2002 Chevy Malibu shuts off while driving

Asked by Sep 08, 2017 at 01:39 AM about the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu LS FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I've been having an issue with my Malibu while
driving or even parked it just shuts off ... Upon
shutting off my check engine light , oil light , and
battery light show up on the dash , after it shuts off
if you try starting it , it turns over it just never
actually starts the turn over sounds great no lag or
sputtering ... and if you give it about 30 mins or so
she'll turn back on only to shut off again .

PS.  I've have my Alternator and ignition switch
replaced (March) starter replaced (June ) fuel
pump and fuel filter (July) battery replaced
(August)  and recently have gotten new breaks
calipers and roters and an oil change (yesterday)
All parts are brand new not used either

Anyone else have this issue ?
Or Have any idea what it could be ?

Also I'm fully aware of the anti lock system in these
shitty cars and I know how to disengage / reset it
and Its not that.  

9 Answers


How old is the battery?

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I have a 08 chevy malibu hybrid. I am dealing with the same issue. I have put a lot money to fix it but the damn car still has the problem. Did you fix it?

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I have spent a lot of time researching this problem. I refuse to throw parts at it. I've had a weak battery for years and discovered a faulty battery can effect a cars performance. I just put in a brand new battery and I'm studying the cars performance which has seemed to improve, but too early to tell if the intermittent stalling has improved. Having said that, I'm zeroing in on the Idle Control Valve which when faulty is notorious in causing engine stalling.


Kammie We're you able to get yours figured out? Mine acts very similarly sometimes and just dies after it starts initially. After that it takes a lot of cranking to get it to turn back over (never 30 min though). We recently replaced the battery when this happen last month in that cold snap and I killed the battery.  But that's the only time it's just refused to start back up.  It always cranks fine, and sounds close so I keep on it till it catches (no longer than 5-8 secs each time) I've been able to somewhat negate this by keeping my foot on the gas after I get it started initially (a whole nother issue in itself sometimes though), but sometimes I forget or I'm talking to people in the car and don't get in time with my foot. Most of the time my issue is it takes 5 or 6 long cranks to get this POS to start. At least no one ever asks for rides anymore haha Hope you were able to get it fixed. Let me know either way Syd

Did you ever get it fixed? Having same issues


Change your battery cables. Fixed mine with same issue.

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The issues with the Malibu quirks became an issue that I could not deal with anymore. I like chev so I upgraded to the Impala. A good choice I feel.


Im having same problem cranks fuel pump runs would it be a crankshaft sensor?

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I had the same issue. Turned out to be a bad alternator & faulty ground wire for the battery.

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