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#2073 of 3823 2004 Malibu LS Check Gas Cap in DIC
Jul 01, 2005 (7:31 pm)
I have a 2004 Malibu LS with 18,100 miles (April 2004 build date-last 6 of VIN 209856). I've had no problems with this vehicle until last Friday when the "Check Gas Cap" message came on the DIC. I checked, and the cap was on tight. I have also filled the tank since the first time the message has appeared. It's been a week (approximately 14 engine starts) and the message still appears. Is it time to go to the dealership? The service adivsor I talked with told me to wait another 2 weeks? (Although I have yet to find a good Chevrolet dealer where I live). What do you recommend? The manual says the message should go away after 2 or three starts.
Thanks in advance. This is a great group.
#2074 of 3823 Re: 2004 Malibu LS Check Gas Cap in DIC [kmaurer]
Jul 02, 2005 (4:52 am)
Your vehicle's birthday is April 15
Since you have a sedan, you wouldn't have the Maxx-specific complaint others have which is covered by a TSB.
I agree with your service advisor to give it a little more time (although you say when you checked the gas cap, it seemed tight). The manual is a little too optimistic about number of starts because that would only happen if each start was done under conditions where the vehicle would run another diagnostic check.
That check won't occur every ignition cycle unless certain conditions are met:
Ones somewhat under your control: Fuel level between 15-85%, coolant temperature <86 deg F and underhood air temp between 40 and 86 deg F. Basically test will only run if the vehicle has cooled down overnight and fuel tank isn't too empty or too full. So filling the tank after message first came on prevented the test from running for a while until fuel level dropped below 85% (which is somewhere between 7/8 and 3/4). If the test fails twice in a row you will see the Check Engine Light turn on - has that happened? It takes 3 passes in a row for the message to turn off (I think). Hope that helps
#2075 of 3823 key will not turn
Jul 02, 2005 (5:12 am)
I have a 2003 malibu and when i put the key in the ignition the key will not turn. I had this problem last summer and after letting the car sit for a few hours i was able to turn the key and start the car. Now it will not work. The users manual says it needs service. What is the problem. Thanks in advance for any help.
#2076 of 3823 Re: key will not turn [cwb098]
Jul 02, 2005 (5:53 am)
The key wouldn't physically turn in the ignition switch? Or is it that it turns but the engine just didn't crank?
If the first thing then I hate to ask this but do you have more then key that you are using?
If it is turning and just not cranking, if you leave the ignition key in RUN do you see the security telltale staying illuminated - which means you are in a THEFT condition?
#2077 of 3823 Re: 2003 Malibu brake and air filter problems [mondo1]
Jul 02, 2005 (7:48 am)
mondo1: i don't own a malibu or a GM. i complained to the people at edmunds because they don't clearly indicate a "certified" vehicle isn't necessarily a vehicle that is of any better quality than a non-certified vehicle. this is what i conclude from the certified vehicle forum on edmunds. i was surprised to learn that you are paying a premium for an insurance package for the vehicle. again - this is what i conclude. what are the terms and conditions of your purchase? i would think you can exercise your warrenty or what ever benefit you paid for with the certification and get the dealer to address both issues. you know an air filter at a parts store is going to be relatively inexpensive and probably something you could DIY if you had to, but obviously, the brakes need to be right because it is a safety related matter. perhaps the system needs to be bled, or you have a master cylinder issue or something. a second opinion might provide you leverage.
#2078 of 3823 Re: key will not turn [e2helper]
Jul 02, 2005 (9:26 am)
i only have one key that i use.
The key will not physically turn.
#2079 of 3823 Re: 2004 malibu owner with a few questions [christinad]
Jul 02, 2005 (12:24 pm)
yes, the keyfob can definitely click against the underside of dash (a rubber bumper is in dash to try to help prevent this).
#2080 of 3823 Re: Paint problems in 2004 Maxx [kas]
Jul 02, 2005 (2:34 pm)
My 2004 Maxx had the same problem ... The paint was coming off of the small black panels at the rear of the rear windows. I reported it to my dealer who sent me to his paint shop for their examination, and he checked with GM. I was hoping they would touch it up. When I returned, they had replaced the panels (which are easily removed from the inside). THE IMPORTANCE OF A DEALER WHO CARES... Edwards Chevrolet in Birmingham, AL.
Jul 03, 2005 (9:46 am)
Be sure your wheels are torqued correctly to avoid rotor warp.
The GM Dealer I took my Maxx to had gotten them all wrong (manual says 100 ftlbs - lugs on all 4 wheels ranged from 60 to 120 ftlbs). I'm hoping the warpage was "elastic" (with wheels torqued right, the rotors would then return to proper shape).
#2082 of 3823 brake squeal
Jul 03, 2005 (1:38 pm)
my squeal sounds like it is coming from the front and its a low speed braking like city driving. its not loud but loud enough to hear it, its not constant either it will only last for a few seconds. i was told by gm that it is normal because of the semi metallic material used, but my question is how will i know when my brakes are getting bad if the squealing is already here. thanks for the answers on the clicking and some nice suggestions about the fob but i took everything off except the key in the ignition and it still does it. and what is a goot time frame until brakes need changing i have 11,000 miles.