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Corrosion on Battery Cable Ends on Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Chevrolet Malibu Vehicles With This Problem

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$44-$56
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Average mileage: 58,375 (7,500–102,037)
12 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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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.
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.
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...
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.
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 !
my prev battery had 1 year left on warranty but every 2 weeks my battery would have corrision. i decided to replace battery now 1 month after installing the new battery, corrision! I could not beleive the amount of corrision on my new battery
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
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.
Same problem! Car wouldn't start and the battery turned out to be cracked and corroded the cable
There were random signals that there was no tire pressure sensor signal for couple of days and then auto would not start. The negative battery terminal was found to be severely corroded. After cleaning the terminal, I found small crack at base of the negative battery terminal post. Replace the battery and auto is operating normally.
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.
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.
corrosion on the positive battery post, notices acid leaking from the battery, car was just inspected a month in a half before.