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My 2008 Malibu Service ESC comes on when I am driving the car going down a hill and in the level it resets once I turn off the car. How can I resolve this issue?

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My 2008 Chevy Malibu is doing the same thing! I have 55,000 miles on it. Plus the "Service Traction" message appears also????? I was wondering if there has been any recalls on this?? A couple of days before this, I tried to set my cruise control and it would not come on, finally I got it engaged and then it just kicked back aggrevating! I bought a new car not to deal with these issues. At this point I would not recommend a Malibu to anyone!!

Sorry that this isn't a solution, just saying I am dealing with the same problem.

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Clean corroded connections with a cleaner such as contax or acid wheel cleaner, then rinse and dry thoroughly and coat the female end of the connection with dielectric grease before reassembly.

Best of luck. These are GREAT cars!!!

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