Wiper Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1



Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 63 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 03/20/2017

The heat and air stopped working entirely, causing the defrost to also fail, creating a visibility hazard. After researching the issue I discovered that many 2013 and 2014 Malibus were recalled due to this exact issue but my car was manufactured between the recall dates. The problem is the same but my car isn't covered in the recall.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 02/13/2017

Over the past 8 months of owning this car, I've had this vehicle's windshield crack or chip on six different occasions. In the past ten years, I've had a chipped windshield twice before owning this car. This has to be a defect. Many times, I don't even see a rock hit the windshield, but hear it. After inspecting, I find that the windshield is chipped. My driving habits have not changed, nor has my route to and from work. The design of the car has to be causing the issue as the chipping and cracking is occurring way too frequently. .

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 01/03/2017

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph during inclement weather, the windshield wipers failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ball joints in the windshield wiper modules needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 12/08/2016

At 8:00 p. M. I started my car to warm up. It was 27 degrees out and when I turned my heat on, no air would blow out. The car was in park. After I let it warm up for about 15 minutes, I noticed the air would still not blow out. I shut my car off and turned it back on and the air still would not blow out. The light on the knob indicating it was on, was not lit up. All other electrical functions were working fine in my vehicle. Once I started driving for about 10 minutes, all of a sudden the air kicked on and started blowing out. And functioned fine for the rest of the drive. My car has 20k miles on it and was purchased about 6 months ago.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 11/18/2016

Rear window glass is defective. From the middle of the glass down and all the way across the glass (line of view). Distorts the view when looking out of the glass, posing a safety concern. This is the 3rd glass put in my car and it is still very bad. View looking out the back window gives the appearance that the driver is intoxicated. Original glass was fine but there was an issue with the metal part which was going to cause the rear defrost to stop working. The glass that was replaced on 11/4/16 had the same distorting as the glass that was replaced on 11/18/16. Makes looking out the back window to back up unsafe. The dealer currently still has 2 of the 3 back windows on hand from the vehicle.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 10/30/2016

Pulling out of a parking space, all of a sudden my steering wheel does a quick jerk, my traction light luminates and then service esc comes up on the display and then power steering shows on the display and at that point iost power steering assist and at this point I could not turn the wheel at all, I had no control over the car at this point. I put the car in park, turned it off for several minutes and then turned it back on and power steering was back. This is unexceptable. . . What if I had been on the free way going 70 miles per hour and lost power steering. This very issue was a recall on the recalling certain model year 2004-2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu(s) and obviously it is still an issue with the 2012 model. I have had no issues with steering prior to ths day it happened 10/30/16 and no warring power steering assist was going to fail. Fix it once and for all gm. Do your customers have to be seriously injured or worse in order for you to get this right!!!! now we have to find the power steering unit and get it fixed because my car is literally a death trap. Also, the interior lights (dome) and headlights start flickering after 10 mins to 60 mins into my drive like there is an electrical issue. Also, the rear defrost stopped working and I can't see out the rear window, I have to drive with the windows down to try and hurry the process along and that is not fun when it is freezing out side!.


car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 07/22/2016

Windshield has thousands of tiny , white specs across entire field. These specs at first exam look like paint overspray. But closer exam with a flashlight at a low , skimming angle, revels imbedded particles. In late or early sunlight, this causes a foggy appearance to shaded areas, like trees or buildings. Clarity is absolutely impeded. Recently as I exited a freeway, driving westward into the 7 pm sun, I made a right turn onto my street and almost ran over the curb as the right side of the windshield became a haze totally blotting out clear vision of the corner. Had there been a person or any object in that space it would have been hit. That was a panic feeling I did not need ! the gm dealer earlier that day could not see it well because the sunlight was still high in the sky thus not causing the effect . They tried to inspect it with a pocket flashlight, but not convinced si I have to return to them early in a morning or late in the day to get the same experience I have daily . My wife bears witness to this unsafe situation . Item two: the rear view mirror is so small it is ridiculous. It is like peeping thru a crack in a fence ! and, adjusting it is a tight squeeze for my hand where the headliner comes too close to the mirror.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 07/07/2016

During a torrential downpour, I switched on my windshield wipers. I was traveling at 65 miles per hour on the highway. After slowing my speed, I switched the windshield wipers to the highest speed. After about 30 seconds, I heard a loud bang, and the wipers completely stopped working. The entire wiper assembly needed to be replaced. The car has only 66,000 miles on it. I'm lucky to be alive. I was able to pull to the side of the road, but it could have ended in tragedy. This is not a problem with the wiper motor, but the part that connects the motor to the wiper blades.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 06/18/2016

I purchased my vehicle on March 2015 off the showroom floor of a Chevrolet dealership. On June 18, 2016 my car caught a fire while it was parked and I was not in the vehicle. I had been sitting in the car with the air blowing from the defroster for about 30 minutes. I drove to the store and came back home. I got out of the car and stood on the porch talking to my family. Within in 10 minutes of me exiting my car, it was on fire. I ran to the car and could see that the fire was coming from right about where the windshield ends and where the hood of the car begins, right where the windshield wipers are. I called the fire department who put the fire out. They used the jaws of life to ply the hood open and cut the main wire to the car. I then contacted the gm manufacturing company Chevrolet and started a claim with them to do an investigation on my vehicle as to what happened and why to this brand new car. Especially considering the fact their was no one in the car at the time it caught fire, thank god and as to no one could of started the fire because I was standing outside the entire time. The alleged investigation took about a month and a half to complete. I received a call a week prior to gm Chevrolet manufacturing making a decision from one of their representatives asking me have I ever gotten the windshield wiper motor replaced before. I stated to her no I haven't and reminded her that the car was purchased new off their showroom floor and that I hadn't had anything replaced or altered on that car. On July 29th I was called by a gm Chevrolet representative again telling me my claim was being denied because of a windshield wiper issue. I stated to her that I wouldn't have anything to do with that. She then changes the reason and states that gm Chevrolet really cant determine what happened and they were denying my claim. Their had been several recalls on gm cars.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

