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#111 of 194 Malibu Wont Start
Feb 05, 2008 (5:57 pm)
I need help and I need it fast. lol
So yesterday I got my 2000 Chevy Malibu stuck in the snow. While trying to unstick it my car over heated. Nothing more concerning at the time. Finally got it free and I drove it to work this morning. I put Antifreeze in because the low water light was on. It started wonderful as always. On my lunch break I go outside to go to the bank and my car wont start! I am getting power to everything but the car doesnt even turn over. I can hear the fuel pump starting as I turn the key but nothing more. I had someone try to jump it just to make sure and nothing. ANY SUGGESTIONS? I need to go pick up my car from work in an hour and hope to have some suggestions to take with me. THANKS SO MUCH!
#112 of 194 Re: Malibu Wont Start [whendee29]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 05, 2008 (7:14 pm)
I'd jiggle the transmission lever from park to neutral and back a couple times and see wha' happens.
#113 of 194 Re: Starting Problem [gonogo]
Feb 26, 2008 (12:57 pm)
RE: "Well to put it in simple terms, there are 3 wires coming out of the ignition switch module. Get the engine running and while still running cut the yellow wire coming out of the module. It will now always start with out reset. "
Are you sure this works? I have been dealing with this for a couple of years now. The dealership suggests replacing that cylinder ($194,) but I have been holding out for some way to just bypass the whole system. This just seems way too easy. It would make sense if the sensor activated the theft system as you turned the key off, using your method it would never be activated in the first place. Maybe that would explain why sometimes the theft light stays on, and sometimes it stays off while driving. Again, it just seems too easy for such an irritating, and otherwise expensive problem.
#114 of 194 Re: Starting Problem [newlatitude]
Feb 27, 2008 (10:24 am)
They say it works. Here is another one I picked up recently, have had positive reply's.
Turn the key too run, shift into neutral, then start.
#115 of 194 Re: Malibu doesn't start [bev777]
Feb 27, 2008 (10:09 am)
can you tell me how to do the 10 min trick....I just got a 2003 malibu yesterday and I would go to put the key in the ignition and the key wont go past off it seems like the ignition is locked so now I cant even drive it .....every thing else is fine it has low miles and new everthing can some one please help me with my problem.....I am 19 this is my first car I go to work and school full time i cant afford this problem..please help!!!
#116 of 194 Re: Malibu doesn't start [stephaniemjm]
Feb 28, 2008 (9:39 am)
Try moving the steering wheel left and right while turning the keys. If it has a steering lock, it maybe loaded one way.
#117 of 194 Re: Malibu doesn't start [gonogo]
Feb 28, 2008 (11:20 am)
The problem is that the anti theft activates from time to time. When this happens, the anti theft light starts flashing. It is then necessary to leave the key in the on position for exactly 10 minutes. I can then turn the key off, and then start the car. I need to find a way to disable this function all together. But thank you for the advise.
#118 of 194 Re: Malibu doesn't start [newlatitude]
Feb 28, 2008 (5:58 pm)
do you know if cutting the yellow wire works? or switching the ignition?
#119 of 194 Re: Starting Issue [misfitrabbit1]
Mar 02, 2008 (10:29 pm)
It sounds like you and diesmart may have 'trash' in your fuel filters. The debris in fuel tanks will collect in the bottom of the tank and when low fuel or a sudden shift after driving a long time will send the 'trash' into the filter and clog it. 'Trash' could be actual dirt, sand or other particles in your tank or most commonly WATER in your fuel. You should change your fuel filter (I would do it twice, once this weekend and again next weekend to have a more clear new filter) your fuel filter is a small can with hard fuel lines on both ends located on the body pan front of the fuel tank under the car. It is right above all of the wires coming out of the pump/tank area. A filter should be only 10 or less dollars. Try getting gas at a different station for awhile and see if there is a change. FYI I am not by any means a pro malibu fan. I just think that you may have a slightly more simple answer than most other issues.
p.s. diesmart: change your filter ANYTIME you think you have bad gas or a clog(okay, not the day after Taco Hell!) and twice to be sure! Pay the extra penny or two to see if you get water free gas at another station.
#120 of 194 Re: Starting Issue [maverickti]
Mar 03, 2008 (5:40 pm)
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. I'll try what you suggested with the two fuel filters and a different gas station.