Question about 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
Do you mean the engine runs for 3 second and it shut down completely, and you get no dash lights, radios, interior lights and so on... while the key is still in the ignitions? If that is the case have your ignition switch check, the same part where you stick the key in. The unit tend to go bad over period of time and looses its contact. there is really no way of testing it unless you take the unit apart and jump the connectors. Do this first, put the key in the ignition and wiggle turning the key back and forth at the same time by starting the car and see if you get any contact playing with ignition switch. when you stick the key in the ignition, does any instruments lights lit up when the key is turn to on position? if not than it will be the ignition switch. If all of the intrument light come on while the key is turn to on position, try this also, get a jump from a friend car to make sure the weak battery and alternator is good and working properly.
Posted on Sep 30, 2009
This could be a tricky one - so just go through the options methodically untill you effect a repair.
If it has an immobiliser fitted - try using another key. Sometims the chip in the key fails.
If you did anything prior to this problem - jetwashing, using a mobile phone near the steering column, serious work etc - try these areas first.
Check alternator function.
Check fuel level.
Look for leaks.
Check belts condition.
It is behaving like a major electrical fault. Check the BIG fuses in the engine bay fusebox. After this - check that the ignition switch is supplying a switched live feed when in the "on" position.
It could be a faulty switch contact. Possible if you have uprated lights somewhere.
Posted on Sep 30, 2009
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Aug 12, 2017 | Cadillac Cars & Trucks
Feb 05, 2014 | Cars & Trucks
Jan 09, 2014 | Cars & Trucks
Mar 09, 2013 | 2002 Ford Taurus
Jan 15, 2013 | Cars & Trucks
Aug 28, 2012 | Cars & Trucks
Aug 25, 2010 | Ford Focus Cars & Trucks
Jun 25, 2009 | 2000 Chrysler Concorde
247 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!
Step 2: Please assign your manual to a product: