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#31 of 197 Re: Starting Issue [maxxind]
Jul 14, 2006 (7:47 pm)
I had the vapor-locking issue with my 2004 Classic Malibu (basically a 2003) last summer, but it would do it when I stopped at a stop sign off of the interstate in Macon (200 miles from home--Chattanooga). It shut off, and I had trouble getting it to start. After stopping and starting for about a mile, I finally pulled into a Cracker Barrel and called the Chevy service station to pick it up. A week later, they said they found nothing wrong with it, and it was fine for the rest of the summer. This summer, it's doing about the same thing except it starts losing power while driving on the interstate (after a couple of hours on the road). In order to accelerate (and sometimes to maintain speed), I have to push excessively on the gas pedal, and of course the RPM jumps and all that nice stuff. I noticed this problem when driving back from Savannah in May, but it was just losing power and shut off when getting off of the interstate and pulling into a gas station. A little cooldown and some fuel injection cleaner, and it was fine. Today (on the way down to Savannah), it started losing power and shaking severely (like I had a flat tire or a couple of flats) after a couple of hours. Again, fuel treatments and a cool down, and it was fine until we hit Macon (where my car loves to end up--their service station!). I'm renting a car for the rest of the weekend until I can pick it up Monday since they told me they will have to drive it for a while to find the problem. Anyone else experience this? If they can't find the problem, I'll leave it there until they do !
#32 of 197 broken down malibu help
Sep 25, 2006 (12:17 pm)
I have a 2002 malibu with 119,000 miles and yesterday it just died on me no warnin just acted like it ran out of gas and quit. i checked the fuel pressure at the rail and there was none, checked the pump to find that it was not kicking on. So today i changed out the pump and filter put it all back together and still no start, no fuel at the rail no pump rnning. I checked the voltage at the relay and im getting 12v in i replaced the relay and still nothing. At the pump wiing harness i am only getting 5 volts not sure if thats god or bad but i need help cant seem to figure out where to go from here
#33 of 197 PHANTOM STARTING PROBLEM!
Sep 29, 2006 (6:35 am)
We all know how frustrating intermitant problems can be. I have an '05 Malibu LS V6 that just had it's seventh visit to two different dealers in 18 months, for the same problem. Every 10 or so starts, the engine turns over for an unusually long amount of time (about 5-10 sec.), before finally starting up. Sometimes it turns over and stops without ever starting. Of course, every time I take it in to the dealer it acts fine. I don't hear any grinding or metal to metal that would indicate a mechanical problem, but the fact that it shouldn't be doing this has me worried. Any thoughts?
#34 of 197 Re: STARTING PROBLEM! [panthersfan95]
Sep 30, 2006 (5:09 am)
I would suggest providing dealer with TSB #06-06-04-049 and have them see if that PCM software update is applicable to your vehicle. This is a fairly new TSB (just came out last week).
#35 of 197 Re: PHANTOM STARTING PROBLEM! [panthersfan95]
Sep 30, 2006 (7:52 am)
I had the same problem on occasion with an '05 Maxx. The dealer updated the PCM codes on 8-21 and the problem has not returned. My repair ticket notes code 10620, whatever that is.
#36 of 197 Re: STARTING PROBLEM! [e2helper]
Oct 15, 2006 (6:22 am)
I have the same problem from time to time. If you don't mind, could you give a brief summary of what TSB 06-06-04-049 says? Before mentioning it to my dealer, I like to have an idea of what problem it's supposed to address. Thanks very much.
#37 of 197 Phantom Starting Problem Solved
Oct 16, 2006 (4:29 am)
After months of being in and out of dealerships, it appears as though my starting problem (msg #33) as been fixed. Since Chevrolet was getting nowhere with my Malibu, I took it to the local Cadillac dealer. Aside from one of the service writers being an *!#hole, I was very impressed with their work. Apparently, a faulty Body Control Module was to blame for the problem. It's been a couple of weeks since it was replaced, and so far it's acting fine. I'm keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that it won't act up again. I guess time will tell.
#38 of 197 Shuddering when cold
Oct 21, 2006 (2:09 pm)
Just within the past month my car has started to shudder right after starting and putting it in gear. It only does it first thing in the morning, I start it, idles perfectly fine but as soon as I put it in gear it starts shuddering then usually revs up to 1500rpm and then settles down fine. But the car has stalled several times. It only does it first thing in the morning and no other time. Oil is not low and has 70% oil life remaining, all other fluids are good and air filter is clean. I live in Southern NM (desert) where the lows have only been around 40-45 so far.
#39 of 197 Ignition Switch
Oct 23, 2006 (10:03 am)
My Chevy Malibu has a problem with Ignition Switch and the Dealer says that it will cost $450 to fix it. Any idea as whether its the correct price and what will happen if its not fixed.
#40 of 197 Re: Ignition Switch [yerth10]
Oct 23, 2006 (7:07 pm)
If it's the key cylinder in the dash. Price out a new key/igition switch and then phone up a few good locksmiths that can install the unit.