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Chevrolet Malibu: Problems & Solutions



  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I'll echo MichMaxx...I have almost 75K on my 04 Maxx..and the only time I had a vibration is when I had the tires rotated and shop failed to properly torque the rims .....once that was done I had no problems at all....I notice some vibration right before I had my brakes changed....turning the rotors cleared that up as well.....replaced OEM brakes at other problems with mine and very smooth on the highway....I also upgraded to 17 inch rims..and 225/50-17 tires.....that increase would have enhanced any vibration problems...but none here..also running Michelin Pilot Sports
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    No vibration here either on an '05 Maxx LS. Since it occurs primarily at one speed you may have what is termed "harmonic vibration" where two or more rotating masses are coinciding. It may be as simple as a tire rotation to correct, or changing some other rotating things. But this is definitely not normal.
  • mfh1mfh1 Posts: 15
    It usually developes 4000-5000 miles into the life of the car, as acknowledged by the TSB. Maybe you got lucky.
  • bczfbczf Posts: 1
    I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to drop a note and say I have the same problem. I bought an 04 Chevy Malibu V6 LS and it has worked like a dream up until now. I started getting the "Power Steering" message with no warning, but the steering itself seemed to be ok, until the past 2 weeks where it would seem stiffer turning sharply one way than the other. I also noticed that it seemed to do this when the temerature outside got hot. One day when I got out of work after leaving the car sit all day, I found I had NO power steering AT ALL, and given the fact I had no other way home, I had to drive home with no power steering.
    But ever since that day last week, I have had no problems, no warning messages, NOTHING..

    I took it to the dealers repair dept and they said the same thing, I need a new steering column ($615 installed), but did not mention anything about the motor itself. I am worried that since the "Power Steering" warning message hasnt come on for them, that they are only fixing part of the problem and that one day, again I'll have no power steering.. I am really frustrated by this, sin :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: ce I love my car..
  • mfh1mfh1 Posts: 15
    The sttering column replacement includes the electric motor. This is a factory defect that included a recall. You should not pay for this, even if you are out of warranty.
  • sgr5516sgr5516 Posts: 156
    I have this same intermittant flutter noise on my 06 Maxx LTZ which I just purchased on 7/28. The cowl seal is lifted away from windshield under the right wiper blade. Rather than try the home remedies mentioned here, I will bring this to attention of my service dept when I bring it in at 1,000 mi.

    Either cowl is defective/deformed, or the windshield curve in that area is out of spec. One or the other should be replaced.

    I also have a broken right shade on rear fixed sky window. The retractor is messed up. I also have a bad rattle in back of car. Can't determine if it's coming from headliner, hatch opening or under car, like brake line hitting floor pan. Other that these 2 things I have not found any other problems.
  • butch100butch100 Posts: 28
    I don't blame you for makeing the dealer fix
    it, I do not trust my local chevy dealer very
    much since they overfilled my crankcase by one
    full quart during a LOF. The less they work on
    it the better...
  • maxxfanmaxxfan Posts: 4
    Sorry if this is repeating a question. Has anyone had trouble with their Maxx starting? I have a 2004 that's got just over 30,000 miles. Maybe five times since about 800 or so miles, it's failed to start on the first attempt, but would start by about the third. But on August 2nd, it wouldn't start at all. It would crank, but immediately die. After waiting about 15 minutes, it started, but I had to give it gas as I turned the key. And boy did it stink of gas after it started. I took it to the dealer the next day. They said they couldn't recreate the problem and no codes were in the system, so I'd have to get the car to them when the problem was occurring. Today, it did nearly did it again. After three tries, waiting about 20 seconds between each, it wouldn't start. Then I waited about two minutes, turned the key, hit the gas and it started, but it was a rough start. On August 2nd, it was midday and more than 90 degrees. The car had been sitting for about an hour and half. Today, it was again very hot and the car had been sitting for about three hours. Any ideas? Is there a TSB out or anything? The engine light is the only thing that stays on when this occurs.
    Thanks for any help!
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,289
    When it doesn't start, push the accelerator to the floor and hold it there. That's supposed to be a clear flood engine method. It is supposed to turn off the fuel injectors. See what happens.

    It's like with the old carburetor cars with choke plates. When they flooded, you pushed and held the pedal to the floor and that held the choke open to avoid adding gas by choking the air intake.

    If that solves the problem, it means you have leaking fuel getting into the intake. Maybe leaking fuel injectors while sitting?

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

  • hhmaxhhmax Posts: 44
    Mine 05Maxx LT does this too. Although it was much better after they did two hunter balances but it never completely went away. I am having it re-checked to see if the tire balances are still in spec. If they are, the dealer said that they will do a in vehicle balance of which the first time it's free and $190 afterwards.
  • sgr5516sgr5516 Posts: 156
    Hey E2, I know this is a Malibu forum and I have a 2006 Maxx LTZ, but I was wondering if you could get any info on other GM cars. I'm looking to buy a used 2006 Cobalt LS 2dr 5SP manual from my local Chevy dealer for my Son. Could you tell me the build date and if it was built with any options in it. VIN 1G1AK15FX67747860. Thanks.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    You are right we don't want to muddy up this thread (and I don't check other Chevy model sites). Here is info you want:

  • hhmaxhhmax Posts: 44
    They found two of the tires are out out of spec and they rebalanced them. It's much better now but you can still "feel" the road.

