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#942 of 4972 Random stalling problem with 2002
May 20, 2002 (4:38 pm)
I have a 3 month old 2002 Malibu with 5000 miles. The other day the car began to stall. 4 time now the engine quits with no putter or attempt to continue running. It has happened 4 times:
Right after starting
Rolling to a traffic light, car pulling itsef
Starting to move from a stand still up a small hill
Do 75 on I81 in NY...
Local chevrolet dealer ran diagnostics, with no uck, no trouble codes in the computer. Road test for 15 mins. could not reproduce the problem, even I can't figure when it will occur. Car will start immedialty and run fine...I drove 270 miles after the stall on the highway with no problem.
Anyone have any ideas...Thanks
#943 of 4972 Random stalling problem
May 20, 2002 (5:17 pm)
Check your battery cable connections for tightness.I had the same stalling problems with a different car but I discovered my negative cable slightly loose at the terminal. This causes a power shutdown (loss) which kills any computer engine trouble code storage.
#944 of 4972 Re: Random stalling prob
May 20, 2002 (5:22 pm)
Thanks...I should have mentioned this...The radio and dash lights remain on when the car stalls..And the pre-sets on the radio are still there.
#946 of 4972 Stalling on the 3.1 Malibu 97 LS
May 21, 2002 (3:39 am)
I had the same stalling problem on my Malibu 97 LS with 60k miles. An independent shop diagnosed the problem with one of my fuel injectors. They replaced the injector and now the car runs fine. Also I am using only premium gas to get the added detergent qualities.
Hope this helps
#947 of 4972 RE: A/C by malibu
May 21, 2002 (7:20 am)
I believe there was a TSB out on the A/C flickering on/off. I think it affected earlier model malibu's. It had to do with a bad switch, i believe.
mjohns: I just changed the winter blades on my Malibu this weekend, which considering the weather we have had the past few days may have been premature. Mine came off pretty easy (not what you wanted to hear). I simply push the lever as far as it could go and slid the wiper blade down. Be careful not to push on the wiper blade first. This causes too much pressure on the connections and it won't allow it to disconnect. If that doesn't work, use a pen or screwdriver for additional pressure to release the switch. I had to do this on my Explorer Sunday. The lever didn't lift the "catch" far enough for it to disengage from the wiper blade arm. So i used a screwdriver to push on the lever and release the 'catch'. good luck.
#950 of 4972 A/C Problem
May 26, 2002 (8:14 pm)
I was able to get a new AC control unit for under $100 new from a relative that owns a parts store. I had the new unit installed in about 20 minutes and it completely corrected the problem of the AC flickering on and off. I would recommend that nobody pay a shop for this job....it is easyily done at home and you will not be charged 50 dollars and hour labor. I took each connection off the old part one by one and installed them on the new one. Easy as pie!! Pain in the butt problem .......but solved in 20 minutes and for 95 dollars!
#951 of 4972 '02 Malibu
May 30, 2002 (2:02 pm)
placed number one in JD Powers Initial Quality Satisfaction survery.