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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu SS, Heating / Cooling, Sedan
#16 of 151 Re: HVAC problem [masteryoda]
Jul 04, 2005 (7:07 am)
Chronic problem with blower resistor, speeds 1 and 2. Another chronic problem with the a/c switch. My mechanic charged $80 to fix both (probably double at a dealer)
#18 of 151 1998 malibu air conditioner problem
Jul 04, 2005 (4:13 pm)
when i turn air conditioner on it starts cooling but quickly blows fuse in engine compartment 10 amp that goes to compressor and gas guage and temp guage. also blower 1-2 doesnt work 3-4-5 works .if blower motor resistor was bad would that blow fuse? please help !!!!!!
#19 of 151 Re: 1998 malibu air conditioner problem [timmie]
Jul 11, 2005 (5:59 am)
I am having the same issue as you with my blowers 1-2 not working but 3,4,5 are working and my gas and temp gauges are also not working...Oh yeah, my AC isn't working eiether. I was wondering if you found a slution to the issue.
#20 of 151 Re: 1998 malibu air conditioner problem [pcmkr]
Jul 11, 2005 (7:14 am)
I didn't have any issue with the blower settings on my 1997, but I had the exact issue with the AC working for xx minutes (sometimes a whole trip, sometimes seconds..) before it would blow a fuse that caused not only the AC to quit, but several guages. When I took that car to the dealership to have it checked out they were stumped at first and put in a call to higher level GM support. What they told me when they came back was that this issue was rare (this was in 2003). Supposedly it had been reported on like 6 cars at that time and the fix seemed to be replacement of the compressor. They couldn't explain why this worked (all tests on the compressor seemed within normal specs).
I was told that I could expect around $1k to fix it (parts and labor? dunno, didn't go for it). When I told the mechanic that I'd just replaced the alternator for the third time and didn't want to spend another small fortune on the car (essentially making repairs add up to more than the car's value at that point), he gave me a box of the fuses (6 amps comes to mind??) and recommended living with it for a while.
#21 of 151 Re: 1998 malibu air conditioner problem [jerrywimer]
Aug 05, 2005 (9:48 am)
I just had my issue fixed yesterday and it cost me $301.
The wire from the AC clutch was causing the fuse to blow. The clutch was replaced and I finally have the AC working along with the temp and fuel needles and all the different light in my dash console. I also noticed my automatic lights worked again when since I drove through a tunnel.
The price I paid was parts, labor and tax and included the 1/2 hour inspection/diagnostics.
Hope this helps. Best wishes to ya in getting everything fixed with your vehicle.
#22 of 151 Re: 1998 malibu air conditioner problem [pcmkr]
Aug 05, 2005 (9:57 am)
Thanks for the feedback on these issues. I'm glad you were able to get your problems fixed.
The car I had with these problems was traded off shortly after I was told that the problem required the compressor to be replaced (quoted $1000+). Either the dealership was attempting to scam me (didn't work, traded elsewhere, and did NOT pay for a new compressor), or they hadn't discovered that the AC clutch can cause this problem at that time. I might have actually kept that car a few years longer if the repair was $300. On the other hand, maybe not- those regular $x00.00 repairs had been adding up over nearly the whole time we owned the car.
#23 of 151 Recirculated Air Button
Jul 20, 2005 (11:34 am)
E2helper: like others, when running the car with the recirculated air button set with no fan or A/C turned on, my button will suddenly switch over to fresh air right at the 10 mile mark every time. Is there some kind of built in logic that will "force" drivers to accept fresh air into the cabin if the recirculated air button has been on too long?
I do not get this same result when the fan is actually blowing air or A/C into the cabin, only when it is off, and I am not refreshing the air.
#24 of 151 Re: Recirculated Air Button [maxx4me]
Jul 20, 2005 (4:10 pm)
Not sure but I am checking - however it would be time-based not mileage based so next time you try this maybe see how many minutes it takes
You have the manual HVAC system, right?
#25 of 151 Re: Recirculated Air Button [e2helper]
Jul 20, 2005 (4:47 pm)
What do you mean that it's time-based? Also, what is the manual HVAC system? Sorry, excuse my ignorance!
The other thing is...and maybe this is because of the heat...but the problem appeared suddenly. It wasn't like it would do it once a month, then once a week, then everyday. No, it worked fine Monday, then Tuesday (for example), it was all screwed up, and doing it everytime.
Again, this points to something electronic, and doesn't really sound like there's just some dust in the buttons. I could be wrong, but logically it just doesn't sound like dust.