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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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2013 chevy malibu lt 30,000

i recently bought the 2013 chevy malibu with 31000 miles on i had no problems with it for a month today in the morning the check engine light is on and it gives me a stutter when i first try to accelerate like it wants to die it was low on coolant before i filled it up last week,it just seems it hasnt getting better ive been reading about this in the web with no real solution any advice on what to do next other then take it to the mechanic or dealer im out of warranty?
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Re: 2013 chevy malibu lt 30,000

Just to make sure... Did you use the right coolant as using the wrong one can be bad.

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Find out what the code is causing the check engine light. Usually any auto parts store will connect a code reader scanner to your car for free. A shutter could be caused by about anything and the code will help narrow it down. Anything from fuel, spark, transmission, sensor, air intake, or exhaust could be the cause.
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Check the water pump & heater core connections. I have 39k & had to have the pump replaced. They wont warranty the hoses even tho its a part defect so I'll be out almost $200 for the pair. So much for extended warranty
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Check the water pump & heater core connections. I have 39k & had to have the pump replaced. They won't warranty the hoses even though it's a part defect, so I'll be out almost $200 for the repair. So much for extended warranty
Wow, you just made me slightly concerned...I went to check my extended warranty in my drawers, and now I can't find it. I do remember asking about hoses prior to signing and the guy said yes...Now...I realize you should take the paperwork home, read it carefully...and then ultimately - place it somewhere where you won't f'ing misplace it...(while typing - GF says not to worry though since the record is at my dealer...she doesn't get the fact that I am mainly worried about what is NOT covered due to Silver13's post...CPS

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I was pissed when they said they wont fix the hoses cuz I was told the same thing. Hoses arent leaking due to wear. The hoses shrink clamps are defective on both sides. I need to get it in for the bearing but Im sure they will make yet another excuse
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How are the shrink clamps defective? Just not clamping down tight enough and leaking? You would think an extended warranty would cover everything or at least regular maintenance items like hoses. They must prefer more challenging tasks such as replacing an overheated engine.

I will be swapping out my clamps when the weather gets warmer. I prefer the regular stainless steel bolt down clamps. For me, they are easier to remove. Probably will just throw in hoses myself too. Advance Auto does not seem to carry radiator hoses for my 2013 Malibu. Rock auto's website has both GM AC Delco hoses for $35(plus shipping) or could buy continental (goodyear) brand hoses for $20(plus shipping). One of the continental hoses are cut-to-fit so probably won't do that. I usually replace hoses every 30K-60K miles or 3-5 years on my cars as cheap insurance. I may also get rid of the dexcool too while I'm at it but I need to research that a little more.

Now, back to the other issue. Another thing that may cause stuttering might be an aftermarket K&N oiled air filter. The oil coats the MAF sensor and causes issues. Maybe the coolant sensors aren't reading right and reading heated air. I kind of doubt the 2 issues are related. Need to find those codes.
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They is coolant residue on them where they attatch to the heater core. Using coolant thats not dexcool equivalant could cause you more problems down the road. The clamps are part of the hose & youd ruin them trying to get them off. A regular gear clamp wont seal as well as the shrink clamps. Youd prob crush the plastic fitting that connects to the heater core.

I forgot all about checking Rockauto. That'll save some serious cash. The tri hose from the dealer or local parts store is $95

Its sad to cuz I work for a Ford dealership & hose defect is a warranty item.

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