1996 Chevrolet Impala SS Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

An internal distributor fault could cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate, an engine misfire, or a stalling condition. Replacement of the distributor is commonly recommend to correct this concern.

The transmission extension housing seal may leak fluid, replacing the worn seal will commonly correct this concern.

The spark plugs should be replaced every 30,000 miles and the spark plug boots should be checked for hot spots and cracks.

You may be able to prevent transmission problems by servicing the transmission and inspecting the fluid every 30,000 miles. If the fluid is dark or burned then the transmission system should be completely flushed.

GM recommends replacing the engine coolant at 100,000 miles; however, our technicians tell us that the coolant may become contaminated and require a complete cooling system flush every 60,000 to 70,000 miles.

Our technicians recommend to replace the fuel system filter every 30,000 miles.

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.

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.

Our technicians recommend flushing the brake fluid every 60,000 miles.  Brake fluid that is dirty may cause problems in the brake system.

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.