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: 59,175 (7,500–102,037)
12 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 35,000 mi,
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.
2009 Chevrolet Malibu 62,439 mi,
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.
2009 Chevrolet Malibu 42,625 mi,
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.
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 32,213 mi,
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...
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 !
2008 Chevrolet Malibu 43,000 mi,
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.
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 56,000 mi,
Same problem! Car wouldn't start and the battery turned out to be cracked and corroded the cable
2009 Chevrolet Malibu 50,000 mi,
Replaced battery.. corrosion back again.
2012 Chevrolet Malibu 52,000 mi,
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
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 67,345 mi,
Cleaned battery, cables and post.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu 31,200 mi,
I had tons of corrosion surrounding the positive battery terminal. You could not see the terminal because there was so much. Appears battery was leaking, the positive battery terminal was beyond usable. The Battery strap was melted and so was the overflow. Negative terminal looked brand new.
2009 Chevrolet Malibu 102,000 mi,
My car was dead in the morning, wouldnt start. Got it jump started by a Auto Rescue. I then took it to Sears, when the technician there opened the hood, the battery was smoking. we evacuated thinking it might explode. Fortunately it didnt, and the technician replaced the battery. But I am not sure if he cleaned the cables or not. He replaced it in no time. Is there a problem?
2008 Chevrolet Malibu 86,000 mi,
2008 malibu - hesitation in starting and service air bag or tire pressure lights/notifications coming on. Was told by Chevy dealer at service dept about the problems and relationship to leaking battery. Replacing battery to see if it fixes the problem. Quoted price of around $300.
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 75,000 mi,
Battery wouldn't hold charge. Ground was completely covered in corrosion.
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 55,000 mi,
Leaking, corrosive OEM battery. Replaced.
2012 Chevrolet Malibu 73,442 mi,
Corrosion on battery post very baf
2013 Chevrolet Malibu 40,000 mi,
corrosion on the positive battery post, notices acid leaking from the battery, car was just inspected a month in a half before.
2010 Chevrolet Malibu 31,000 mi,
Neg battery terminal completely covered with corrosion. Car would not turn over. Unable to locate new terminal with step-up bend to accommodate recess in battery.
2012 Chevrolet Malibu 65,000 mi,
Coercion in battery cables, and dead battery
2010 Chevrolet Malibu 70,094 mi,
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.