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What to do if your Chevy Malibu wont start?

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What to do if your Chevy Malibu wont start?

After shifting in to park try starting vehicle. If the vehicle does not start unless you push the shifter hard in to park you will need to adjust the shift cable as described (09077A) Check output from Park Neutral switch to ECM for proper signal. Check all terminals for loose or poor connections at Park Neutral switch and ECM.

Why is the fuel filter on my Chevy Malibu not working?

The fuel filter of your Malibu does not wear out like a mechanical part, but it gets clogged by dirt and airborne particles and clogs over time. The permeability of the filter drops, and so does the fuel pressure.

Can a Chevy Malibu stall at any time?

Stalls can happen at any time, and it can be incredibly jarring when it does happen. Before troubleshooting any automotive issue, including stalling issues with the Malibu, make sure that you check the vehicles trouble codes with an OBD2 scanner.

Can a car with no crank or no start start?

No crank/no start. However, after letting the vehicle sit for about 3 hours without any attempts of starting or fiddling with this or that and while doing other research on the matter, I went out to try and start it and viola! Cranked right up and has every start since with no issue.

After shifting in to park try starting vehicle. If the vehicle does not start unless you push the shifter hard in to park you will need to adjust the shift cable as described (09077A) Check output from Park Neutral switch to ECM for proper signal. Check all terminals for loose or poor connections at Park Neutral switch and ECM.

Why is my car no crank no start?

Intermittent No Crank No Start. A customer or technician may comment on the above condition. This could be the result of any of the following: Misadjusted or damaged transmission shift cable. Park Neutral (PN) switch installation or internal failure.

What’s the warranty on a 2010 Chevy Malibu?

@Ken, on page 8-8 of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu owner’s manual it reads that the Roadside Assistance program is provided for up to 5 years or 100,000 miles whichever happens first. I recommend contacting them and having the vehicle towed. This might be something covered under the Powertrain warranty.

Why is the Check Engine light not working?

If the ECU can’t get a clear signal, the engine may fail to start or die immediately after starting. Your ECU should throw a check engine light if there is no signal from the crankshaft or camshaft position sensors. Get this code read if you can, as it may tell you the exact wire that is causing the issue.

What does it mean when your car won’t start?

If this time you see a spark or no spark, you have a problem in the ignition system. Consult your vehicle repair manual for your particular model for further diagnosis. Depending on your particular model, you may have a problem with an ignition coil, distributor, ignition module, igniter, or some other related component.

What to look for when your engine won’t start?

Check for a blown fuse that may be preventing a circuit from working properly, like the fuel injection or computer system. To operate efficiently, an internal combustion gasoline engine needs a good spark, the right amount of fuel, and good compression (a healthy mechanical condition).

Is there a recall on a 1998 Chevy Malibu?

Owned 1998 Chevrolet Malibu and has had this problem since 1999. Have to wait 10-15 minutes before car will start. Is there a recall on this problem. We turn the key to on position and the gauges and lights do not come on and no sound from the fuel pump.

@Ken, on page 8-8 of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu owner’s manual it reads that the Roadside Assistance program is provided for up to 5 years or 100,000 miles whichever happens first. I recommend contacting them and having the vehicle towed. This might be something covered under the Powertrain warranty.

Intermittent No Crank No Start. A customer or technician may comment on the above condition. This could be the result of any of the following: Misadjusted or damaged transmission shift cable. Park Neutral (PN) switch installation or internal failure.

What to do if your car won’t start?

If the vehicle does not start unless you push the shifter hard in to park you will need to adjust the shift cable as described (09077A) Check output from Park Neutral switch to ECM for proper signal. Check all terminals for loose or poor connections at Park Neutral switch and ECM.

Why does my GM 3.1L mini van not start?

Getting to the bottom of what is causing your GM 3.1L/3.4L car (or mini-van) to crank but not start is not that difficult. In this tutorial/article I’ll share some of my knowledge and experience so that you can find the exact cause of your vehicle’s no start condition.

How can you tell if a spark plug is misfiring?

