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#582 of 4972 1998 Malibu failure to start ???
May 31, 2001 (6:19 pm)
It is me again, last night my brother took his Malibu out and when he got into the car at the end of the night it started then shut of and he tried to jump it an it did the same thing, so he left the car in the parking lot overnight , So we go back to the car the next day and it works fine , just a little sluggish at first, I would like to know what the problem could Be , becasue we are takin the car Wayyyy up to New England in just a few days and we had the car looked over at Chevy and got the rotors replaced and now this , could someone give me any ideas of the cause , before i go to Chevy ( so i dont get ripped off) I was thinking bad/dirty fuel injectors or dirty fuel filter ? ok well any advice would be great !
May 31, 2001 (6:29 pm)
ferraro1, would you mind telling me how much it cost you to have the rotors replaced at the Chevy dealer--I think I am about to get mine replaced, too, and am deciding between the factory ones and the aftermarket ones.
#584 of 4972 chevymalibu98
May 31, 2001 (7:11 pm)
It seems that I read in a previous post that it costs around $400 or $500. Don't know from personal experience though.
The post would probably be within the past 10-15 posts. Since I'm not sure of the exact cost, you may be able to find the post.
#585 of 4972 chevymalibu98
May 31, 2001 (9:24 pm)
Pulled the old invoice from file to answer your question:
1. The brakes cost total $431.70 (or $457.60 after addition of $25.90 sale tax 6%), including:
- pads $39.72;
- two rotors 118.59 = $237.18
- labor $155.00
The labor includes diagnostics. The problem with brakes occurred very soon after the car was returned from body shop, and it was not clear at first what happened. The service adviser drove with me, and listened to brakes.
The price probably would be less without the diagnostics.
2. I replaced the rotors at dealership. Richard Chevrolet, Cheshire, CT. Connecticut is expensive state, and dealerships are more expensive than independent.
3. The repair was performed two years ago, 06/03/99. The current prices probably are a bit higher.
#586 of 4972 To yurakm
May 31, 2001 (9:53 pm)
What was the mileage at the time of service? Were you out of warranty coverage? I know brakes are pretty standard at 1yr./12K but that usually refers to the pads and linings.
May 31, 2001 (10:34 pm)
It was at 21,987 miles. The car was under warranty.
However, the manufacturer warranty does not cover brake pads and rotors. Or at least did not cover then. Later GM started to cover rotors, but, I believe, not at 22k miles.
The car was built July 97. We bought it used, with 15k miles, in September 98. The brake pedal pulsated when braking on highway from the first days. Both I and my wife felt it and we discussed the pulsation. Now we understand that rotors were warped, but than we thought that this was how ABS works.
I wrote recently that the car was rear-ended while braking. It happened with 21,200 miles on odometer. I believe, the accident contributed to the brake problem. The rotors died just 700 miles and 20 days after the car was returned from body shop.
By the way, I insisted on checking the brakes while in body shop - exactly because my wife braked hard when the car was hit. According to the records in my file, mechanic aligned wheels and bleed the brake system. But he did not found that the pads will scratch rotors metal on metal just 700 miles later. I believe, he made a mistake.
#588 of 4972 98 Malibu - AC and squeaking noise from underneath
Jun 01, 2001 (7:23 am)
I have taken my car in repeatedly because of a problem with the AC kicking on and off. The service department finally diagnosed that there was a short in the control head and fixed that.
However, I also have a problem with my car squeaking loudly from underneath while driving down the road at low speeds. The dealer said it was the lower control arms and they said they replaced them; however, driving it from the dealership this morning it was SQUEAKING MORE THAN EVER!! They still have not fixed this problem.
Has anyone else has a problem with the car squeaking and rattling?
#589 of 4972 golfdog1
Jun 01, 2001 (10:36 am)
My car had a squeak when I test-drove it before buying. Used car, with 15 k. The sales manager told he know this is the control arm and it will be fixed before delivery. The particular squeak never returned, now for almost 3 years and more than 21k miles.
There was another squieak a year ago. At low speed, over small bumps. The dealer simply lubed a strut and I did not hear the squeak since. However, it was coming not from under the car, but rather from behind the dash.
#591 of 4972 1998 Malibu Issues
Jun 02, 2001 (6:38 am)
I have a 1998 Malibu that has 42,000 on it and have just had the rotors replaced Chevy dealer, but i was just wanting to know What is that AWEFUL shaking/vibratng that is so apparent like at stop lights etc the entire hood is vibrating but when i go it, stops I need to know the cause !! I Want that to be fixed !!! is this a common issue with the early Malibu's ? if so what is the cause ?