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I have financed a 2016 Limited LS back in February with 69K on the odometer. I'm now up to 83K.

I used to drive a 99 Ford Escort. It was my first car making this Malibu my second. With the Escort maintenance was just oil changes and taping on whatever fell off. I want to actually properly take care of my Malibu but I don't know what general and preventative maintenance I need to do. I know how to fix a car but not really how to keep one from breaking besides not driving it into a wall. I do regular oil changes, brake replacements and keep fluids topped off. Outside of that I'm iffy.

I'm mainly curious about the transmission, but also want to know about other components such as, cooling system, timing belt, various filters, ignition system.

I guess what I'm asking is teach me how to care for a car better than my dad did. He says they're only good for getting you from point A to point B and runs them into the ground.
 

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one place to check is the maintenance schedule in your Owners Manual (if no manual, they are available online from Chevrolet for free)...I've always used the severe schedule in the manual to lessen any surprises...

Good luck with your Malibu and more will chime in with additional help...

Bill
 

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No matter how you drive, use the severe service schedule. It'll keep your car running longer, and even if it doesn't, you'll be well on your way to forming good, lasting habits for maintaining other machines properly.
 

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3x like said above.
I got 190k miles out of my old '09 and sold it running fine.
How ? By using only synthetic oil and fluids and going by the severe schedule.
 
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Thank you guys for the info. Unfortunately mine didn't come with a manual nor did I know they had maintenance schedules in them. Managed to find one online and it looks like I'm good for another 7K till transmission fluid change. I also didn't know you had to change brake fluid.
 

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Thank you guys for the info. Unfortunately mine didn't come with a manual nor did I know they had maintenance schedules in them. Managed to find one online and it looks like I'm good for another 7K till transmission fluid change. I also didn't know you had to change brake fluid.
Read this post about the brake fluid.
 

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1.) change oil and rotate tires based of oil life monitor or once a year if you don’t drive much
2.) change cabin air filter every 22k-23k miles or every 2 years, whichever comes first
3.) engine air filter every 45k miles or every 4 years, whichever comes first
4.) spark plugs every 97.5k miles
5.) transmission fluid every 45k miles
6.) coolant every 5 years or 150k miles whatever comes first
7.) I do my brake fluid every 5 years

this is what I do on my 2014 Malibu. I have a 2.0 turbo so I change spark plugs every 60k miles but I only have 42k but I do the above the same
 

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When I do a brake job I crack open the bleeders and gravity drain while swapping other parts.
Never let the fluid reservoir get empty as air will get into the ABS pump and that will screw you. Doing that has worked fine for me for years.
Can't remember if I can even go 5 yrs. without doing a brake job.
 

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When I do a brake job I crack open the bleeders and gravity drain while swapping other parts.
Never let the fluid reservoir get empty as air will get into the ABS pump and that will screw you. Doing that has worked fine for me for years.
Can't remember if I can even go 5 yrs. without doing a brake job.
Do you attach a hose or anything to keep air from going back in or press the brakes while its cracked? Or is it all just gravity and it works out?

That's also another thing I have no experience with ABS and kinda know what it does. Anything I should know about ABS?

Edit: lack of forum experience has me quoting everyone, just cleaning them up.
 

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ABS is anti-lock braking. Find a safe stretch of pavement or dirt, get up to about 30, then jam the brakes as hard as you can and hold them. The ABS will activate to keep the wheels from skidding, which allows for directional control by steering when normally it would just keep going straight. It also reduces the distance it takes to stop without ABS helping.

The brake pedal will pulse. That is normal. Learn how it feels, then if you ever need them, the feeling won't take you by surprise.
 

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ABS is anti-lock braking. Find a safe stretch of pavement or dirt, get up to about 30, then jam the brakes as hard as you can and hold them. The ABS will activate to keep the wheels from skidding, which allows for directional control by steering when normally it would just keep going straight. It also reduces the distance it takes to stop without ABS helping.

The brake pedal will pulse. That is normal. Learn how it feels, then if you ever need them, the feeling won't take you by surprise.
Unfortunately I learned real quick within the first week that I have it and what it feels like. As I was coming to an intersection right as the light turned green in an empty lane, the car in the other lane decided they didn't want to wait for the car in front of them to go and jumped out in front of me right as I was passing them. Reflecting on it I was impressed with the braking distance as I came from a complete stop from 45mph in less than 100'
 

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Do you attach a hose or anything to keep air from going back in or press the brakes while its cracked? Or is it all just gravity and it works out?
I have a hose that fits tight onto the bleeders and just let the fluid drip out . DO NOT touch that brake pedal with a bleeder open. That will let air into the system. If in doubt dirty brake fluid is a WAY less alternative.
3/4 of vehicles on the road have their original brake fluid in them, it only gets fresh when a fluid component gets changed.
 
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