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#1916 of 3823 Possible Injecter problem?
May 15, 2005 (4:48 pm)
Hello! I hope you all can help me, as this is getting extremely frustrating!
I have a 2000 Chevy Malibu, 6 cylinder and I love my car! I bought it at 40k miles and I now have 95k miles on it..pretty much all highway miles with no problems..until now.
Well, a few months ago, I did have a intake manifold leak and I got it fixed, no problem. I have noticed, even before I got the manifold fixed, that my car tends to scoot when I am stopped at a red light. It only does it every now and then, but when it does, it's extremely annoying as my car literally moves...almost feels like it's trying to take off when I'm stopped but it only does it when it's in Drive, at a red light, on occasion. *shrugs* This has got me thinking that it may be the fuel injecters..as well as what happens with my car, down below.
Also, when I go to accelerate, say, on the highway..going from 35 on the onramp to 55 to keep up with the flow of traffic, my car will scoot back and forth, back and forth as I'm pushing on the peddle to go faster, and then it will finally go faster after about 10 seconds of doing this back and forth thing. What is up with that? My father seems to think it's the fuel injecters? If it is the fuel injecters, about how much do think it would cost to repair this?
I do know that it's time for a tune up, spark plugs and all, and I'm planning on doing this tomorrow (Monday) and my husband is also replacing my water pump this weekend. Do you think it could need a tune up and not an injecter problem?
Thanks so much for any help you can give me, I truly appreciate it!
#1917 of 3823 Don't know much about the last gen. 'Bu's, the new ones share only the name
May 15, 2005 (7:26 pm)
but-- you seem to be describing a computer problem and not plugs or injectors. Did you get the dealer to read the codes?
#1918 of 3823 anyone else with maxx having brake problems?
May 15, 2005 (8:48 pm)
...as mine now does. finished two long freeway trips, 23K miles on car, now brakes vibrate/pulse when applied.
I suspect either the morons who rotated the tires tightened them so much they warped the rotors, or else the rotors have begun wearing badly.
I have read Mailbu brakes are prone to trouble. Looks like it's comming true for me.
thanks, e2, for notes on trans. I'll have to find a service station that will lift my car up so I can read the date stamped on the transmission.
And at this point I'm about ready to give up on Chevy dealer service in S.Calif.
#1919 of 3823 Re: anyone else with maxx having brake problems? [kurtamaxxguy]
May 16, 2005 (6:19 am)
My Maxx did the same thing during and after an interstate trip, but then gradually the 'problem' went away. The rotors have fewer that 6K miles on them, and they are smooth at the moment. They certainly don't cope well with heat, though.
#1920 of 3823 Re: 04 Malibu SS? [pao]
May 17, 2005 (11:16 am)
Definitely a "dealership version". I'll try to figure out how to post some pics...true dual exhaust...spoiler is mounted on the trunk (like all the others). Actually looked at the title and it doesn't specify a model like all other Ky vehicles do. Trade in will go back to them, I've only bought the last 6 cars from them, so I don't think they were doing anything shady...I just didn't pay enough attention. Again, thanks for all the help. I'll let you know when I figure out how to post pics.
#1921 of 3823 Re: 04 Malibu SS? [04ss]
May 17, 2005 (11:59 am)
if yuo want to email them to me..will post on my maxx website...would love to see what they did for a true dual exhaust....the spoiler mounted above the rear window or below it on the deck lid...if above...are you having problems keeping the rear window clean.....since you dont have a rear window wiper?
#1922 of 3823 Odometer Calibration
May 17, 2005 (6:52 pm)
e2, Is there any way for the dealer to check the accuracy of the odometer? When I drive the NJ GSP, for every 10 mi driven (using the mile markers), my Maxx registers 10.2 mi. That is equal to 200 extra miles per 10,000 miles driven. Car now has 15.5K miles on it and tires are inflated to correct pressure. I've checked my 3 other cars along the same stretch of the GSP and their odometers match the mile markers.
This concerns me, as the overstated mileage on the odometer would make the actual mpg calculation appear to be higher than it actually is. Is also means the warranty will run out before the actual miles are driven.
#1923 of 3823 did someone say ssmax
May 17, 2005 (6:55 pm)
http://photos.yahoo.com/dwaynessmaxx hi guys sorry havent posted in almost a year but i do read when ever i can the car is running great and still burns rubber. Its little qwerks seem to work themselves out most of the time.old pics
#1924 of 3823 Re: Odometer Calibration [sgr5516]
May 17, 2005 (11:09 pm)
Here is a portion of a document dealer has on this subject. Likely they will tell you something along these lines:
"Even though there is not a federal regulation pertaining to odometer accuracy, some states do have specific laws. Generally, a tolerance of plus or minus 4% is allowed, ..."
#1925 of 3823 Pull to left
May 20, 2005 (6:20 pm)
My '04 Maxx had the pull to the left. Visit one had the air pressure in tires corrected, and tires rotated. Visit two had the alignment checked. Visit three had the steering and torque zeroed. Still pulled. On visit four, they swapped left and right front tires, and the pull is gone. The service writer suggested that tires sometimes have memory. Could it be that zeroing out the steering corrected the problem, but the tire had "memory" of the pull?
Any thoughts are welcome.
PS. The only other fix, per the TSB, is to over correct the cross camber. This involves removing the bolt that connects the strut to the frame, and filing the hole. I have until 7,500 miles (currently at 6000) to see if the pull comes back, and I want to do this. That is their window for alignment work under warranty.