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2006 malibu double starting

My friend has a 2006 Malibu with a 3.5L engine and has taken it to a deal, who told her the car is double starting, while turning the key once, now my question is can this be resolved they told her it was a normal issue with these cars, I have a little knowledge of mechanical and was wondering if it was a relay or the solenoid on the starter causing this issue, which is also hindering her automatic starter that came with the car, anyone have any advice or where to start troubleshooting, because the dealership wont fix it for her and she relies on her car for work.

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    James Meharg Mar 18, 2014

    car is starting to do this more regularly, fuel system has not been touched, spark has all new coils plugs wires, all set to specs, she said she hasnt seen an anti theft light wondering if it comes onto the radio like the power steering light does? maybe she hasnt seen it for that reason



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They already gave it away. Calling it a "normal issue with these cars" should have set off alarm bells for you. They know there's a problem and are trying to hide from it-till any chance of a recall brings GM to the table. If it were as simple as a relay or solenoid, they'd be quick to fix it and double bill you for that! GM has been running from ignition woes on other vehicles. Maybe yours applies. Get on a Malibu forum and ask around. And don't ever, ever look for a dealership to have a change of heart. They do not have a heart!

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  • James Meharg
    James Meharg Mar 18, 2014

    so basically its something in the ignition thats causing this issue? and i knew it wouldnt be an easy fix but i was hoping because i know dealership mechanics basically are paided per car fixed, so i was wondering if maybe it didnt happen they would say that she told me it was a 25year old who looked at it so i was just curious i know gm has a lot of issues with ignitions seen it enough as my time as an apprentice just was hoping for something different

  • James Meharg
    James Meharg Mar 18, 2014

    i thank you for the advice and ill let her know that i cant do anything about it

  • montehammons Mar 19, 2014

    It's the ignition switch on aveo or cobalt, can't remember-keeps turning off while driving. I wonder if the switch on malibus are the same?



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your cars antitheft system is trying to prevent the car from being stolen so it is shutting it offf after it starts. go back over step by step you installation instructions make sure the ring around the ignition that comes with the remote starter is taped into the exact loacation it needs to be, or the cars own anti theft system will not notice it and will try to shut car off. its an anti theft feature. if this doesn't wotk you will not be able to use this remote starter. i ran into the same problem finally got it to work poperly.

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