Step 2: Check your spark plugs. Look for carbon tracking in the form of a black line running up and down the porcelain portion of the plug. This is evidence of the spark traveling down the plug to ground and is the most common cause for an intermittent misfire. Step 3: Replace the plug. If the spark plug is misfiring, you may want to replace it.

What kind of problem does a Chevy Malibu have?

I have a 2014 chevy Malibu LS. About a year ago while at a stop light the car engine shut stopped working, and all the lights came off. I had to get the assistance of a police officer to control traffic away from my car, until the tow truck arrived and towed it to the shop.

What does reset check engine mode do on a Chevy Malibu?

Reset check engine mode shuts down other vehicle functions. Have been too close to being run off the interstate, hit when entering from on-ramp, rear-ended in heavy traffic. Nhtsa does not investigate because death and injury cannot be linked to failures because the module does not record issues/failures. There is no fix.

Why does my 2014 Chevy Malibu not start?

2014 Chevrolet Malibu No Start, No Sound, No Crank when you turn the key in the ignition: If nothing happens when you turn the ignition key to the “Start” position, it means that the starter motor doesn’t turn over the engine. Most commonly this could be caused by a low/dead battery or there is no connection between the battery and starter.

Why does my Chevy Malibu light up when I close the door?

Under the seats (both in front) where a wire ground faults from time to time. For me, it happens on humid rainy days (not all the time, when it does it’s those days). It happened again last night. All I did was manually unlock the car, sat inside, closed the door, moved the seat (driver) and the car’s display lit up.

How much does it cost to fix a 2014 Malibu?

1 Premature Wheel Bearing Wear 2014 Malibu Average Cost to Fix: $400 Average Mileage: 46,000 mi 2 ABS, Traction Control Lights On 2014 Malibu Average Cost to Fix: $700 Average Mileage: 60,000 mi 3 Wheel Bearing Failure 2014 Malibu

How much does a Chevy Malibu battery cost?

My 2013 Malibu did this: CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR REMOTE, BOTH KEYS IF YOU HAVE BOTH OF THEM. Then I had to jump start the car because I ran the battery dead trying to start. THIS WORKS!!!!! Total cost $5.00 at the local dollar store.

What makes a 98 Malibu 3.1 start and then die?

My 98 malibu 3.1 is cranking and then dies. I put a now camshaft sensor, icv, and tps. Still wont stay running. If i unplig the tps it will run but then dies as soon as i plug it back in. 19 people found this helpful.

Why are the interior lights not working on my Chevy Malibu?

Also, the interior lights did not work, nor the dome light, the trunk release also does not work. The radio worked as it was on but after we shut it off it now will not turn back on. Last night my land lord knocked on my door to tell me that my interior lights were on in my car. What??? They did not work??

Why does my GM car say no start no crank?

How to diagnose a no start no click on GM vehicle. If you have a late model GM vehicle and turn the key only to hear nothing, you’ll most likely think you have a dead battery—and you may. But a no start, no crank, no click condition can be far more involved than that.

Why does my car anti theft system not work?

Your anti-theft system (pass-lock) may have a fault or it may be the key itself. The keys have a chip embedded in them. When inserted into the ignition, the alarm system looks for codes from the key. Try another key if you have one.

What kind of engine does a 2005 Malibu have?

2005 Malibu (Classic, fleet version) with 2.2 L Ecotec four-cylinder engine fails to start. It turns over, and scattered weak pops indicate that there’s rudimentary combustion going on, but it does not catch.

What does it mean when your car doesn’t start?

In a no start condition your engine does turn over when you turn the ignition key to start but the engine doesn’t start. In other words: your vehicle’s starter motor is cranking the engine but the engine is not starting. A no crank condition means that the engine is not cranking when you turn the key to crank the engine.

How to troubleshoot a GM 3.1L no start?

Important Tips And Suggestions. No Start Condition Basics. No Start 1: Checking For Spark. No Start 2: Checking For Fuel. No Start 3: Anti-Theft System Checks. No Start 4: Checking Engine Mechanical Condition. No Start Summary. Related Test Articles.

