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Poor Ride/Handling Due to Worn Suspension Struts on Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 108,176 (52,000–223,000)
14 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
49 people reported this problem
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There is a lot of noise coming from the driver front tire make it hard to drive because of concern of tire coming off took it to Chevy dealer it took three return trips to get it right. Now I find out it's the struts and that's another 900 plus to get fixed. There should be a recall on this particular part
I noticed a clicking noise in my front passenger side wheel. Took it to a shop and was told that my struts/strut mounts needed to be repaired. And i would also need a wheel alignment. Total price 575.00! I will take it tomorrow to be repaired, and see if that corrects the problem.
Struts seem to go bad every year.
squeeking noise from front strut
both front struts leaking fluid
The car never rode well from the start but when I put top-of-the line Michelin tires on the car now rides much smoother.
I have had my malibu for 4 years i have had tobreplace my struts 3 times.
Front struts making "coiled spring" noise - told it is front struts and they need to be replaced - $700. Already had CV joint boot replaced at $160 since they thought it was that too.
My vehicle was making a creaking noise. I was told by a vehicle repair shop that my struts were binding causing the noise and that they would need to be replaced.
This happened about 70,000 miles. Driver side collapsed while I was driving! Ruined front tires, had both front struts assemblies replaced.
leaky strus
was"t fixed
Drivers side strut spring seperated off the strut base. Hasn't broken completely yet but unable to drive. New struts (ebay) $80 and a manly man who will work for beer. Free. Total cost $90 bucks.
My left front strut broke and I had to get both replaced. $800-something.
Replaced both lower control arms around 50k whcih seemed to help strange noises in cross-winds. Have also replaced 3 of the 4 wheel bearings with Timkens after noises. Seemingly out of the blue I had vibration at highway speeds around 150l mimicking an out-of-balance wheel. Seems unlikely as the weights are adhered to the ID of the rim. I cleaned the wheels carefully to make sure no debris were causing the imbalance. The lower ball joints appear to be OK and no shake side-to-side in the wheel. I have had a clunk from the right front corner area, after jacking up the car this appears to be the upper strut bearing which doesn't rotate on a single pivot point due to the geometry of the knuckle and ball joint below it.The upper strut bearing sort of rotates on a conical/skewed axis. Rotated the tires in an "X" pattern, and the problem persists. I feel that its not a tire issue. Planning to acquire two AC Delco complete strut asm from RockAuto, buy 2 new tires, and have an alignment done. The powertrain seems to be running well and I'm hoping to make it to 200k.
I just noticed that I can feel vibration under my feet in the front when I exceed 65mph on the Hwy. I can feel every bump. There's no noise. Maybe I just need allignment.
clunk in every corner when going over bumps, rough riding
Aligned a good as it gets until you hit a bump and and when the tire loses traction it's a violent interaction between the tire and the road when it comes back down
Has not been fixed very ruff ride back end is low front end ruff I have had tie rod fixed it broke
I have a bouncy ride on the freeway.