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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Engine, Oil, Hatchback
#58 of 77 cabin filter
Mar 19, 2009 (6:49 am)
cabin filterMy 2007 Maxx has a cabin filter. Is this something I can change?
#59 of 77 Re: Intermittent Front End Shaking and Noise [scanman88gt]
Mar 19, 2009 (10:59 am)
tire rod could have caused the issue you described......was curious though about your 50K transmission service...was that the dealer recommended service....the owners manual has a requriement to change fluids out at 150k since its a sealed transmission....no dip stick......at least that is the change interval on my 04 Maxx....I had the fluids changed at 100k....and will again at 150K.....just turned 141k today.....
#60 of 77 Re: cabin filter [nydogboy]
Mar 19, 2009 (11:00 am)
do a search for it...I beleive you have to remove the glove box to get to it......this was brought up for the 04 models...which didnt come with a filter but you could do an easy mod to a saturn ion filter to fit the 04 Maxx
#61 of 77 Re: Intermittent Front End Shaking and Noise [pao]
Mar 19, 2009 (3:59 pm)
I may have been mistaken about the trans service (looks like the 50,000 mile service was for severe use. Regular use should've been at 100,000 miles according to my owner's manual). As it turns out the trans cooler lines were leaking, so they were both replaced by the dealer the other day. I had a lower intake manifold gasket leak, so they fixed that too. The outer tie rod end replacement seemed to really help. They told me that my brake pads were pretty much worn down front and rear, however being unemployed, I couldn't see spending $280 to have the dealer replace them. I bought new pads today at O'Reilly's and am going to have my local guy install them for about $100 (maybe less, if I help him). The pulsing that I felt while braking during these episodes is non-existent when the car isn't having one of these "fits". So, hopefully we won't have to turn the rotors. Once I get the new pads on, I'm going to take it out on the Interstate and see what happens.
I called the dealer that did the work, and told him that I still hear the "thump" coming from the left front after straightening the wheel out after turning. He suggested that I bring the car back and have one of his tech's ride with me to see what I'm hearing.
#62 of 77 Time for brake $ervice?
Mar 20, 2009 (6:18 am)
My 04 Maxx just hit the 64K mileage mark and I've not yet had to do anything with the brakes. But just lately I've noticed, especially on damp mornings, a certain grinding or scraping noise on the first few applications of the brakes. It seems to be coming from the rear, so I took a look at the rotors through the spokes of the wheels. The right rear one seems to have a dark band, close to the edge, that looks like scoring.
So......I guess it's time to do some brake work. The question for all you who have had work done on your Maxx's discs...what kind of ball park $$$ am I looking at? Did you have it done at your dealer, a Goodyear-type place or an independent? Just wondering -- thanks.
#63 of 77 Re: Intermittent Front End Shaking and Noise [scanman88gt]
Mar 20, 2009 (6:42 am)
That Thump you hear is a common problem with Malibus with Electric Power Assist steering. There is a TSB out (I don't remember the number though you can probably find it on this forum). Basically the fix is to squirt a lubricant (I use Liquid Wrench) at the spot on the steering column where the inner shaft goes into the outer shaft. You can find this spot where the steering column goes into the firewall. A couple of squirts, turn the wheel a few times and the noise will go away. I relube whenever I do an oil change. Either way, it's not a dangerous condition or anything. I would certainly try it before throwing money at the dealer.
#64 of 77 Re: Time for brake $ervice? [beedublu]
Mar 20, 2009 (6:48 am)
My rear brakes only get between 50 and 60k before the inboard pad on the passenger side wears to the wear indicator. At that point it makes a screeching/scraping noise. You CANNOT see this through the spokes of the wheels. I do it myself for the cost of $25 pads but you have to have a caliper piston screwdown tool to do the rears (about $40 on Amazon). They turn the piston while depressing it which is necessary, unlike the fronts which you can squeeze with a pair of channel locks. I would probably go with an independent as it's a very easy job. Also, I've never had those rotors turned since either and it's never been a problem. You may get some very minor brake squeal though if you don't. My guess is that an independent garage would charge about $200-$250 for the job and a dealer about about $100 more than that.
#65 of 77 Re: Time for brake $ervice? [nickd]
Mar 20, 2009 (9:32 am)
I just did the brakes on my Maxx today. It cost me $54.55 total from O'Reilly's for the pads, and my local mechanic charged me $100 for putting them on. I was surprised by the rear pistons screwing in like that. I've never seen anything like that that before. How long does it take for them to return to their "normal" position after screwing them in like that? Any specific tips on getting the pads seated all way round? A couple of hard stops shoud do it, right?
#66 of 77 Re: Time for brake $ervice? [scanman88gt]
Mar 20, 2009 (2:20 pm)
The reason they screw in is because of the emergency brake mechanism I believe. They don't screw out so as soon as you step on the brake the piston will go out and engage the pad. You don't even need a hard stop.
#67 of 77 Re: Time for brake $ervice? [beedublu]
Mar 21, 2009 (7:30 am)
>Did you have it done at your dealer, a Goodyear-type place or an independent?< Most trouble-free service I've had has been from small shops that are owned by the guy doing the job - who should be a ASE certified Master Technician. I'm in the South and some time ago had brake work done by a place called "Just Brakes" - not recommended. Have had Sears do some work - not recommended. Had a ASE Master Tech do some work - excellent.