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Chevrolet Malibu Brakes



  • ChevyMaxChevyMax Posts: 8
    We have all ready been around with GM, we have a case number and were given 2,000 toward a purchase and another GM car. (which won't happen) They were not able to help with the problem since we could not recreate the problem. They spoke with engineers and still had no answer. What makes me mad is I had this problem when the car was under warranty, no one knew what was happening. One time I took the car to the dealer and when they put the car on the lift all four tires were locked, he didn't know how I was able to drive it to the dealership, the next morning if was find, they couldn't find anything wrong with the car.
  • mgariesmgaries Posts: 1
    Just replaced the front pads on my 2006 Maxx, I thought it was the rotors heating up causing the shudder at high speeds, so I replaced the pads first. I am attempting to do the rear pads, but the rear calipers won't compress. anybody have any ideas how?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    Rear pistons need to be screwed in, you can buy a tool to make it easier.
  • Hey Madd Maxx,

    Have you had any luck on this since your original post? I am having the exact same problem with my 2006 Chevy Malibu, and have had it to the local shop almost a dozen times in less than 3 months. I've had the rotors, pads and calipers replaced TWICE, as well as the brake fluid flushed... all to no avail.

    I am ready to pull my hair out as I still have 2.5 years left on my loan for this car but feel it's trying to kill me!

    Any help you can provide would be MUCH appreciated!

    Thank you!
  • Yes, we took it to another chey dealer, and explained the problem, they replaced the master brake cylinder, flushed the all the brake lines, and replace the brakes on the front wheels, if you can get this done under warranty that would be fantastic, it cost about 2,000 but was worth it. They said when the brakes get hot they will grab and not let go, so when we were in traffic or come home for a short time then try to leave the house they would grab. Try going to another Chevy dealer; take the car to them when the brakes are warm. It’s so hard to recreate the problem. We had it done about 3 months ago and the brakes have been fine since.
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    I had my pads and rotors replaced at around 80000 miles. (No, that's not a typo -- I actually went that far on the original brakes). Now, about 4000 miles later, I have a squeal from the brakes just before the car comes to a complete stop. It started doing this just a month or so ago when the subfreezing temps arrived here in upstate NY. During a brief period when the temps went above 32 the problem stopped -- briefly. Now it's back. What gives? Everything else about the brakes is fine...nice smooth pedal feel, stopping distances about the same as before, no vibration.

    Anyone else with this experience? Thanks.
  • I have a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu and when i got home i pressed down on my parking brake and I heard a loud pop. The parking brake pedal now has no tension to it, when i press down, it'll just stay all the way down and no kinda back spring like normal, what could it be, and also is the car still safe to drive?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    my bet is you broke the parking brake cable....the car should be safe...just no parking brakes.....
  • The noise is from the rapid (but slight) movement of the brake pad backing plates when you apply your brakes. Whoever did your brake job didn't use "brake quiet" material (available where auto parts are sold) on the back-side of the pad's backing plates.
  • I'm having the exact same problem. What was the fix? Thanks so much for any help you can give!
  • What was the fix for this? I am having the exact same issue. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  • For my car, it was the Master Cylinder that needed to be replaced. I took it for a few estimates, and it was right around $1200 to be fixed. Each mechanic said that they see this problem all the time on Malibus. In fact, there was one in the shop getting that same problem fixed at the last place I went to! Anyway, I ended up taking that $1200 and put it towards the down payment on a new car. I was fed up with putting money into something that seemed to continue to have problems. Good luck with your situation. Maybe it will turn out better for you then it did for me!
  • We had the master cylinder replaced, and hoses flushed, we took it to a reputable Chevy dealer to have the work done. This was done over one year ago and since then, no problems. It was well worth having it done; now I love my car.
  • hey josephus just wondering if you got an answer to this problem because i've got the same problem and can't get any answers.
  • I had trouble finding this thread again! Thanks for replying! I am still dealing with the issue! I just took it to a chevy dealer against my better judgement today! They are saying the brake fluid is contaminated and I need a new master cylinder ABS module and brake flush. Sounds like what you had done minus the ABS. I was only taking my car to one shop so I am investigating how the fluid was contaminated before going forward.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    sounds like an ABS issue with knocking thru the floorboard ......
  • gwildmangwildman Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Malibu and the brakes have locked up to some extent (To attain 30 miles per hour, it was at 4000 RPM). This has happened more than once, but after sitting a while it returns to normal. A couple dyas ago, my wife went to use it and the brake pedal went right to the floor. She backed the vehicle out of the garage, and after, it was normal again. I took it to a Gm dealership in Calgary, AB, however, they could find nothing wrong. They did a brake job in January. I refused to drive it home, as I felt if the brakes failed and I was the cause of an accident, I would definitely be in the wrong. Can you advise as to what procedure I should now follow. Could it have something to do with the self-adjust? Possibly air in the system? Thank you, Garth
  • ChevyMaxChevyMax Posts: 8
    This is the same problem we had, they can't replicate the problem, they can't fix it. I would recommend go back to the dealer, have them call Fitzgerald Auto-mall in Frederick Maryland, and ask for Tom Dawson. He's the one who fixed ours. Have the dealer talk to Tom and tell them about the "Powell" car with the brake problems. They performed a complete brake fluid exchange service, flush out all lines, replaced the master cylinder, bleed the hydraulic system. Since they fixed it 3 years ago we have had no more problems and the car runs great. We had gone as far as called GM, they had no clue, But Tom fixed it.
    Best of luck, Elizabeth Powell
    PS invoice number CVCS752808
  • sgr5516sgr5516 Posts: 156
    edited July 2013
    I have a 2006 Malibu Maxx and have had problems with rear calipers serveral times. The first time the left side locked up and burned up the brake pads. Had to run at higher RPM to get car to move. When I stopped, you could smell the brakes burning and the rotor got so hot you could feel the heat holding your hand by the rim. The dealer had to replace the caliper. After that parking brake would not hold. I jacked up car applied parking brake put trans in neutral (engine not running) and I could turn the right wheel. The right caliper was locked up in released position. That caliper had to be replaced too. Had same problem again after about a year and one of the rear calipers had to be replaced again. Luckily I had an extended warranty and and all work was covered.
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