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Car overheats idling in traffic

My top suspect would be a radiator fan that isn't running when it should. The fans assist in transferring heat from the radiator to the surrounding air, and are most needed when the car is stationary....
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What is the purpose of a microphone placed at rear view mirror?

GM vehicles often came standard with OnStar, GM's roadside assistance system. 2005 may be a little early for factory-installed Bluetooth.
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What is the difference between an inner tail light assembly and an outer tail light assembly?

The tail lights on this car look like: (image source) The outer assembly is the one on the quarter panel: The inner assembly is the one on the trunk: I'm 99% sure of this, but note that it is the ...
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Automatic transmission shift problem on a 2002 Chevrolet Impala

Look at your shift linkage cable, it may be loose or parts that it attaches to may be worn out. Remove the trim around your shifter to look at that end of the cable, make sure it's firmly attached ...
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Troubleshoot 2002 Chevy Impala Windshield Washer Pump

Either the switch is bad or there's a break in the wiring due to corrosion. Gain access to the windshield washer switch connector and check for power on the red wire. If you have power at the switch ...
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Maintains speed when I let off the gas

My Honda did this, I found it was the floor mat getting jammed against the gas pedal. Other than this it could be: Worn out gas pedal cable, replace it. Extremely dirty throttle body that is sticking,...
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Car overheats idling in traffic

I had a similar problem with my 2000 Ford Focus last year. I can't remember what it was called, but basically it's a thermostat that's sits against your radiator that turns on the radiator fans when ...
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Car overheats idling in traffic

I had a problem with my VW Golf overheating. I also changed various parts, the thermostat being the first as that controls the circulation of the coolant. In the end I found the cause, the system ...
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Does Cylinder misfire mean buy new engine?

Of course is doesn't. A misfire could be caused by a number of issues: Spark Plug Injector Wiring Ignition Coil HT Lead (if fitted) ECU which are all reasonably easy to fix. More rarely it could be ...
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How to repair this (PCV?) tube?

If you are in dire need for a replacement on the cheap, either way you suggested would work just fine. In fact, if you used fuel line (or any other rubber based line which fits over the hard plastic), ...
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2005 Chevy Impala Gas Gauge shows half reading when gas is empty

I would suggest the sender in the tank is probably bad. It's probably getting stuck at the half way point in its transition towards empty. This could be an obstruction not allowing it to go down all ...
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What is the purpose of a microphone placed at rear view mirror?

Impala active noise cancellation began in 2014 model year, so it's OnStar or an aftermarket phone system (which need not be BlueTooth).
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Car overheats idling in traffic

It sounds as though your radiator fan isn't kicking on. It may be as simple as whomever replaced your radiator forgot to plug it back in. Check that your water pump is working correctly. Does your ...
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2006 Chevy impla 3.5

So you've replace a bunch of coolant related components and you want to know if anything leaks? You can borrow a coolant pressure tester from you local autoparts store in many locations (leave a ...
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2003 Impala no brake lights

On that year Impala the lower stop lights pull power from the hazard switch and from there to the multi-function switch. You'll need to pull steering column covers and check for power out of the multi-...
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My remote key fob only works a foot from my door.

The internal module that receives the signal probably had it's amplifier die. In order to make the signal from these small remotes work reliably, the low power signal from the key fob is received, ...
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Constant grinding from rear wheel?

It turns out that the sound was actually the rotor backing plate. But it was not on the outside of the place where it can be bent out pretty easily. I had to take the rotor off to access the inside ...
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Can low oil trigger the CEL?

I don't know for sure about the '07 Impala, but most cars I'm aware of have an oil pressure sensor. When the pressure gets below a certain level, it will throw an "idiot" light, which can be the CEL. ...
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Can revving the engine damage the water pump?

No it should not damage the water pump unless the water pump is already going bad. Over revving from a mis shift into a gear that is to low may cause an engine over speed code to show up if the engine ...
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How do I move this loom temporarily?

On reflection, I think my comment qualifies as an answer. I'm unfamiliar with the engine compartment of your car. But I've wrestled with the same challenge in other vehicles. Often, the loom is ...
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Car is making a bubbling/ boiling noise when i turn it off but not smoking nor do i see any leaks. Car is 04 chevy impala 3.4 liter

Boiling coolant suggests that the cooling system a) isn't holding pressure, or b) isn't full, and/or c) isn't cooling. a) could be caused by a faulty radiator cap or coolant overflow tank cap, or a ...
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Will this part fit?

Per Flowmaster’s own fitment checker (on the link you provided) it doesn’t list your car... so, no it doesn’t fit. If the question is “can I make it fit?” Then yes - of course you can! BUT if you fit ...
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2009 Chevy Impala, won't start battery is good

Start with the simple and easy. Clean the battery terminals and connector clamps. Light corrosion can cause your problem -conductive under light electrical load but open under heavy load.
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2009 Impala LT Airbag code B0014-0D

Seems there's an issue for 2016 Volts with the the wiring harness getting sliced on the seat frame. Possibly you have something similar going on? Check the seat wiring harness. Trace the wires and ...
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My 2002 Chevy Impala

tl dr: It isn't going to kill anything to drive to work in the AM. As for your issue, it may or may not be the catalytic converter. You'd need to check to see if this is the issue or if the ...
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Why is my 1996 Impala running hot & the coolant in reservoir tank is boiling hot?

I would check: radiator in/out: check if it gets hot, and water flows out "clean" water pump: check if it is not sucking air by looking for leaks when engine is not working thermostat: take it out, ...
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Why is my 1996 Impala running hot & the coolant in reservoir tank is boiling hot?

It could be a number of thing, first things to check are that the radiator is actually getting hot. There is thermostat that, if faulty, may prevent coolant from entering the radiator. It could be ...
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Replaced catalytic converter, O2 sensor went out, Replaced it and check engine light is still on

Check the O2 sensor connector for pin fit and corrosion. You will have (I assume) ignition voltage (it may be 5v) on one heater wire and a pulse width modulated ground on the other heater wire. If ...
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Troubleshoot 2002 Chevy Impala Windshield Washer Pump

Uhg.. I finally figured out I just wasn't doing it right. I found in most other cars you push or pull the control lever to activate windshield washing. In Impala's, there is a tab on the lever that ...
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Transmission slip

I'm sure you've had this resolved by now, but as a GM trans tech I can tell you the most likely cause is a failed pressure control solenoid. The solenoid coil accumulates ferrous debris and becomes ...
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