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#1 of 17 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT problems - can someone advise?
Jan 21, 2010 (8:38 pm)
Hello everyone, was wondering if someone could describe possible reasons for the some of the issues we are having with our Malibu.
a) We can no longer down shift to 2nd or 1st gear. When we go to 3rd gear and press the down shift button on the shifter, nothing happens. Dealer says it will cost $100 / hr for inspection to see what's going on.
b) When we fill up our gas tank, the fuel guage still says empty. Then suddenly after a quarter tank, the fuel guage seems to work fine. Could this be a problem with the sender?
c) When we turn, we constantly get noises from the steering. its like a clunking noise. Dealer claims there is no issue, but when we drive and we make turns, it almost feels the car isn't making a smooth turn.
Any input on these issues would greatly be appreciated.
#2 of 17 Re: 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT problems - can someone advise? [bav_fan07]
Jan 21, 2010 (8:45 pm)
Also another problem:
Our horn doesn't work correctly. When you honk, it's not very clear...it sounds like you are pushing air and you can barely hear the horn...can this be easily replaced or fixed?
#3 of 17 Re: 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT problems - can someone advise? [bav_fan07]
Jan 22, 2010 (6:50 am)
not sure why you need to due the downshifting.....isnt it an automatic?...do you use the shift button that often.....I havent touched mine in 6 years of ownershi
gas tank issue...would agree is probably the sending unit
steering clunk....notorious issue with the 04-07 MY cars....poor engineering design, have it inspected by an independent mechanic...check control arms and tire rods. Again an issue that I have lived with..and 158K on the car with no ill effects
#4 of 17 2004 Malibu Maxx LT, Violent shaking in frontend
Jan 28, 2010 (6:38 am)
The car has proved a good one for quite some time, 82,000 miles with very little problems. Until now!!! Was leaving the house a few days ago, everything seemed fine at slow speeds. When I hit the interstate, it felt like the front end was gonna fall to pieces. It only does it at speeds above 45, and it does not do it during acceleration, rather when you let off of the pedal after acceleration. It was a sudden onset, without any prior warning. I shook the bearings, checked the rotors and brakes, inspected the tires. I'm about to start throwing parts into this thing without a diagnosis, so if anyone knows what the heck is wrong with my car please let me know. Thank y'all for your help!
#5 of 17 Re: 2004 Malibu Maxx LT, Violent shaking in frontend [boodon]
Jan 28, 2010 (8:08 am)
Check your axle shafts for looseness.
#6 of 17 Re: 2004 Malibu Maxx LT, Violent shaking in frontend [boodon]
Jan 31, 2010 (5:55 am)
Thats kinda strange for sure. The only thing I can think of is a possible sticking brake caliper if you see nothing wrong with the tires...good luck!
#7 of 17 04 malibu lt,3.5 eng
Feb 17, 2010 (4:48 pm)
running a trouble code P0401, egr problem, had it tested and no one can find the problem, does anyone know of any suggestions, or has there been any computer updates on this car computer?
#8 of 17 Re: 04 malibu lt,3.5 eng [julbuc]
Feb 18, 2010 (10:44 am)
Not sure what you mean by tested. The code is insufficient flow, either the EGR is not working or the passages are plugged with carbon and need to be cleaned.
#9 of 17 Re: 2004 Malibu Maxx LT, Violent shaking in frontend [boodon]
Aug 17, 2010 (3:25 pm)
Mine started this in February and thinking it was the "rotors" and pads, I changed them out, that didn't help and I knew I needed new tires, so I bought new tires in March. It is STILL doing the shaking and NO ONE seems to feel it but me and I am the one that drives it all the time. Did you ever find out what was wrong with yours? My mechanic said since I didn't buy the tires that was made for it, I would never be happy with the ride again.. I bought Cooper tires and that was for around $400+, so I am not sure what to do next. Thought about getting an alignment, but it doesn't seem to pull too much while driving down the road, but I am at my whits end and my mechanic is not helping... Thanks!
#10 of 17 Re: 2004 Malibu Maxx LT, Violent shaking in frontend [greenize]
Aug 18, 2010 (3:37 am)
as long as you replaced your tires with the same size, brand doesnt matter. Does is shake or shimmy when driving or when braking.....rotor warpage can cause it...the lugs should be hand torqued and not tigthen with an impact wrench....overtigthening can cause the rotors to warp....
also check the tire rods...on both sides...inner and upper...to see if they are worn/loose....insure the tires are properly balanced and probably not a bad idea to have a front end alignment check..
same model here with 168K on it...and still going strong...