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#4931 of 4972 Re: 08 Malibu [mrscurve]
Jun 08, 2011 (11:47 am)
I apologize for your experience. Can you please email me your complete contact information including a good number to reach you, VIN, current mileage, and involved dealer? I look forward to your response.
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#4932 of 4972 2 weeks with 1LT rental
Jul 10, 2011 (10:13 am)
While one of our cars was in the body shop to be repaired from being backed into, I was given a 2010 Malibu to drive. It was rode hard and put up wet. Interior filthy, 40000 miles. But it drove great! Quiet, not rattles or squeaks, decent power, great ac and good mpg. Got 25-33 mpg. I drove it about 600 miles total. It impressed me so much that I started looking at certified and new inventory to buy. My wife got her car back and returned my HHR to me. Once I got the HHR 2LT back I realized how much I still like that simple little car. None the less, I am impressed with the current Malibu and hope the next version is even better.
#4933 of 4972 Re: 2 weeks with 1LT rental [sda]
Jul 24, 2011 (12:41 pm)
I'm so glad to hear you had a great experience with the Malibu. I loved that car when I first got ours. Until I started to experience ALOT of problems. I just got the car back from being fixed 2 weeks ago and now its my catalytic converter. I no longer have a folder, I have a book of receipts of it being fixed. Even though GM does fix the problems, it costs me work time, gas, borrowing cars off of friends. It is completely ridiculous and all I ever get from GM is a "Sorry for your inconvenience." This car has been an inconvenience since we've had it for 3 months. To date: Power Steering, Transmission, Catalytic Converter, Power Window, Electric Seat, Windshield wiper, and caliphers. I have had this car a little over 3 years and it's been in the shop 10 months out of that. Oh and the last time it went to the dealership they lost my car for a day(It was in their parking lot)!! But "oh hahaha, sorry we need to keep it another day, we found it." Never offered me a rental or anything but I know if I did want a rental I could ask for it. but if I wanted it, I would have to find a ride to go get it!!
Aug 13, 2011 (1:50 pm)
Last April my battery was dead twice within two weeks so I took the car to my dealer and they found nothing wrong except the battery was a bit low. It happened again yesterday as I was about to leave home for an oil change at my dealer. As it is still under warranty all three times GM paid for the tow truck to jump my battery. Again this time they did not find any problems. The service sign-in tech thought it was because I do not drive very many miles (My average is 5-11 miles per day for 2011) and I should just take the car for a longer drive every week or so as all the new technology was draining my battery--you just know what I thought of that idea. Since it had never happened on my other cars and it had not occurred on this car for the year and a half or so since I bought this Malibu it seems something is wrong with the car. They did not say anything about checking with a GM super techy, but it seems I can't be the only one with this problem.
It would seem to me that if the battery gets low that the alternator would increase the amount it is charging my battery, but got no real answer on the question. I spoke with the manager and he offered to do some checking by keeping the car for a couple of days and he could check something. I do not have two cars and he would/could not provide a loaner. I asked him to ask his GM contact which he said he will do.
In any case, I'm not optimistic they will find anything if I leave it with the dealer for a couple of days. Do any of you have any advice as to what I can/should do now? Thanks in advance.
#4935 of 4972 Re: Dead Battery [uncledewey1]
Aug 13, 2011 (4:10 pm)
Have the dealer perform a "load test" on the battery, an output test on the alternator, and a starter draw test on the starter! ------ QUESTION: ----- Is anything electrical being left "on" when the engine is not running? ----- This is NOT normal! ----- I own two vehicles, (a 2007 XLE Camry, and a 2010 Malibu). At times, one of these vehicles can sit in the driveway for weeks without being started without a battery problem! ----- If it is not a defective battery, something is drawing down the battery when the engine is NOT RUNNING! ------Best regards! ------ Dwayne
#4936 of 4972 Re: Dead Battery [djm2]
Aug 13, 2011 (7:20 pm)
I agree with Dwayne --- Something is draining the battery. I've heard of the fan switch going bad on a GM product and when the vehicle was turned off the fan for the heater/AC continued to draw current from the battery. If battery tests OK on the "load test" & alternator is charging properly I would look for something that is "ON" when thought to be off. Also, the obvious, the battery itself could be bad. Sometimes even brand new batteries are bad. Cells can "short-out" or be improperly assembled or damaged in transit. Good Luck, AWB
#4937 of 4972 Re: Dead Battery [ahoser13]
Aug 16, 2011 (10:01 am)
Thanks for your input. Since the dealer did the test the battery and alternator both ought to be okay. He did show me some battery test results. I will be leaving it with them for several days and they will be monitoring drain on the battery. Of course, if it is a drain problem, but intermittent, I'm could be in for a long haul. I can't think of anything that I would/could have left on to drain the battery. When the key is removed theoretically every thing is off except some of what the computer controls such as time, etc.
Also, the tow truck driver used a power pack to start the car, but it too did not start the car. We had to hook up the jumpers to the truck battery which did work. Yesterday I also put a volt meter on the battery and watched what occurred when starting the car and when/if it fails again I can put the meter on again just to be sure it really is a low voltage. The voltage dropped from 12+ volts to 10+ volts and then back up to at least 15 volts--my meter only goes to 15 volts. Wonder if I should try to leave the meter connected all the time and leave it visible on my dashboard?
Alas, Uncle Dewey
#4938 of 4972 Re: Dead Battery [uncledewey1]
Aug 16, 2011 (4:18 pm)
Just maybe it is NOT a battery problem. ---- I could be a starter problem or a starter circuit problem! ----- When the engine would not start, did you put a volt meter on the battery? ------ Dwayne
#4939 of 4972 Re: Dead Battery [djm2]
Aug 17, 2011 (2:57 pm)
I, too, had thought it might not really be the battery. For now it is at the dealer and I'm not optimistic he'll find anything. Before I dropped it off I had a voltmeter on the battery and recorded the standing still voltage and noted how low it dropped when starting. If they find nothing my intention is to connect the voltmeter and have it sitting on my dashboard waiting for the next failure. Any other ideas would be welcome.
#4940 of 4972 Re: Dead Battery [uncledewey1]
Aug 17, 2011 (3:31 pm)
1.) How does the engine act when it does not start?
2.) Does it "turn over slowly?"
3.) Does it "turn over at the normal cranking speed, --- but fail to fire?"
4.) Does the starter "just click" when you turn the key?
5.) Does the starter fail to engage into the flywheel?
It is VERY possible that there is a "dead spot" in the starter that causes a no crank condition. When you jump the car, there is enough voltage to move the starter armature slightly and the starter spins.
A loose connection of the battery cables at the starter and ground could also cause this type of condition.
Have the dealer remove the starter and check the starter drive and the armature / commutator.
When the engine fails to start next time, DO NOT JUMP THE CAR! ---- Have it towed to the dealer, so they see the problem. (If this is a new car there should be no charge for the tow. The same is true if you belong the AAA.)
Best regards. ----- Dwayne