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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Electrical, Engine, Sedan
Apr 23, 2006 (5:52 pm)
***NEED SOME HELP!!!!I****I have a 1998 Chevy Malibu 6 cyclender. Here's what's wrong. The dash board lights don't work and the tail lights(not the turn signals,park lights ,hazzards,or brake lights..just the tail lights. And the right passenger side head light...This all happend at different times..!st-head light 2nd dome and tail light problems.. Now, let me tell you what I've done.. Checked all the small colored fuses.. And changed all the tail light bulbs. Installed a new stereo system. If I could get some feedback on this ASAP I'd like to know the best way to go about this
#3272 of 3823 Re: Electrical Problems [dwdrummrdude]
Apr 24, 2006 (2:41 am)
My knowledge on the old Malibu is a little fuzzy but here are some suggestions:
First of all to confirm a few things...
If you turn on the parking lights with headlamp switch (just to the PARK position) and walk around vehicle are you saying that the front parking lamps/side markers are ON but both the rear tail lamps are not on? What about the licence plate lamp?
For the passenger headlamp, it is inoperative for both high and low beam? How about when in daytime running lamp mode? What is status of both headlamps then.
The dash board lamps are tied in with exterior parking lamps and so better to check this other stuff first before digging into what is going on with them.
#3273 of 3823 Re: Bad Gas Mileage [willisl]
Apr 24, 2006 (6:54 am)
What is your gas mileage and how miles do you have on the vehicle? I had a 2001 malibu and you should be in the mid-low 20's depending on what type of driving you do.
#3274 of 3823 Removing small dents from 04 'Bu
Apr 25, 2006 (3:26 am)
Man, this car dents easy! I was repositioning my bike in my garage, and the rear tire just grazed the front passenger door of my 04 Maxx and now I have a small, quarter-sized (or maybe dime-sized) dimple just above the side molding. It's barely noticeable to most people, I suppose, but it bugs me.
Does anyone have any experience with the "suction cup method" of removal? How about the dry ice method I've heard about?
Or would a Dentworks or Dent Wizard outfit do it for not too many $$? I'm not sure it would be worth it. Thanks.
#3275 of 3823 Re: chevrolet malibu 2005 -oil add. [mr_bots]
Apr 25, 2006 (7:45 am)
adding a qt for every 1000 miles...that means you loose more than half your oil between oil changes.....I dont think that is correct.....got that in writing somewhere as considered the norm??????
#3276 of 3823 Re: chevrolet malibu 2005 -oil add. [pao]
Apr 25, 2006 (11:23 am)
If that's true, it's the sloppiest engine tolerance I have heard about in years.
FYI, the '04 Maxx I am running seems to burn very little oil. - have never had to refill between 3000 mile changes (oil level changed little if at all).
#3277 of 3823 Re: chevrolet malibu 2005 -oil add. [eranc]
Apr 25, 2006 (1:26 pm)
This is what the Malibu SI states.
An engine that has excessive oil consumption uses 0.9 L (1 qt) of oil, or more, within 3200 km (2,000 mi).
#3278 of 3823 Re: chevrolet malibu 2005 -oil add. [gonogo]
Apr 26, 2006 (4:02 am)
that is in different context from the original poster
"But GM claims that 1 quart (32 ounces)every 1000 miles is considered normal so the dealer will not even care"
this is two different statements...I agree about excessive oil consumption....dont think GM considers it "normal"
Apr 26, 2006 (4:48 am)
I use mobile 1 and after 5000 miles the oil level has not changed. I would not tolerate a quart useage every 1000 miles. In fact I would be very disappointed in any new car that used a quart in 3000 miles.
#3280 of 3823 Re: chevrolet malibu 2005 -oil add. [pao]
Apr 26, 2006 (8:17 am)
What I posted came from the Malibu SI, I bet the Suburban with a V8 would probably be 1 qt in 1000 miles. My 17000 mi Malibu uses about 1/3 qt in 5K, it doesnít bother me. I never had a V engine that didnít use some oil, all the other were V8, this is my first V6. The 4 cyl engines I owned never used oil, I guess the smaller the less oil usage. I think the 1 qt in 2k is to cover for production errors.