Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 52 problems related to brake disc caliper (under the service brakes category).
Backing out of my drive way the left front brake caliper locked up and would not release the rotor. Under warranty the dealer replaced the rotor, caliper, flexible hose and pads. The car would move forward but felt like the brakes were applied. After a short distance the rotor heated up and was smoking. This same thing occurred again on 9/24/2012. Mileage at that time was 37900. Dealer currently has the car and is trying to duplicate the problem.
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Letter from senator nelson on behalf of constituent regarding steering problems on her 2006 Chevrolet Malibu; please send response directly to senator office and reference constituent. The consumer stated the front brake calipers failed to retract causing the brakes to overheat and catch fire. The mechanic stated it may have been due to a factory flaw as he had never seen both calipers fail together. The brake caliper seals were melted from heat and they were cracked/dry rotted letting the caliper sleeve rust. A month prior, the consumer noticed the power steering seemed stiff and the vehicle became difficult to steer, the consumer did receive a recall notice regarding a potential problem with the steering. On December 20, 2011 the consumer experienced another steering failure, slow acceleration, and overheating of the brakes. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, where the mechanic believed there was probably contamination in the brake fluid, as it was milky. The mechanic recommended that all the rubber components in the brake and abs be replaced due to the contamination.
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The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While the vehicle was at an authorized dealership for routine maintenance, the contact was informed that the slides and calipers were rusted and bending. The brakes were repaired. The failure and current mileages were 15,972.
This car has had the calipers replaced 2 times now. The first is recorded here and the second occurred on Jan. 15, 2014. Both times the car lost fluid due to caliper leakage. Had difficulty stopping the car the second time around but was able to bring it to a stop without incident. I have a licensed mechanic telling me this is not normal wear and tear. The first incident paid for was $285 and the second was in excess $600. This is not part of a recall but am certain that this should not be occurring. Should this result in a determination of factory error, it would be good to get reimbursed for the heavy out of pocket expense.
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I purchased my 2000 chevy Malibu in March of 2001. In early 2003 I took my car in for repairs because I had lost steering ability. I was told the sub frame needed to be replaced so I had it done. A week later I had to bring the car back to the dealership for brake problems. I was then told the abs needed to be replaced so I had that done. Since then I have had to change my brakes numerous times. Just last year I had to replace the pads 3 times in a 9 month period because the pads had been worn all the way down. During that 9 month period I also had to replace the calipers and rotors once then a week later the rotors had to be resurface again. Now I am having to have my brake pads replaced again this weekend. So that makes a total of 4 brake pad changes in less than a years time.
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Front brake/rotor/caliper failure. I have had my rotors, front pads and calipers replaced numerous times rotors 6 times, calipers 6 times and front pads each time repair was done to the car due to faulty design, the calipers hang up and do not release all the way causing the inner pads to wear abnormally. Brake problems almost resulted in an accident.
I have had my 2002 chevy Malibu since it was purchased brand new from the dealership in 2002. After running fine for a few years, it began to develop recurring problems. The wheel bearings (both front) have been replaced twice, along with the calipers.
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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.
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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.
At 40,000 both front rotors had to be turned and calipers replaced. Calipers were sticking causing uneven wear. Brake pads had plenty of material and did not need to be replaced.
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Front and rear brakes have had to be changed prematurely. Rear brakes had to be replaced at 20k miles. Front brakes changed at 60k miles. Calipers sticking and causing noise and uneven wear on new brake pads. Gm dealership advises that this is not a defect.
I was having trouble with the brakes on my car. It is a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. I took the car to midas and had the front brakes replaced in April. I didn't drive the car for about 2 weeks after that. When I got back into town I drove as usual. In the middle of June when I would step hard on the brakes the brake light would come on and the warning bell would go off. I took the car back to midas to have it checked on June 23rd. The brake fluid was less than half full. The mechanic checked the brakes. When he lifted the car up you could see where the brake fluid was leaking. He said the caliper on the right brake had blown the seal. He replaced the caliper. He had to get it from California. He said the caliper shouldn't have blown because the car was only over a year old.
