Wiper Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 85 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Malibu based on all problems reported for the Malibu.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 02/11/2018

Both headlamps have gone out within a nine month period. The driver side has been changed twice, the passenger side once. It seems every three months a headlight burns out on my car. As for the wipers, when they are turned on, they swipe halfway and stop until I turn them off and back on or to a higher swiping speed. This has happened as the vehicle was in park and drive. Also, the key fob battery has been replaced twice and works seldomly. The locks have recently starting locking on their own after the vehicle is shut off and the driver door is shut.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 02/07/2018

On my wiper system I was traveling in a rainstorm and the wiper transmission separated from the motor assembly at the piece attached to the motor halting the wiper assembly from clearing the window this almost caused a crash do to lack of visibility . This occurred on 2/7/2017 . Very dangerous situation please address this part malfunction, it should never separate.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 01/28/2018

The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph on a roadway, the tempered glass fractured from outside the vehicle. The visor was closed and prevented the glass from completely entering the vehicle and impacting the contact's visibility. The dealer was contacted (vermilion Chevrolet Buick GMC, 1615 georgetown rd, tilton, IL 61833, (217) 442-8400), but the vehicle was not diagnosed. The insurance company was notified. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 01/06/2018

Timing chain needs repair only 80,000 miles on car bought it certified used warranty is up im very upset was driving on express way engine light came on had it checked at dealership.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 01/03/2018

I have had issues with my windshield wipers for over a year. The linkage between the arm that moves the wipers and the motor will not stay connected. My first arm failure was due to a rubber bushing deteriorating. During a heavy rainstorm in Nov. 2016, the wipers just stopped working completely and I had to be towed home. The second arm I purchased will not stay connected on the driver's side wiper, rendering my system useless. I am able to use my wipers about a dozen times before the arm has to be reconnected. After having it fixed 5+ times prior, they stopped working again this morning. I was in my driveway trying to simply wash my windshield before leaving for work. The system is poorly put together and will not stay connected. It seems to be held together by only tension with gravity working against it. This is extremely dangerous and I don't know how they can get away with it! living in new england with lots of extreme weather, this is just unacceptable.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 12/23/2017

While driving in snow on 12/23/17, my wipers quit working. The snow was large flakes that turned to water when they hit the windshield, so it was like rain. I was on the ohio turnpike, so rate of speed was fast. I was able to pull over to the shoulder. I couldn't get the wipers to work, so I had to call a tow truck. It was unsafe to drive. After the snow stopped, I was able to complete my journey. I then had the wipers repaired. The wiper transmission failed. I believe this is a safety issue because the wipers can quit at anytime. Additionally I looked online and other Malibu owners have had the same problem. (in fact the tow truck driver said he had towed a Malibu owner 2 weeks earlier with the same problem. ) I have never had my wipers fail with any other car I ever owned, and I asked others (non-malibu owners) if their wipers ever failed, and everyone I talked to said no. I contacted gm, but never received a response.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 12/09/2017

When switching on window defrost I noticed the heat was not being diverted in the right direction. I then pressed the control switch to feet/window to see if this function worked. It did not.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 10/23/2017

I was driving down the road the other day while it was raining and my wipers stopped working had it looked at and my small arm on my linkage disconnected due to rust on the ball joint I looked contacted gm they knew nothing about it but I googled it and im not the only one who has had this issue definitely should be a recall just like 2013 terrain. Parts are very similar if not the same.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 09/24/2017

Parked in an intersection old hwy us 301 ocala florida wheels turned left which was dark and poorly lit by the city. No orange lights onto a major thin 2 lane intersection. The vehicle was braked during the left turn south position. The front hood in the middle of north bound lane front bumper and plate were in the highway dividing line. Up to the rear driverside passenger door at the joint of the side street and highway outside line. A bicyclist struck the vehicle his light was thrown into the intersection. He is bleeding hes on the ground. Another female is helping him. The mirror of the vehicle driverside torn off and the front winshield shattered above driverside top. Thrown by impact from his bicycle to the Malibu his backpack on the ground. Hes ambulatory transported sheriffs responded fhp came out.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 09/08/2017

