Wiper Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 76 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 1
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2
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 3
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.