2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner's Manual

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Manual

2004 Chevrolet Malibu manual table of contents:

  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 1
    2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual Seats and Restraint Systems ...1-1 Front Seats ...1-2 Rear Seats ...1-7 Safety Belts ...1-10 ...49 Tires ...5-50 Appearance Care ...5-78 Vehicle Identification ...5-86 Electrical System ...5-87 Capacities and Specifications ...5-96 Maintenance Schedule ...6-1 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 2
    ...Emblem, CHEVROLET, the CHEVROLET Emblem and the name MALIBU are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation... Many people read their owner's manual from beginning to end when they first receive... for your vehicle. In this manual, you will find that pictures and words work together to explain...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 3
    Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning. In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 4
    ... following topics: Seats and Restraint Systems in Section 1 Features and Controls in Section 2 Instrument Panel Overview in Section 3 Climate Controls in Section 3 Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators in Section 3 Audio System(s) in Section 3 Engine Compartment Overview in Section 5 iv
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    These are some examples of symbols you may find on your vehicle: v
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    ✍ NOTES vi
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    ...Restraint ...1-41 Top Strap ...1-42 Top Strap Anchor Location ...1-43 Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children... ...1-2 Manual Seats ...1-2 Six-Way Power Driver Seat ...1-3 Manual Lumbar ...1-3 Heated Seats ...1-4 Reclining Seatbacks ...1-4 Head Restraints ...1-6 Passenger Folding Seatback ...1-6...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 8
    ...Seats If your vehicle has a manual seat adjustment, lift the bar located under the front of ...this feature, to move the power lift seat forward or rearward, pull up on the lever located under the ...locked into place. To raise or lower the power lift seat, hold the switch located on the outboard side of...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    Six-Way Power Driver Seat Manual Lumbar If your vehicle has this feature, the power seat control is located on the outboard side ... this feature, the handle is located on the outboard side of the driver's seat. Push the handle down to increase lumbar support. Pull the handle ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    Heated Seats Your vehicle may have heated front seats. The buttons are located on the outboard corner of the driver and front passenger seat. ... feature. Reclining Seatbacks To adjust the seatback, lift the lever located on the outboard side of the seat and move the seatback to the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 11
    ... crash the belt could go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at your pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. For proper protection ... is in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well back in the seat and wear your safety belt properly. But don't have a ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    ... to carry longer objects, such as skis, be sure any such cargo is not near an air bag. In a crash, an inflating air bag might force ... the most upright position and locked. 2. Push forward on one of the levers located on either side of the back of the passenger's seatback. The head restraints are ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    Rear Seats Rear Seat Operation Folding the Seatback Your vehicle may have a split ... trunk and pull one or both of the gray handles located on the upper part of the trunk opening. The left handle will ... it into place. Make sure the safety belt is not twisted or caught in the seatback. 2. Push and pull ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 14
    To fold down the rear seatback on the MAXX, do the following: 2. Once a lever is pulled, the seatback can be pushed into the down position. 1. Pull up on and hold the lever located on the side of either rear seat. 1-8
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 15
    ...rear seat will slide forward or rearward to allow more cargo space in the rear. Lift the bar located under the front of the seat to unlock the seat. Slide the...in place. If your vehicle has the rear seat entertainment system, the rear seat should only be moved forward to a certain...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    ... Belts {CAUTION: Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It... to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a safety belt properly. {CAUTION...
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    ... in vehicles, the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does matter...a lot! Why Safety Belts Work When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes. Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it's just a seat on wheels. 1-11
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    Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn't stop. 1-12
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    The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield... or the instrument panel... 1-13
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    ...A: You could be - whether you're wearing a safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you'...them in the future. But they are supplemental systems only; so they work with safety belts - not instead of them. Every air bag system ever offered for sale has required the use of...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    ... How to Wear Safety Belts Properly This part is only for people of adult size. Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children...s protection. First, you’ll want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has. We’ll start with the driver position. A: You may be...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    Driver Position This part describes the driver's restraint system. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here is how to wear it properly. 1. Close and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat so you can sit up straight. To see how, see ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 23
