Wiper Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1



Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 47 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 1
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 2
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 3
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 4
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 5
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!.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 6
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 7
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 06/17/2014

Head lamp bulbs and turn signal bulbs have repeatedly burnt out. Bulbs have been replaced by certified gm shop only to burn out again.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 18
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 19
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 20
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 21
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 22
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 23
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 07/01/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While operating the vehicle, the wiper transmission failed to work. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced the wiper transmission, but the failure recurred. The contact also stated that the front driver side door lock failed to work. The dealer replaced the door lock mechanism, but the failure recurred. The contact had to close the door with force to get the door to secure. The contact also had to roll down the windows to ensure the door was locked and unlocked. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,768.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 04/11/2013

Back in April of 2013, the wiper stopped working during heavy rain and heavy winds. Took car to lou fusz Chevrolet of st. Peters, mo (which is where the car was first bought in June 2010). My wife and I were advised that wiper transmission/module loose at motor. The wiper module assembly was replaced. On 6/30/14, due to rain on the interstate highway, the wiper stopped working again, but due to this occurred over a year ago and 12,000 warranty expired, my wife and were told it had to be replaced again and we had to pay for it (mileage 92284). On 6/19/15, wiper again goes out due to heavy rain on the interstate highway (mileage 113245). However, phone service rep said to have the fuse box replaced because of internal short on power side of wiper motor on signal circuit. After the fuse box was replaced, the problem still existed. Yet, we still had to pay for the fuse box replacement! it was then determined that the tech found the wiper transmission link bar was broken. Please investigate this and let me know what the outcome is!! I find it very unusual to have something like a wiper motor break three times in three years. I am very concerned that my wife and I have been unfairly charged on the last attempt where we had to pay for a fuse box, yet that didn't solve the problem at first. My wife and I never had a problem with wipers breaking down like this one has. Please call me if you have any questions.