Corrosion on Battery Cable Ends on Chevrolet Malibu

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.

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Average mileage: 55,076 (7,500–100,000)
11 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
39 people reported this problem
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Removed the battery cover and couldn't believe how much corrosion was surrounding the positive battery terminal!!! It was covering it enough that you could not see the terminal at all. Chipped the mess away and noticed a gap between the battery terminal (lead part) and the plastic casing of the battery. I am suspecting the battery is leaking. Unfortunately the corrosion was so bad it ate away most of the battery terminal. Negative terminal looked brand new.
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since I had this piece of Crap car the battery was always leaking ! no wonder why people buy foreign cars ! this is the CORPORATE AMERICA'S WAY !
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My "service airbag" light illuminated so I took the vehicle to my dealer. Apparently, my battery and the battery cable is corroded so I need a new battery, new battery cable, and a reset on the airbag system. Total cost $462. Regular warranty expired at 3 years or 36K miles, and extended warranty doesn't cover any of it because batteries/corrosion are excluded.
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Bought new OEM battery needlessly. Then found the corrosion which had ruined the end that goes over the positive post. Cut corroded end of cable off, which shortened it, and replaced with generic end. Will replace entire cable when a reasonably priced cable is found. Chevy dealer wanted $146.00 for the cable alone which is unreasonable. With labor total expense most likely could have been over $300. Generic end cost about $6.00 and was done for free where I get most of my work done. Shortened cable had to be re-routed and plastic cover may not fit back over battery.
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Cleaned battery, cables and post.
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Same problem! Car wouldn't start and the battery turned out to be cracked and corroded the cable
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Car wouldnt start. Checked battery to find severly corroded negative terminal. After cleaning it of, saw that there was a crack in the battery. 'Merica...
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car wont start look at the battery was leaking chance it still wont start foung out the cable was corrison on it now I have to replace the cable abd battery and the car is a 2012 Malibu
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Tire pressure lights went on. Service Air Bag warning went on. Car did not start immediately kind of lagged. Once I turned the car off it would not start. Negative battery post and cable terminal were corroded. Changes the cable terminal in baking soda water mix. Replaced battery since it looked like it was leaking.
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No big deal. Disconnected both cables, Clean off the corroded cable in baking soda solution for 5 minutes, and clean dry. As this battery has a cover over it, it is protected better than if it had no cover.
Low traction and service airbag prompts came on at ignition. Turns out it was the battery leaked and corroded and damaged the sensors and and one of the cables connecting the battery. $300-$400 repair costs.
Positive battery cable corrosion
The battery died my first year of having it. Alot of other electroelectrical problems.
Severe corrosion on negative battery terminal.
couldn't start my car this morning, it ended up being that my car battery head had corrosion on it that destroyed the connector.
Turned ignition and dashboard spazzed out a few times, needles looked like they were measuring an earthquake. The the car finally would not start at all after about 3 weeks and upon inspection, the pos cable was corroded and battery leaking acid. Replaced battery and car is fine now.
I did not find out until I went to help someone with their dead battery. Corrosion had eaten through cable coating. And like others reporting here it was on the positive cable side. Off to get a new battery, ugh.
Same problem as everyone else. Massive corrosion on the positive terminal. Corrosion ate through the battery cable. It happened without any warning. Just had it towed...
Intermittent trouble turning over ignition. Dash light on for battery. Wiped out clock time. Took the dealer over an hour to see that the battery leaked, corroded the positive cable. Replaced the battery and used tape on the cable until a new one arrived from back order. It has now been 5 weeks and dealer says still no availability, even though every parts center on the internet has them on the shelf.
same problem. the car wouldn't start, after checking the battery I noticed the positive cable connector was completely corroded to the point that the connector came off by hand.
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