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Brake Disc Caliper Problems of Chevrolet Malibu



Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 52 problems related to brake disc caliper (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 12/16/2011

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 10/04/2010

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 05/12/2010

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 08/24/2009

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 08/14/2009

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 01/06/2009

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 02/01/2008

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 8
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.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 9
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 image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 10/04/2006

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 08/01/2006

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 06/23/2006

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 06/15/2006

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 03/05/2006

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 08/15/2005

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 08/09/2005

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 05/23/2005

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 02/24/2005

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 06/15/2004

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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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 04/19/2004

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 11/16/2003

Multiple repairs on braking systems of 2001 chevy Malibus.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 10/03/2003

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 07/29/2003

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 07/16/2003

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 26
Failure Date: 07/01/2003

Brake pulsation continues after several sets of rotors and pads. Also have replaced calipers, master cylinder and hoses. Rear brakes not functional.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 27
Failure Date: 06/26/2003

Inside disc pads wore out at 21000 miles. Had pads replaced and rotors checked. Caliper is now sticking again and inside pad is rubbing.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 28
Failure Date: 06/01/2003

I have had serious brake wearing issue, in one years time a total of 40,000 mi I used 3 sets of brakes pads for this car. I had have brake calipers changes, in front (loaded) and rear wheel cylinders, (2), and new drums for rear brakes. Brake continued to be a problem and have had completely bleed the system at Chevrolet dealer. Now I have turn signal problems. They work when they want to. Due to my busy work schedule I have been unable to have repair done. Chevrolet repair hours are limited. My commute is long over 60 miles one way. It is often very difficult due to turn signal failure at critical moments.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 29
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 image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 30
Failure Date: 04/03/2003

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

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 31
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 image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 32
Failure Date: 03/06/2003

Brake seals failed causing brake system failure. Had to have calipers replaced as well as disc/pad & drum/shoe repair/replaced.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 33
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.


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