    On a seperate note, if I keep the car still and turn the steering wheel left and right. I can hear a not so lound clunk like gear backlash. Anybody has this same issue? At parking lot menuver, when the steering wheel is turned left all the way, you can hear some dull tapping noise. Is this the sign of troubles to come? What is the TSB about the steering column?

  • stan1911stan1911 Posts: 12
    The vibration you feel could be from your tires. I bought new Goodyear Eagle F1 GS

    D3 from Tirerack and had them mounted on my rims by a nearby shop. I got

    vibrations at the 70-75mph range. I thought it just might wear in but several

    hundred miles later, it was still there and since I was acutey aware of the

    vibration, it seemed to get worse (prob subjective). So I looked up an installer

    using the same Hunter GSP 9700 equipment that Tire Rack uses and had him remount my

    tires using the Hunter GSP9700. Its a system designed to match mount tires.

    As the owner of the place operated the mounting machine, he told me what he was

    doing and why. Pretty interesting. This occurred 2 years ago and I'm writing this from memory, so its general what occurs.... The rim is checked for round, then the tire is mounted and a roller exerts pressure on the tire to measure resistance. It finds "high" and "low" spots. The operator then attempts to match up the irregularities in the rim with offsetting irregularities in the rubber. My guy had to swap around tires on the rims to get an optimal fit. Wheel weights were added to balance out the fitment. 95% of the vibration was eliminated.
    I did the same to my other car and during the road force measurements, he found 2 of my brand new Goodyears were out of spec. Tire Rack replaced them without a fuss and 2 days later, I went back to finish the tire mounting job.
    So it could be your tires that are causing the vibrations. Even brand new tires can be out of round enough to vibrate at higher speeds but appear to be ok with conventional balancing.
    S Chang
    Brunswick, OH
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    I have a 2005 malibu LS and i was wondering if you could tell me the build date, vin 1G1ZT54815F173504 . Would it be possible to also find out if it was built in the afternoon or morning shift? Thanks
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    No need to provide the whole VIN but too late now ;)

    Afternoon/morning shift is somewhat a arbitrary thing because from start to finish a vehicle might have operators from both shifts working on it. Don't ask me how long it takes from body shop until vehicles rolls off the line - I don't know :confuse:

    Date when completed was 10/08/2004
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    yup, my '04 maxx had the same warped cowl problem. Was replaced under warranty and, so far, problem has not reoccured.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Thank you very much. ;) Interesting to know it was assembled on a Friday mmmph :confuse: , explains alot.! Russ :shades:
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    On my way home tonight, was a little chilly, so I nudged the temp control up, nothing, still cold. Long story short, no matter what setting I was on, the fan blew out cold air. I could not get warm or hot or anything other than cold. Any chance that when I had the steering recall done that they could have knocked a hose off or something? Any ideas? 2005 Malibu MAXX. Thanks!
  • glennbglennb Posts: 34
    I had that happen to my '04 Maxx recently, but the problem went away after I turned the AC on and off a few times, and rotated the vent control to different positions a few times. It suddenly started blowing hot again, but I am sure the problem will crop again in the dead of winter. Has your problem self corrected like mine?
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    Thanks! I will try that tomorrow!
  • After 15 Months and 20,000 miles, I may have my first problem with my 2005 Maxx. Asking here because it's been so trouble-free, that I'm not sure if it's a problem.

    This past weekend, I began to notice a "clunking" noise when I turn left. The sound doesn't happen with right turns, just left. I have read some threads about some steering column problems associated with the Maxx. Could some please advise, if this is what I'm experiencing and is there a service bulletin, about it?? - Many thanks, for any info. :)
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    OK, this am I went through a few ac/heat modes, and turn the temp knob from cold to hot several times. I got hot air. went back to cold, got cold, back to hot, got hot. SO, knock on wood it is working at this time. THANKS for the tip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • Hi, that's the same problem my Maxx had a couple of weeks ago. The service department replaced the steering column yet again. Take it in, the noise gets worst as you drive it longer.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    there is a mafor TSB out on the column..and its replacement..sorry to hear your issue....04 Maxx here...75K on it...30 Months old...and not one problem....
  • I am working on a 10/2003 chev impala with 3.4 engine I Have a code for the low tire pressure but all tires are at 40 psi. I have cleared the code several times but it comes back even with car sitting still. any one out there ran up against this one
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    Check the spare tire.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    ...and the steering rack as well, which is very difficult to get diagnosed. There is a TSB on this as well and it affects '04 to '06 Malibus and Maxxes. The TSB was discussed earlier on this forum.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    ..not, to know the electrics on this car can cut out at random.

    I hope somebody can explain what is going on and what can be done to fix it. This is actually a safety issue, don't you think?
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    I reported this problem to NHTSA. Any vehicle whose driver-warning lights (blinkers, brakes, etc). go whacko all on its own is dangerous.

    What would happen, while I am braking, if the BCM decides to turn off the brake lights while I am __still__ braking?
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