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Battery dies, its too cold

Our battery keeps dying. the brakes make wierd noises, the lever for the hood is broken and its super cold so the batterie keeps dying.

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Solution: #1 move to a tropical climate. Well, that's probably not possible, so I guess we have to figure out what's wrong w/ the malibu. #2 Battery keeps dying--after u charge it, how long til it dies? Bring it to a parts store, most will check the battery and charging system for free, u need to do this to see what the problem is (weak battery, bad alternator, etc.) Do the obvious 1st, make sure battery connections are clean and tight, no corrosion. The weird noises the brakes make: solution- it's darn cold out, wear ear muffs so u stay warm AND can't hear the brakes. No good? Ok, describe the brake noises, and when they happen. All the time? When applying brakes only? Front, back? One wheel, all wheels? U should have wear indicators on the brake pads, when they make contact w/ the rotor they make 'weird noises', which is a warning that u will soon have to replace the brakes. The lever for the hood is broken, time for a can opener to get access to the engine compartment. Try this, pull hood release, push DOWN on hood while tryiing to release it, then pull up. And last, it's super cold so the battery keeps dying, see #1 or 2 above. Let me know how u make out (if u don't freeze to death).

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It may not be the battery you ralternator may not be charging your battery enough to deal with the cold weather drive it to a auto parts store and they can check them both in the car for you and tell you what is wrong as for your brakes it is probably time to change them and/or the rotors

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