In September when we went to Alabama for Fabgrandpa to have surgery on his nose, the dashboard indicator light came on for some weird thing that said “Service Traction Control”. Nothing happened to the car, which is a good thing, because we were barreling down I-20 towards Birmingham at a high rate of speed. The light went off when we stopped the first time. That was also good because we were in a hurry to get to the clinic.
A month or so later, it happened again. And again, nothing happened, and the light went off. This has happened several times now. In addition to that, all of a sudden when we were going down the road a couple of months ago, something under the dash started thumping very loudly. Every time we touched any of the air conditioner controls, the car made that loud noise.
The noise starts when we get in the car, before we even insert the key in the ignition. It continues until we get started down the road. It is very annoying, and embarrassing when someone goes somewhere with us.
Last week, we got a letter from Chevrolet. It said:
“This letter is intended to make you aware that some 2010 model year Chevrolet Impala vehicles may have a broken solder connection within the accelerator pedal position (APP) sensor. This condition may result in reduced engine power and loss of traction control assist. All other accessories and vehicle systems will function normally. While the condition is present, the driver information center will display “Engine Power is Reduced,” and may also display “Service Traction Control” and “Service Stabilitrak”.
The letter went on to explain that “General Motors is providing owners with additional protection for the condition described above.” They are NOT calling it a recall. Hmmpf.
So, we made an appointment to take the car in and get the additional protection they are providing us. At the same time we are having them repair that thing under the dash that make the loud thumping noise. They have to keep the car overnight to complete these repairs, so we had to get a rental car from Enterprise. No, they no longer provide a loaner car when you get service done on your car.
The rental car was a bargain, though. The Chevrolet dealership has a deal with Enterprise, so that we can get the rental from them for $35 a night. Plus gas. No milage charge. What a deal.
Can you guess how much it is going to cost us to get rid of that loud thumping noise under the dash? Go on, take a guess!