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#2764 of 3823 Re: My 2004 Malibu... [e2helper]
Dec 14, 2005 (8:22 am)
Thank you sooo much for responding. My car is a Sedan with 6 cylinders. And yes, last week my check engine light came on but the dealer said that's common with Chevy cars and trucks and all I should do is to watch the fluid levels and temperature. I've been doing this and everything seems fine . . . actually the only fluid I know how to check is the oil. I wanted to clarify the vibrating. The steering wheel doesn't vibrate, it's more like the front end of the car is shaking (similar to that putter-putter you remember in old cars) I do love the Malibu. It's perfect for me and my daughter. I was widowed this year and need a car I can depend on. I thought this was a good choice. Thank you!
#2765 of 3823 Malibu that thinks it's a Hummer
Dec 14, 2005 (3:44 pm)
Forgive the play on words, but each winter my 04 Malibu Maxx LS starts making this moderately loud humming sound when I'm cruising at speeds between 60 and 70 MPH and the outside temps are below freezing. When I release the gas pedal (or disengage the cruise -- assuming it's working, another long story)the noise stops.
Last winter I had the car into the dealer for a few other things, they drove it and said they didn't see anything unusual for this model. Anyone else experience anything like this? Can this be the dreaded transmission "howl" that I'm reading about?
#2766 of 3823 Re: Malibu that thinks it's a Hummer [beedublu]
Dec 14, 2005 (5:25 pm)
no, the tranny howl is especially noticable in 2nd gear, just before it shifts to third, and then a bit less in third gear. Your speed is way too high for the tranny howl.
#2767 of 3823 Re: Malibu that thinks it's a Hummer [beedublu]
Dec 14, 2005 (5:59 pm)
possibly a resonating Exhaust pipe shield? Some early Mailbus had problems with those shields.
#2768 of 3823 Driveline lash
Dec 14, 2005 (8:45 pm)
I'm experiencing this or something similar in my 04 LS Sedan. It feels like a slip or jerk when there is a slight change in the throttle. Say, if I'm coming up on a car and I let off the gas pedal until I'm a safer distance back than once I reapply the gas to maintain speed it has a little jerk and the tach jumps up a little then goes back to where it was.
#2769 of 3823 Re: Malibu that thinks it's a Hummer [kurtamaxxxguy]
Dec 14, 2005 (8:48 pm)
Hmmm...yeah, this is what I thought it would be. And it's very specific in terms of speed and RPM: It's barely noticeable below 60 and it goes away completely during hard acceleration and/or above 70 mph.
#2770 of 3823 crackling noise when in dash when weather is cold
Dec 14, 2005 (9:43 pm)
I have a 2005 Malibu and when the weather turned cold, a crackling noise is coming from the dash area. When I brought it to the dealer, they told me that they would not replace the dash because GM did not have a service bulletin on the problem. Has any one else had this problem? I can not beleive that I can not get this fixed by GM. This will be the last GM car I buy new - pete
#2771 of 3823 Re: crackling noise when in dash when weather is cold [pjab]
Dec 15, 2005 (6:15 am)
I have a little of this in my 04 Maxx when the temps are in the single digits, but it's too minor for me to complain about...compared to the other noise (see my earlier post above).
#2772 of 3823 Re: crackling noise when in dash when weather is cold [pjab]
Dec 15, 2005 (9:06 am)
Yes, My 05 malibu started doing that as well. I noticed it only does it when the defrost vents are on. It seems like the hot air is causing some material in the dash to expand which causes the crackle. Its pretty annoying!
I havnt tried taking it in yet. I'll let you know what they say when I do.
#2773 of 3823 Re: crackling noise when in dash when weather is cold [chinch33]
Dec 15, 2005 (10:19 am)
My 05 MAXX does this also. Once the inside of the car warms up, it goes away.