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#15 of 81 Bulletin No.: 05-05-26-002A
May 25, 2007 (8:16 am)
Perhaps this would help:
Bulletin No.: 05-05-26-002A
Date: September 22, 2006
Squeak or Creak Type Noise From Rear of Vehicle (Replace Park Brake Cable Grommets)
2005-2007 Chevrolet Malibu (Sedan Only)
with Rear Drum Brakes (RPO J41 or JM4)
This bulletin is being revised to add model years. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 05-05-26-002 (Section 05 - Brakes).
Some customers may comment on a squeak or creak type noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. This noise occurs at slow speeds while driving over small bumps and is most apparent when the underbody of the vehicle is wet.
This condition may be caused by the park brake cables rubbing or slip-sticking on the retainer grommet.
Replace both existing white parking brake cable grommets with new black grommets, P/N 15807015, using the procedure below. These new black grommets are made from a Teflon(R) material.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Open the underbody clip (2) to provide some slack in the parking brake cable. Use a flat bladed tool to release the lock tab. Use care not to permanently bend the parking brake cable. If the cable becomes bent, it must be replaced. Remove the white grommet (1) from the bracket. Pull the park brake cable inboard, gripping the cable on both sides of the grommet.
Use pliers to remove the white grommet from the cable.
Line up the new black grommet slot with the cable and compress onto the cable using pliers.
Install the black grommet into the bracket.
Reinstall the parking brake cable into the underbody clip.
Repeat the steps above for the other side.
Lower the vehicle.
#16 of 81 My 95 LS seems ok
May 25, 2007 (8:19 am)
sometimes i have a bit of squeal, very minor, when I just take off in the morning...but it's gone real fast, at the time i am at the first stop sign (100 yards) it's quiet.
#17 of 81 Re: abs brake light chevy malibu 2002 [jetilson]
Jun 13, 2007 (7:19 pm)
Put the car up on jackstands or a lift, pull each ABS connector off of the brake backing pad, clean with a wire brush, and reconnect. 99% of the time it is just corrosion from road salt/water causing a loss of signal to the ABS computer. Had the same problem on my '97 Cutlass GLS that was cured by such treatment.
#18 of 81 Re: noisy brakes on my Maxx... vibration too... [mr_bots]
Aug 16, 2007 (12:14 pm)
I agree that a lot of warped rotors occur immediately after rotating tires due to the shop improperly tightening the lug nuts with an air impact wrench. My wife's 94 Deville and 2004 Deville both had this issue after we had the tires rotated. If they run the nut up on one or two lugs before they are all snugged up, you can almost bet the rotor will be warped. The independent shop fixed the 94 for free and the 2004 at the dealer was fixed under warranty. We used to learn this in high school drivers ed, you know snug them all up and then use the cross pattern to full tighten them up, but I don't think the shops teach this now?
#19 of 81 01 with original brake pads
Oct 05, 2007 (7:17 pm)
just thought i would jump in with this one. my 01 malibu ls has the ORIGINAL brake pads still in it! i got the car with 2,500 miles and now it has 130,000 miles! i am not much of a "braker" or brake user. coming into town i am usually slowed down before th 30 mph sign without using my brakes! now my daughter drives that car.
as for squeeling brakes, parking on concrete when it is damp usually causes this. unsure why? but i have noticed that, suppose the concrete keeps the moisture in and around.
also, talk about warped roters, got a pontiac GTP that wew got in on trade for (DAH a malibu) and that sucker has horrible warped roters! so bad it makes the whole stering wheel shake! good think i am almost done rebuilding my 06 malibu maxx ss then can replace those roters.
#20 of 81 Strange Worn out of Brake Pad
Nov 12, 2007 (1:56 pm)
I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu LS, 21,000 Miles. I just changed rear brake pads. The very suspicious thing is that one brake pad completely worn out while others looked brand new. The Chevy dealer did not know the reason. This was not covered by warranty because the mileage is above 12K. I am disappointed. It seems Malibu has a lot of defects. My car actually has a lot of electrical an mechanic problems. It is really a nightmare. I will probably never buy GM product again.
#21 of 81 Re: Strange Worn out of Brake Pad [sean74]
Nov 13, 2007 (8:48 am)
You are not going to buy a 2008 Malibu ? GM is getting set up to run 2 factories over time to keep up with sales.
#22 of 81 Re: Strange Worn out of Brake Pad [gonogo]
Nov 13, 2007 (10:51 am)
Yes! I'll never buy any GM product in my life time. Because there are so many defects . And both dealerships and customer service never gave me satisfying explanation to those problems.
#23 of 81 Re: Strange Worn out of Brake Pad [sean74]
Nov 26, 2007 (8:53 pm)
I also have an 2004 Malibu with the same issues. The rear brakes were shot at 37,000 miles. Fronts still have more than 1/2 the life left in them. I did however find the RR parking brake cable had never been hooked up from the factory. Not sure if this contributed to it or not. Had to replace both rear rotors and pads at my costs.
#24 of 81 Re: Strange Worn out of Brake Pad [liv2race]
Nov 27, 2007 (5:54 pm)
'04 V6 brakes recently acted up - pedal going south - reservoir had some gel in it and smelled like dexcool? - did someone doing the intake gasket and water pump goof up and put some in the brake reservoir by mistake. Dealer replaced the reservoir and said the rear pads were gone. Need an old timer's vehicle that fits in the garage and is easy to step up into and not hit one's head. Seriously considered a regular cab f-150 and reduce the length of the workbench. Why can't gm fix the design and build and give colorado/canyon and the half-tons a rear disc whose e-brake shoes work and grab only when needed.