The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Our technicians tell us that operating the engine with a coolant/oil mix can result in internal engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct these leaks.
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2002 Chevrolet Malibu
2002 Chevrolet Malibu Problems
Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.
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.
The HVAC blower motor may stop working at one or more speeds due to a faulty blower motor resistor block. Our technicians recommend to confirm the resistor is at fault by first checking the operation of the switch.
The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.
2002 Chevrolet Malibu Recalls (Recent)
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Chevrolet is recalling certain 2002 Malibu vehicles because the left front headlamp may not perform to minimum required lighting standards. Lighting that is too weak will not provide enough visibility; lighting that is too bright causes glare for oncoming traffic. Dealers will inspect the left low beam headlamp and replace it if necessary.
2002 Chevrolet Malibu Questions and Answers
My windshield wipers only work on high. What is the cause?
Have a 2002 Chevy Malibu. CLicking noise is coming from the engine. Wife's car, after this happened she mentioned that the oil light came on (a couple of days) ago, but says she added oil...) ...
Want to replace gear shift light bulb, light is burned out, have bezel over light off, but unable to get fingers around bulb to remove it must be other part to remove too get to it.? Would appreci...
The car has 92,500 and in the past year I have noticed that when I am accelerating in 4th gear (especially at higher speeds) the car feels as if it is thrusting or surging and the tach jumps a smal...
2002 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews
I bought my 02 malibu 2years ago from a used car dealership and it was fine at first but then the my air conditioning start to not want to come on then my brakes starts acting up now my back light don't work and my gas meter stop working also when i cut my car off and open the door the radio stays on and my car is making a funny noise and my it drives like it wants to shut down on me at anytime.. blessed to have a car that is paid for but i hate the fact that this car has given me so many problems..1/7/2013 KB
I know that alot of things have to do with the way people take care of their vehicles.. but I've also read that some of the problems i have are common issues with this car. Bought car Feb. 2011 for 3200 cash. Drove it on the highway seemed to be fine. Checked fluids. All good. 2 days later overheats. One week later engine locks. After a new engine, new belt, new intake manifold gasket, new radiator, tune up, new water pump, new compressor, and new battery... I have a brand new car. :) I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone unless you have a fat wallet and ALOT of patience.
I love this car!! It's actually our second Mailbu - the first being in a car accident which made me love it all the more. My boyfriend was driving and was hit in the rear side and spun into a telephone pole at 40 miles per hour and he had very minor injuries. Now we have another and I love it, too!! Only issues we've had so far are the interior lights not working - probably a fuse that we haven't replace yet - and a squeal that just started under the hood that most likely is a belt that needs to be replaced. The check engine light came on a few weeks ago and Advanced Auto told me that we'd have to replace something for emissions but other than that, it's a great car. Fast, excellent gas mileage, wonderful steering. Kept me alive when I had to drive on the ice... Love it!! =)
Love this car, bought it brand new and (knock on wood) have only had minor repairs. Not too great in the snow, it tends to skid and have trouble on turns. But the rest of the time it's a joy to drive, handles well, really good power, especially on the highway. Don't know if I should be using a higher grade gas in the summer but it sometimes drags with the AC on. The interior is in great shape and has a ton of storage space and room for gadgets.
I bought this car new in 02. It only has 60,000 km on it. I've had ongoing problems with brakes, rotors. The power steering pump went in it in Jan 09, then the rack went in it in Feb 09. I replaced the water pump today. now there's a squeaking noise coming from the front end.