What should I do if my Chevy Malibu won’t start?

Had it towed, Chevy dealership hooks to computer and they show nothing wrong. Sell $300 things that MIGHT help. 3 days, drop son off at school. Went to restart, car won’t start. Towed to dealer, this time they claim needs Fuel Pump. $700 and it is NOT covered under warranty.

My 98 malibu 3.1 is cranking and then dies. I put a now camshaft sensor, icv, and tps. Still wont stay running. If i unplig the tps it will run but then dies as soon as i plug it back in. 19 people found this helpful.

Also, the interior lights did not work, nor the dome light, the trunk release also does not work. The radio worked as it was on but after we shut it off it now will not turn back on. Last night my land lord knocked on my door to tell me that my interior lights were on in my car. What??? They did not work??

What causes a car to start but not keep running?

The engine requires the right amount of air and fuel to mix together for ignition. If there is a fuel leak somewhere, then the correct amount of fuel may not make it to the combustion chamber. This might be enough to allow the engine to start, but not keep running.

If the vehicle does not start unless you push the shifter hard in to park you will need to adjust the shift cable as described (09077A) Check output from Park Neutral switch to ECM for proper signal. Check all terminals for loose or poor connections at Park Neutral switch and ECM.

What does it mean when your Chevy Malibu won’t start?

The first and most common is when it won’t turn over. This just means that the engine doesn’t move when you turn the key. The second way that your Malibu won’t start is when the engine turns when you engage the starter, but it won’t fire and run on its own.

Is there a crank on my Chevy Malibu?

All the guages on the dash and all go off, but there’s no crank, no sound, nothing. When I turn back from start to on, all the guages, radio, etc power back on. All the electronics turn on and get good power in the on position lights, radio, windows, etc. It’s when I turn to start, I get nothing.

Why does my car not start when I turn the key?

When turning the key you’d see a visible spark on the negative terminal, and all power would go (like a dead battery). Adjusting the negative cable would reestablish power. After a couple tries, the car would start. This is why I changed the battery terminal connector to begin with. Was surprised to see these symptoms immediately after.

Can a 1997 Chevy c1500 5.7L start?

1997 Chevy C1500, 2WD, 5.7L won’t start – cranks fine. No codes – good fuel pressure ( 60+ psi – new pump), good spark, 1997 Chevy C1500, 2WD, 5.7L wont start – cranks fine. No… It will not start. I changed the fuel filter and fuel pump It will not start.

Why does my 1997 Chevy Suburban not start?

1997 1500 pickup at low throttle engine is missing to the point were I had it full throttle and no power and engine died. Still won’t start … read more Vocational, Technical or Tra… i have a 1998 chevy suburban. It was running fine when parked, but 3 days later will not start. It cranks fine, but sounds as though it wants … read more

Why does my Chevy C / K 1500 not start?

FYI – If the pass lock isn’t working properly, the computer will not keep the fuel pump on when the key is turned to start and released. 72 people found this helpful. Note: If the battery dies or is disconnected, or the computer is disconnected, this procedure may have to be repeated.

Why is the remote start on my car not working?

If the ‘Check Engine Light’ or Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) is illuminated, the remote start system will not work. Don’t panic, one of the reasons the MIL can illuminate is due to a loose gas cap!

Why does my FOB not start my car?

The vehicle cannot be started with the fob in the car. Take it out of the vehicle and retry step #1. If the ‘Check Engine Light’ or Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) is illuminated, the remote start will not work. Don’t panic, one of the reasons the MIL can illuminate is due to a loose gas cap! Reseal the cap, restart the car, and retry step #1!

How do you start a car with a remote start?

Hit the lock button once, then hold the remote start button (Usually shaped like an arrow ) for at least 2 seconds or until the turn signal lamps flash. Keep holding and the vehicle should start. As a safety precaution, the remote start system will only work if the car is in ‘Park’.

Why is the no start light on on my Chevy Malibu?

Turning key to run position and letting sit for 10-15 minutes, then to off letting sit for 5 minutes. This I found as a “trick” related to possible malfunctioning anti-theft system that causes similar no start issues, however my anti-theft light does not stay on.

