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#2291 of 3823 Bad Engine Placement
Aug 20, 2005 (11:13 am)
My parents have a 2000 Chevy Malibu with 49K miles. It started squealing in the last couple of month. I figured itís the belts. When I try to change the belts I realized that whoever designed the engine placement is RETARD.
To change the belt, you have to remove the MOTOR MOUNT. In case, yíall donít know what a motor mount does, it attaches the engine to the car. I donít know how many of you out there have an engine hoist to raise the engine, so that it wonít dip after you remove the motor mount, but I donít. Iím pretty sure unless you are a really serious DIY that likes to rebuild engine and transmissions, you wonít have one either. The only other option is take it to a shop and pay about $150 to change a frigging belt.
#2292 of 3823 Re: Bad Engine Placement [liu02bhs]
Aug 20, 2005 (11:20 am)
A wheel jack and a piece of 2X4 under the front of the pan will hold it up.
#2293 of 3823 Radio Problems
Aug 22, 2005 (6:08 am)
I bought a 2005 Malibu Maxx program car. Love the car but I keep having problems with the CD Player. The old one would not read any CDs. Had it replaced with a new unit. On the new unit the tuning and volume knobs just stop working for a while. It's very frustrating. There seems to be a software problem in the radio. Anybody else had this problem?
#2294 of 3823 Re: Radio Problems [djazzmo]
Aug 22, 2005 (8:13 pm)
The problem with tuning and volume knobs sounds specific to this part. I thought knobs are replaceable so I wonder if it has something to do with that?
I have seen other posts on radio and often complaint IS with CD player. I would have thought that the latest service radio corrected these issues - and I guess you haven't had a repeat of that issue.
There is some way to read software level out of radio with a combination of button pushes. Might be interesting for you to see if you can read it out. It doesn't hurt anything to check but it does require a little coordination
Seek up,Preset 5, Display pushed and released simultaneously
Then just push Display to cycle thru values. Mode times out in a few seconds if you don't keep pushing the Display. Your dealer won't know about that one but they have a scan tool to find out same information.
#2295 of 3823 GM says " 7 month wait " for part needed
Aug 22, 2005 (9:18 pm)
Purchased my Maxx 05 in July. Had a 7 mph hit to a pole in garage 3 weeks later. To date my maxx is still in the shop. The service rep. from my dealership called and said there is a 7 to 8 month back-order on the part needed, FRAME RAIL. GM has stopped production due to quality issue? My dealership contact said he had talked with the GM rep for Michigan and they told him they had located a 2005 maxx that had been TOTALED and to use the frame rail from this auto!
My insurance man had called and was not comfortable with them fixing my car of THREE WEEKS with a JUNK YARD piece. I have called and contacted any and everyone I can to date, GM has said they feel they have fixed the problem for me.
Any others with same issue, or advise
#2296 of 3823 Re: GM says " 7 month wait " for part needed [ratchett01]
Aug 23, 2005 (4:04 am)
uum tough to call if your insurance carrier isnt comfortable using the used part....frame rail...is that a front, rear or side piece?..I cant imagine there is a back order of a part that long...and they have stopped production of the malibu for this one piece...is that what GM is telling you??? Curious
#2297 of 3823 Re: GM says " 7 month wait " for part needed [pao]
Aug 23, 2005 (7:28 am)
I had the same issue with my 05 Maxx and the left rear wheel liner. My wife ripped it out about 3 months ago when her bumper got caught on a stump she had backed over when she pulled away. They told me the part wasn't available when I checked at the local dealership. Cosmetically it looks ok except if you notice the missing mud flap. I'm sure all sorts of crap is getting splashed up into the rear quarter. Guess it's time to check again...
#2298 of 3823 98 Chevy Mailbu COMPLETE BRAKE FAILURE
Aug 23, 2005 (7:36 am)
I purchased a used 98 Malibu and have experienced complete brake failure twice. We live in the mountains so is very dangerous! After letting the car sit for 30 minutes, was functional again. I know very little about mechanics & I have limited resources for qualified mechanics where I live. Advice received includes replacement of the master cylinder and the brake assist / vacuum diaphram. Thank you for your response.
#2299 of 3823 Re: GM says " 7 month wait " for part needed [pao]
Aug 23, 2005 (8:51 am)
The part needed is the front frame rail. GM has stopped production of the frame rail because of a quality issue, not the malibu. Gm has stated there will be a 6 or 7 month wait for part to be available.
GM has told dealership to look into a salvage yard piece to fix the issue. My concerns are that GM would even consider having a dealership repair a new auto with salvage parts. What safety issues may come up later, as well as warranty and valuation concerns. Are new car buyers now to be concerned that GM quality parts are now purchased from the local junk yard? I have placed calls to the appropriate line of command at GM, they have stated that it is GM's position they have found the solution. Any thoughts are appreciated.
#2300 of 3823 Re: GM says " 7 month wait " for part needed [ratchett01]
Aug 23, 2005 (9:05 am)
as long as GM backs the warranty of the vehicle after repair ( get in writing)...it shouldnt matter...since the car was involved in an accident...and repaired at the GM shop...it will always have that record of repair....and will impact resale value.....as far as safety is concerned..if the GM repair shop recovers, inspects, installs and warranties the product....then the safety concern is nil....as long as it was not damaged to begin with.....as I stated earlier....does your insurance carrier care..and will he pay for the part from salvage.
Again...a 7 month wait.....there are parts available to build a car today...there must be a part to replace the damage one.....its GMs willingness to let a part go that was designated for production.....I had to wait almost a month for the rear quarter panel window....in my Maxx..couldnt beleive ti was back ordered that long..