The drivers side rear view mirror does not adjust far enough away from the car. From my driver seat at normal driving position I cannot see a car approaching, in fact I see my back door this is a dangerous blind spot. The dealer said this is normal.


 
car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 03/13/2016

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the windshield wipers failed to function. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 03/10/2016

On 11/18/2015 my wiper blades stopped working in heavy down pour of rain ,had to turn around and go to the closest repair garage to have them look at. They replace the wiper linkage. So 225. 69 dollars later I was on my way. Than on 3/10/2016 upon driving home from work in rain I heard a couple of bang and the wipers stopped working again the same problem and wiper linkage was replace part was under warranty this time it only cost 72. 00 dollars for the labor.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 03/07/2016

I use my remote start fairly often living in michigan. Over the last few weeks it has started not to defrost my windshield. Even on highest temperature and full blast. Finally found out that it no longer blows on the windshield. The doors that switch it to the windshield and cabin have stopped going all the way to the windshield and blow directly into the dash. So it sound like it's working. But not much air actually hits the windshield. I have found many forums with this as an issue and it is a car 3 years old. And it is a very expensive fix for someone still paying off the car.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 02/15/2016

While driving at freeway speed (70 mph) in a rainstorm in traffic, the wiper internal drive assembly failed without warning causing loss of wiper function, resulting in loss of vision of other traffic requiring emergency stop.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 02/09/2016

The contact owns a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that upon reentering the vehicle to restart it, the rear windshield window shattered. The contact was uncertain of how the failure occurred due to no object encountered the rear windshield. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 2,073.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 01/24/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the windshield transmission wiper linkage bushing failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated that the rear passenger side tail lights failed. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The contact also stated that removing the key from the ignition was difficult at times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 11/10/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, a loud abnormal sound was heard, the contact looked up and there was a hole the size of a football in her sunroof the glass shattered everywhere. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the glass buckled up and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 6,800. Ec.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 09/10/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving the contact stated that he turned on the windshield wiper due to the rain and heard an abnormal noise and noticed that the windshield wiper was fractured. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and was diagnosed that the windshield wiper linkage had snapped. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The vehicle was not repaired. Bd.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 09/01/2015

* beam on passenger side of vehicle** while off - unlocking with the key fob illuminates the headlamp (stationary) while on - headlamp does not work (stationary & in motion) it was thought that the bulb needed to be replaced, so it was replaced, and it has not corrected the problem.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 08/11/2015

Factory power sunroof switch has premature intermittent failure causing the window to stop midway or open partially. Closure is also partial or stopping midpoint. The switch failure requires multiple attempts to open and or close the glass. All other power accessories work as intended including other power window switches. Vehicle has never been modified or or damaged.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 08/02/2015

While driving 65 miles per hour in a severe thunderstorm on the i94 tollway headed to chicago the wipers came to a sudden stop. I was completely blinded and in the 3rd lane to the left. I immediately put on my blinkers and started beeping my horn. My daughter had to stick her head out the window to guide me to the right side of the road to pull over. We were struggling through heavy traffic and scared out of our minds! after we finally made it to the side, with my 18 month old granddaughter in the car we had to sit there for more than 2 hours to wait for the rain to stop. After researching the chevy forum website I realized this is a common problem on chevy Malibu¿s of various years and a major safety issue! it appears there was a recall on previous years of chevy Malibu windshield wipers and I believe there should be a recall on this before someone is seriously injured or worse!.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 06/15/2015

The vehicle was being driven at the speed limit when the tire popped. The impact was as much as a front end collision; the windshield cracked along with the passenger side of the bumper and the wheel was bent. A mechanic said that because the seat belts locked the impact was great enough where the airbags should have gone off, but they did not.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 05/20/2015

Climate control issues. Fan is stuck at one speed on passenger side and will not heat. When a/c compressor is on it blows ice cold air. When heat is on it also blows ice cold air, no matter the setting whether in "sync" mode or not. The climate zone does not change from high to low of vice versa. This causing heating issues in colder weather and defroster issues on passenger side of vehicle.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

The window on the passenger side in the rear was found to be shattered. The car was in a private home garage, there was no glass outside the garage and the window glass was bowed toward the outside. The car was unlocked and there was nothing missing. Thus there was no vandalism, no object from the outside hit the window, and nothing from the inside hit the window. It is my supposition that the glass was not tempered correctly. I live in tampa and it was ~90 degrees the day before I noted the shattered glass. I had been using the air conditioner. If the glass was not tempered correctly the change in temperature would cause the glass to shatter. This could be a problem for other windows in my car and in other gm autos. General motors has refused to pay the $346 it cost to repair the window. They want to "test" the glass. This would be fine, however, the glass has been disposed of and the Chevrolet dealer to whom I brought the car initially stated that gm will not cover glass damage. Therefore there was no reason at the time to keep the glass. This is a potentially dangerous problem. Has anyone else reported this occurrence?.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 04/10/2015

Upon entering vechicle and starting up to go to work, the heating and ventilation system did not work , turnt car on and off multiple times and still would not work. Drove car to work and the heat was stuck on high and the vents were untouchable due to not being able to operate heat/air or any other buttons on the system for that. Started raining on the way and had to use wipers and put windows up and windows started to fog and unable to clear them due to this reason also, will try to take in to the dealership in the morning and hope they can fix this problem. This is about the 3rd time since I had the car that it has done this, but the other 2 times it was only for a shorter time than this.

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