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Chevrolet Malibu Routine Care & Maintenance



  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    There is, by law I believe, a requirement that the brake pedal be depressed before an automatic transmission can be shifted out of the Park position. Assuming you are indeed doing that then the problem is most likely in the switch on the brake pedal that senses that movement. Either an adjustment or replacement should be an inexpensive fix. There should also be a manual override in case of said switch failure. You will have to consult the owner's manual for the specific procedure on your car but it usually involves sticking a screwdriver into the nether regions of the center console. Good luck.
  • ibakeribaker Posts: 4
    Hello Everyone. I bought my 06 Malibu back in October. It had 27,000 miles on it because it was a program car. Someone told me that I needed new rotors. Can anyone tell me about what mileage is normal on changing rotors?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    do you need rotors...or do they simply need to be turned...are you getting a pulsing in the steering wheel and brake pedal when you brake?....the OEM rotors are notoriously weak and prone to warping if you over torgue the wheels......check that....Im betting you simply need to have them the rotors turned...
  • ibakeribaker Posts: 4
    I am getting a pulsing in the brake pedal and it sort of jerks a little. It doesn't come to a smooth stop. They do look pretty thin.
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    That's a little early for brake work but certainly in the realm of possibility. Rotors are cheap, brakes are important - change them.
  • ibakeribaker Posts: 4
    Yeah I am going to go a head and change them just to be on the safe side. Thanks to everyone that responded. :shades:
  • leshanleshan Posts: 2
    I can not find the dipstick in my 2006 Malibu LT.
    So, How can we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT? Just drop the pan, drain the fluid and replace the filter? If so, How much fluid should we refill?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    it is a sealed transmission..there isnt a have two services yuo can do..a flush.....or a complete replacement dropping the pan and changing the filter out....owner manual should outline capacities for fluids
  • leshanleshan Posts: 2
    Yes. the owner manual just tells the whole capacity for fluid. But if I just drop the pan, drain the fluid and replace the filter. There should be some fluid still in there. How much fluid should I refill?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    dont know..I have my local mechanic do all my cant help you with that unfortunately
  • ibakeribaker Posts: 4
    I have a 2006 Malibu LT and before that I had a 2002 Malibu. You have to take the car into the mechanic because there is really no way to "check" it from what I understand. It is suppose to last for a while and the dealership expects you to come in to get it checked. Just another way to get more money out of you! :(
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    if you look at the owners basically states change the fluid every 50k under severe driving habits....IMHO most of us dont match it.....Im having my changed at 100K as part of preventive maintenance as well as plugs and wires and the engine accessory belt changed....plugs and wires are the only recommended service at quote out the door for all the services is $470, by my local service center (not a dealership)..which beats all the dealers around northern va....with ranges from $560-$700 for the same tax and sheop fees
  • ktcktc Posts: 30
    To E2helper:

    I have a 2005 Maxx and after almost 3 years now it is approaching 30,000 miles. There is no dip-stick to check the transmission oil, so you can not easily check the condition of the transmission oil. Does GM put the long-life transmission fluid in Maxx? Is 30,000 mile about the right time to do a transmission fluid and filter change? I think it will replace 5 Qt out of the 6.9Qt of the fluid. :confuse: If I drive 50% on highway miles, would that put less strain on the transmission fluid? :confuse:
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Has anyone found sport red touch up for the 04 Malibu. Looked every where and none to be found.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Seeing that E2 is not around I will give my opinion.
    I just did my 04 Malibu at 30K, just before warranty expired. It will take 7.5 qts for pan drop and filter change.
    I am not aware of GM using long life fluid in the Malibu or Maxx, cost too much.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    just a dumb question, how did you add the fluid back in and check it....assume through the drain hole since it is a sealed system...

    I had my local mechanic due the same thing..pan drop and filter replace...and he only replaced 4 quarts....your 7.5 replacement now has me concerned Im running it with low trans fluid......
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Here is the procedure I have on a word pad, I see this ? asked a lot. I start with 7.5 Quarts, a small amount will drain out when plug is removed to check. A pan drop and filter change with 4 qts added back is at least 3 qts low. Where you put fluid in is the plastic red cap on top of the transmission. Put the check plug in when it starts to dribble.

    IMPORTANT... On the 4T45E in the Malibu and Maxx the fill cap needs to be off to check fluid level, the cap is not the same as the older 4T45E units.

    Fluid check procedure

    Start the engine and allow the engine to idle until the transmission fluid temperature has reached the value specified. Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever through the gear ranges, pausing a few seconds in each range. Return the shift lever to the PARK range. Raise the vehicle on a hoist. The vehicle must be level, with the engine running and the shift lever in the PARK range. Caution The engine must be running when the transmission fluid fill plug is removed, or excessive fluid loss will occur. Transmission fluid may be hot. Since the actual fluid level is unknown, stand clear when removing the fill plug. Have a container ready to capture any lost fluid. Do not turn the engine off with the fill plug removed, as you can be injured by hot transmission fluid being expelled out of the oil fill opening.
    Remove the transmission plug.

    The transmission fluid may darken with normal use and does not always indicate contamination or oxidation.
    Transmission fluid (At least 104°F) 5-10 minutes at idle will give correct temp.

    Does the fluid have a burnt odor or a dark brown color?Check the fluid level. The fluid level should be even with the bottom of the threaded plug hole.Is the fluid level low?
    Add DEXRON® III automatic transmission fluid in increments of 0.5L until the fluid drains from the plug hole.
    Install plug before stopping engine or fluid will spill out of plug hole.

    Pan drop and filter change 7.5 qts
    Check plug is just to the right of the passenger side axle housing , 11 mm plug, can't miss it, only one there.
    Hoist is optional, just needs to be level and plug accessible.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Great write-up! You might consider adding it to our CarSpace Guides section where it will benefit many folks now and in the future.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    You can do it if you want.
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