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Chevy Malibu starting problems.

Sometimes when I go to start the engine, it wants to keep on turning over even when I take my hand off the key. Have checked the ground wires, seems to be tight.

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    I have the same problem on my 2005 malibu i have the v6 i'm not sure about problems with the 4cyl if you have one. It's probably the same problem. The computer needs to be flashed, take it to dealer might cost a few dollars if not under warranty.



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It sounds like you have a short in the solenoid... You will have to replace it in the near future and is sold with the starter/or without I would suggest purchasing starter and solenoid....Good Luck

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