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Brake Light problems of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

40 problems related to brake light have been reported for the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu.

car   Brake Light problem 1
Failure Date: 08/10/2017

The brake lights do not always come on when the brake pedal is pressed. Other times the brake lights, including the center brake light is on without the pedal being pressed. Note this occurs both when stationary and moving.

car   Brake Light problem 2
Failure Date: 07/10/2017

The brake lights on my Malibu are not working. The brake lights illuminate without the brake pedal applied and turn off when the pedal is applied. Also, my electronic stability control and cruise control do not work. I have had this fixed four times already, two which I paid for out of pocket, and then two from a subsequent recall. I brought my car in today to get it repaired for this problem the fifth time. Is there something systemically wrong beyond what the recall addresses?.

car   Brake Light problem 3
Failure Date: 03/15/2017

Loud winding noise while driving. Service traction/esc off light illuminates while car is on. Accelerates very slowly and brake lights come on randomly.

car   Brake Light problem 4
Failure Date: 12/28/2016

The high mount brake light does not always illuminate when the brake pedal is engaged. On a 1 hour commute, the brake light can start working, stop working, and then start working again. The vehicle appears to have the same problem described in NHTSA campaign 14v-252 but as not included in gm recall 13036 even though the recall included other 2009 chevy Malibus. I tried calling the number for gm listed in the NHTSA campaign but was told that my vehicle was not part of the recall and there was nothing they could do until I took it to a dealership to have a diagnostic performed.

car   Brake Light problem 5
Failure Date: 07/09/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While operating the vehicle, the traction control, brake, and esc sensor lights illuminated. Also, the brake lights would illuminate even though the brake pedal was not depressed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (electrical system, service brakes). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 179,000.

car   Brake Light problem 6
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact was alerted by another motorist that the brake light was constantly illuminated, as if she were applying the brakes. The brake light dimmed when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired per a manufacturer recall in April of 2015 for the same failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

car   Brake Light problem 7
Failure Date: 05/14/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While depressing the brake pedal, the brake lights failed to operate. When the brake pedal was released, the brake light illuminated. In addition, the dis active stability control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

car   Brake Light problem 8
Failure Date: 02/12/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact took the vehicle to be serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (service brakes). The contact was informed that the high mount brake light failed without warning. It was diagnosed that the high mount brake wiring and the light needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000.

car   Brake Light problem 9
Failure Date: 12/21/2015

While driving my car the traction control light flashes and the service esc light flashes in the dash of my car. My brake light remain on at all time, when I mash the brakes no brake light comes on. The brake light is doing the opposite of what it is supposed to be doing. This occured months after I had recall work done (at a certified gm dealer) under gm recall number 13036 and NHTSA campaign number 14v252000.

car   Brake Light problem 10
Failure Date: 12/04/2015

High mounted brake light randomly works, similar to previous recall. Chevy dealer tries to tell me light is "fried" when it actually works, intermittently. Gm has yet to contact me on whether they will cover the cost.


 
car   Brake Light problem 11
Failure Date: 10/20/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at any speed the vehicle brake light would illuminate when not pressing the brake panel. The instrument panel lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that electronic stability control module. The vehicle was not included in a NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,997. Aw.

car   Brake Light problem 12
Failure Date: 10/07/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the third brake light randomly illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was serviced under NHTSA campaign number:14v252000 (electrical system , electronic stability control , exterior lighting , service brakes, hydraulic , vehicle speed control) but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the third brake light wiring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. Ss.

car   Brake Light problem 13
Failure Date: 07/05/2015

There was a recall for the wiring harness related to these problems. . Rk Chevrolet in vineland,NJ repaired it supposedly. Days after the warranty on socalled repair the problem persisted yet again and I returned to dealership they said there was no problem with it. . . Gave me codes for something else which did not relate to what is wrong. . . I'm getting nowhere with this and it is not safe to drive this vehicle which is needed for family transportation and work. Esc light stays on,traction control stays on,brake lights come on while driving but not when braking.

