2004 chevrolet malibu (new style)

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
HELP

8 Answers

10

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?

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.

10

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.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

All 4 cyl vehicles have timing belts.

10

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.

My 04 chevrolet malibu won't crank up but will turn over. Changed the fuel pump last year, alternator last year, starter is fine, and battery is good. Was told it was the timing belt? I am going to pay to get it diagnosed by the dealer where i brought it from. What signs show that a timing belt has went out? When it was being driven, the car cut off and the battery light came on. Went and got it charged and car still wont start but will turn over. HELP

10

Make sure you chang your oil to the car or add new oils because that could be one of the problem and the other problem could be the theft system. Should really look into fixing it ASAP.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

It was the timing belt. It broke the head in the motor as well. I took it to the dealership and the diagnostic confirmed it

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Malibu

Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 79,655 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Malibu Questions

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 2,010
#2 T_S_T
T_S_T
Reputation 1,870
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,340
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
521 Great Deals out of 31,726 listings starting at $1,450
Used Honda Accord
813 Great Deals out of 84,286 listings starting at $1,050
Used Nissan Altima
1,034 Great Deals out of 81,564 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Camry
1,006 Great Deals out of 90,918 listings starting at $650
Used Hyundai Sonata
778 Great Deals out of 51,054 listings starting at $1,400
Used Kia Optima
461 Great Deals out of 30,006 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Maxima
305 Great Deals out of 25,213 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Civic
656 Great Deals out of 88,604 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Equinox
1,113 Great Deals out of 71,554 listings starting at $1,800
Used Chrysler 300
412 Great Deals out of 19,932 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Chevrolet Malibu LT For Sale
102 Great Deals out of 28,888 listings starting at $15,603
2016 Chevrolet Malibu LT For Sale
70 Great Deals out of 2,705 listings starting at $12,800
2015 Chevrolet Malibu LT For Sale
83 Great Deals out of 2,736 listings starting at $10,490
2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT For Sale
55 Great Deals out of 2,141 listings starting at $9,350
2013 Chevrolet Malibu LT For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 693 listings starting at $7,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.