Passenger door handle light isn't working - Chevy Malibu Forum: Chevrolet Malibu Forums
» Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
» Wheel & Tire Center


ChevyMalibuForum.com is the premier Chevrolet Malibu Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-14-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
Speedster
CMF Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 193
Gallery: 0
Default Passenger door handle light isn't working

I have a 2009 Malibu LS. I LOVE the cool blue interior lighting at night. One problem, the light on the passenger door handle doesn’t work. At first I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to have a light, but I checked another ’09 LS and sure enough there were lights on both door handles.
Does anyone know if this is an LED bulb? Has anyone else had this problem? I’m a little nervous about taking it for repair. What if they have to tear the car to pieces trying to find the problem? What would you guys do? Live without the light? Or take it for repair hoping they get it right? Feedback appreciated…
__________________
2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS
Summit White
Speedster is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-14-2009, 11:47 AM   #2
Joeyavhu
CMF Senior Member
2013 Malibu LTZ
Black Granite
 
Joeyavhu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Beverly Hills, Florida
Posts: 464
Gallery: 0
Garage
Default Re: Passenger door handle light isn't working

Take it in for repair...
At pretty much absolute worse, they are going to unscrew the single bolt holding in the handle assembly and replace the light fixture. Tops.... its a 10 minute job, thats taking their time, although they will probably say it is going to be a couple hour job.
You paid for a working vehicle... make sure they give it to you.
__________________
Current Car: 2013 Malibu LTZ - 5% Tint, all windows, all Interior/Exterior bulbs switched to LED
Old Truck: 2011 F150 Twin Turbo - Electric dump, Intake, 10,000 lumens of Rigid LED lights
Older Car : 2008 Malibu LTZ - 20", 8k/3k HIDS, Exhaust, Cold Air Intake, 8% Tint
Joeyavhu is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-15-2009, 10:50 AM   #3
Snow White LS
CMF Junior Member
 
Snow White LS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 94
Gallery: 5
Default Re: Passenger door handle light isn't working

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joeyavhu View Post
Take it in for repair...
At pretty much absolute worse, they are going to unscrew the single bolt holding in the handle assembly and replace the light fixture. Tops.... its a 10 minute job, thats taking their time, although they will probably say it is going to be a couple hour job.
You paid for a working vehicle... make sure they give it to you.
I second that!
__________________
2009 Summit White LS
H11 HID Converted
Tinted...5% Back/ 20% rear / 35% up front
LT1 Hub caps swapped
Chrome Pillars
and much more to come...
Snow White LS is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-15-2009, 08:07 PM   #4
nighthawk-24
CMF Senior Member
 
nighthawk-24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 122
Gallery: 1
Default Re: Passenger door handle light isn't working

I do not know how to fix your problem but I will give you some information that 'might' be helpful if you take it to the dealer.

The light on my drivers side door handle quit working in either October or November. When I took my vehicle to the dealer for scheduled maintenance I told them about the light on the handle. They said that they would need to order a new one. That was in early November. Fast forward to the 2nd week of January. After multiple calls to the parts department and GM customer service I still did not have a new door handle.

According to GM they don't have any. How is this possible I asked as they are still building Malibu's that have door handles in them? Apparently GM changed parts suppliers and is backordered accross the country. GM did infact change the part number for this item in early December, showing the change. So after over two months of waiting...no new door handle, no pretty blue light.

Fast forward to yesterday...that is a little confusing...anyways, I just had my car to the same dealer to get my bowties colormatched and I asked if they could once again look into the door handle issue with GM.

Apparenly someone from the body shop (because of the painting I was having done) decided to look at it for himself, insead of the tech from the service department. He found that a stupid plastic connector had broke causing a short in the connection. They replaced the connector and walla...light glorious light.

I would feel free to tell a rep that the connector to the light is damaged or shorted out so you don't have the same issue as me.
If your handy, you could probably pop out the handle and solder the connection...but it should still be under warranty...ha free service.

Hope that helps.
__________________
2008 Chevy Malibu 2LT
Imperial Blue Metallic
3.6 VVT & 6 Speed Auto
05/08 Lake Orion
Colormatched Bowties
20% Tint
nighthawk-24 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-16-2009, 12:33 PM   #5
Speedster
CMF Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 193
Gallery: 0
Default Re: Passenger door handle light isn't working

Thanks, Nighthawk and others. I'm going to take it in for service one of these days and ask for the light to be fixed. I'm just a little paranoid - in my nightmares I see the door taken completely apart and an untrained tech trying to put it back together. Don't get me wrong - I know there are many good techs out there. But there are some really lousy ones, too.
__________________
2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS
Summit White
Speedster is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2010, 09:46 PM   #6
Darkcircle169
CMF Rookie Member
2008 2LT
Red Jewel Tintcoat
 
Darkcircle169's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Va
Posts: 14
Gallery: 5
Send a message via Yahoo to Darkcircle169
Default Re: Passenger door handle light isn't working

I had the same problem. i took me door panel off and seen that the connectors had been broken some how. I put the panel back on and took it to Gm they had to order a new light took 2 days to get it in. Sucks cause i dont know if GM changed the kind of light or if its the wrong bulb the new one is a little LED but it is not as bright as the one on my drivers door. The one on the drivers door lights up my floor the new one don't guess i need to take it back in and try and get a new one.... i probable didn't make any sense oh well
__________________
Sunroof, Spoiler, 17inch rims, window tint
Prem Sound system,
cocoa/cashmere
Darkcircle169 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-01-2010, 03:44 AM   #7
DrivenDaily
Administrator
2011 3.6/ A6 LTZ
Red Jewel Tintcoat
 
DrivenDaily's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 9,632
Gallery: 6
Garage
Default Re: Passenger door handle light isn't working

The door pull cup lighting is LED on both front doors. None on the rears. It could be the angle or POV when you notice the difference in light levels, or it could actually be that the new one is less powerful.

I'd like to change my interior lighting over to red or red-orange. Blue hurts my eyes at night when I'm extra tired.

Maybe I'll do like SilverLTZ and get a Mazda!

JK
__________________

'11 LTZ, born Aug 2010, Fairfax, KS

V6/A6, Red Jewel Tintcoat / Cocoa-Cashmere, Sunroof
Mods: WeatherTech mats, CHMSL Pulser

How-to: LEDs in mirrors :: How-to: 1-Wipe Wash
How-to: Remote express windows up/down


Traded: '09 2LT Black Granite Metallic V6 / A6 at 20,058 miles
Lost: '11 LTZ RJT V6 / A6 in flood at 44K miles
Muffler mod on '09
DrivenDaily is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy Malibu Forum: Chevrolet Malibu Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Driver door not flush with rear door barhoc11 Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting (Generation 7) 10 03-20-2011 08:12 AM
00' Malibu fans not working ignaciodiego General Discussion (Generation 7) 2 01-31-2009 09:10 AM
Interior Door Handle Light dellsmith Do It Yourself Maintenance (Generation 7) 1 01-30-2009 11:01 AM
air bag warning light on and dome light on mrmalibu Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting (Generation 7) 1 01-15-2009 08:44 PM
Cigarette lighters not working... JRH 3:16 Problems/Service Issues/Troubleshooting (Generation 7) 3 07-15-2008 07:06 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:44 AM.



Powered by vBulletin®. Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
The Chevy Malibu Logo, Chevy Malibu Typeface and Chevy Logo are Trademark General Motors. We are in no way affiliated with General Motors, we are simply an enthusiasts' site.