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#185 of 208 dash indicator lights on
Aug 13, 2009 (12:42 pm)
Hi - We have a 2001 Malibu w/ 90k miles - runs great ! - just recently while driving and also when car is off (but key is on) the indicator dash lights come on ,fuel gauge goes to E temp goes to standby - what would cause this electrical problem - has been happening intermitently , now does it all the time
#186 of 208 Re: Chevy Malbu window and blower problems. [pskats]
Sep 23, 2009 (10:20 am)
MY 2000 Malibu will not start until I turn the switch several times, after it starts the A/C blower and windows will not work for several minutes. I suspect a bad ignition switch but I do not know how to remove it and clean or replace it.
Can someone help?
#187 of 208 Chevy Malibu electric problem
May 01, 2010 (4:33 pm)
The battery to my 1998 Malibu dies in 1-2 days. It is a draw of current of 1.6 A with contact keys off.
I pulled out, one by one, ALL fuses (not the relays cause I don't know how or if this is possible) and the current is still there. Moreover, if instead of the Amp-meter I plug in the battery circuit a control lamp, the filament turns red and I hear oscillation noises in the car computer (under the gloves compartment).
When I pull out some of the fuses, this noise is slower or faster, or accompanied by sudden periodic moves of the instrument panel needles.
The noise I hear in the computer may be from one relay there, and it is also simultaneous with oscillations of the red color of the short-circuit control bulb .
I really do not know what else to do. Please help me, or advise me.
#188 of 208 Malibu: Can power to brakes be affected by electrical problem/ ignition?
Jul 30, 2010 (1:16 pm)
I have a 2000 Malibu with previous electric problems, now these symptoms are accompanied by a failure to start and no power to brakes.
My mom had this care previously and she had the ignition replaced twice-- each time the symptoms were the A/C cutting in/out, flipping from recirc to fresh on its own, and the windows not working intermittently. Now I have the car and it has been doing the same A/C thing for awhile, once it died while my husband was driving it, and most recently about half the time I try to turn it on, it doesn't start or make a sound, I get all the warning lights, and most disturbingly, no power to the brakes (they just go soft and the car will roll, even in park). I wonder if this is also an electrical problem related to the ignition? I'm scared to try to drive it, and even scared to get it fixed since the ignition keeps going bad and the thought of the brakes going out suddenly due to an electrical failure (if that is possible?)
#189 of 208 Re: Malibu: Can power to brakes be affected by electrical problem/ ignition? [ludimom]
Jul 31, 2010 (7:20 am)
So many problems.
AC would be dash unit, contacts get burnt. If you google the AC problem it will tell you a DIY fix for free.
Should not roll in park, linkage out of adjustment or park pawl broke off.
Brakes are vacuum powered, not electrical. If ABS that could be the problem, just pull the ABS fuse.
No start? you mean the starter will not crank the engine or the engine will not run.
Anyways the electrical system needs trouble shooting.
#190 of 208 Re: Malibu: Can power to brakes be affected by electrical problem/ ignition? [gonogo]
Jul 31, 2010 (9:39 am)
Well, the no brake/rolling in park/no start problem is all part of the same issue, it all started at once, and it only happens half the time when I start the car. The other half of the time the car starts normally, brakes feel normal, transmission shifter works normally, doesn't roll. When the problem happens, I turn the ignition and get no cranking sound whatsoever. The warning lights all light up, and the brakes go soft and I can't move the auto transmission shifter and the car will roll.
Because it doesn't do this consistently, I think it must be a power problem, and not a physical problem with the linkage, etc.
#191 of 208 Re: Malibu: Can power to brakes be affected by electrical problem/ ignition? [ludimom]
Aug 01, 2010 (6:33 am)
I don't know of any park pawl that is electrically operated, they are all mechanical. I would checkout the shift linkage.
Recently I had a recall on my 09 G6, shift linkage could slip and cause no park condition. They installed a kit.
#192 of 208 98 Malibu with 2 problems...
Aug 10, 2010 (9:20 am)
Yesterday one of my back windows stopped working (with the window rolled down). What can I do to repair this problem? All of the other windows are working.
I have a headlight that isn't working. I replaced the bulb with a new one and it still isn't working (on dim....brights work fine!). More electrical problems?
Thanks for your suggestions...BTW, I'm new to this board...
#193 of 208 Re: turn signal bulb problem [yury]
Oct 03, 2010 (8:40 pm)
On Thursday our '05 Maxx had the issue with the LF turn signal. Replaced the bulb Friday, no dice. Only thing I accomplished was dropping the 10mm socket on some shelf under the radiator. Had a friend look at it today, plus another person told me a guy to see on Monday. After reading this reply from yury, my wife and I went out to the car (two person job in the driveway at night). Tried cleaning and prying the contacts, nothing doing. Wife cleaned some more and voila, turn signal works. For now, at least.
BTW, any way to find and retrieve the 10mm socket? I saw it when it dropped and tried pushing it onto the driveway with a stick, all that did was drop it somewhere into the abyss. As far as I can tell it's still down there somewhere.
#194 of 208 Malibu 1998 HORN activate by it self
Mar 19, 2011 (10:04 am)
Horn activated by it self at 12am 3/13, had to disconect the relay fuse to turn it off.
Bought a new relay and again the horn activated by it self on 3/15 4am..at this moment I have'nt substitued the relay..what should i be looking for to fix it? It may be an electrical problem? Copule months ago I eliminated the cars alarm that came with the car. I had the car since new from the dealer 1998 and no major probles since this..