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#709 of 3823 04 Malibu Maxx - Steering Problems
Nov 11, 2004 (9:21 am)
Well I have a 2004 Malibu Maxx, I've had it since the middle of August. The last 6 of my VIN are 156335. Last night, on my way home I experienced a problem that seems pretty common with these cars. I was driving and the "Check Engine Soon" light came on, and the Driver Information Center stated "Power Steering". I lost my power steering, and it was extremely difficult to even get my car off to the side of the road! I felt extremely unsafe driving it, so I called Chevy Roadside Assistance. 3 HOURS later, the tow truck finally arrived! To say I'm extremely unhappy with having to wait on the side of the road for 3 hours, would be an understatement!
I am just wondering what needs to be done to fix the Power Steering problem? Is it something that could be fixed in a day, or is it something that might take more then one day? I'm kinda wondering if I should expect to go pick my car up later, or whether I'll have to go pickup a rental car from the dealer tonight.
#710 of 3823 e2lin, cal check please?..kw
Nov 11, 2004 (11:27 am)
Hi again. Am wondering if E2helper can tell me how my Maxx is calibrated? I cannot get straight answers from the dealer service departments. My last 6 VIN digits are 155772.
Am also wondering if there is any "secret adjustment" for the driver seat lumbar support? I have noted the support has a nasty tendency to bulge out the very bottom of the seat back, which tends to press against belts and other clothing items rather than the small of the back.
Thanks! Other than a few minor rattles and the power steering failure the Maxx so far is doing well for a first year car.
#711 of 3823 Re: 04 Malibu Maxx - Steering Problems [karunch]
Nov 11, 2004 (3:52 pm)
Well I've come to find out that they have absolutely no idea how long they are going to have to keep my car for. So I went and picked up my rental car tonight. They were unable to duplicate the problem with the steering in the shop, but they are still going to replace the steering column on the car anyways. This is such a common problem they say, that the part (steering column) is on backorder thus why they are unable to estimate when they might be able to fix the car and get it back to me..
#712 of 3823 Re: 04 Malibu Maxx - Steering Problems [karunch]
Nov 11, 2004 (5:25 pm)
Sorry for your experience karunch.
Your dealer is taking appropriate action. Your vehicle build date is Jan 31, 2004
#713 of 3823 Re: e2lin, cal check please?..kw [kurtamaxxguy]
Nov 11, 2004 (5:31 pm)
I am not very knowledgable on details of the seat kurt so sorry, not help there. I think you talked about this at April Clinic you attended with engineers, right?
I confirmed that your vehicle was updated at the clinic to the latest calibration available (the one we posted about in other places).
#714 of 3823 thanks for info E2..
Nov 11, 2004 (6:05 pm)
Thanks and appreciate the info E2. So I guess cruise control is what it is for now.
Perhaps engineering will have a calibration in the future that will let crusie communicate with the transmission as well as the driver accelerator pedal does.
The Pontiac G6 driver seat is quite similar to the Malibu, but the lumbar support is higher up and more comfortable. Not enough reason to ditch the Malibu, though.
#715 of 3823 2004 Malibu Rough Idle
Nov 12, 2004 (9:18 am)
This is our issue: The car idles very rough when in park and the climate control system is off as well as the AC. The dealership says this is normal on Malibu's due to leaning out the engine for emission purposes. It is very annoying and quite frankly does not seem right to me. Anyone else experience this?
#716 of 3823 Re: 2004 Malibu Rough Idle [blukat40]
Nov 12, 2004 (9:29 am)
Yes, my 2004 Maxx with the PCM update idles rough sometimes too. With the AC on, it smooths out quite a bit. Seems this may be "normal" -- but annoying.
#717 of 3823 idle a little rough too
Nov 12, 2004 (9:46 am)
The idle on my Maxx is a little rough from time to time, but smooths out if the AC is on. If it's due to an engine lean condition, that makes it more tolerable as idling in traffic is a huge fuel waster as is (the Maxx gets pretty darn good mileage given that its engine lacks variable valve timing or variable displacement or other fuel saving tricks)
Also noted the Maxx has trouble starting if it has been driven a short distance, stopped, and then restarted after 10 - 15 minutes. It'ds not a unique problem - my older Camry and Prism had trouble with lukewarm starting.
#718 of 3823 Re: 04 Malibu Maxx - Steering Problems [karunch]
Nov 12, 2004 (4:00 pm)
Don't be surprised if your car is in for a few days. I rented a car for what I thought would be a day or two job. I had the rental for 10 days. The problem was getting the parts (transmission and domelight switch). GM did reimburse for almost all the rental. They gave up waiting for the domelight switch and just took one off of another unsold new one. The transmission work was great. No howling noises. Extremely quiet........until I pulled into my driveway! 4 loud thuds from underneath. Backed out of the drive and tried again...sure enough it did it again. So I went back to the dealer. Luckily, I didn't have to get another rental. They found the problem. When they torqued the bolts for the cradle after reinstalling the tranny, the guy didn't torque enough so it was loose. It's fine now.