I purchased the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic from a nearby town dealership and was pleased until about 1 month later when I kept hearing a loud screeching sounds coming from the front end. Thinking it was the brakes going bad, I had a friend who worked on cars, check it out and he found the brake caliper had gone bad. The car had only 32,000 miles on it, and it was fairly new he couldn't understand why this new car would have a caliper going bad that fast. It was prior owned as a company program car. He replaced the brakes and caliper and now everything was fine.
Both front calipers and both rear calipers leaking. Problem covered under my fidelity extended warranty, but the new brakes that I had on there were ruined by brake fluid caused by the leak. Warranty does not cover brakes. I have 3 friends with the exact same vehicle and the exact same problems.
Front brake pads and rotors keep needing to be replaced. Car was purchased new in sept of 2003, need new pads/resurfaced rotors at 13,000 miles and again at 28,000 miles.
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Wheel bearings keep failing, resulting in me having to get new or resurfaced rotors, pads, calipers, bearings obviously, etc. This is the fourth time in a year and a half! I can't afford to drive an unsafe vehicle, but I can't afford to keep shelling out $500-600 every six months for the same problem, either. After doing some research on the internet, and talking to a few mechanics, I'm apparently not the only one with this problem. Also, my power steering hose has a habit of blowing off the line for no reason, resulting in me having to re-attach it. But I don't care about that, I want to know what's wrong with my brake system.
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Front loaded calipers are not working properly. Inboard pads are worn at 100 percent, and the outboard are worn at 50 percent. Tires were squeaking when brakes were applied, and then a constant squeek while driving. Continued driving makes it worse. Caller is concerned about not getting a warning light to tell her she has a problem. Caller was told a warning light will not come on for the brake pads being worn. If caliper is not fixed the pads will be worn at same rate. Tires plus told her this. Dealer told caller they never heard of calipers causing brake pad problems. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet.
Brake problems resulted in minor accident. 2 weeks following accident brake noise began. Inspection revealed that only the inside brake pads on each front wheel had failed, indicating faulty brake design. Numerous service bulletins are noted for brake related issues for this vehicle are posted on the NHTSA site. Gm refused to assist claiming normal wear.
Have had to change brake pads 4 times since purchasing vehicle, due to the fact that the calipers are bad, specifically the right front. Brakes make a creaking noise when stepping on them.
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While approaching a stop sign consumer applied the brakes and passenger side wheel locked up. Consumer was unable to unlock the wheel. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the main bolt sheared off. This caused the caliper to lock the wheel. Also, mechanic informed the consumer that the part was on back order.
In the past year I have replaced the front brake calipers 2 times and the pads a total of 6 times due to the calipers hanging up and not releaseing fully.
Multiple repairs on braking systems of 2001 chevy Malibus.
I experience constant brake grinding, and I had the rotors turned and the pads replaced twice over the past year. Recently, the calipers seized and the brakes did not work. The dealer claimed that theres nothing wrong -- two days after the pads, rotors, and calipers were replaced.
Right front tire on 2000 Chevrolet Malibu came apart on outer sidewall while driving at 60 mph. Initally no cause could be found. The tread and inner sidewall appeared to be ok. After installing the space saver spare and driving about 100 miles home at 50 mph the tire and rim were immediately inspected. The tire was so hot you could barely hold your hand on it. The rim was hot enough to burn fingers. The brake on that wheel was not completely releasing and was causing the extreme heat build-up. The outside on the tire appears to have gotten so hot that it literally fell apart. The brake pads on this vehicle had been replaced at about 38,00 miles and this side had worn more than the other, but no problems could be found to account for the abnormal wear. The brake on this wheel appears to work nornally most of the time and then periodically not release completely and cause the heat to build -up and the abnormal pad wear. There was no warning from the tire or vehicle that this was about to happen except for a slight humming noise from the front of vehicle a couple seconds before failure. I consider this an extreme safet hazzard because it occurs with no warning and then is usually blamed on the tire. Either it was defective or had improper pressure.
Problems with brake equipment on Chevrolet Malibu. The consumer has had to replace the vehicle's brakes, calipers and rotors many times. The vehicle's struts were also replaced. The consumer was made aware of other consumers with the same make/model that have experienced the same problem.
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|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
|Brake Light On problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Disc problems||
|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||
|Brake Foundation Components problems||
|Brake Disc Caliper problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||