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2009 Chevrolet Malibu

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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 ...

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Acid may leak from the battery at the cable connections, resulting in corrosion on the battery cable ends and in the battery tray. A Leaking battery should be replaced and the cables thoroughly cleaned or replaced if necessary.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, September 18, 2012

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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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Drive Train, March 15, 2009

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The shifter cable adjustment may become dislodged. This may cause the vehicle to show that it is in "Park," when it could actually be in another gear. If this happens, the vehicle may move and not be secure. Dealers will inspect the shift cable adjustment clip to make sure it is fully engaged, and will replace any shift cables that cannot be secured. The General Motors recall number is 09041. The recall began on March 24, 2009.

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Questions and Answers

stickyman, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, North Tonawanda, NY

i have the reading on my tire preasure on my dash. the other day it read low tire preasure, so i put 30 psi in every tire as stated on my door as cold reading. so in the morning the next day it was...

PeculiarForce, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Peculiar, MO

I was headed into work this am and noticed a light on in the far left guage. It was yellow and looked like a car with a padlock. I got out and checked/shut all doors and trunk thinking it might be ...

Monster1120, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Traverse City, MI

I am having trouble getting the calipers to depress when trying to replace the rear break pads. Has anyone else encountered this or know how to get them to depress so i can get the pads in the cal...

SJLuddy8780, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 3.6L V6, Fond Du Lac, WI

The other day i tried to start my malibu and i cannot start it due to the fact that my ignition is locked. I only had it for a month and it only has 36000 miles on it

cadman2010, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 3.6L V6, Arlington, TX

my daughter has a 2009 Chevy Malibu, one headlight went out now the other, she was told it could be her dimmer switch - it’s too new for both to go out, any ideas??? Any recalls or service bulletin...

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

I have a 2009 Malibu LTZ. The vehicle has 203,031 miles on it as of 2013/07/08. **Note: I am not easy on vehicles.** I've had to replace the left wheel hub assembly once and the right assembly twice. A spring in the driver's seat-back broke that maintains pressure on the cushioning. (I'm 6'0" @ 180lbs, so not heavy.) The left wiper's stop position (before return) is in the driver's field of view... just a nuisance. I've had to flash the Bluetooth/On-Star module. The headlights are a royal pain to change, but I've done so myself every time. Note: I am NOT a mechanic, just mechanically adventurous. It's also a lot cheaper to do your own work. Oh, and I think my rear-left caliper is bad. It started leaking fluid today. :/
**I would buy this car again. It has put up with my lead foot and toted me all over the mountains of southwest VA and northeast TN. It is a comfy ride (for me) and that having spent over 8,000 hours in the seat.
Regarding the headlights: You only need a jack, jack stands (for safety) and a decent socket set. Oh... and time. The first time you do it it may take a couple of hours or more. Plan for 4ish. In advance buy replacement friction fasteners for the wheel well liners... maybe twenty. You should be able to locate vids or descriptions of the process online. Lay something under the front fascia so you don't scratch it. Keep a swear-jar nearby. You'll pay off the car before you get the headlights changed. :)

The headlight replacement of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is very suck!!! It is not possible to do it by yourself because you have to remove the front bumper to gain access to replace a $14.00 bulb with a special tool only the dealer ship has. It cost me upwards of $95 at the Chevrolet dealer (another quo at MONRO was $150). Bad bad bad design for a simple task!!!

bought this car 18months ago had no problem with it so far car rides smoth and quiet get great gas mileage this is the best car i ever owned only gripe is trans down shifts funny sometimes

By far the best car for the money. I have the LTZ and it is loaded. Satellite radio, Bluetooth, power everything, heated leather seats, paddle shifters and the list could go on and on and on......

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