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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    brake fluid,need more information.Need the rest of the story.
  • Could be the led gets weak. I just experimented by switching the defroster light and the ac light and it worked.Now i do't know the scientific reason why but it did.
    Before replacing the whole switch try what i said it will work.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I read somewhere that it's better to do the 1st oil change after 1000 miles rather than wait till 3000 miles to remove the tiny metal bits resulting from breaking in. Did any of you guys do that? If you did how dirty was the oil? Also, Is it easy to do the oil change yourself on this vehicle? Thanks!
  • hwyhwy Posts: 8
    Hi Tamu,
    Oil changes on the Malibu are very easy to perform. The oil drain plug could be metric size (15 mm). The oil filter is removed from the bottom. You have to remove the plastic cover which is held in by 2 wing nuts. Obtain a oil filter wrench which fits on the end of the oil filter. The added length and the leverage over the band-type filters will be greatly appreciated. My other car is a 2002 Avalon and the oil filter is just behind the exhaust manifold. Since the oil has to be drained hot, you get in very close contact with the hot surface when removing the oil filter (from the top of the engine).
  • bcmalibu99lsbcmalibu99ls Posts: 625
    Here's a big one! When my brake pads die again, who should I run to? Whose pads do you find the most reliable and long-lasting for a Malibu?
  • speedy581speedy581 Posts: 6
    I have a 99 LS. It seems that the AC panel has its own mind. The AC light (and compressor) turns on and off when it wants to. Same thing with the "recirculated air" button, it likes to switch itself to the "outside air" button. And lastly, the #1 and #2 position of the fan blower doesn't work... all others do.
    I've tried to pinpoint the problem by checking fuses, opening the console and checking switches and wires, but it all looks OK. It seems to me the problem does'nt come from the controls but from somewhere else. Does anyone know of this problem and how to fix it? My warranty ran out.
  • davemal99davemal99 Posts: 3
    I have previously owned three cars with the 3.1 V6. None of them ever leaked anything. This one leaks oil. The dealer says oil pan gasket, without doing anything other than looking at it, but it seems it is leaking higher. Any similar experiences and or advice before I start throwing money at it?

    I also have a very irritating creaking type noise coming from the center (I think) of the dash. I have not been able to locate it's source.

    Other than that , I have been pleased with the car. I've had none of the problems often mentioned
    here, so far at least, with 39,000 miles. I will say that I am not confident in the longevity of this car. Too bad, because I like it.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    is a common problem with Malibu. I had it in summer 2000.

    Just a bad resistor. It was fixed under warranty, but according to paperwork it cost something like $25. 1/2 hour of labor at most.

    The other problems you mentioned is either A/C, or its the lights going on and off by themself. I have no first hand experience, but there was several reports on this board.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I had a small leak from the oil pump gasket. $180 to fix, mostly labor.

    Repaired it at Firestone. The mechanic at dealership also thought at first the oil leaks from different place. Later he looked the second time and confirmed the Firestone diagnose.
  • read post 980.I had the same problem with a/c cycling,light going on and off constanly.Try to switch defroster light with a/c light,you need to unsolder them but it worked for me.
    Or the need to buy a new switch assembly.
    You could buy one from junk yard but you might have the same problem.i have seen on this board same problem over and over again,i don't understand why there was no recall
  • speedy581speedy581 Posts: 6
    Yurakm... do you know where this resistor is located? So that I can replace it.

    czanfardino... I had read your first message regarding this and found it interesting. I don't understand the logic behind it but I might give it a try before going to the dealership or getting a new panel board.

    Anybody else have any suggestions???
  • speedy581speedy581 Posts: 6
    The car has been great... of all the problems discussed here, I only suffered the rotor problem and that was a few months into owning the car. I then took it to the dealership and they put the newer thicker rotors and it has been running like a dream ever since.
  • joek25joek25 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 malibu and when I push in the lighter,it blows the fuse.I changed the housing on it and tried another lighter.Does anyone know what else I can check?Thanks,Joe
  • jack151jack151 Posts: 3
    I replaced my original Firestone tires with B.F. Goodrich Control T/A M80s with a significant improvement in handling, on my 1998 Malibu.

    Should I have all tires inflated to the same pressure or should I have a higher pressure in the front, as recommended for the Firestone tires? Thanks.
  • speedy581speedy581 Posts: 6
    It sounds you have done all you could... Check to see if the fuse you have is the correct amperage, it could be too low. As a last resort, try to use a higher amperage fuse. I haven't experienced that problem before.
  • speedy581speedy581 Posts: 6
    It is always good to inflate front tires a little bit higher than the rear ones (maybe 2-4 psi more) since they carry the signigicant weight of the engine.
  • speedy581speedy581 Posts: 6
    Any body have any more info??? See msg#989 and 994.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Dealer replaced the resistor under warranty. I do not know where it is located.
  • bcmalibu99lsbcmalibu99ls Posts: 625
    so does anyone here have a M'bu with more than 100K on speedometer? How about 150K?

    And what about my brake pads question. I seriously start doubting all those claims about bad OEM pads, as no one stepped forward to say which replacement pads they'd recommend :-)
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