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#40 of 88 2004 Malibu Maxx Starting Problems
Feb 08, 2010 (7:23 pm)
I have an '04 Chevy Malibu Maxx - 3.5L V6
About 1-2x per month, the engine will have issues starting. All other times, the engine starts fine, no issues. Lately though, when we do have the starting issue, it takes more tries to get the car started...
Symptoms: When trying to start, we hear the click of the solenoid and the starter turns and then it just keeps cycling/spinning/clicking, etc. After 15-30 sec. of this, it will usually finally start. Or sometimes, we will have to stop, wait a few minutes, then try again for another 30 sec. attempt.
As I mentioned, about 90% of the time the car starts fine.
The latest time though, I couldn't start it, had it towed to the dealership and it started right up....of course.
I'm suspecting it is something electrical since we have no fuel starvation issues while idling or driving...
Had the battery tested and it is strong and spark plugs/wires were recently changed.
Any ideas? Ignition Switch?
#41 of 88 keeps trying to start itself??
Mar 15, 2010 (1:09 pm)
Every once in a while, when I try to start my 2004 chevy malibu maxx LT V6, it sound like its' still trying to turn over, or start. Is this because i tried to turn the key too quick? I let my hand off the key, and its like its almost skipping?!? it sounds like its trying to start. Like I said, every once-in a while. Don't want it to get too often.. Please help. Did I buy a damn lemon??? (I love the car!!) except for that- :-/
#42 of 88 Re: keeps trying to start itself?? [davegenest18]
Mar 16, 2010 (8:51 am)
same issue here as well...dont have a solution for ya.....mine still running fine and just turned over 160K..................happens either on the remote start or turning the key in the ignition.......
#43 of 88 Re: keeps trying to start itself?? [pao]
Mar 16, 2010 (9:17 am)
same issue here as well...dont have a solution for you as well. Running fine and just turned over 65K. Happens either on the remote start or turning the key in the ignition, probably just a present from a G.M.
#44 of 88 Re: keeps trying to start itself?? [davegenest18]
Mar 16, 2010 (6:24 pm)
The problem description is not completely clear to me but this is what
I've observed with my 2006 Maxx LT, bought at 56K miles in August
2009, currently at 58K miles.
* When I was buying the car, I noticed that it was starting very
hesitantly. Could compare it with my other Bu's -- in this car, the
engine would start with a scary hesitation.
The dealer checked out the battery and found it bad. So, the battery
was replaced with a new (NAPA) one.
* With the new battery, the engine would start better, but still very
differently from how my Malibu sedans start -- and I was never
comfortable with the feeling of Maxx's start.
* At the end of December, at 57.3K miles, in brutal cold, after I
stopped to fuel the car at a gas station, my Maxx refused to start
at all. "Oh, damn thing", I thought, "I knew there was something
wrong with you -- that's why they sold you!.."
I went to the station attendant, to "call somebody". At 9pm, not being
a AAA member... No number I knew to call... Cold...
A GENTLEMAN was buying some small stuff at the cash register -- he
heard me asking the attendant for a phone directory "or something".
"Wait", the GENTLEMAN said, "Does it crank? It may be the
battery... I may have the jumper cables in my truck... I'll come by
in a moment."
So, he drove over, got out his cables and gave me an easy jump
start. God bless him! Many safe miles to him! May he be rich,
healthy and always loved! Never cursed with a car lemon!
The GENTLEMAN drove his way, and I drove mine, to a small shop that
I knew was to be open till 10pm.
It was -- and they checked out my battery, while I was holding my
That damn new NAPA battery was being charged but was not holding the
charge. Thus, it was the battery, not my beautiful Maxx!..
* They started to replace the battery. Looked up the OEM one. I
said, "Give me the best battery!" They looked at the one one step
up. "Yes, this should be all right for your car."
And so, they installed a bigger battery there -- still compatible
with Maxx, of course.
And since then, with the new battery, the car starts like a dream --
no more feeling of slipping, skipping, missing or whatever.
So, think about your battery, too -- and when replacing it, spend
extra $20 and get the best battery that fits. May help.
#45 of 88 Transmission & Engine Issues
Apr 22, 2010 (9:01 am)
I have owned my 05 3.5 LS Maxx for a little over a year now and I really do love the car. It has almost 170k miles and still runs great. I've been experiencing a few unrelated (IMHO) issues and was hoping someone might be able to provide a little insight...
Check Engine Light is on and the display says "Check the Gas Cap"...of course, it's not the gas cap. Checked the diagnostic code and it said "EVAP Emission Control System Leak (large)". I'm not experiencing any other engine related problems (other than the occasional starting issue) so I'm thinking it's either the EVAP canister or the sensor. Anybody ever deal with this issue? I suppose it could tie into the starting issue but wouldn't bet on it.
Also experiencing problems with the remote start. I get the "double lights flash" also. My guess is that it's a faulty hood sensor. I will try bypassing, clearing any codes stored and will post any results later.
My main concern is the transmission though. Sometimes, when starting from a dead stop I get a pretty severe "shudder". I haven't been able to figure out if it's the tire's not hooking up with the pavement (no biggie) or if it's the transmission not hooking up with the wheels (biggie). Has anybody had the same experience? I'm due to change transmission fluid but I'm afraid to do it (for fear of making it worse) without knowing what's going on here.
Any hints/tips/tricks/suggestions anyone has would be greatly appreciated.
#46 of 88 Re: Transmission & Engine Issues [red5guy]
Apr 22, 2010 (9:18 am)
I've replaced the Gas cap twice at like 20K miles all under warranty (knock on wood it been good since!) there must be a slew of defective ones out there?
I have 88K now & I get a false start sometime, but i rarely use the remote start. I find if I realy turn key all the way to start its' not so bad and don't get as many false and "rumbly starts".
my 05 also shudders , but very rare, let us know if you figure this out. BTW- My Max will break-loose the front tires at will , I'll say the 3.5 in our cars has got the gear on steroids. A post mentioed it was not the typical malibu drivetrain... D~
#47 of 88 Re: Transmission & Engine Issues [red5guy]
Apr 22, 2010 (3:13 pm)
"Check the Gas Cap": had it in one of my Bu's about three years ago. It was not the cap -- mice had eaten through the fuel line. The same effect -- the air gets sucked into the fuel system. $600+ to repair. (Mice built the nest on top of the fuel tank -- I think while the car had been sitting on dealers' before I got it; it waited long for the right owner )
#48 of 88 Re: Transmission & Engine Issues [red5guy]
Apr 23, 2010 (8:25 am)
good to see another high mileage maxx on here...04 LT with 163K on it here..so you are tops......as far as the transmission is concerned....I experienced it once around the 100K mark....and discovered during the transmission fluid change.....the mechanic didnt fill it full..in fact was a qt low when all said and done....once I had the additional fluid added...never had the problem again....
I have changed the trans fluid every 50K....though GM schedule is every 100K.....doesnt answer your question, but just my experience with my high mileage MAXX
#49 of 88 Re: Transmission & Engine Issues [red5guy]
Jun 03, 2010 (12:12 pm)
Thanks everyone for your insight and suggestions.
Unfortunately, the only thing I've been able to confirm is that my remote start problems were the result of a faulty hood latch sensor. Bypassing the sensor and clearing the codes did the trick and it starts remotely like a charm.
The starting issues I've experienced ocassionally also, it's like the starter is trying to start the engine but it doesn't quite fully engage. Not sure what the problem is because if I give it a little gas, it usually starts right up.
As far as the transmission I think I'll just change the fluid and filter and see how that works. I'll post again if I gain any insight.