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#2492 of 3823 Re: Horn Contact [e2helper]
Oct 02, 2005 (3:14 am)
Well, I've repaired my horn problem. I searched on the internet and came up with this manual with information on how to disable and enable the airbag on the new Malibu. Zone 3, page 2-159.
http://www.gmgoodwrench.com/gmgoodwrenchjsp/gmspo/Chevrolet/Malibu/2004-2005/00_Complete_M- - anual.pdf
The thing is that I cannot afford to have the car tied up for how long at the dealer. After following the disabling procedure I removed the upper and lower steering colunm covers and then the back cover of the steering wheel - 2 Torx screws - and I saw the problem without removing the airbag.
The 3 wires from on/off button for the cruise control (left side of wheel) were snagged under the top left hand corner of the horn pad. There is a plastic stop where the horn pad bottoms against and the wires were under that.
The routing of those wires is rather tight and I predict that more problems will arise with other new Malibus. They have to pass pretty close to the top left hand bottom stop of the horn pad. I think this needs looking into.
Anyway, my horn now operates from any angle on the horn pad. My neighbors are also happy that I've solved the problem.
#2493 of 3823 Flickering Headlights.......
Oct 03, 2005 (4:34 pm)
Hello.......Sorry I do not own a Malibu, maybe a should though,...a question? I own/lease a 2005 Saturn Relay(uplander SV6 Terraza), from my research and reading I see that our vehicles share the same engine,alternators and I believe tranny.....3.5l LX9...my issue is Flickering headlights and dash lights, I am on alternator #4 and still no resolve..do any of you fine Malibu owners have similar problems or is this something unique to the CSV`s. Your reply1s and help is greatly appreciated.
#2494 of 3823 Re: Flickering Headlights Saturn Relay....... [hammy233]
Oct 03, 2005 (7:30 pm)
I don't recall any similar posts from Malibu owners but a question for you. Is this a fast flickering or something more gradual? I know that your vehicle has a slightly different charging system which has the ability to vary the vehicle system voltage under certain conditions, if it was something that changed gradually I would wonder about that.
#2495 of 3823 Re: Flickering Headlights....... [hammy233]
Oct 04, 2005 (2:12 am)
I would look for a bad ground connection. That would cause flickering lights and also cause the alternator to blow when the alternator has no load. There are many grounding points to check. Also check your battery connections.
#2496 of 3823 Re: Flickering Headlights....... 
Oct 04, 2005 (4:12 pm)
Thanks.....where would the most common groundings points be?....this flickering is in the dash lights too....I would love to find the fault in this and make the dealership eat crow....would the computer controlled alternator have anything to do with this?
#2497 of 3823 Re: Flickering Headlights....... [hammy233]
Oct 05, 2005 (1:29 am)
I can count at least 6 grounding points on my Malibu but I wouldn't know where they would be on your model. You'll just have to look around. Check all big lugs with wires that are bolted to the body.
#2498 of 3823 Re: Flickering Headlights....... [hammy233]
Oct 05, 2005 (1:56 am)
By the way, alternators have an integral voltage regulator built into them so I hardly think that the computer is contoling the alternator.
#2499 of 3823 Re: Flickering Headlights....... 
Oct 05, 2005 (8:10 am)
Not on the newer models, the computer may even shut the alternator off going down the highway when the battery is fully charged. The technology is changing fast, hard to keep up.
#2500 of 3823 Steering Column Update
Oct 05, 2005 (10:49 am)
Since getting my SC replaced on my Maxx, I have noticed a soft but persistent squeaking noise coming from centerline in the engine area. I told my dealer that I believe it is the new column. On two occasions, they could not hear the squeak. No big deal since it is only a squeak. Now in the past 2 weeks, the slight jitters have returned to my steering wheel when first starting the car and driving at parking lot speed. Amazingly (not to me of course), the squeaking has stopped since the jitters have started. I'm guessing I'll be needing another column down the line. I just thought I'd throw this out to anyone who may hear the squeaking (on rough roads, over speed bumps, and even on moderate road undulations) and think it is the front left strut. My strut was replaced the first time I brought it in, in an effort to eliminate the squeaking. It did not work. I have long suspected the replacement steering column, but could never get the hearing challenged dealer to hear what I was hearing.
#2501 of 3823 Re: Flickering Headlights....... [gonogo]
Oct 05, 2005 (11:57 am)
I suppose I should have known somebody would have snuck computer control in for alternators. I don't mind progress but the latest technology in my mind is overkill. The problem is that when something goes wrong nobody seems to be able to repair it. I suppose shutting down the alternator is for better fuel economy ?