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Old 10-15-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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I have read a few post dealing with some of the noise issues with the 2010 malibu suspension.

I am currently dealing with a "popping" sound from the left front fender well myself. As expected, it didn't make any noise when I test drove it, but did start around 1 week of driving. I have taken it to the dealer several times and have since taken it to another dealership. They found the front sway bar links to be faulty and replaced them. Worked for about a week, then it started again. To me, it sounds like its coming from the front strut, but everytime I take it in they say nothing is wrong with it.

Has anyone had success with getting dealerships to actually inspect the struts? Still under warranty, so they should be able to take it out for inspection right?
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Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear of your problems. It's really difficult to track down front-end noises from inside the cabin. Sometimes what appears to be coming from the left side is actually from the right, etc.

The stabilizer link goes between the end of the stabilizer shaft and the strut assembly just below the spring. Then, stabilizer shaft is held in place to the frame with a clamp and bushing on the respective side near the lower control arm. Needless to say, that area is pretty busy. They must've had reason to suspect the links but obviously something else is going on.

Beware that they cannot fix something based just on your descriptions. The next time you take it in, be sure to ride with the service adviser or tech. and let them hear/feel what you're talking about.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:29 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear of your problems. It's really difficult to track down front-end noises from inside the cabin. Sometimes what appears to be coming from the left side is actually from the right, etc.

The stabilizer link goes between the end of the stabilizer shaft and the strut assembly just below the spring. Then, stabilizer shaft is held in place to the frame with a clamp and bushing on the respective side near the lower control arm. Needless to say, that area is pretty busy. They must've had reason to suspect the links but obviously something else is going on.

Beware that they cannot fix something based just on your descriptions. The next time you take it in, be sure to ride with the service adviser or tech. and let them hear/feel what you're talking about.


Thank You for the information. I did take it back and after several attempts with the tech did replicate the noise. While the noise was evident, he did claim this is a common problem with the Malibu with no clear fix. He replaced the top mounts but still did not fix it. I am taking it back next week to give it another shot. Any suggestions for the tech?
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I've used the Chassis Ear gadget in the past to pinpoint the noise. Hopefully the tech's using something similar and not just trying to guess. Suspension noises are a tough animal and I actually feel sorry for the tech who probably doesn't even get properly reimbursed for the time spent.
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I've used the Chassis Ear gadget in the past to pinpoint the noise. Hopefully the tech's using something similar and not just trying to guess. Suspension noises are a tough animal and I actually feel sorry for the tech who probably doesn't even get properly reimbursed for the time spent.
He did mention he used his sensing equipment but couldn't pick up the noise heard. He mentioned they used the equipment in the garage, pushing and shaking the car as much as possible, but could not pick it up.....can anything be used while driving it?

I can understand his predicament and know how frustrating it can be. It is also frustrating when dealer after dealer tells you they can't find it.....although they can hear it.....literally driving me crazy.
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The Chassis Ear I used had 6 microphones you clamp onto different locations. They are wired up to a box with rotary switch and a headphone. You'd then drive around while clicking in different microphones and listen. So, if they had something similar, he could drive around and listen, provided that the noise can be reliably reproduced.
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I know is an old post, but my 2010 has a front end noise. It is very temp related (odd). Sounds like a loose strut mount and it is really noticeable below freezing. The dealer has been very helpful in getting this fixed. They replaced both struts,checked the brake calipers,sway bar,and the exhaust system. I just got it back Friday (1-21-11) and has been quiet. The temps around here are in the low teens (Ohio). I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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I know is an old post, but my 2010 has a front end noise. It is very temp related (odd). Sounds like a loose strut mount and it is really noticeable below freezing. The dealer has been very helpful in getting this fixed. They replaced both struts,checked the brake calipers,sway bar,and the exhaust system. I just go it back Friday (1-21-11) and has been quite. The temps around here are in the low teens (Ohio). I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Might be your steering rack too, very common on these cars.
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Thanks, I've seen that on the forum. So far it's been quiet. I how I get this fixed, because I really like this car, and this is best Chevy I've had since 1974, when I bought my first one.
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