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Chevrolet Malibu: Problems & Solutions



  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Kurt..what state are you in..dont you have an 04 or 05...careful of the mileage and ownwership times for lemon laws..they vary by state...
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,398
    You might tell your dealer what you found. It might help them with another person's car doing the same thing.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • butch100butch100 Posts: 28
    I found it by useing my wife's stehescope and
    listening for it while someone else drove the
    car. I coulden't pinpoint the noise at all
    useing the scope so i knew it had to be comeing
    from outside the car at that point. Otherwise
    I love the car, everyone who rides in it is
    amazed how quiet and smooth it is..Just hope it
    holds up in the long run..
  • I Have a 02 Malibu V6 I only have 42,000 miles on it. The check engine light came on yesterday. What do you think it is before I have to spend the money for a diagnostic.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,398
    Did you put gas in the car recently? Check the gas cap. Check the rubber seal on it and where it meets the gas pipe to be sure they're clean and sealing properly. Put on a little petroleum jelly to freshen up the rubber. Tighten the cap. And drive the car normal trips. See if the light goes off when the pressure/vacuum check on the fuel system runs.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • Thanks Ill try that. I have 1 more question maybe you can help me. The same 02 Malibu V6 seems to run hot some times the gage will be almost in the red. It does not do it all the time, and the only way to get it to come back down is to turn on the heater. I checked and it is full of anti-freeze. I am wondering if the thermostat is sticking. What do you think?
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Well, I guess my gravel road test won them over. My gear (part #: 15858368) is on order. I also got a fuel induction maintenance performed. I'll post back in a few days to see if it was a waste of money, or if my acceleration performance improves.
  • hhmaxhhmax Posts: 44
    a piece of plastic sheet got under car while travelling, it got onto the exhaust pipe and melted. Any easy way to get rid of it? Probably not a safety hazard but the burning plastic smell stinks.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    my vote..a long as you use quality name brand gas you shouldnt have a need for any fuel injection much do they want to for it
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    It was $142 after tax. They used the BG fluid. I definitely sensed a faster push off the line today with the AC on. I'll keep monitoring it.

    e2helper: my dealer says that I should use only distilled water with the dexcool. Is this correct? My fluid level is a touch low in the jug, and I wanted to top it off. Or should I buy a jug of dexcool and top it off with that?
  • skyhawkskyhawk Posts: 126
    My check engine light came on last year and it was caused by the engine running too cool. The thermostst was replaced. It is possible that the high temp reading caused the check engine light.
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    I'd recommend using some antifreeze that's already mixed (available at auto part stores) so that the balance will stay 50/50.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    they have dexcool that is already mixed at an auto parts store??
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    I'm pretty sure I saw some at Checker last time I was there and I just checked Autozone's website and they have some Prestone "Orange coloration" 50/50 premix that is listed for Malibu V6s. I don't think I'd worry about the "orange coloration" I think GM just trademarked Dex-Cool, and Prestone makes the coolant GM uses from the factory.
  • tcontastcontas Posts: 10
    I've had a problem with a loose gas cap on my '05 Maxx. With any car I've ever owned, you had to push down on the gas cap while tightening it. I found that if I did this with my Maxx, the cap wouldn't tighten and could be pulled right off. Now, when I tighten the cap, I don't put any pressure on it at all; I simply put it on and turn it until it clicks a few times and it stays put. Not sure if it should be this way, but the dealer didn't seem to want to mess with it. Not too big a pain except when I go to a full service gas station and have to tell them not to push down on the cap while tightening.
  • tcontastcontas Posts: 10
    I also have this part on order. The service dept. at my local dealer gave me no static at all about it. They read the TSB and ordered it right away. I'll post results here. I'm hoping this will do the trick, as all the other attempted "fixes" mentioned here haven't worked. The TSB describes perfectly what my car does over bumps or gravel roads at slow speeds, so hopefully the new steering gear will solve it. One question for anyone who's had it done or knows what it entails: will they have to do a front-end alignment as well? My car drives perfectly straight and the steering wheel is also perfectly straight and I'm nervous about getting such a new car aligned, as I've had mixed luck in the past (especially with the steering wheel being off-center, which drives me NUTS)!
  • simonesimone Posts: 18
    Just had the gear installed on my 04 malibu lt (65,700miles) on Tues of this Week. After 150 plus miles it is truly a great driving pleasure to not have the clunking,thud,popping noises every time I back-up or turn right or left. My dealership also did a complete 4 wheel alignment.
    I know it is only two days, but after waiting 18 months for a solution I am quite happy..
    Simon :) :)
  • mfh1mfh1 Posts: 15
    Contas: After having steering gear replaced, receipt said "toe in adjustment," the only easily adjustable front end spec on these cars. On modern front drive cars, the only way to change caster and camber is to ad shims and/or literally bend the frame (how stupid is that?). So if you hit a really big pot hole, the average alignment place can't fix the problem. The steering wheel on my car was centered before the work and remains so, but it seems to track more accurately now. I can't image messing with the rack without requiring an alignment, so it's probably mandatory. I think steering wheel position is more accurate than the days when the mechanic attempted to visually center the steering wheel by bracing it to the seat with a bar before making adjustments. There is probably some indication under the car to show when the steering wheel is centered before they start to change toe position (anyone know for sure?).
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    did you have an extended warranty...or did you dealer simply do it based on the TSB...since you are well out of warranty..I have 74K on my car..and didnt think they would touch it based on the mileage....
  • paopao Posts: 1,867

