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2006 Chevy Malibu Problems

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So I purchased the car about a month ago, after a test drive I noticed some things needed to be fixed and the dealer was able to fix them. This is what was fixed, the driver/passenger side door lock buttons would only unlock, not lock. The steering wheel would jerk sometimes when turning and the ABS light would flash for a split second.

After those were fixed, the car had no problems for about a week (funny, huh? everything always works perfectly at the dealership, but then you take it home and the real problems show)

Anyways, I was putting on seat covers one day, decided to put the car in my neighbor's drive way while i installed them, after I finished installing them, I try to start the car and it wouldn't start, it would crank and even let out black smoke from the exhaust but it wouldn't start. After I had a friend come take a look at it, and giving it gas while starting the car, it started and let out white smoke for a couple hours, but after a 20minute drive all seemed well.

After that incident, now it starts 95% of the time, the other 5% it would start then stall, unless I give it gas. I took it to a mechanic and he said no tune up is needed, and the problem isn't the fuel pump, it could be the ignition switch, but he's not 100% sure and doesn't want to replace it unless he is 100% sure.

Another problem I'm having is the doors would seem to magically unlock themselves while I'm driving. I don't know what could be causing that, but that issue recently escalated, the doors now unlock themselves when the car is off. Earlier today I went to my car, and just pulled the door handle and the car opened but the alarm went off (I'm 110% sure I locked it the night before).

Is anyone experiencing these issues? or does anyone know what can be done to fix them?

I really appreciate any help.
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I wonder what that "white smoke" was. If it smelled sweet, it probably was coolant which isn't a good news. If it was actually bluish white, it probably was oil smoke which isn't as dire as the coolant. I wonder how thorough the mechanic was (cylinder compression testing, cooling system pressure testing?).

On the door unlocking, I'd make sure the door lock switches aren't stuck in the unlock position. The same goes for the lock cylinder on the driver door.
Any smoke (vs. steam when cold) out the tail pipes is not normal. You may want to keep an eye on the oil and coolant level and any contaminants. Also, check for any wet residue inside the tail pipe.

On the power steering, the power steering pump may not be generating enough fluid pressure at the given RPM. You didn't say but it probably is making a lot of noise, too. You may want to check the fluid level and get it looked at, I guess.
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