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As I'm sure many of your are, I consider myself a Impala enthusiast. I am an enthusiast in other areas too, like IT software development, configuration management, and security, plus there is ham radio, and electronic gadgets.

Lately my enthusiasm has tilted toward Chevrolet Impala automobiles. I bought a 2012 LS on Monday October 4th, 2021, five days before this first post. I also own a year 2000 bought when it was only one year old.

Let's see what trouble I can get into by attempting maintenance , additions, modifications (small), and repairs myself.

Here comes the purty thing now.
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It's has LS trim, is black outside and grey inside. The last owner put on new wheels and tires on it and I don't mind them too much. He also replaced the headlight modules and they look different then stock for sure. I have the original equipment minus the tires that fit the stock rims. The third difference I see from stock is the blacked out windows.
 

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The first issue I had was on the day after I got it, I could hear a loud clicking sound coming from the dash. It would show up when I messed with the temperature knob.

19 second video:
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clicking inside dashboard on hot cold adjustment-low.mp4

Apparently it could be some actuators that open and close plenum routes for the HVAC. I guess there are three of them and I'm hoping less that that went bad.

The next day I ordered two new actuators from Amazon
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And after that I ordered the CD for the 2012 - 2013 Impala service module

The actuator arrived on Friday. I'm still waiting for the service manual from eBay [UPDATE: This manual was a scam, don't buy it -mj] which should be here next Wednesday.

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[UPDATE: This manual was a scam, don't buy it -mj]


Apparently the paper service manual for this year costs about $300.00
 

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My next project is to find a way to mount my phone that is reversible i.e. I can take it out and leave no marks or holes.

[Update: I decided it is OK to put holes in the dash. I'll leave the mounts in there so there are no holes visible and besides the next owner can use the mounts. -mj]
 

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Project size analysis:
I spent around two and a half months or so shopping for a new car. Here is a directory tree of the file I collected.
\SHOPPING\CAR SHOPPING
├───Area Dealers
├───Background Documents
│ ├───Car Model Links
│ ├───Car Models Round Two
│ ├───Car Shopping Handbook
│ ├───Reference
│ └───Title Tranfer Procedure
├───Forms and Templates
│ ├───Forms
│ ├───Good Questions
│ ├───originals
│ └───vehicle inspection form -edit-
│ └───Scans
├───Impala Manuals
├───Multimedia Files
├───Notes
│ └───Quick Reference
├───status
│ ├───Car Shopping+finished
│ │ ├───2008 Cad STS4 Sedan Brooklyn Park
│ │ │ └───trash
│ │ ├───2009 Cad, CTS, 139K, Blk, Saint Paul
│ │ ├───2009 CTS, 90K, Red, Bloomington
│ │ │ └───Ad Pictures
│ │ ├───2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, 134K, Red-Bkt, $7500 Bob's Auto Ranch, Lino Lakes MN
│ │ ├───2013 Impala Police, 51K, Blk, $12,610, Prior Lake
│ │ │ ├───Background
│ │ │ ├───Notes in ODT,TXT
│ │ │ └───Pics of the car
│ │ ├───2014 NewBody Impala, 100K, Slvr-bkt, $12000, Bob's Auto Ranch, Lino Lakes, MN
│ │ ├───2015 Ford Taurus Police AWD, 105K, maroon, $11,000,Prior Lake
│ │ ├───2016 Ford Taurus Police AWD, 140K, maroon, $10,750 ,Prior Lake
│ │ ├───Cadillac STS, Dans of Big Lake - Big Lakemn
│ │ ├───Crosover SUVs
│ │ ├───no in-person
│ │ │ └───2013 Cad CTS, Prior Salavge, 95K, BLK, PriorLake-Shokopee
│ │ ├───Quick Compare
│ │ └───Search Results Printouts
│ ├───Car Shopping+ignore
│ │ └───Advert Printouts
│ │ ├───Cad STS
│ │ └───Impala
│ └───__Car Shopping +current
│ ├───Quick Reference
│ ├───Retired
│ │ ├───2011 Impala, 105K, Silvr-Bktr, $8,000, Hwy 55 Corrocan MN
│ │ │ └───additional files
│ │ ├───2011 Impala, 76K, Red, Bench, $11,000, Keith Koppy Motors - HInkley
│ │ ├───2012 Impala, 90K, Blk-Bkt, $8500, **** Rapids, Michael DeMarais
│ │ └───2014 NewBody Impala, 103K, Blk-Bkt, $12,000, Minneapolis CL
│ └───Search Results
├───ZZ Docs old not needed
│ └───from Rental Car Sale Vendors
│ ├───enterprise
│ └───hertz
└───__PURCHASED-1004__2012 Impala, 90K, Blk-Bkt, , **** Rapids, Michael D
└───car pics


When I found a car I wanted to look at I made a folder for it named in the pattern "Year, Model, Odometer, Color-Seat-type, price, Seller, Location" e. g. "2011 Impala, 76K, Red, Bench, $11,000, Keith Koppy Motors - Hinkley" I put in that folder everything I could find out about the car, Pictures, Phone Call Notes, Website screen-shots, etc.

