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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx General Care and Maintenance

medinamalibumedinamalibu Posts: 71
edited June 3 in Chevrolet
Wow, what a difference a lube/oil/filter makes! The steering had gotten a little heavy and chunky over the course of 5 months/1400 miles, but it's light and smooth once again. I took my Maxx into the dealer last week after the gauges died! Seriously, I started the car, and the tach, fuel, and engine temp were flat at the bottom. I started driving, and the speedometer didn't move. A 3-mile commute didn't budge the odometer. That was really fun. I took it in (after the gauges came back to life, of course) and the service guys couldn't find any trouble codes stored, or any bulletins from GM about this type of problem. Which means I have a very special car. However, there were updates available for the BCM and PCM, so they installed those, maybe it'll help. The symptoms have not recurred, but I'm feeling that the warranty was a very wise purchase. I still love the ride, though.

P.S. Kurt -- no clue on the suspension travel.


  • My 2005 Maxx LS did the same thing (dead gauges)a few days ago.I noticed the ABS light went on when I started the car then all the gauges went dead.Drove a short distance then shut the ignition off and restarted the car and everything has been ok since.The outside temp was right at 32 degrees and wet so I figured something got confused in the ignition or PCM by the weather conditions.Have owned the car for 8 months and other than a rough idle that comes and goes I still love the car.Typical life with high technology.............
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    1400 miles?

    GM V-6's are extremely easy on oil. I change with 10-20% left on the OCM and I've never done less than 6 thousand miles on a change. What kind of driving are you doing anyway?

    BTW-That computer is very sophisticated and can be trusted when it comes to oil change warnings.
  • 1- and 3-mile commutes, mostly. Top speed of 35mph, for about half a mile. Of course there are stop signs and traffic lights too.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Wow-- I guess that proves that the oil change monitor can recommend short change intervals.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    still seems odd..I have a 70 mile round trip commute in Northern VA DC traffic..ranges from crawling along to 70MPH....and I get 6000 miles on the GMOL using sythnetic......dont know that GMOL considers time between it does the engine conditions etc with its algorithms......1400 miles with a short commute over five months....seems way too soon for the DIC to be recommending an oil change....and dont see how that would effect the steering of the car.....just my two cents
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I would want to have the oil change monitor checked. I agree with you that there's something wrong there. The algorhythms are very sophisticated and include number of times engine is floored, ambient temperature, average speed and a lot of other things. Far more sophisticated a system than any other similarly priced car but 1500 miles would have me bringing it in for a check. I'm going way over 6000 miles in winter short cycle driving-- during the summer I could go over 9000 if I took it down to 0%. The monitor is set for dino not synthetic. I use Pennzoil 5w30 with a Wal-Mart (Champ Labs) filter.

    Here's a quote from: life_system.html

    "Use of the GMOLS will often double or even triple the oil change interval for a typical vehicle when compared to the commonly recommended 3,000-mile oil change.

    The GMOLS will automatically adjust the oil change interval based on engine characteristics, driving habits and the climate in which the vehicle is operated. For instance, mild highway driving in a warm climate will maximize the interval between oil changes. Depending on the vehicle, this could be in excess of 7,000 miles and as high as 12,000 miles. On the other hand, short-trip driving in a cold climate may limit the oil change to 3,000 miles or less. In general, most people that drive a combination of city and highway find that the GMOLS will indicate an oil change every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. GM data shows the OLS extends oil change intervals without risk to the engine."
  • Actually, the oil life monitor was reading about 50%, and I'm still kind-of "babying" the car whenever possible.

    I (hope I) didn't say the steering improved because of the oil change, but it may have been a combination of the chassis lube and the tire rotation. Seven months after purchase, I thought it was a good idea to give another tire a turn at being designated Curb Smacker. Obviously it's best if none of them are.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    had the transmission serviced at 95K...simple drain and replace the they had to drop the pan....noticed they only replaced 4 qts of fluid, and the trans holds 9.5 for a complete it normal for that much fluid to remain in the trans with just a simpl drain....this wasnt a power I dont beleive in those....just wondering what would be the normal replacement quantity for drain and fill
  • crosby1crosby1 Posts: 23
    You mentioned "chasis lube", given that this is post is over a year old my post may be irrelevant. I have a 2004 Maxx and there is no lube required, I don't believe. Maybe things have changed with newer models. I just don't want to see anyone charged for services not provided.
  • crosby1crosby1 Posts: 23
    I bought a 04 Maxx new. I will provide you with info I got from an Amsoil website. I am not a dealer.
    Here is what I found:
    0 Fittings, 0 Plugs
    Engine, with filter..........4.6 quarts
    Cooling System, Initial Fill..........10.0 quarts
    Automatic Transmission, 4T40E,-45E Initial Fill..........6.9 quarts
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    uumm would assume that is a simply drain and replace as well.....if I make that assumption then it would seem they are short 3 qts....but the only way to check fill level since it is a closed system is to undo the fill plug and insure the level is just at or below the hole......will have them do that...

    havent noticed any difference in the way it drives or shifts...but thought that amount was low
  • kiltmankiltman Posts: 61
    2005 Maxx Lt 24K, owned since new one year ago. Love this car. Recently went to change the wiper blades and the local auto parts stores don't carry a blade or refill for the rear wiper. Tried one of the same length and the rubber didn't fit the grooves so I went to the dealership. There is no refill or replacement blade available. You have to replace the whole wiper arm which is $50. Unbelievable. Anybody else come upon this. Anybody found a work-around? :mad:
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    As long as it isn't torn and won't put a scratch in your window, I'd do the obvious for now: take a rag with some rubbing alcohol and clean the rubber blade and leave it in there until a replacement blade comes out. I'd then take some time to search for the part on line and possibly remove the arm and bring it to the local parts store to try to match it up with something similar. Don't give in to the dealer. You'll find a solution.
  • maddmaxxmaddmaxx Posts: 81
    The entire fluid never drains out. I usually drain 7 qts on mine, but then again I change it on ramps so the tranny is at an angle.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    good info....on a std angle...they got about 5 qts out and replaced the same....I just hate power flushes....never had luck with them....
  • I had a similar issue when I purchased my '05 Maxx used. The wiper was torn so I was sure to mention it to the dealer right away. He told me when I got it back that they had to replace the entire arm assembly. Good luck finding a replacement blade. I went to 3 different auto parts stores and couldn't find one to fit.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,714
    In the Rear wiper, Try measuring the blade's width itself, and then the blade width of a front wiper.

    Are the blades the same width?

    If so, then measure the length of the rear blade, and then the front blades.
    Chances are the rear blade will fall between the lengths of the front blades. If so, then a replacement for the longest front blade can be trimmed to length of rear blade, and installed.

    If the blades are not same width, then it's a bit of trial and error comparing the rear blade width to a suitable aftermarket blade.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    04 Maxx LT rolled over 100K going to work this morning....41 months of ownership averaging 2439 miles a month......still lovin this car for its versatility, comfort, and overal performance/gas mileage!!! :shades:

    believe Im the second Maxx owner on the forum to roll 100K now....with one or two more not far behind me... :)
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I'm only 60,000 behind.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    How do I find my paint code? After I woke the guy at the Chevy Parts Dept, he didn't want to stress his fingers to research if GM has come out with a spray can for the grey metalic on my Maxx.
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