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#4857 of 4972 2005 Malibu Engine Idle
Jul 10, 2007 (1:47 pm)
I have a 2005 Malibu with 31k miles and I recently bought the car. When slowing down to stop, I noticed that at times it seemed the engine speed was not decreasing very quickly. I would put the car in neutral in found the tach at anywhere between 1,000 to 1,800 rpm's. Usually, when put in neutral when coasting, the idle is at 1,000 but 1,500 to at times 1,800, which I have seen, seems high. The dealer checked the car over and said nothing is wrong. A non dealer mechanic said that Chevy ought to reflash the computer. Has anyone seen this problem before or is it normal? If the idle speed is not normal, would a reflash help? Also, I have an interesting tranny question. I noticed that when coasting in neutral that my tranny makes a clunking noise at 8 mph. I have been told that this noise is the tranny preparing for the car to stop. HUH? I have never heard a noise like this in neutral. Any comments to either of these problems would be greatly appreciated as my warrenty is running out soon. Thanks.
#4858 of 4972 Re: 2005 Malibu Engine Idle [mayville]
Jul 12, 2007 (10:24 am)
My 05 (once warmed up) idles at about 800 in neutral when stopped but cant really say while moving since I dont put it into neutral while moving...wondering why you do? The same goes for the clunk...I dont put it in neutral while moving so cant say. In gear at 1800 rpm I'm cruisin at 110Kph.
What's it idling at when warm, no a/c on and in park?
#4859 of 4972 Re: 2005 Malibu Engine Idle [shadow5599]
Jul 12, 2007 (3:34 pm)
The idle issue came up when I thought the engine braking was not slowing the car much in drive when coming to a stop. As such, I would put the car in neutral to check the idle. Thats when I detected idles from 1,000 to typically 1,500. Once or twice the idle has been 1,800 when the car has only been running for a short period of time. These idles are when I put the car in neutral and coast for a short period of time. When warm in park, the idle is 800. A friend of mine who owns a foreign car, said his idle in neutral when coasting is 600-800. I'm wondering if there is a sensor that controls the idle.
I want to make sure that the car is running correctly before my warranty runs out.
#4860 of 4972 Original Equipment Radios for 2007
Aug 06, 2007 (7:42 pm)
Does anyone know the GM part numbers for the radios for the Malibu? I'm trying to find any of the head units better than the one in the 2007 LS, because all of those have an AUX input to handle the XM. I can get a cheap adapter via eBay, but not for my base-model radio.
There's a couple of parts companies out there, but they won't certify 04-06 head units for 07 -- GM won't tell them yet.
My other option is an aftermarket unit plus an aftermarket frame for $100 that will display the Menu/Info stuff, which sounds like it will look awful, compared to OE units.
Thanks in advance
#4861 of 4972 pass lock sensor
Aug 17, 2007 (1:07 pm)
how much trouble are they to instal
#4862 of 4972 Sterring and airbags
Sep 17, 2007 (4:54 am)
I'm new at this site but I do have a few issues also, I have a 2005 LS Malibu. I always thought that the sterring was stiff. I had always had a rattle from day one and taken the car several times back to the dealership. I also had some problem that was electrical with the radio it would sometime just go off an not come back on for a few days. I had an acciendent this past saturday that something just happened with the steering and had problems controlling the car and I hit an embankment at 58mph and rode the hillside for 20ft and then back into the ditch into the highway before i could get stopped. This is was the real kicker the airbags did not deploy at all. we had to replace the front rotors at 30,000 miles and new tires at 12,000. I always like the car good gas mileage but I am afraid that this car is dangerous with the steering. Has anyone else had similar issues with the malibu 2005 models?
#4863 of 4972 Re: Sterring and airbags [lablady1]
Sep 17, 2007 (6:09 am)
I never considered the steering stiff in the Malibu...at best it was loose with the electronic assist steering....glad you are ok from the accident...remember an airbag is normally deployed when certain physics factors are meet, normally associated with rapid stop of a vehicle resulting from a direct impact...sounds like yuo had more of a glancing blow for lack of better terms at an angle...and not head on....
rotors at 30K, why...warped..or turned too many times...and certainly 12k on tires is way too soon.....got 35K on my OEM tires...and over 60k on the michelins now on the car....04 Maxx LT here....
#4864 of 4972 before warranty expires
Sep 17, 2007 (7:57 pm)
my wifes malibus warranty is over in about three months or in 6000 miles. so far its been trouble free. is there any reason that i should take it in to the dealer before the warranty is up. any recalls i should know about? thanks in advance.
#4865 of 4972 Re: Sterring and airbags [pao]
Sep 19, 2007 (4:08 am)
I understand what your saying at a glance and thank god it wasn't headon, but when I sent pics to GM they couldn't understand either about the airbag deployment because the front bumper not quite in the middle but real close looks like i hit a pole. I explained to them I had the cruise control set and when the accident happend the TC did not come on and the cruise did not disengage. GM is sending an investergator to look at the car and take it apart to figure out what exactly happened. GM was extremely nice about the whole thing. We had taken the car back to the dealership after owning the car 2 months about the TC wasn't working and they said it was even though when they got the car into a spin the light and TC never engage. They couldn't explain. Hopefully something will come good out of it all. As far as the rotors they had never been turned.
Thanks for replying have a great day
#4866 of 4972 cabin air filter?
Oct 07, 2007 (8:34 pm)
Hi, does anyone know if a 2000 malibu has a cabin filter?