Wiper Problems of Chevrolet Malibu



Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 23 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 1
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 2
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 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 3
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 04/29/2014

I was driving at highway speed on I-95 in the rain when the windshield wipers suddenly failed. Fortunately, both the rain and traffic were relatively light and I had sufficient visibility to safely exit the highway at the next interchange. Had it happened one day later during the heavy rain, I would not have been so lucky. The failure was the result of the wiper linkage detaching itself from the wiper motor/transmission assembly due to a failure of the plastic ball joint type connector.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

Wiper system failed during rain storm. Neither wiper blade moved. Problem was diagnosed as wiper transmission failure. Part cost $135 from the Chevrolet dealer plus $150 labor to install. Complete failure of the wiper system without any warning such as slippage should not be possible. I was very lucky to be able to see enough to keep the car straight on the highway and eventually be able to change lanes and pull over.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 12/09/2013

Car was parked with rear defogger and heat running, loud explosion cracking noise and the rear windshield had exploded into spiderwebs. Got out of the car to inspect the damage -- other people parked saw the incident and no one saw anything hit the windshield ( parked at school dropping off kids ). Nothing was found that indicated the window had been struck in any way. The rear window defroster was warm to the touch in several areas of the spiderwebbed window. Outside temperature was approximately 0 degrees. Car had been running for about three hours.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 10/25/2013

The drive linkage bushing keeps separating from the ball joint causing the windshield wipers not to work at all. This has happened multiple times, even after purchasing and installing brand new windshield wiper bushings.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 07/31/2013

Went to test drive 2013 chevy Malibu. As always, I adjust mirrors before driving. I immediately noticed that because the roofline is so low-slung for aerodynamic reasons, that the rear view mirror is also very low. As a result, the mirror was blocking almost 25% of my view! I've heard of blindspots on vehicles but through the windshield? I'm only 5'10' tall, but I had to duck my head to see under the mirror. Didn't buy the vehicle for that reason alone. As a matter of fact, I never even went for the test drive as it was obviously dangerous.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 07/18/2013

It was raining and my windshield wiper blades were on . Immediately the blades stop working. L almost hit the fence because l could not see. My car is just 3years old , l do not understand why the blades will stop working.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 12/26/2012

The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving in rainy weather, the windshield wipers failed. The contact stated that the wipers crossed over each other and stopped working. The contact then moved off the roadway and manually dislodged the wipers however, they would not move. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the linkages needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recall. The failure mileage was 142,200.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 09/24/2012

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while attempting to turn on the rear defogger system it failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the failure was caused by the fuse for defogger located in the trunk, which had burnt and melted. The fuse was replaced. The dealer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 33,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 09/20/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the glass in the sunroof of the vehicle blewout and crumbled. The contact stated nothing hit the glass prior to the glass shattering. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer was told there had been no other complaints about the sunroof shattering. The failure mileage and current mileages were 58,000. Rl.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 06/20/2012

While driving on a state highway, I had a number of functions stop working. The problem could come and go for a week before it happened on all ignition cycles. Note, the problem could even come and go on 1 ignition cycle. The following stopped working: windshield wipers, heated seats, power windows/sunroof, power doors, power mirrors, blue tooth interface, dome lights and mirror / compass. Dealer has replaced body control module and vpm. Fixes seem to work for approximately 10-12 weeks before issues resurface.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 04/01/2012

The headlamps provide poor visibility. The illumination of the low beams is only about 15 feet in front of the vehicle. This requires us to drive with the high beams on most of the time. However, when oncoming traffic are coming, we switch back to low beams. We have tried various light blubs but that didn't fix the issue. My husband has physically tried to tilt the light bulbs, but that doesn't work either. There needs to be a redesign of the headlamps to provide better visibility. Poor visibility can cause accidents. We purchased this vehicle as a used vehicle in April 2012. I have always had this problem, just decided it was time to report it.

car image   Wiper problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 04/16/2011

Daughter was driving the car in a downpour and the passenger side windshield wiper linkage broke causing the wipers to fly across the driver side of the car. They stopped working causing her to have to get off the road because she could not see.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 11/16/2010

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the windshield wiper blades did not fully clear the window in cold weather. The contact took the vehicle to two separate dealers. The first dealer stated that the wipers were operating as designed while the second dealer stated that the rubber used for the wipers seemed to contract away from the windshield in cold weather. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 25 and the current mileage was 4,900.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 07/14/2010

Tl - the contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph with the rear windows open, there was a pressure build up in the cabin causing her to become nauseous. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was working up to specification and it could not be alter. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 700 and the current mileage was 23,500. Pm.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 12/12/2009

I was warming the car up in the morning, 32 degrees fahrenheit and a layer of ice on everything. The defrost was just starting to melt the window so I turned on the wipers. The driver side did not move and the passenger side crossed over it getting stuck there. I went out and physically untangled the wipers and they seemed to work ok for a while but on the highway the driver side could not keep up and became stuck under the passenger wiper. I took it to the dealer and they tightened the bolt at the end of the wiper control arm, took two seconds, and it has seemed to be ok since.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 05/18/2009

Driving at night when it started raining. The driver's window was down. Tried to put it up with electronic window button but it wouldn't work. Had to get out of car and manually grab onto the window and pull it up. The window control quit working all of a sudden. The main control panel for the window still works for other windows in car. . Gm has previously been told about this problem with my car and others.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 09/12/2008

My wife was driving the car on Friday, September 12, 2008 on state route 2 westbound during a rainstorm at approximately 5 pm. Suddenly, the windshield wipers stopped working when a semi-truck passed. This has never happened before. She was very scared and began to slow down. She then turned the wiper control lever to every speed setting until the high speed setting began to work. Wiper motor was determined to have failed and was replaced.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 07/17/2008

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving in a rainstorm, the contact activated the windshield wipers and they began to cross over each other. The contact pulled the vehicle over and noticed that the passenger side wiper blade was very loose. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 01v068000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer:linkages). The vehicle has not been serviced by the dealer. The speed was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 113,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 03/22/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced several failures in which the electric windows would not function, the headlights stopped illuminating, and the air conditioning unit failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the ignition switch was replaced. The failure recurred approximately one year later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the ignition switch was replaced a second time but the failure again recurred a year later. The vehicle ignition switch was replaced for the third time. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled while driving 25 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the ignition switch was replaced for the fourth time. The manufacturer was notified of the recurring failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 32,073.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 01/01/2003

Many makes of cars now have the windshield washer fluid coming out of small rubber tubes attached to the windshield wipers. When I was driving on the pennsylvania turnpike in January the windshield washer fluid froze within the tubes and would not come out. This creates a dangerous situation in which road salt splashed from other cars fairly quickly builds up on your windshield and you can hardly see out of the windshield while driving over 60 mph on an interstate highway. The day was cold, perhaps 14 degrees, but not extremely cold and this was pennsylvania not minnesota nor canada. My guess is that the 14 degrees weather plus driving at 70 miles per hour creates a windchill that is below the -20 degrees that the washer fluid is good for. But it is on cold winter days that you specifically need the windshield washer fluid because of the salt left on the road. The fluid began to flow again when I got into slightly warmer temperatures in maryland. I never diluted the windshield fluid with water. For this winter I have bought windshield washer fluid that is good to minus 38 degrees and have also bought an alcohol additive for the fluid that will make it good to about minus 40 degrees and I will see if that works. But many drivers won't know ahead of time to do that, and almost all gas stations only sell the standard -20 fluid. I think that car manufacturers in designing future models should go back to the old system of windshield washer fluid coming out of slits in the hood instead of coming out of the windshield wipers.