windshield washer
reservoir is missing it's cap. Also the previous owner bypassed the heater core
, no coolant is going in there.
So why did I buy a car in such conditions? Well, I'm getting married soon, I need a bigger car, and I don't really like SUVs for daily driving (on note, I also own an 87 Blazer but it's more of a workhorse). Plus, adding value, if I fixed the Accent I wouldn't gain enough, while fixing the Impala I stand to gain maybe a couple grand.
Anyway, I'll try to use this forum to document BUFFy's rehab; showing before/after and perhaps explaining some DIY. I'll also try to hack the original head unit to add bluetooth/usb/aux capabilities without being too invasive on the original.
On yeah, and I'll try to manage all of this on a country deeply in crisis and with hard-to-find spare parts (despite the fact that the Impala was indeed made here) VIN
starts with 8Z1, look it up.
That was before I spent a few hours with the hood open, in which time I did the following:
1- Cleaned the entire interior and removed the fabric seat covers; guess what? The car actually has leather seats and in excellent condition - I saw a few more impalas before buying this one and they were too worn and even cut. These are pristine albeit dirty and with a few stains.
2- Picked apart every single cable from the engine bay, a few zip ties, electrical tape, and plastic flexible piping later, all circuitry is clean.
3- Checked out the steering pump; after cleaning it thoroughly (needed, since that bay was a pigsty) filled it to the top and there were no leaks (so either the pump is worn out inside, or there's a pressure leak somewhere - what baffles me is that when removing the cap I hear a "psssh" sound like pressurized air.
NOTE: Steering is still hard, just not as hard as yesterday.
4- Replaced a few fuses, no change in the a/c situation.
5- Applied this fix ( https://www.instructables.com/id/How...ght-on-a-04-I/
) to the ABS module and didn't change anything - trac is still off, and abs light still on.
6- Cleaned the entire engine bay with engine cleaner; and replaced both air filters.
7- Screwed tight the gas cover - I should reset the engine errors since this was the only one pointed out when i used the OBD-II on the car - P0452
8- Replaced 2 oil hoses and a radiator hose - those were leaking
So, do you guys have any suggestions/recommendations? I kind of have a time table to restore this car as I intend to use it later as a daily driver on the long term.