Last post on Jul 26, 2011 at 8:05 AM
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#60 of 68 replacing parts preventively?
Mar 15, 2008 (1:11 pm)
Is there a time when parts that typically go out on a vehicle - ie. the water pump, alternator, etc. should be replaced preventively if one doesn't want to break down unexpectedly? We have a 03 Malibu with 111,000 miles on it. In every other higher mileage vehicle we've owned, those things have gone out suddenly. I'd really like to avoid that scenerio in the future. Any opinions?
#61 of 68 Supercharged
Mar 15, 2008 (5:26 pm)
Hey everyone, i own a 1999 malibu, it has a 3.1 L v-6 engine, and ive stumbled upon a supercharger for this engine. is it a good idea to purchase and install this supercharger. keep in mind that its a front-wheel drive, so ive been told the drive terrain will be under enormous stress with such a dramatic power increase. can anyone here help me?
and also, soes anyone know where i might find a custom speedometer cluster for my car?
#62 of 68 Re: replacing parts preventively? [bestdad4us]
Mar 15, 2008 (8:04 pm)
I'm no mechanic, but if my Mali makes it to 200K miles, (which im making mine a show car) so im willing to go to extreme lengths to keep my car and not sell it. butif mine makes it to 200K i am replacing the entire engine, drive terrain, axels, brakes, and so on. any part that becomes worn over time, i am going to replace. of course, routine oil changes, and not street racing also help extend the life of your vehicle's parts. lol
#63 of 68 08 Malibu oil change interval
Jul 07, 2008 (4:26 am)
I've got an 08 4 cyl Malibu with 6,000 miles. The computer says oil life is 50% which would mean an oil change at 12,000. Can I go with that?
#64 of 68 Re: 08 Malibu oil change interval [jsweazy]
Jul 07, 2008 (8:04 am)
the oil life monitor will vary with driving style, and a few other conditions....it doesnt necesarily mean you will be good until 12K.....if you follow the monitor....I have an 04 and have used the monitor since day one.....I usually change oil when it reaches 25%......129K on my car and no problems at all following that change interval....
#65 of 68 Re: 08 Malibu oil change interval [jsweazy]
Jul 07, 2008 (8:14 pm)
oil life is 50% which would mean an oil change at 12,000.
It doesn't mean that.
A possible and probable scenario: the previous owner changed oil at
3,000 miles (as is not uncommon) and reset the oil monitor.
Over the next 3,000 miles, coming to your current 6K, the monitor
"went down" from 100% to 50%. This is consistent with the normal OIC
of about 6,000 miles.
So, just drive 3,000 miles more and change oil then, at the monitor's
reading of 0%
#66 of 68 2003 malibu
Jul 25, 2011 (6:56 pm)
hello everybdy i have an 2003 malibu i have owned since 2009 i have 202,000 miles on but i havnt changed the transmission fluid yet, any suggestions when i should? the manual says if not leaking dont worry bout it, but just wants to be on the safe side thanx
#67 of 68 Re: 2003 malibu [reesie]
Jul 26, 2011 (4:08 am)
I have an 04 Malibu Maxx with 185K on it...I changed (flushed) the trans fluid at 100K and every 50K since....with the last change being a full pan and filter drop and refill.
#68 of 68 Re: 2003 malibu [reesie]
Jul 26, 2011 (8:05 am)
If never changed, they recommend you do nothing. New fluid now will cause problems with loosened sludge.
Its near overhaul time anyways.