Won't Start - possible starter motor problem -1999 Chevy Malibu

5

Asked by Nov 06, 2015 at 09:34 AM about the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car has been having electrical problems for a while and I've had poor
connections to the battery. Sometimes I would have to move the battery
around or screw the connectors on tighter to get it to start. Last time !
drove it (two days ago) it had a hard time starting and the lights flickered a
bit before it started. Door locks struggle to a bit and lights are dimmer.
Battery had just been replaced a year ago. I removed the old battery
connections and replaced them with better solid ones. Still car tries turning
over and clicks once and turns but lights and electric sounds the car makes
are dimmer and softer. Did a little research and found that it may be the
starter but wanted to check here if anyone has other suggestions. Did try
jumping the car as well which didnt do anything. Able to turn on headlights
and use all electric equipment but it is all dimmer and a little slower.

3 Answers

295

Sounds like your alternator. The first culprit is a dead battery for sure. If you've jumped your battery 3 or more times you need to buy a new battery. Do you smell any plastic smell when your car turns over? If so, that's your alternator. Make sure to look at your wiring harness you could have a crossed wire.....I know your battery is only 1 year old. Use a family or friend's battery and see if your car starts up with that battery first. Go from there.

295

Also, check to see if you have a parasitic culprit somewhere. A dome light, radio, courtesy light, anything that draws power from the battery can be overlooked easily. That drains your battery pretty quickly and this is very common.....

295

Even a one year old battery the cells go bad if you've jumped your car 3 or more times. It's not advisable. Also if you use a battery charger. There's literature about this all over Google..... Good luck

1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Malibu

Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 50,018 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $2,111.

ZIP:

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

  • #1
    T_S_T
    Reputation
    2,350
  • #2
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    2,250
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,720
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
390 Great Deals out of 25,636 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Accord
447 Great Deals out of 102,248 listings starting at $800
Used Toyota Camry
779 Great Deals out of 71,026 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Altima
708 Great Deals out of 69,581 listings starting at $950
Used Hyundai Sonata
360 Great Deals out of 49,627 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Civic
342 Great Deals out of 52,546 listings starting at $1,200
Used Nissan Maxima
213 Great Deals out of 17,132 listings starting at $1,900
Used Chevrolet Camaro
238 Great Deals out of 28,790 listings starting at $1,800
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,783 Great Deals out of 149,328 listings starting at $444

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 23,146 listings starting at $12,999
2017 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
79 Great Deals out of 6,471 listings starting at $11,991
2016 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
78 Great Deals out of 6,017 listings starting at $8,990
2015 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
78 Great Deals out of 4,435 listings starting at $7,995
2014 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 1,664 listings starting at $6,361

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.