2008 Chevrolet Malibu Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Chevrolet Malibu

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Problems

The Check Engine Light With Code: P0011, P0014, P0021, P0024, P0341, P0346, P0336, and/or P0391

Vehicles with certain V6 engines may illuminate the Check Engine Light one or more of the following codes: P0011, P0014, P0021, P0024, P0341, P0346, P0336, or P0391. Our technicians tell us that some vehicles may require a powertrain control module (PCM) software update to correct this issue. Other vehicles may have excess camshaft end play on one or both cylinder heads which will need to be corrected using special procedures outlined by GM.

Front Struts May Wear at 75,000 Miles

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

Ignition Key Stuck Due to Failed Shifter

The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Questions

What would cause all light to come on and horn and cooling fans to come on simultaniously without ignition on. (1 answer)

My car has been standing for about a year and a half. Battery terminals were corroded. I put jumpers on to the terminals and the positve lead from the solinoid to the alternator smoked. Disconnected it and reconnected the jumpers. This time all lights came on including horn and cooling fans. Any ...

What could be causing my car not to start? (1 answer)

My car wont start it turns over but won't crank . first time it broke down wouldn't stay cranked I took it home parked it and had mechanic come look at it at first the machine showed ignition switch needs changing , throttle body sensor is bad and needs engine coolant , I changed the th...

How long should the transmission last on a 2008 Chevy Malibu with 123,000 miles? (1 answer)

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Recalls

Various Electrical Concerns

Increased resistance in an electrical connection at the body control module (BCM) may result in voltage fluctuations in the brake pedal sensor circuit. These fluctuations can cause concerns with various systems that monitor the position of the brake pedal, any of which would increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and harness connector and the BAS and harness connector, and will reprogram the brake pedal sensor to correct these concerns.

Transmission Shifter Position Inaccurate

The shift cable may fracture, which can mislead the driver into thinking the transmission is in a certain gear, while actually being in another. This can cause a safety issue, as when "Park" is selected, the vehicle may not be securely in "Park". Dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket free of charge to resolve the concern.

The Automatic Transmission Shift Lever May Not Indicate the Actual Gear Position

On vehicles equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission, the tabs on the transmission shift cable end may fracture and separate. If this were to occur, the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. The driver would be able to move the shifter to "Park" and remove the ignition key, but the transmission gear may not be in "Park." The vehicle may not be able to be restarted and the vehicle could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning. Dealers will install a retainer over the cable end or replace the shift cable as necessary. The General Motors recall number 12106.

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

Dash lights don't come on sometimes when they should be during daylight hours. AC works when it wants too, not when I want it or need it, have to play with controls to get it on. Dealer CAN'T find anything wrong. Says that it may be a "loose electrical connection". He also says that he thinks I have a bad actuator but that there are four of them and they can't find out which one is bad unless ...

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