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#226 of 275 Re: Update: Cooling System Problem [butch100]
Aug 06, 2007 (9:58 am)
Last summer with our '04 3.5 v6, water temp ran high except at highway speeds. This may with 35k on the odometer, dexcool a little low, talked a little firmer this time and didn't want the ok no problem answer. New intake manifold gasket, new dino oil (immediately replaced with m1 and a new undented filter) and new water pump. Now good as it was new. Even with ethanol, gets 23+ around town and 35+ on the road(last weekend with 5k on the oil), keeping up with the flow. Still a darn fine vehicle and still too often chirps the kumho replacement handling tires.
Oct 16, 2007 (5:34 am)
I bought vehicle use when I open the hood I notice the coolant jug lack coolant, I drove for two hrs and at the begining when I stop for long periods the temp gauge goes past the half mark and when the car runs it goes back down to half mark and never goes up to the red zone only almost to three quarter on the temp gauge when stop then goes back is this functioning correct. I check the jug next morning and is at the right amt cold indicator line I use the correct coolant do I need to change thermostat or flush. thankyou.
Nov 22, 2008 (5:21 pm)
Well I've read and read. Searched and searched and yet to find an answer, so I'll ask and maybe someone will give it up or point me in the right direction. Just purchased an 08 Malibu with the 2.4 four cylinder engine. Have yet to change oil in it but just purchased a new filter for when it's time. Though I have brief knowledge of some older 4 cylinder GM engines I knew of one that the filter is in the oil pan. After purchasing the new filter for my Malibu I suspect that this engine also has the filter in the oil pan since it is not the typical spin on type filter. Am I correct? No to question number 2. If this is the case with the filter in the pan do you loose all the oil from the pan when you drop the filter?
#230 of 275 Re: Oil filter [wizard55]
Nov 23, 2008 (7:06 am)
If you read your owners manual you'll see the oil filter is not in the pan! It's a top mounted cartridge filter.
#231 of 275 Re: Oil filter [cmhj2000]
Nov 23, 2008 (8:57 am)
Thanks for the information and I have read my owners manual and the only reference to the oil filter I've found in it is the oil filter part numbers!
Nov 23, 2008 (11:00 am)
TIP: Use a GM oil filter for this car, not some chain store brand. If you don't you may experience engine noise. Also get the right filter wrench.
Engine Oil and Oil Filter Replacement
J 44887 Oil Filter Wrench
1. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle.
2. Place a drain pan under the oil drain plug.
3. Remove the oil pan drain plug. Important: DO NOT use an open end wrench on the hex on top of the oil filter cap.
4. Use a J 44887 to remove the oil filter cap.
5. Remove the oil filter cap with filter.
6. Remove the filter from the cap.
1. Install the filter to the cap.
2. Install the oil filter cap with filter. Notice: Over torquing the oil filter cap may cause damage to the oil filter cap resulting in an oil leak. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice. Important: DO NOT use an open end wrench on the hex on top of the oil filter cap.
3. Use a J 44887 on the oil filter cap. Tighten the oil filter cap until fully seated. DO NOT exceed 25 N.m (18 lb ft).
4. Install the oil pan drain plug. Tighten the oil pan drain plug to 25 N.m (18 lb ft).
5. Lower the vehicle.
6. Fill the engine with oil. Refer to Fluid and Lubricant Recommendations.
#233 of 275 electric power steering
Jun 20, 2009 (7:49 am)
Recently bought a 2009 Malibu w/electric ps----no helpful info at all in owners manual about handling in event of failure.Any advice on this possibility
#234 of 275 Re: electric power steering [walpat]
Jun 21, 2009 (8:07 am)
If it just loses power you can still steer, same as hydraulic, just harder to steer. If you get a lock up, which I have never experienced, just stop the car.
I owned a 2004 Malibu, ran it 44K with EPS and never a problem. I now own a 2009 Pontiac G6 with EPS, so I am not too concerned. From experience I do have 5 yr 50 K bumper to bumper warranty LOL.
#235 of 275 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 21, 2009 (8:15 am)
The J 44887 can be replaced with a 6 point 1 1/4 inch socket. Tell more about the engine noise with a aftermarket filter. SuperTech filters are made by Champion, GM buys filters from the supplier with the cheapest price.