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1997 chevy malibu engine light just came on, what does it mean?

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  • maaaartin May 11, 2010

    you may have to be more specific refer to your manual as to what the light denotes. a light on the dash could mean several things from oil pressure to battery not being charged. Warning: it is not recommended to continue driving your vehice with a warning light on. it may mean that you may break down and end up in an accident or having an expesive tow charge. recommend going to a proffesional machanic or dealership, it may only cost you a quart of oil to put right.



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Don't know what part of the country you're in, but Autozone, Checker, Advance Autoparts and perhaps others often will scan computer codes for free. Dealers will charge about $100 for a diagnostic fee to scan codes. You might end up paying that when you get the car fixed anyway, but going to a car parts store for a free scan might let you know if the problem is serious or not.

Sometimes something as simple as the gas cap not being tight enough will cause the "check engine light" to come on.

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The Engine Check light signifies your vehicle's onboard computer has identified an abnormality in the engine/emission systems.

If the light goes out, then the computer has recorded the fault but it was not significant to remain lit.

If however, the Engine Check light is now permanently lit....this means the computer has identified an issue that needs resolving.

If the latter applies, then you should have your computer scanned for codes at your local Chev dealership. The computer will identify the offending component/s within minutes.


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SOURCE: I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu. The check engine

P0442 Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected (small leak). How to fix I'm not sure, but I know the code sir!


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SOURCE: I have engine light on and I got the check engine

A code P0121 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

  • TPS has intermittent open or short internally
  • Harness is rubbing and causing an open or short in the wiring
  • Bad connection at the TPS
  • Bad PCM (less likely)
  • Water or corrosion in connector or sensor
(TPS = throttle position sensor - mounted on side of throttle body and connected to accelerator linkage.)
Causes A code P0171 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
  • The MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor is dirty or faulty. Note: The use of "oiled" air filters may cause the MAF to become dirty if the filter is over-oiled. There is also an issue with some vehicles where the MAF sensors leak the silicone potting material used to protect the circuitry.
  • There could be a vacuum leak downstream of the MAF sensor.
Possible Solutions Possible solutions include:
  • In the vast majority of cases, simply cleaning the MAF sensor does the trick. Consult your service manual for it's location if you need help. I find it's best to take it off and spray it with electronics cleaner or brake cleaner. Make sure you are careful not to damage the MAF sensor, and make sure it's dry before reinstalling
  • Inspect all vacuum and PCV hoses, replace if necessary
  • Check for a dirty fuel filter and proper fuel pressure
Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: The 1997 Chevy Malibu does not have a dipstick for the transmissi

with just a fluid and filter change it is 7.4 qts. heres how to check it!! jack up car get it as level as possible, start car and let run, get under car when running and take out the plug just in back of tranny pan. if car is not running you will lose fluid, so make sure its running. before removing plug, go thru all gears and end back in park, if fluid just seeps out you are ok!! if it pours out it is to pan to catch fluid,to add the red cap on top of tranny under hood on drivers side about 2 feet down, it is under exhaust on v6. use a tranny funnel to reach hole to fill.

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