Wiper Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1



Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 56 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 1
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 2
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 3
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4
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 5
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 6
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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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car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 04/04/2015

Our chevy Malibu was broad sided on the riders side at 10:10 am on the forth of April, 2015. This was at a yield intersection in aiken, SC. I have had several near misses with this car with vehicles coming from the left. This accicent was clearly my fault. However, a contributing factor is the width of the post between the windshield and the door on that side of the car. We own a 2005 similar Malibu and the width of that post is much narrower and we have never had a problem seeing vehicles coming at us from the left side. However, the 2010 Malibu has a much wider post between the windshield and the door and is sufficient to hide vehicles coming from the left. My wife has had the same problem with this vehicle. It is a design safety factor that should be corrected by the general motors engineers. . I would imagine that there have been many more similar accident with other drivers of this make and model of car. However I do not have access to your data base to confirm same. Our car was still able to be driven after the collision and is currently in a body shop being repaired. However, I am not going to be comfortable driving it knowing that this hazordous condition still exists. Thought I should pass this information along to your agency in case others have complained of the same condition and you might be able to convince gm that they have created a safety problem with the design of this vehicle. The width of this column on the 2005 Malibu is 4 inches. The width of the column on the 2010 Malibu has to abe a good six inches or more sufficient to block the view from the drivers seet of oncoming vehicles from the left. Thanks for you consideration in this matter. Ken cooke.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 02/22/2015

I was driving northbound on I-95 in the right lane and prior to passing the philadelphia International airport my wipers suddenly stopped functioning while they were in use. I was petrified because water was accumulating rapidly on to my windshield and the motorist whom were passing me increased the danger ten fold because their vehicles were splashing water on to my windshield as well. My visibility went down to about ten percent; however, due to the passing motorist that quickly decreased to zero making it virtually impossible to pull over safely. Furthermore, during the frightening incident I kept my composure and slowed down as much as possible to avoid an accident and for as long as possible until I could proceed to the shoulder. Following this incident my confidence in american automobiles has vanished and as a result I will no longer purchase american manufactured automobiles in the future. Moreover, for those whom might be wondering I own a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu it had a little less than 82,000 miles on it at the time and no there was nothing obstructing the wipers to cause them to fail at the time.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 01/07/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the heating became inoperable without warning. As a result, the contact stated that the defroster failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician informed that the the vehicle was operating as designed. The failure recurred as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed the the thermostat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13v567000 (visibility). The failure mileage was 30,000. Ss.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 10/20/2014

When the vehicle was started, the hvac fan control was not functional. The power indicator light was not illuminated and there was no blowing regardless of where the knob was positioned. This prevented the defrost function to engage, and as a result there was poor visibility through the windshield. I turned off the vehicle and restarted it, and the hvac fan would still not function. I checked the fuse box, and the fuse was not blown. Later in the day, I started the car the next day and the fan was working properly. This issue has occurred multiple times over the past few weeks. I took my vehicle to a dealership and they were unable to determine the cause of the problem. This Malibu does fall into the production dates of the Nov 2013 visibility recall.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 10/06/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the sun roof is leaking on the computer board which is causing the computer board to be corroded. The failure is on going. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the drain hoses needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure was 44,000. Kw.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 07/12/2014

Observed that bottom half of heated driver side rear view mirror had become scorched - limiting visability in botom half of mirror. Could this be a potential fire hazzard?.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 06/17/2014

While highway driving during a sunny day, was blinded by reflection of the sun off of the chrome that is on the console where the gear shift is located. I had to cover the area with a cloth in order to continue driving. Seems to me that the chrome in that area needs to be "dulled" just a bit as it is in the area surrounding the radio.