Still this seems like quite a few folders for a two month car search. Even weirder, when I count the files that are inside the folders, the result is over 200 files containing Internet research, files saves, my notes, pictures. I do these counts to get an idea of the project size, now that I'm done. I bought my car on October 4th, 2021.
 

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To facilitate my shopping, I found some car inspection forms to reference as I'm looking at a new car. I fill out as much as I can before the visit to the seller.

By the way, you can right-click on any of these images and pick out the 'Open image in new tab' option to view the image in a larger size that you can read. For some browsers, a double click is the way to go.


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This is another inspection form that I found interesting. It is used by Uber.

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The wheels on your black Impala are smokin'.
I thought some 'Color' on the Calipers would look killer with all that open space.
When I went looking for the Caliper Paint I was going to suggest; I must have typed-in the wrong web site.

These guys claim to be Disc Break Specialist!!!
Sure ... they ... are.
Right?
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... And after that I ordered the CD for the 2012 - 2013 Impala service module
The actuator arrived on Friday. I'm still waiting for the service manual from eBay which should be here next Wednesday. ...
While I'm waiting for the service manual to fix the HVAC, I found another issue next to this one. There is a CD in the slot that will not come out. I don't hear anything when I push the eject button, so I assume there is a problem related to the eject motor. I don't hear any jammed-kind of noises.

I could try to pull it out with a tweezers or a needle-nose pliers, but that won't help the next CD I put in there.
 

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My next project is to find a way to mount my phone that is reversible i.e. I can take it out and leave no marks or holes.
I did some research to find what kind of mount I would like to use. I've been kind of obsessed with mounts and I decided a while back, I will no longer buy badly designed cheap plastic mounts. I prefer the properties of metal. I suppose metal mounts will cost 5 to 10 times the ones made out of cheap plastic, but at least they will hold your phone in place (forever). I'm not enthusiastic about adhesive or suction cups. I do like bolts and screws, in my case, hidden bolts and screws. So I found two ideas I liked:
1) The pro clip mounting solution. This reasonably has two parts to it, the base part that attaches to your dash and the cradle part that your phone uses. The base part uses friction mounting by slipping each side of the clip into the seams of the dashboard. It uses two seams so it should be stable. The base is customized for your vehicle. For my '12 Impala, I've chosen the center dash mount. It uses a C shaped mount located in seams above and below the closest air vent on the right-hand side of the driver. This does mean the that part of the vent is blocked, see below. They also have another style, a angled dash mount, but it only has one attachment point.
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2) The Pro.Fit solution. They have a metal bracket of a shape made for your model car. They call these brackets "Pro.Fit Vehicle Specific Mounts" They also use the seams of the dash, but instead of a friction mount, they use hidden screws. This does mean you have to take things apart, for which they provide the instructions. In the case of the Impala, you have to remove the bezel ring around the radio and controls and pull out the radio so you can attach the bracket inside the dash. Here is the bracket for the Impala

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The four holes face outward and the bent part is attached next to the radio inside the dash.







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There is a ball mount also, that has the same idea, but instead of a plate, it has a ball as an attachment point. They call this a G3 mount.
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Here are pictures of the radio out of the dash, the bracket mounted, and the view when the dash is put back together.

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I will let you know what I order:
Pro Clip Mounts from https://www.proclipusa.com/ or Pro Fit Mounts from https://pro-fit-intl.com/ or another solution.
 

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Re: Electrical System Changes

The next thing I would like change in my Impala is to boost the electrical system to run my radios and other electronics. Right now I'm thinking about a second battery along with an inverter. One thing I dislike about inverters is how loud their fans can be. I'd like to hear what an expensive one sounds like. I've only owned 'cheap' ones so far.

"Cheap"
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"Expensive"
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I put quotes around cheap and expensive because sometimes you get what you pay for and the actual cost is not related to the price you have paid.
 

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Three days ago I went and had my car inspected for Lyft according to Minneapolis and Metro Airport Commission guidelines(MAC).

I count about 111 items on the form. (37X3 columns)

It didn't pass. Well it's a 9 year old car.

Also there is no way the mechanic's shop checked all 111 items. They had it in the bay for like 30 minutes.

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Didn't pass. Well it's a 9 year old car.
The "safety" issue they found was the rear brake pads. They are at 2 millimeters think and the minimum acceptable thickness is 3 millimeters .

Bought brake pads the same day (~$40). Now I just have to get the dang things on there.
 
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