2009 Chevy Impala LS

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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:26 am

Last weekend I did tire swapping for winter and found two of the Blizzaks to be fairly worn out. So this past Friday two new ones went on the car. Cannot drive around on 40% snow tires at this point in my life!

Also the door unlock stopped working. From the remote and the indoor switches, and all three doors at once (driver door OK). This is not convenient with this car as the rear doors do not have manual unlock! So with some digging I found the door lock relay. Despite the pic in the Haynes book there is only one of these. Removing it from the instrument panel fuse block I found green from corroding copper. Not sure how it got that way but all I did was clean clean the connections. Back online for the moment.
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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby Basement Paul » Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:21 pm

Two things: 1) what size are those 40% snow tires? B) are you interested in another cop car twin?

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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:16 pm

215/60/R16 but they are gone I did not keep them when I replaced them. I know someone at work who was selling a used set similar size what size u need?

Not particularly who has it?
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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby Basement Paul » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:06 pm

Some guy around the corner put it in front of his house a couple weeks ago. I never stopped, but it looks like a twin to yours.

My tires are 215-65-17...

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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:51 pm

no 17s around unfortunately
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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:17 am

Last night in the rain I learned why the unlock switch started failing. As I was driving in the rain I noticed water is leaking in over there. I'm pretty sure the car got a new windshield before I bought it and it is apparently leaking.
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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby ttamrettus » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:51 pm

Andy,

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 best) how is the Maaco paint job? Do you still like it? Would you do it again? I am looking at a car that needs paint and an trying to decide if its worth getting. It would likely be my "carlisle" for sale car. Although it might be not quite the right market. (a VW bug).
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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:33 pm

So far so good. The shop put it on with a little orange peel in some places, and the roof was just a little dry - similar to other cars. The paint itself is holding up well after one year. I got the paint with the integrated clear coat. I would take a look at the quality of what is coming out of the shop to get a good idea what yours will look like.

The prep work they did was good - they got all the sanding marks out and left none where they did work. That stuff is easy to spot on a black car.

If you are planning to keep it a while just keep in mind my car spends most of its time under a roof so the sun has not had much chance to bake the paint. If I got into a car like this again I would go there again.

For finish appearance I would put it at 8
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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Wed May 27, 2015 11:42 pm

Updates: 1) the bodywork on the LR quarter panel and the paint are not getting along and there are a few cracks in the paint now. Can't really blame it on Maaco the prior owner had done some work and Maaco must have assumed it was good. Oops.

2) The car was not performing correctly - acting like bad plugs. So I replaced them - reasoning that police cars idle a lot and that would be bad on the plugs. It helped.

3) Had a tire issue. Rachel was finishing up her 50 driving hours on her temps - literally 10 minutes to go and she hit a pothole. It bent the rim and wrecked the tire. New tire was like $113. The rim, well I watched some Youtube video and learned you could heat them and fix them. Used "reconditioned" rim like $150. So I gave it a go. Well MAP gas bernzomatic made barely enough heat so I was able to massage it back to working order. I used a piece of wood between the hammer and the wheel so it does not have the peened over look. The bent in lip is now within 1/16" of stock specs for diameter and width.

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4) Also the car got loud a couple months back. The LR muffler had a dent in it and apparently the inners broke free. Sounds trashy probably going to put the SS OEM mufflers on it.
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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:31 pm

Due for some updates.

Was planning to put the SS muffler on the car but Rachel said that would be too quiet. So we found a Flowmaster knockoff at Summit. I think I picked the quieter version but still better than stock.

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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:55 pm

Rachel backed into a mailbox and dented up the trunk in March. The first pic is after I pounded out the dent and touched it up. I am not locating the pic of it "as crashed". A trip to pull a part for a color matching replacement and the car is is back together.

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The donor car:
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Bonus cover on inside of trunk, and not the "PAP" signature
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The finished product
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Re: 2009 Chevy Impala LS

Postby MostMint » Sat May 13, 2017 1:04 am

Recently the check engine light came on. It was P0455 and the dash display kept saying loose gas cap. Well the real problem was this Vapor Canister Vent Solenoid under the inner fender on the left rear. It was about $45 and a little bit of monkeying around to get it replaced.

Last week it got an oil change and I have been looking the car over a bit as it will be in Columbus for a while. I knew the police car had external oil cooler for power steering and transmission, but I also found it had one for the engine oil as well.
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