1997 Chevrolet Malibu Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Chevrolet Malibu

1997 Chevrolet Malibu Problems

No Start Due to Failed Passlock Sensor

The passlock sensor in the ignition lock cylinder may fail causing an anti-theft system fault and a no start condition. Our technicians tell us that the ignition lock cylinder should be replace to correct this condition.

Heater Core Under Right Side of Dashboard May Leak Engine Coolant

The heater core under the right side of the dashboard may leak engine coolant which can puddle on the passenger front floor. The loss of coolant may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us that removal of the dash board is necessary to replace the heater on these vehicles.

The Fuel Gauge May Not Read Correctly and/or Check Engine Light With Code P0455/P0461

The fuel gauge may not read correctly and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate with code P0455/P0461 stored for a fuel level sensor issue. These faults may be caused by a fuel vapor line inside the fuel take interfering with the fuel level sensor. If this is found to be the case, repositioned and securing the vapor line should correct this concern. If no fault is found with the fuel vapor line, the fuel level sensor itself may be at fault.

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Questions

Why did all the water drain out my radiator through tailpipe i think. the coolant light is on along with check engine light. The engine literally sounds fine, and thier is no water mixed with oil, checked dipstick. (2 answers)

The tail pipe isnt spewing white smoke it has a lil smoke but it disappears after awhile. I actually posted. A question just like this one before but forgot to add all the water being gone from my radiator the next day. The regular water did get hot after awhile seem to be steaming from the cap. ...

The low coolant light is on. And it seems like water is leaking from a tiny hole on the side of muffler also spitting out little water droplets from the end of tailpipe. What can it be? (1 answer)

Can it be blown head gaskets? I checked dipstick ,no water in oil and the tail pipe isn't spewing white smoke nor does it have a weird smell. The car does have front bumper damage from hitting a truck and did bend a little under the hood by radiator. i had a my dads friend look at it and he ...

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Recalls

Ignition Lock Cylinder Concern

Excess weight on the key ring can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position without warning, turning off the engine. This defect can also affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. Dealers will provide two replacement key rings and key cover on all ignition keys to correct this concern.

Recall 03V527000
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES HAVE LOWER PINION BEARINGS IN THE POWER RACK AND PINION ASSEMBLY IN WHICH THE RETAINER TABS WERE NOT CRIMPED PROPERLY. THESE RETAINERS COULD FAIL AND PERMIT THE BALL BEARINGS TO ESCAPE.
GM Recalls 1997-1998 Vehicles Due to Wiper Failure in Snow

GM recalls 1997-1998 Chevrolet Malibu and Oldsmobile Cutlass vehicles in cold weather states because the wiper system may fail due to ice and snow buildup. If the wipers fail, visibility in inclement weather will be poor, which may result in a crash. Dealers will replace the passenger side windshield wiper pivot housing.

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

I hate this car.
this car suck big time
I have had this car for 6 years, bought it new with 88,000 miles on it. I can't say that all I ever changed was the oil, but for the most part, I guess the car has been reliable. Last year's dusting of snow made for a bad winter. I felt the car swerving alot on just a dusting of snow. I have replaced the brakes almost every 2 years, rotors just this past year. The rear struts and coil spri...

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