Question about 2002 Chevrolet Malibu
I have a 2002 malibu LS, v6, automatic... when I try to start the car, the engine will turn over, but won't start. The spark plugs and coils are fine. Also, this may not be related, but the air conditioning cuts in and out.
What could the problem be?
If car won;t start, but turns over it may be the anti theft system. Follow the directions in the manual-turn the key on and leave it for ten minutes or until the anti theft light goes out. Turn the ignition OFF and then restart the engine. If you continue to have problems with the anti theft system, disconnect the battery for 4 or 5 minutes and then reconnect. It seems to reset the system. Found this out after a mech. had worked on the system, disconnected the battery and told me it would be 400 to 500 to replace the module. Said no thanks and drove off to never have the problem again (so far!) 10,000 mile since.
Posted on Nov 10, 2008
A year ago, I had this problem on my 2002 Malibu, I had a hard time starting it and It would stall while driving it on all kind of roads. The starter would crank and the car would not always start, sometimes only after turning the ignition key on and off many F****king times. I went to the Chevy dealer and they told me I had to change the ignition switch and tumble cost estimated $550. Before I let them play with me car, I decided to have a look at the switch myself. I took the switch apart and removed the white cover on the back of the switch. Inside, at the back of the switch, there were contact copper plates, guess what, they where full of carbon deposit on the contact points. I carefully took the plates out off the switch and cleaned them with grad 400 sand paper. I reassemble the switch and the car magically started fine.
I had no problem starting my Malibu 2002 since that, around a year ago. I made around 20 000 miles since I repaired it. End of story I saved $550 and a lot of problems. To take the switch apart, it is not an easy task, I am an aircraft mechanic And it took me around 1 1/2 hour. I know that there are some pictures on the WEB to help you remove the ignition switch but I can remember the Web Site, if you do a search Picture on Google you should find it.
Good luck and I hope this helped you and others.
Posted on Jul 31, 2009
I have the same problem with my 2002 Chevy Malibu LS. It only has 55,000 original miles and never had a problem with it until one days a couple of weeks ago went to go somewhere and it would not start. My neighbor told me that he had heard about the problem and the only fix without paying a ton of money is to put the key in the ignition turn it to the on position and the theft system light on the dash will blink continuously for 10 minutes. when the light goes out turn the key to the off position and remove the key totally for one minute then return the key and start ! Should of known when i looked at the front grill and seen the bow tie that i should have not bought it. I do not like Chevy and they need to stop making them !!!!
Posted on May 10, 2009
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Posted on Sep 25, 2008
I am having that problem. It did the same thing, and I replaced the motor with another one from an 02 malibu also. Maybe it is just the 2002 malibus I do beleive. I have no spark though, gas is fine. I will try the theft thing but I dont think it will work. If not, any other ideas?
Posted on Mar 02, 2010
Try reseting the anti theft system by leaving the ignition key in the on position (without statring) until the system light goes off (10 of 15 min). The turn the key of for a few seconds before trying to start.
Posted on Oct 11, 2008
Dont buy a malibu
Posted on Aug 20, 2008
It will probably start if you turn the key over and leave on for 15-20minutes. if this works there is a problem with your anti-theft
Posted on Aug 09, 2008
Ihave had the same problem in past & presently have it again. Have had fuel pump sensor replaced twice (Feb.05 & Oct. 05) & the fuel pump module assembly replaced once (Aug. 07) and now the dealer says the fuel pump module assembly needs to be replaced again to the tune of $800.oo+. Car has 7,300 miles on it, is garage kept & all maintenance is done on schedule. Maybe this repair wil work for you, even though it hasn't for me.
Posted on Oct 13, 2008
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