Why does my Chevy Malibu have no crank?

A shifter range selector switch issue or shifter cable issue are certainly two of the possibilities for a no crank condition. There are several others. Thanks for the responses all! Still not sure what’s going on here.

No crank/no start. However, after letting the vehicle sit for about 3 hours without any attempts of starting or fiddling with this or that and while doing other research on the matter, I went out to try and start it and viola! Cranked right up and has every start since with no issue.

How long does it take to reset engine control module?

After a few minutes all the old data should be reset so plug the fuses back in and turn your vehicle back on. You will want to leave your vehicle at idle for at least 10 minutes which will give your ECM enough time to “learn” any new modifications installed on your vehicle.

What to do if your Toyota won’t start?

Battery – If the connections on your battery become corroded, there is no longer a connection to the rest of the car. This can keep you from starting. Clean the posts and try to start the car. Additionally, the battery may be dead. Take a battery tester and test the cranking amps to see if they are weak.

Can a ECU be reset in a new car?

Can a ECU be reset? Yes, all ECU (Engine Control units) can be reset and be should reset once per manufacturer’s guideline for a smooth relearn process or upon installing a replacement unit.

Why is my computer not working on my Chevy Malibu?

Start the Chevy Malibu to make sure the codes did clear. If they did not or they come back on immediately, it is most likely due to a hard code that will need immediate repairs in order to be rectified. If they stay out for a day or a few days but come back on, repeat the procedure to see if the same code is tripping the computer.

Is there a way to clear code on Chevy Malibu?

Some “soft” codes may clear but may return after the IM monitors in the computer system have run through certain timed cycles. Save the codes on the paper for future reference. Choose “Clear codes” option on the OBD II code reader/eraser. Start the Chevy Malibu to make sure the codes did clear.

Where is the reset button on a Chevy Malibu?

The computer is now reset. Turn the key in the ignition to the “Key on/Engine off” position. Locate the diagnostic link connector in you Chevy Malibu. It will be under the driver’s side dashboard on the left side of the steering column.

What to do if your Chevy Malibu won’t start?

YOU HAVE TO TURN YOUR KEY ON THE ON POSITION AND LET IT SIT UNTIL THE THEFT LIGHT GOES OFF (10-15 MIN) AND IT WILL START RIGHT UP 2002 Chevy Malibu 1 Owner – well maintained and then WHAM! After numerous times of a “no start” situation replaced battery.

When did I Buy my 2001 Chevy Malibu?

I bought my 2001 Malibu in January of 2015. The theft system light was on when I bought it and the gentleman selling it told me that he replaced the ignition when the light first came on because he was told that would fix the problem but it didn’t.

What causes a car starter to not engage?

5 Causes of Starter is Not Engaging 1 Low Battery Voltage 2 Faulty starter motor solenoid 3 Starter motor Plunger or Pinion 4 Faulty Wiring to starter 5 Flywheel damages More …

Where is the solenoid on a car starter?

The starter solenoid is located on top of the starter. When you turn the key, it is the starter solenoid that pushes a plunger inside the starter motor, pushing the pinion towards the flywheel. Use a jumper wire to ground the solenoid to a bolt. Start the ignition and listen for sounds coming from the solenoid.

What causes a Chevy Malibu to not start?

Misadjusted or damaged transmission shift cable. Park Neutral (PN) switch installation or internal failure. Loose or broken battery ground cable to ground stud (mostly on the 3.5L engine on the ground stud on the trans) Loose or damaged cable at the B+ post at the starter.

What kind of car wont start unless you press the gas pedal?

I have a 2002 avalon XLS. In the morning the car cranks but wont start unless I press the gas pedal. After that everything was fine. But recently the problem is getting worse. The car became harder to start although it will start eventually. I have changed the Mass air flow sensor, but did not solve the problem. Any suggestion?

What does it mean when your car won’t start unless you give it gas?

