Our Chevy Malibu has been checked by 3 different mechanics and nothing is wrong, yet our car continues to not turn on. What's wrong?

Asked by Dec 22, 2013 at 09:20 AM about the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT2

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It started off on first cold front and
continued to be difficult to turn on
only when it was cold outside. But
then it got warmer and at first it
turned on fine then again it was
difficult. Since this first started to now
has been. San of one month. And
during that time on different
occasions we have had taken the car
to 3 different mechanics all saying
that nothing is wrong. Even so it won't
turn on unless we give it gas and that
doesn't work 100% all the time.
Despite having a good battery we
bought a new one. But nothing
changed. We cleaned spark blugs
then later changed them and still
nothing. Recently however we got a
check ingine light and found out it
was oxygen sensor. We asked one of
mechanics if this was cause of it not
starting and he said no and on top of
that we don't have to repair or change
oxygen sensor out. Next part we are
currently looking at is the fuel pump.
That's a $400 we don't have. But we
are lost and not sure what to do. I
have school and my fiance works we
need this car. Please, guide us... Is it
the fuel pump? Everything we tried
has not worked....

8 Answers

Could there also be a short somewhere in the vehicle? if so any ideas as to where it could be?

114,175

It turns over but does not start or does not turn over at all? A stuck open egr valve will cause a turnover but no start issue. A dirty Maf sensor will cause this too. Might want to try cleaning both. There are several different things that will cause this.

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Yes it does turn over, you can hear the pistons go up and down. We will try cleaning them both then and see what happens..

114,175

Could also be a faulty intake air temperature sensor. This will cause a turn over no start issue on cold mornings too.

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70,255

This vehicle may still be covered by new car (3yr./36,000 mile) warranty. If so the next time it won't start call the Chevy Dealer and let them tow it in and fix it. It will cost you nothing. HTH. -Jim

Will this still take into effect if car was bought pre own? We have cleaned out the mac sensor aswell as the egr valve... We will see if it starts tomorrow morning

I would like to provide some thoughts, but I would like to know first, What year is your Malibu and how many Miles are on it? Daniel

70,255

Double check the warranty booklet or call Chevrolet Customer Service at 1-800-222-1020. They go by original in service date and mileage. As far as I know the warranty transfers automatically to subsequent owners during the warranty period. You'll need to give them your vehicle identification number and current mileage. HTH. -Jim

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