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2001 Chevrolet Malibu...wont start?

So my girlfriend drove her car home from a friends this morning. Everything was fine other than a strange noise coming from the passenger side brake/wheel area. I jacked up the car and went to start it so I could put it in gear to listen with the wheel off. It would not start. I put the wheel back on and lowered the car. Still wouldn't start. I'm a little baffled. The car started fine this morning when I moved it. Sometimes when starting the car is spits and sputters and dies. Turn the key again and it starts right up. I checked the schrader valve on the fuel rail and fuel came out but it was frothy and bubbly looking. The plugs are more white on the tips like its running lean. Sound like a weak fuel pump? Thanks for any help.

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  • kadams24 Apr 01, 2009

    I have had the same problem with my 01 Malibu. The theft light will come on when I turn the key on and the car will not start. The motor turns over but does not crank. I was also told to turn the key to the on position for about 10 minutes then turn key off. Then try to crank it, it worked. But I have found no way to resolve the problem all together. I was told to by the Chevrolet dealership, it most often is the ignition switch or ignition lock cylinder. Both these parts run between $150-200 EACH. That's a lot to spend with no guarantees it will solve the problem.


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I have a problem with my car where the build in theft system kicks on and I have to leave teh car in the on position for about 10 minutes turn it to the off position and then start it. You will see the theft light blinking and wait til it stops and disappears before trying to start it again.

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