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Chevrolet Malibu "No Start" Due to Ignition Switch Failure

 
Chevrolet Malibu Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011

Average Mileage: 138,586 mi (72,000 mi - 265,000 mi)

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The ignition switch may fail causing a no start condition. This is not generally a theft system (passlock) issue because the security light does not illuminate or flash.

  • Visitor, , 155,559 mi

    key is stuck, won't come out,i can't get it to turn on or off

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  •  Rookie

    This has been going on for years. Normally I get in the car, put on my seatbelt turn key to right until buzzer stops and the car will start right up. If I don't follow that protocol it will try to turn over but won't.

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  •  Rookie

    theft system light comes on cause the car not to start for 10 min

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  • Visitor, , 265,000 mi

    Turning the key to the on position the gauges would sometimes act if they lost power. When attempting to start the engine when the gauges were in this unpowered state, the starter would turn but the there would be no spark coming from the coil packs. I tested the lead and ground to the coil packs and the crankshaft position sensor. Since other components still have power (lights, radio, windows, etc.) the problem seems to be after the battery but before the coil pack which leads to the conclusion of it being something with the ignition switch or wires in between. No confirmed solution as of yet.

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  • Visitor, , 174,343 mi

    bring the car in for an oil change only had the car a week. ran fine all day Mechanic came out and tried to start the car right away triggering the theft system. now nothing on the dash til about one min no lights go out or blink? Will start but reads no fuel still when it's on full tank. dealer wants me to it the this place I'm at now tells me there is nothing they do

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  •  Enthusiast

    Spent over $600 resolving issue. Car would stall while driving!!!

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  •  Rookie

    car turns over but will not start eventually battery goes dead trying to start

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  • Owned 1998 Chevrolet Malibu and has had this problem since 1999. Have to wait 10-15 minutes before car will start. Is there a recall on this problem.

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    Went to turn on my car and the gauges went crazy for about two seconds and it wouldn't turn on but the music came on and the windows won't unroll but there was no sounds of it trying to turn over

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  • Theft system won't let me crank the car light keep flashing with a lock on it

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