1996 Chevrolet Impala SS Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
A burning smell may develop due to an oil leak form one or both valve cover gaskets. Resealing the valve cover will generally correct this concern. However, the valve covers should be inspected and replaced if damaged.
A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.
The spark plugs should be replaced every 30,000 miles and the spark plug boots should be checked for hot spots and cracks.
The idler arm or pitman arm may wear causing looseness in the steering. When this occurs the front suspension will not be able to be aligned correctly.
The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Running the engine with a coolant/oil mix may result in engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct this issue.
A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. This can result in an engine overheating condition. A leaking water pump will require replacement.
The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid; it should be replaced.
The auto level ride compressor may fail causing the rear of the vehicle to ride to high or too low.