The Car Won’t Start Unless I Give it Gas: Diagnose the Issue! Nothing can be more annoying than a car not starting at the beginning of a day! However, if it does start on pumping the gas pedal, you may get a sigh of relief. But this doesn’t mean an end to the problem.

Why does my car not start in the morning?

My car won’t start in the morning, just gives cranks but if I press gas pedal it starts and have to keep it until engine gets hot enough. then it works for almost all day. and repeat the problem in the morning when I have to go to work. As usual when the engine is cold or cool, it won’t start.

What should I do if my Buick Enclave wont start?

You can take a look at the battery poles where the cables connect. If there appears to be green or white corrosion all around it, cleaning them may help get you back on the road. Here’s a good article from Napa on how to clean a battery terminal properly.

What does it mean when Your starter motor fails?

Starter motor failure produces one common symptom across all makes and models: When you turn the key, the starter solenoid will click, but the engine will not rotate. You also Read More

Because the battery may have a defect with these measured values ​​and must be replaced. If dead battery is the reason for the breakdown of your Malibu, you can easily jump start it using jumper cables and a healthy battery from another vehicle, or using a battery booster if available.

Which is the best starter for a Chevy Malibu?

Your Chevy Malibu is the perfect road companion, whether you’re cruising down the coast or making your way through a mountainous overpass. Make sure you don’t find yourself stranded during one of these adventures with a new Chevrolet Malibu starter from AutoZone.

The fuel filter of your Malibu does not wear out like a mechanical part, but it gets clogged by dirt and airborne particles and clogs over time. The permeability of the filter drops, and so does the fuel pressure.

Why does my Car start after I fill up the gas tank?

When I fill the gas tank up, the car has trouble starting. It happened several times already. I would then try for a while until I start it up again. After that, the car would run fine until I fill the gas tank up the following time. I went to a shop for this but they couldn’t fix it. Do you have any idea why this happens? Thank you.

What happens when your fuel pump stops working?

Before your fuel pump stops working, it usually becomes noticeable: if your car’s engine breaks down from time to time, the car is difficult to start, the engine jerks a little or the engine performance drops, you should have your pump checked.

Why does my car make a clicking noise when I turn the key?

Although a clicking sound can come from other sources such as the suspension, the most frequent and familiar clicking comes after turning the key or pressing the ignition button. There might be a sluggish single click or there might be a jarring spray of clicking, and both are symptoms of parts asking for assistance.

Save the codes on the paper for future reference. Choose “Clear codes” option on the OBD II code reader/eraser. Start the Chevy Malibu to make sure the codes did clear. If they did not or they come back on immediately, it is most likely due to a hard code that will need immediate repairs in order to be rectified.

Start the Chevy Malibu to make sure the codes did clear. If they did not or they come back on immediately, it is most likely due to a hard code that will need immediate repairs in order to be rectified. If they stay out for a day or a few days but come back on, repeat the procedure to see if the same code is tripping the computer.

Some “soft” codes may clear but may return after the IM monitors in the computer system have run through certain timed cycles. Save the codes on the paper for future reference. Choose “Clear codes” option on the OBD II code reader/eraser. Start the Chevy Malibu to make sure the codes did clear.

The computer is now reset. Turn the key in the ignition to the “Key on/Engine off” position. Locate the diagnostic link connector in you Chevy Malibu. It will be under the driver’s side dashboard on the left side of the steering column.

Why does my car not start when I crank the engine?

If the engine doesn’t crank, or makes an unusual noise when cranking, you may have a starting system problem. The car’s security system may have made an error that disabled the fuel or ignition system, or the chip in the key may have failed.

Why does my car not start when I push the start button?

False input or lack of input from sensors like the crankshaft position sensor (CKP) or camshaft position sensor (CPS) can prevent the engine from starting. Also, a bad throttle position sensor (TPS) may cut off the spark to the cylinders.

What kind of MAP sensor does a Chevy Malibu have?

NOTE: The above MAP sensors fit the 2008-2009 2.4L Chevrolet Malibu, 2010-2012 2.4L Chevrolet Malibu LS (and LT, LTZ), 2008-2010 2.4L Pontiac G6.

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