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shift gear is locked cannot shift out of park gear

1998 chevrolet malibu. cannot move car because shift gear will not move from park gear. have had problem on and off. once it engages it is all right. this last time I have not been able to shift out of park gear.

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The lever inside the transmission that engages and disengages the "park pal" has most likely come loose or broken altogether. If you are mechanicly inclined and want to verify this you can pull the pan off the trans and look at the park pal and conecting rod to see if it is broken.
Also there is a chance that the stering columb rod that is part of the key switch has broken off and wedged into the shift lever.

Ps. please dont forget to rate the solution. Thanks.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

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what is a 5 Volt Reference Circuit ?

what is a 5 Volt Reference Circuit ? this is a problem on my chevy malibu a 1998

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a reference circuit is a reduced voltage(less than 12) that is current controled
without it your car may suddenly accelerate smply by you turning
your heater or Ac on (the battery voltage changes )
it's used on many cars for the sensors like the throttle posisition
or Map
if the fault code says you lost it
you got a shorted wire or sensor somewhere on the engine

consult your vehicles engine wire diagram to see what sensors run on 5 volt ref
then start lookin and unhookin
(chiltons avail in most public librarys has a good wire diagram)

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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what does the plus/minus button on the chevy malibu shifter do?

I just baught a 2005 chevy malibu maxx on friday and was wondering if anyone new what the plus/minus button on the gear shift was for and its function?

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Hi there,
I suppose its a sports mode function where the + enables you to upshift and the - to downshift.
Try using this mode when you are driving as you might like it if you used to drive manual cars before...
Cheers

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

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Chevy Malibu Check Battery Light

You stated that you found the problem on your own.  What was it?  I am having the same problem.  New battery, alternator checks good but check battery light remains on and battery drains after a short period of driving.  Also, the A/C light blinks on and off.  Any help would be appreciated.

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the problem with my malibu was the plug going to the alternator. i went to the junk yard and cut a plug end off the wiring harness and replaced it on mine and it's been working fine. i don't know why it drains the battery with the broken wire in the plug, but it did. i found the problem by wiggleing the wire while my wife watched the dash for the battery light to go out. ken!

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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i get a po440 and a po440 pd code

i have a 2000 malibu. i get a po440 and a po440 pd code when i hook up the obd code reader. ??? and it surges when holding gas pedal steady.

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evap emission control system malfunction, po440

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

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while driving engine just shuts off

engine shuts off while under power i coast to stop put in park it starts right up. sometimes it does it a lot sometimes it goes for weeks

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i had this same prob also it did it when turning on the A/C i changed the control moudel under the coil packs and bow like new no more shuting off !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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water pump and thermostat needs replacing on my 98 malibu, $1000?

The mechanic has giving me a $1004 estimate to replace my leaking water pump, thermostat, and timing chain. Is this reasonable?  Could I replace the water pump and timing chain myself?  From my research the parts are no more than $125 total. So, $875 in labour? Really?  

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water pump is no big deal ,thermostat that a bigger job there not mush room to work but why the timming chain were i work the owner got a taxi fleet all maliby from 200 to 2003 i never say in my mechanical career or needed to change a timing chain on a malibe those years some of malibu has close to 600,000km change a lot of intake gasket but timing chain never please tell why the shop whant to change the timing chain do you now the shop good thanks pierre

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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I know where the fuse box is but which fuse is for

I know where the fuse box is but which fuse is for the fuel gauge? The diagram does not indicate it.

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FUEL GAUGE FUSE IS THE INSTRUMENT PANEL CONTROL FUSE WHICH WOULD BE IPC BFC AND ACC FUSE.YOUR PROBLEM IN THE FUEL TANK.YOUR FUEL LEVEL SENDING UNIT NOT WORKING. PROBLEM NOT FUSE BECAUSE YOUR FUEL GAUGE IS WITH THE WHOLE CLUSTER CIRCUIT.IF FUSE BLOWED NONE OF THE GAUGES WOULD WORK.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010

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Where does the flasher go on a 98 chevy malibu

The signals on my 98 chevy malibu dont work, I need to replace the flasher.Where is the flasher located on the 98 chevy malibu?

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Replacement The turn and hazard flashers are integrated into one flasher on these models. The flasher is located in the hazard warning switch and the hazard warning switch is located on the trim plate. Replace the flasher by unplugging the old one, removing it from the panel, and plugging in the new one.

  1. Remove the bezel from the ignition switch.
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Remove the bezel from the ignition switch

Carefully remove the instrument panel accessory trim plate.

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To remove the trim plate, use a suitable prytool to carefully apply pressure at the retaining clip points . . .

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. . . then gently pull the accessory trim plate away

Detach the electrical connector from the hazard warning switch.

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Unplug the electrical connector from the hazard warning switch . . .

Unfasten the screw securing the hazard warning switch and remove the switch.

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. . . then unfasten the screw securing the hazard warning switch and remove the switch from the vehicle


Installation is the reverse of removal.

Posted on Dec 01, 2009

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2003 chevy malibu abs light

2003 chevy malibu abs light keeps coming on after be service by dealer. all new brake pads all new sensors drive the car no light, car sets over night start it up and the abs light comes on and stays on but everything works fine in the braking system light will go our and not come back on for a couple of days

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Hi.

If the ABS light comes on, then there is definitively a problem that must be corrected. The ABS light turns on for a number of reasons. If the problem started after replacing brake pads and sensors it is usually because of sensor wiring. When abs light is on it means that diagnostic trouble codes are stored in the car computer modules (in both ECM that is the main computer, and also in ABS control module).
If you have done the brake service recently, get back to the garage that did the job and ask them doing a code scanning. Possibly go there while the ABS light is on. The codes will reset after turning on the ignition a number of times if the problem is not there anymore. Wiring problems often manifest themselves only occasionally in consequence of vibration. That is likely your case.

Note: when you go to the dealer for the code scanning mention that the problem started after the repair or you will be charged the standard fee for code scanning (usually half hour labor). Mention that the ABS module may need scanning for codes and go there when ABS light is on. They will use a Tech 2 scanner to pull out ABS codes. A regular OBDII scanner will only retrieve codes from main computer.

Regards.

Ginko

Posted on Sep 07, 2011

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