    guess I need some clarification on the clunk here....I notice a clunk when Im driving......doesnt have to be on a rough road at all....I have assumed it was due to my front tires....since they were a bit flaired on the edges..but have since noticed it remains the same with new tires....your description seems a bit different....I dont notice anythiing on a turn or slow over speed bumps at mine sounds completely different from the rest here..

    steering is fine...and still have my original OEM column...I have learned to ignore my clunk now.....had the suspension check last time it was aligned and the mechanic....not at a dealership stated he didnt see anything that looked like a problem..and the alignment only required a minor adjustment...uuuummmmmmm
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    Why not file the Lemon Law? maybe GM can buy the car back or give you another esp. if you are happy otherwise with the Malibu. It's obvious you have problem that the dealership can't resolve. the vehicle is only 3 months old.
  • Easy, I'll tell you why it's not just a clear case for me.

    I put money down, I saved it, got $ from the last wrecked vehicle and then got this. Got a great deal, one of those once in a life time deals where you got everything you wanted, and cheaper than the dealer should have given it to you, where literally they probably lost money except that you actually bought something...

    Let's say I file the lemon law. Have to pay a lawyer to do it, and 99% of these go to arbritration (settled in arb. as opposed to court). Of those in arb., most don't end up in a full buy back or giving me a brand new car. That's on average of course. So let's say the DID buy back the car. Would I get the full value when I first bought it? Of course not. I'd have to pay back the laywer of course (for appraently being able to use them to get any money from GM in the first place) and I know the milage would be pro-rated from the first mileage reporting on this issue (somewhere around 2000 or so). Think how much value it already lost. Think how much more I have to pay the lawyer for allowing me to even get to this point.

    IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT I DO, I STILL END UP THE LOSER! I either lose by having a car that isn't right, or I lose by ending up with less money than I started with to buy a new one if the one I have got bought back.

    How does this benefit me? There really is no -clear cut- answer, or solution to my problem; save it being fixed and ceasing to be an issue in the first place.

    I'm happy with the car, just not the mechanical issues I'm having.
  • simonesimone Posts: 18
    Dealer took care of issue with no charge based on the tsb and also based on the fact that I had complained about this issue for the past 18 months and it was well doucumented on every visit i made to the dealer...I would suggest that you bring in a copy of the tsb to your dealer and ask them to order the part so as to correct this design flaw which gm finally admitted to back in dec of 05...
  • What is the TSB's range of years for the repair??? is it 04 only ??
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    04-06 model year

    TSB 06-02-32-007
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    anybody email a copy of the TSB?

    [email protected]
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    pao: my symptoms are noticeable when:

    1. I drive around 10 mph on a gravel road, and then let off the gas and coast. You will hear the repeated rattling/jiggling. I can take you to the road I used to win my service manager over. It is down near the metro, not too far a drive from you.

    2. I pull in or back out of a parking lot or driveway concrete apron at a slow speed, with the wheels turned as I'm pulling in/out.

    3. At speed, over manhole covers. Ironically it sounds worse when the right tire hits the manhole cover.

    I also get steady squeeking as I drive. I hope the squeeking is from the steering gear as well and not the steering column. I guess I'll be able to tell when I get the new gear.

    Can others confirm my symptoms....and have you also heard the squeeking??
  • 2005 Malibu with same problem.... POOR AM RECEPTION Has anyone found a solution for this problem?
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    Try doing a search in google for 06-02-32-007. You'll get a few results, one of them will be one for Click on that one and then hit Ctrl+F and type in "06-02-32-007" click the link and it'll bring up the whole TSB and you don't need an account there to see it. The TSB isn't too informative though.
  • shadow5599shadow5599 Posts: 101
    View a copy of the TSB concerning the steering gear -
    TSB 06-02-32-007
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