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#3055 of 3823 Re: Airplane Sound on My MAXX [deesmaxx]
Mar 12, 2006 (3:57 pm)
Here is what I got from this forum some time ago:
Re the noise you mention, this TSB from GM might cover it:
ASI Resolution - Growl or Howl Type Noise From Transmission/Engine Compartment During Light to Moderate Acceleration from a Stop (Replace Drive Link, Drive Sprocket and Driven Sprocket) #04-07-30-021A - (Jul 2, 2004)
2004 Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx
2004 Oldsmobile Alero
2004 Pontiac Grand Am
Built After January 16, 2004
with 4T45E Automatic Transaxles (RPO MN5) Built Between Julian Date 4016 and 4126 and
3.4L or 3.5L V6 Engine (VINs E, 8 - RPOs LA1, LX9)
This bulletin is being revised to include a repair procedure and parts availability information.
Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 04-07-30-021 (Section 07-Transmission/Transaxle).
Some customers may comment on a growl or howl type noise during light to moderate acceleration from a stop. This noise is load and engine RPM sensitive and will occur between 1500 RPM to approximately 2300 RPM. The noise is most noticeable in first and second gear. The noise may dissipate prior to the 1-2 shift, but will be noticed again in second gear depending on the load and engine RPM. The pitch of the noise will change during the 1-2 shift.
The noise is due to the new 5/8 inch drive link assembly being at a resonant frequency during certain driving conditions.
Only RPO MN5 transaxles built between Julian date 4016 and 4126 have 5/8 inch drive link assemblies. Refer to Transmission ID and VIN Derivative Location, SI Document ID #760312 for Julian date location information.
Follow the service procedure below to replace the 5/8 inch drive link and sprockets with a 7/8 inch drive link and sprockets
#3056 of 3823 Re: Many issues, Help!
Mar 12, 2006 (5:52 pm)
Thanks for the quick input. My last 6 didits are 225741.
The indicator is the on button for the driving lights (the red light indicating it was on went out but the lights worked.
Because the fuel was still off they wanted me to (get this) run the tank as close to empty and fill it again to get a more "accurate" reading and then bring it in. (Maybe I should just run it to empty and let them come and get it and fill it themselves, they do own me at some gas from taking the tank out 3 times.
Redmaxx, thank you, I thought I was the only one out there with the bouncing headlight. Trouble is they have told me twice that everything is tight and it's normal (even though 6+ cars in their own lot do not do it).
#3057 of 3823 Re: Many issues, Help! [sciguy85]
Mar 12, 2006 (11:50 pm)
You might notice that when you pull up behind other cars that the reflection of your headlight that is loose is shaking. You might mention this to them and tell them that if its normal then all of them would do this. Other than that I can't think of what else to tell you. I've been in that position before; with a dealership that insists something is normal when it isn't and its a frustrating one.
#3058 of 3823 sad, but dealers do make a difference
Mar 13, 2006 (8:25 am)
The dealer I'd purchased my Maxx from had service so inept they couldn't even realign loose trim, and kept mis-torquing my wheels to point where rotors warped.
After avoiding them for 2 years, 3 months ago I discovered dealers' management had fired their entire service department. The new crew actually seems to know what they are doing, and have done a decent job the three times I have been in for various warranty work.
Point? Chevy Dealer service is extremely variable, and if you have a bad one, it makes sense to try elsewhere.
(FYI, the dealer management also fired most of their sales people. But their sale side of things remains a persian bazaar).
#3059 of 3823 Re: sad, but dealers do make a difference [kurtamaxxxguy]
Mar 13, 2006 (5:19 pm)
he, he...at least you'll be able to find some outstanding replacement floor mats once you've worn out the OEMs!! I held my first soccer practice today. My Maxx is now an official Soccer Dad car.
#3060 of 3823 Re: Airplane Sound on My MAXX [deesmaxx]
Mar 14, 2006 (5:06 am)
changing the column as many times as needed doesnt seem to be the answer...as was mentioned there are specific replacement and calibration instructions out there....I thinking the service department is following the recommended how to in the TSB...the howling transmission is remedied with a replacement of one sprocket....not the entire transmission...again a detailed TSB out on this as well....I would work very closely with the service manager..and insure he is looking at the right TSBs....and that they are performing the work correctly....62K on my 04 LT...built Feb 04....and none of these problems with mine....just a burnt out CHMSL.......
#3061 of 3823 ambient temperature display
Mar 14, 2006 (10:59 am)
The ambient temperature display has lately been erratic on my 04 Maxx. The following happened a couple of times: When it was very cold here (teens or single digits), I would drive to work. Car would sit all day. Then during the day, the temperature would rise considerably... into the 40's or 50's. The actual outside temp was, say 50 when I was driving home, but the display was still at 17. It took a number of miles for the display to read correctly, then it would shoot up very quickly--- like it was "unthawing" --- then read correctly. Dealer said this is normal. BUT I've had the car for 2 over years and it NEVER did this before (although there were many similar opportunities with our crazy weather swings). It's ALWAYS accurate in the summer, and never had this lag time before. Any thoughts? thanks
#3062 of 3823 Re: sad, but dealers do make a difference [maxx4me]
Mar 14, 2006 (12:35 pm)
I actually like the OEM floor mats. They seem very durable (I'm pretty hard on floor mats) and I really like the hook on my driver's side mat. It has never come loose and slid under the pedals.
#3063 of 3823 Re: ambient temperature display [merrymaxx]
Mar 14, 2006 (2:22 pm)
My guess is that you are using remote starter when you go out to your vehicle after work, correct?
I can explain more if you confirm that.
#3064 of 3823 Re: Many issues, Help! [sciguy85]
Mar 14, 2006 (2:25 pm)
Ok - you have a fairly late build 2004. Built sometime in first part of May 2004. That would make it possible you had issue with fuel tank and might need to get it replaced again.
I believe the test they do with fuel tank doesn't involve filling it up with fuel so it works better for them to be as low as reasonable.