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Chevrolet Malibu Oil Changes/Service Questions



  • sean74sean74 Posts: 18
    I have a 2005 Malibu about 48k miles. Chevy dealer told me that I need transmission flush, induction service, and mass air flow cleaning. Here is the price list,

    Transmission flush: $206
    Induction service: $154

    Are those service necessary, are those prices reasonable???
    Thank you very much for your advice.
  • butch100butch100 Posts: 28
    The manual call for a tranny fluid service@ 100K but if you drive it a lot in traffic or in hot climates it's not a bad idea to get it changed. My dealer quoted me $175 for it. The induction cleaning is just cleaning out the throttle body and mass air flow sensor cleaning I wouldn't worry about either, if it get dirty and throws a code then yea, but these days dealers are surviving a lot on service jobs as new sales have dried up so they come up with a lot of stuff like this..
  • sean74sean74 Posts: 18
    I just changed rear brake pads of my 2005 Malibu. As of today I have changed rear pads twice. One at 22k, and toady at 48k. I was very upset.

    I bought it in August 2005. In November 2007, I changed rear pads because one of a pair completely worn out while others looked like new. Chevy dealer didn’t explain what was wrong. I strongly suspected that something was wrong. Today, they told me that it needs change again because they are almost worn out. For safety reason I changed them. But they still did not give me a satisfying explanation. They just told me it is normal.

    Thank you very much for your advice on this matter.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    agree with the previous poster....if you arent set on the dealership...many places will do the transmission flush cheaper...not knowing where you are, in Northern VA..just had mine done at Merchants Tire and Battery for $120....for my 04 Maxx w 150K on it.....did it at 100K and will do it every 50K now on with the mileage on it...good luck
  • butch100butch100 Posts: 28
    Wow, 150K, how's the Maxx holding up? any major repairs yet?.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    other than normal wear and tear....third set of brakes...fourth set of tires, two batteries.....all of which include OEM sets.....and a few other things..bulbs and wiper blades, air filters.....only one major repair....right front tire rod at about 135K.....all in all nothing else....just routine maintenance per the owners manual...and syth old changes every 7K....using pennzoil platnium syth.......
  • I need help. After reading everything I could find, I still can't find the oil filter on a 2007 Chevy Malibu. I hear it is on the top left of the engine and the cap needs to be unscrewed, but I still can't find it. Anyone have any helpful ideas?
  • Is it the 4 or 6 cylinder engine?, mine's the 6, the oil filter is on bottom just brhind the radaitor and easy to reach, the 4 I don't know about..
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    On the 4-cyl: a big black plastic cup with a big hexagon protruding from the top.

    butch100: I got a 2006 Maxx and found the oil filter but have no clue how easy it
    would be for me to change the oil there (I do it myself in my 2.2L Malibus). Did you do it? How easy it is? Will an oil drop pan fit well under the filter letting me to unscrew it? Do I need a wrench or a hand will do it?
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    On I4, I have to wonder how much of a mess will occur. I can only hope that most of the oil will drain back to the pan once the cover is removed or it will require a bit of cleaning to get all the drips. I looked at a filter the other day and it did not have the built in anti-backflow valve. Either there is not one or it is built into the engine.
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    On I4, I have to wonder how much of a mess will occur.

    No mess at all: changing oil in I4 is a piece of cake and the five
    quarts last a lot (about 7,000 miles by the DIC).
  • rjcamprjcamp Posts: 4
    . Use a J 44887 to remove the oil filter cap on my 2007 2.2. malibu?.
  • rjcamprjcamp Posts: 4
    I want to use synthetic any recomanditions on an oil?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I have used both mobil 1 and pennzoil platinum sythn 5w-30 in my 04 Maxx LT.....158k and going strong...change per the GMOL which averages out between 6.5-7K miles between changes...
  • rjcamprjcamp Posts: 4
    Thanks for the info I'm not sure of the lingo GMOL Did you use a gm filter ?
  • I just use, I believe, a 30mm socket I bought at Sears. :shades:
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    From reading various discussions on oils, I concluded that no one
    really knows if oil A is better than oil B if A and B are both
    synthetics. Determining a winner would require a regular chemical
    analysis correlated with many cars' driving patterns. Both Mobil and
    Castrol advertise their synthetic oils as the best, as do smaller
    vendors -- see e.g.

    You can't go wrong with Mobil One -- at least, for Malibu.
    But you won't go wrong with Castrol's Syntec, either.

    Your car will die from something else before it dies from picking
    an inferior synthetic oil, if there is any.
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    I use 32-mm for 2.2L Ecotec in Malibu 2005 -- should be the same in
    2007, I believe.

    Consider using a torque wrench; never overtighten the cap -- the
    correct torque is printed on the top of the cap (should be 25 N*m = 18
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    GMOL...General Motors Oil Life of the functions in your DIC...digtial information center....tells you the percentage oil life remaining between changes...
  • Ok so maybe it is a 32mm socket. I know I didn't have one that big and bought one to do my own oil changes. So I'm a cheap scape. :D
  • I've been using Wal-Mart brand Synthetic without a hitch so far. 08 Malibu I4 now has 73,000+
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    I asked before but nobody replied -- now is a good time to repeat the question.
    I know that the filter is under the engine -- saw it.

    Will I be able to unscrew it by hand? Is there enough space under it to use a standard drop pan, without running the car on some props first?

    I won't do the oil change till, probably, May, but I'd like to have an idea before I try.
    Easy? Hard? Tools needed?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    Need a filter tool, do not tighten more than 3/4 - 1 turn after gasket just touches by hand . All can be done by not lifting, just a little tight
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    Thanks! And from a reply at the Maxx board, I conclude that in addition to the filter, there is a plug there, too -- just like in the 2.2L engine I know pretty well.

    So, first the plug, with a 15mm wrench, then the filter, with a special "filter tool"?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    Not sure on plug wrench, car is gone. I know it is less than 15 mm, more like 14 or 13.
    On filter wrench I use the the socket made for filters with 3/8 drive, it's either stamped metal or plastic, any parts place will have them.
  • doing a oil change on a 2006chevy malibu..oil filter is loacated where? what does it look like? what tool do i need?
  • Which engine the V6 or the 4?, on the V6 the oil filter is right behind the radiator (looking underneath the car) and easy to get to, no tools needed for the filter removal, just for the oil change bolt.
  • schollescholle Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    Where can I get the right socket to remove the oil filter on my 4 cylinder 2009 Chevy Malibu?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    Autozone, Advance Auto Parts, just ask for the filter socket for the Ecotec engine. Same one fits all. I think the # 14700.
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