car   Brake Light problem 14
Failure Date: 05/29/2015

The chmsl - center high mount stop light (3rd led brake light) works for a short period until it overheats or not at all failing to illuminate. It is not an wiring issue but the led unit itself. Note - this issue is not associated to the bcm (body control module) gm is addressing. I have notice this is an issue not only with my individual car but several others I have seen on the road of same make/module-generation and corresponding model/year plus also mentioned in forums. I feel this is an very important safety feature that should not fail given it is an led lighting system to assist in preventing rear end collisions. Once the warranty period expires, gm will not cover and is up to the individual to cover costs to replace/repair and is required to work for some states safety inspections. Led lighting units like this should not fail, should be addressed by the car manufacturer for repair/replace costs and not passed on to the consumer. Pictures can be provided if requested.

car   Brake Light problem 15
Failure Date: 02/01/2015

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While the cruise control was activated, it randomly deactivated. Also, when the brake pedal was depressed, the center brake light would not illuminate and the rear brake lights illuminated very dimly. The contact also indicated that the transmission was replaced due to failures that prevented the vehicle from accelerating normally. No further information was available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

car   Brake Light problem 16
Failure Date: 08/15/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the rear brake lights illuminated intermittently without warning. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (electrical system , electronic stability control , exterior lighting , service brakes, hydraulic , vehicle speed control) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mention the brake lights remained illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. Ak.

car   Brake Light problem 17
Failure Date: 07/05/2014

I was driving down the freeway between 70 & 75 mph. I heard brakes screeching behind me. I then realized that my cruz had also went off. I knew that my brake lights had come on for no reason again as they had in the past. I was sure cars were going to start rear ending each other because they thought I had slammed on my brakes. When this is occurring with my vehicle the brake lights are off when I'm stopped at a light or a stop sign and the brake lights come on when I take my foot off the brakes. The car will jerk like it is trying to stall. The rpm's will surge to 4000 while at the same time the car is slowing down. The cruz will not engage when the brake lights are on. These problems only occurs when the brake lights will not go off.

car   Brake Light problem 18
Failure Date: 05/19/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. After the dealer repaired the vehicle per NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (service brakes, hydraulic, electrical system, exterior lighting, vehicle speed control, electronic stability control), the contact experienced a failure. The contact notified the dealer several times that the brake lights remained illuminated when the brake pedal was not depressed. When the brake pedal was depressed, the exterior brake lights failed to illuminate. The dealer (cox Chevrolet, 2900 cortez rd w, bradenton, FL 34207, (941) 749-2699) was unable to replicate the failure and stated that further diagnostic testing was required. The contact felt as if the recall repair provided no solution. The manufacturer was notified and provided no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

car   Brake Light problem 19
Failure Date: 03/28/2014

The rear brake lights come on without depressing brake. When brake peddle pressed, brake lights do not illuminate.

car   Brake Light problem 20
Failure Date: 12/16/2013

The brake lights will come on randomly. This also causes the cruise control to kick off. The lights will stay on for varying lengths.

car   Brake Light problem 21
Failure Date: 12/01/2013

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brake lights illuminated while driving at various speeds and would dim when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer located a failure code at the brake pedal position sensor. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 53,694.

car   Brake Light problem 22
Failure Date: 09/07/2013

Brake lights malfunction. Thank god, I was driving behind my wife and her Malibu's brake lights were not on when she braked. And then turned on when she didnt have her foot on the brake pedal. Took to dealership, and he said hes been seeing that alot lately. Please recall before someone has major accident! thank you.

car   Brake Light problem 23
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

The cruise control was malfunctioning and after researching the problem I discovered that the brake lights could also be affected. When applying the brake the light in the rear window would actually go completely off. The repair is described in TSB 08-05-22-009c and was completed. The problem appears to be fixed. However it appears there was a previous recall for this type of problem with earlier general motors models and the problem is still recurring. Chevrolet has not send any kind of notice to owners about this potentially dangerous situation. The computer code c0131 is activated when this occurs.

car   Brake Light problem 24
Failure Date: 09/01/2013

The vehicle rear brake lights are coming on while driving without me pressing the brake pedal. When the brake pedal is applied the brake lights temporary goes off before coming back on.

car   Brake Light problem 25
Failure Date: 09/01/2013

Brake lights come on intermittently while driving. There is no indicator when or how this is happening. It has affected the cruise control option as well as the traction control on the vehicle. This is a safety concern for all motorists - unsure when a care is actually stopping and or accelerating.