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My girlfriend has a 2006 Chevy Impala LTZ with all the bells and whistles that all of the sudden and without warning began showing false status info. on the instrument panel information center.
She came over the other night and the car was running fine and no status information to worry about. (low washer fluid).Later that evening upon leaving,she noticed a bunch of new info.on the status info.center.(reduced engine performance,low oil press.,engine hot, throttle sensor???, traction control .......When she attempted to start her car the engine ran very rough and was definately something wrong!
She Googled a web site that advised her to dissconnect the battery cables to reset some sort of info.component, maybe the onboard computer? She did so as well as clean the battery posts and cable termials of the corrosion. Still not starting or running properly and all the afore mentioned status info.was back! Engine hot that had not been running for hours? Vehicle low oil pressure with plenty of oil? Vehicle traction control problems when the car drove just fine from her place to mine?
Anyway, we put the battery on charge overnight and removed the cables from the posts. Next morning put all back in order and same thing with the rough idling,low oil pressure onthe info. display as well as Engine hot and Reduced engine performance.....So removed battery cables, thoroughly cleaned the terminals and posts, rechecked all fluid levels and whatever else we could think of. Put the battery on charge again. After a few hours started the car and ran like it should with no roughness, status info on dislay all gone except Low washer fluid. Drove the car to test it out with no problems whatsoever,returned to my place and had lunch before she headed home. Approx. 2hrs. later she went to leave and the Nightmare came back with all the same problems and false information displayed again. Put the charger on again and she stayed the night again when she had so much to do back at her house and around her town.
Following morning put all back in order as well as checking all prong fuses for continuity and being secure into their space. Started the car and all was well and running fine as mentioned before, test drove again with no problems, returned back to my place to drop me off and pick up a few items to take home. One cup of coffee and a snack later and she was rip roring because it all happened again!
Please help me Lord! I really love my girl but we live apart and wont get married because we both have a life to live and dont want to invade each others space. We see each other often and will spend the night a few times a week but she needs to go home! Any answers for this very odd car problem? Dont want to buy parts and install them on a guess and a prayer.