The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving in inclement weather, the defroster and air conditioning unit ceased to function. The vehicle was taken to phillips Chevrolet (1730 torrence Ave, lansing, IL), but was not diagnosed due to limited staffing. The contact stated that the battery was replaced and the fuses were checked, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 49,519.


 
car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 08/22/2017

In 2015 wiper trans failed at heavy rain and new one was installed by bob bell Chevrolet dealer. In August 2017, on rainy day on I-95 toward wdc wipers stopped working and with life treating I drove the car to another dealership - pohanka Chevrolet that said that wiper trans failed. I got failed trans - looked as a new, but it is life threatening situation when on freeway driver looses visibility completely. Looks like that is persistently failing gm part needed to be recalled in order to keep us drivers safe.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 06/15/2017

The contact owns a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact exited the vehicle, the rear window shattered spontaneously. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the top quality body shop who informed the contact that they were not the only vehicle owner who experienced the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 24,000.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 04/27/2017

Doors lock and you cant get out of or in the car even if your holding an infant child and its 3 degrees outside and I can't use the unlock button to get in and the damn key wont even open the door. Its just stuck and who knows for how long sometimes in last just 3-5 mins other others going on 40 mins. The headlights have been replaced 3 times countless tail lights. I had to put replace the windhield wiper assembly that one sucked I could not operate the car for a week unless it would rain and this was happening this April when its always raining they actually quit working on fourth of the July going 70mph down interstate 79 in pouring rain. I purchased as many rain deterrents as I could try out which none last but a few mins. . Then between getting pulled over by police countless times for headlight being out and I fix it then the same one or even the other side the next week will go out just 1 month later it goes back out and that same cop stop you again and they don't believe you that it was just replaced. Then the interiour lights all of them from gauges and headlamps turn on. My car is currently telling me to service svc tire sensors and other abbreviated sensors and traction control light is on. Also and maybe the most dangerous is the cruise control malfunctions which range from only working occasionally to acceleration engages if you scroll threw screen options and use cruise control simultaneously . And sometimes my trunk will just pop open when the car starts. The plastic hub caps constantly fall off and the back of the drivers seat plastic backing has broken loose the steering colum it sounds like u joints that have worn or a hydraulic issue.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 04/16/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the air conditioner was turned on, but the air failed to flow correctly. As a result the driver was unable to see out the windshield as it fogged up. The vehicle was taken to sullivan-parkhill automotive Chevrolet & Cadillac (440 w anthony dr, champaign, IL 61821 (217) 352-4275) where it was diagnosed with a malfunctioning driver side actuator that needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the manufacturer advised her to take the vehicle to a local dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact also mentioned that the manufacturer and the local dealer confirmed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08v634000 (visibility). The failure mileage was approximately 39,250.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 03/24/2017

The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the heat worked in the vehicle; however, the defrost did not work without warning. An unknown local dealer was contacted; however, due to the amount of the diagnostic test, the appointment was not scheduled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but they were unavailable to diagnose the failure and there were no relay codes. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and provided case number: 8-3447350312. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in any open recalls and recommended taking the vehicle to be diagnosed for the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 95,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 16
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 17
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 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 01/31/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the windshield started to frost. The contact attempted to use the defroster, but the hvac defroster failed to function. As a result, the interior windshield became foggy. The contact also stated that the control head module failed to function and failed to clear the windshield. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that she needed the proper documentation to service the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 19
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 20
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 12/06/2016

Dec. 28 , 2016 I was leaving to work at 4 am when I turned on the my car I tried to turn on my defrosters but I'm a/c wasn't turning on untill like 10 mins after the car was running it turn on. The same thing happened in the summer of 2017 it's like 110 degrees I tried to turn on my a/c just wasn't turning on maybe cars have bad days too.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.