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But it does cover the fall-apart steering Rack :shades:
Meanwhile, another web site suggested the Malibu chassis upgrade has been delayed until 2010 for some reason or other. Is this true?
If so, it gives the Maxx 2 more years to live beyond 2007.
On my car the socket the bulb snaps into is fine, the bulb contacts themselves turn black, and the amber piece the bulb goes inside has literally burned as if a flame was under it and there is burn marks on the chrome above.
finally a Maxx with more mileage than mine...an 04 here but I only have 67K on mine...
Nice to hear you like DRLs, I see so many others who want to disable the feature.
Of course since it looks like you are in Canada you don't have a choice since a legal requirement.
The BCM in your 2005 Malibu is actually capable of controlling a reduced intensity low beam DRL (same BCM is used in the G6 which had that configuration for 2005 model). However in the Malibu you don't have a DRL fuse/relay and voltage dropping wire required to get headlamp voltage correct (it runs around 83% of normal full headlamp voltage). A dealer also doesn't even have the ability to fool the BCM and try to enable the different DRL operation, it is kind of "hard coded" in service tool software.
Did you notice from reading owner manual (Pages 3-14 --> 3-17) that your Canadian vehicle also has a couple differences in exterior lighting from a U.S. spec vehicle? Basically there are a few features which weren't allowed for a Canadian vehicle due to regulations for lighting when vehicle is driving.
But the current generation has grown up with them and most wont drive away until they are latched in, which is great.
I did notice that the DRL on my 05 is a bit unusual, only lighting up the "park" lights. Now I know there's no easy workaround but have to wonder why it was done like that. I dont believe there is a law concerning headlights being on during the day but most vehicles manufactured in the past several years have been set to run the headlights at all times.
What restrictions on the lighting control are you speaking of?
1: The ON/OFF Auto Headlamp switch cycle to OFF only works on a Canadian vehicle when transmission in Park.
2. The "dim to park" lighting mode where headlamp switch is turned to Park position which disables headlamps/DRLs and just turns on parking lamps is not enabled for Canada.
Is this an additional lamp or are you trying to replace something? Are you adding it to front or rear lamps? What is the electrical load of the LEDs?
The rear turn signal have extra capacity as a provision for trailering. The front lamps do not.
There are legal requirements on turn signals for detection of bulb outtage which is why you see the double-flash rate when you have an inoperative bulb. An additional load might fool system to not detect the outtage if it is high enough. That would not be in compliance. I think this doesn't apply if the extra lamps are due to towing a trailer.
Also, LED's usually use less current than a similar brightness Incandescent bulb.
I too would be happy to ditch the incandescent turn signals once legal replacements are available.
LEDs draw far less current than the OEM bulbs...you can use LEDs..but must install a resistor as well to make the circuit think its drawing more power than it actually is in order to have regular blinking vice the fast rate....and the resistor will generate heat as well....
I thought the LEDs may prevent another fire, but I don't really want to mess with adding a resistor. I wonder if there is a less wattage bulb out there?
Pao, do you still have the web page on your car? What is it?
Replaced the bulb,
cleaned all socket contacts __and__ gently bent their contacts inwards
reassembled....no problems so far.
Next bulb change I may use conductive grease on the contacts (something Toyota uses on their connections) to help keep the corrosion from returning.
notice a little heat marking on the inside of the right front headlamp this weekend...inspected it and the wiring and didnt see anything....but will keep an eye out.....I beleive that was the one that the dealership changed out under warranty over a year ago....
Drive on over and see me!
Has anone done this? or have a skematic of sort so I can wire in?
Thanks in advance D~
Left Stop/Turn Bulb
Right Stop/Turn Bulb
Tail Lamp Bulbs
Just curious. I don't do any trailering so don't want to assume anything. If so tell me colors of wires on your plug (which is which) and I will post back some more information.
Anyways there are extra slots in rear electrical center but they won't retain a fuse since nothing inside to grip it. The only 20Amp fuses in the center on a Maxx are one for rear power outlet (#12) and another one for the 2 power outlets in console (#20).
Please tell me that I don't have to take aprt the entire interior in back of this thing just to change a freakin' bulb!
No wonder GM can't sell cars! What a pain!
It would be nice if the people who wrote the Malibu Owner's Manual had made a note of the difference between removing the tail light assembly from the sedan and removing same from the Maxx.
Turns out the Maxx tail light assembly is held on by a pair of bayonet mounts, so, once the two indicated screws are removed, all I had to do was pull the whole thing straight back sharply.
A note would have been nice...
At least now I know how to do it.
As for the sockets, I use BlueFrog or other quality industrial electrical contact cleaner to minimize corrosion.
There are other mistakes in the Maxx manual (there was an issue with how spare tire parts should be ordered in reassembly).
My previous car was an '01 Elantra. Front bulbs were all metal units (H1's-h7's?) that could take several hours for me to change. The bulbs were constantly going out and after about a year I discovered that they were covered under warranty. The rear bulbs were impossible to figure out (I've owned 30+ cars and this was the first car whose complexity escaped me). Finally took it to the dealer and was charged $110 (over $100 in labor) for changing 3 bulbs-- front: warranty, rear:no warranty.
One more reason why I'm generally happy with my Maxx.
Perhaps your battery in laptop was pretty low and your inverter is struggling to pull enough current and needs all the voltage it can get at that low of a system voltage (when vehicle not running). I have had cases even in a vehicle running where my inverter couldn't keep up with laptop and shut down due to overheating - I bought a new inverter with higher power output rating.