Brake Disc Caliper problems of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

Ten problems related to brake disc caliper have been reported for the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu based on all problems reported for the 2001 Malibu.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 1
Failure Date: 07/11/2012

On Wednesday, July 11 our daughter was driving our 2001 Malibu on I-75 at 70 mph in the rain. The left front brake seized and she went into a 180 degree spin, hit the guard rail and rested facing oncoming traffic. About one year ago the identical thing happened on I-275, also in the rain. The only difference was that she spun to the right after the brake seized. We took the car to a mechanic one year ago and he said the problem was the heat shrink connector on one of the power wires going to the caliper. He was certain he had repaired the problem. We have not been able to have someone look at the brakes since the accident 2 days ago, but the car acted the same way. We want to be sure someone does not get killed from similar problems. It was a miracle that our daughter only received a serious fright both times.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 2
Failure Date: 07/07/2007

In the past 3 years we have had two sets of front calipers locke don the 2001 chevy Malibu. Both of these have caused replacements of both the calipers and the brake pads and rotors.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 3
Failure Date: 05/15/2007

Brakes have been replaced 4 times in last year. There have been continual failures with the rotors and calipers. When braking it appeared that the abs system that was designed to eliminate braking lock ups was engaging when it was not supposed to. Brakes were wearing at an extremely high rate , which was warping the rotors which have been installed brand new. Pulsating noise was common along with scraping and spongy brake pedal. In researching it appeared that the Malibu had an extensive history of brake failures in a short time. Several close calls due to brake failure. These cars need to be recalled and fixed before any further injuries or death occur.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 4
Failure Date: 11/16/2003

Multiple repairs on braking systems of 2001 chevy Malibus.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 5
Failure Date: 04/25/2003

Problems with 2001 Chevrolet Malibu's brake equipment. The brakes were not covered under warranty but were replaced twice by the dealership, once at 13500k miles along with resurfacing of the rotors and the replacing the r/f caliper, and again at 7855k miles later. The last incident occurred when the consumer exited the expressway when a loud metal to metal sound was heard. The brakes were down to the floor and in order to stop, the consumer had to continually pump the brake pedal.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 6
Failure Date: 04/03/2003

The brake caliper was designed, the caliper piston over heated, which caused the piston to expand.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 7
Failure Date: 03/15/2003

The front brake calipers on this vehicle flex when the brakes are applied. This has resulted in uneven and premature wear of the brake pads. The pads were replaced twice, once at 17,000 miles and once at 30,000. The rotors were remachined at 17,000 miles, replaced at 30,000 miles and resurfaced at 33,000. The flexing of the caliper causes misalignmet of the guide pins, causing the caliper to hang up. As a result only the inner brake pad is stopping the car. There is virtually no wear on the outer pad. The inner pads show signs of overheating, which can cause the rotors to warp (pulsating), and brake fade in a panic stop. The constant flexing could also comprimise the intgerity of the aluminum calipers over time. Gm claims this is normal. I have checked the nhtsb web site and found 28% of the complaints filed for this vehicle were brake related and almost all could be attributed to this condition.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 8
Failure Date: 02/09/2003

We had bought a 2001 chevy Malibu in Nov 2002 . And it is now April of 2004 . We have had the car 16 months and we have went through 5 whole brake jobs . We had recently had our brakes done in Feb of 2004 with 65,000 miles and it cost us $557. 00 and we had replaced the pads,shoes ,rotors and calipers . By the time we had 5,000 miles on the brakes they were gone so we had to do the whole process over again . Another $600. 00 brake job . We have had to replace the hubs twice and I feel we have bought a lemon and the dealer dose not want to talk to me . I feel that there are some major problem that need to be fixed dealing with the brakes and the front end on these cars . I feel the safety of my children riding in this car . I would like to know if there is anything that can be done . I would like the problem fixed or a replacement car . We can not put anymore time/$$$in this car when the brakes go every two months or 5,000 miles . Please help.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 9

Problems with brakes on 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Brakes were replaced twice along with resurfacing the rotors and replacing the right front caliper. The consumer stated there was a metal-to-metal sound and the brakes went to the floor when applied. In addition, consumer stated the brakes should not have to be replaced (7855 miles) after the initial replacement.

car   Brake Disc Caliper problem 10

The calipers on the vehicle flexed, the casting bended when the brakes were applied which caused misalignment of the guide pins.

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