2004 chevrolet malibu (new style)

Jaye Latreace

Asked by Feb 14, 2016 at 08:56 PM about the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

As I was driving on the highway my car suddenly
cut off. The lights on the dash board began
blinking really fast,  the steering wheel locked&
ALL electric elements shut down including the
head&tail lights. I tried boosting it repeatedly,
nothing happened. Currently the only working light
is the blinking auto theft light. The car won't turn
over AT ALL, its completely shut down. PLEASE

5 Answers


Sounds like your timing belt just broke. Is it a 4 cyl? How many miles does it have? When was the timing belt last replaced, and did the water pump get replaced at the same time?

Jaye Latreace

Yes, it's a 4 cyl it has 245, 000 miles (allot, ik. I commute 110 miles to& from work each day). I haven't had the timing belt replaced myself so I'm not exactly sure when it was last fixed &I also have never checked the water pump.


I'm positive it was the timing belt then. Just an FYI, it's suggested that you change them every 70,000 miles as maintenance. Since the water pump going out can break your belt early, it's suggested you change them both out at the same time. It's about $500 maintenance, but the timing belt is inside the engine, so when it goes your engine seizes and it can destroy your Pistons. You'll need an entire rebuild or new motor to make it run again. It's a lot more costly than the maintenance.

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All 4 cyl vehicles have timing belts.

Stuart Metcalf

Malibu's have an issue with the anti-theft system shutting everything down. The fact that light is blinking makes me think that's the problem instead. There are reset instructions online for how to reset the key. I'd try that and see if it'll start before I started planning the timing belt or a new engine.

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