Coolant Overflow

Asked by Mar 03, 2016 at 12:14 AM about the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The car does fine while driving but when I stop the
coolant is filling the plastic jug and overflowing out
onto the ground. The car does start to overheat
when in stop and go or waiting in line at say a drive
thru. I changed the plastic cap on the fluid
seems loose again. Could it be the cap or should
start looking for a bigger problem?

3 Answers


Check the cooling fan operation, it sounds like they are not turning on.


look for gasses entering the cooling system , intake gasket or head gaskets

Start with the thermostat. It might not be working properly, if not make sure the fans are working properly.3) your radiator might have a bunch of gunk . Radiator flush.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 48,316 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $1,800.


Chevrolet Malibu Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
375 Great Deals out of 27,000 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Accord
529 Great Deals out of 93,656 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Camry
787 Great Deals out of 71,592 listings starting at $175
Used Nissan Altima
748 Great Deals out of 67,282 listings starting at $750
Used Hyundai Sonata
397 Great Deals out of 50,392 listings starting at $990
Used Kia Optima
371 Great Deals out of 28,940 listings starting at $1,950
Used Nissan Maxima
235 Great Deals out of 17,856 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda Civic
341 Great Deals out of 52,141 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chevrolet Camaro
243 Great Deals out of 29,880 listings starting at $4,980
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,183 Great Deals out of 150,273 listings starting at $1,499

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 20,553 listings starting at $13,482
2017 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
169 Great Deals out of 7,323 listings starting at $10,999
2016 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
118 Great Deals out of 6,083 listings starting at $7,900
2015 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
123 Great Deals out of 4,499 listings starting at $7,995
2014 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
52 Great Deals out of 1,709 listings starting at $5,999

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.