    ... the buckle, tilt the latch plate and keep pulling until you can buckle the belt. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on page 1-30. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 24
    ... the adjuster to where you want it, try to move it without pushing the release button to make sure it has locked into position. Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt is centered on your shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder.
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 25
    ... this? {CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body. A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It will not give nearly as much protection this way. 1-19
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 26
    ... if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you. A: The belt is buckled in the wrong ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    Q: What's wrong with this? {CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. Also, the belt would apply too much force to the ribs, which aren't as ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 28
    ... with this? {CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you wouldn't have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it. A: The belt is twisted across the body. 1-22
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 29
    Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they...belt should go back out of the way. Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle. A pregnant ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    ...to buckle up! Accident statistics show that unbelted people in the rear seat are hurt more often in crashes than those who are wearing...s safety belt properly, see Driver Position on page 1-16. The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt – except for ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    Lap-Shoulder Belt All rear seating positions have lap-shoulder belts. Here's how to wear one properly. 1. Pick up ... until you can buckle it. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on page 1-30. Make sure the release button on ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    3. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder part. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you'd be less likely to slide ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    The safety belt locks if there's a sudden stop or a crash, or if you pull the belt very quickly out of the retractor. {CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    ...head. There is one guide for each outside passenger position in the rear seat. To provide added ...child restraints and booster seats and for smaller adults, the comfort guides may be installed ... from between the edge of the seatback and the interior body to remove the guide from its storage clip. 1-28...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    ... belt. The elastic cord must be under the belt. Then, place the guide over the belt, and insert the two edges of the belt into the slots of the guide. 3. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat. The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide on top. 1-29
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    ... to get new ones, and probably other new parts for your safety belt system. See Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash on page 1-61. Safety Belt Extender If the vehicle's ... its storage clip, and then slide the guide onto the clip. Turn the guide and clip inward and in slide...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    ... a crash. Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear seat. In a crash, children who are not buckled up can strike other ... safety belts properly. Older children who have outgrown booster seats should wear the vehicle's safety belts. 1-31
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ... in a crash the child's upper body would have the restraint that belts provide. If the child is sitting in a rear seat outside position, see Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults on page 1-28. 1-32
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    {CAUTION: Never do this. Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, in a crash the child might slide under the belt. The belt's force would then be applied right on the child's abdomen. That ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    ...Neither the distance traveled nor the age and size of the traveler changes the need, for everyone, to use ...provided by appropriate restraints. Young children should not use the vehicle's adult safety belts... a crash a baby will become so heavy it is not possible to hold it. CAUTION: (Continued) 1-34...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    ... adults and older children, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle's safety belt system nor its air bag system is designed .... Young children and infants need the protection that a child restraint system can provide. For example, in a crash at only 25 mph (40 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    .... Selection of a particular restraint should take into consideration not only the child's weight, height and age but also whether... it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. The restraint manufacturer's instructions that come with the restraint, state the weight and height limitations for a...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ...CAUTION: Newborn infants need complete support, including support for the head and neck. This is necessary ...rest of its body. In a crash, an infant in a rear-facing seat settles into the restraint, so the crash... that the vehicle's regular safety belt may not remain low on the hip bones, as it should...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    ... a special bed made for use in a motor vehicle, is an infant restraint system designed to restrain or position a child on a continuous flat surface. Make ... restraint with the seating surface against the back of the infant. The harness system holds the infant in place and, in a crash, acts to keep ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    ... surfaces such as T-shaped or shelf-like shields. A booster seat (F-G) is a child restraint designed to improve the fit of the vehicle's safety belt system. Some booster seats have a shoulder belt positioner, and some high-back booster seats have a five-point harness. A booster seat ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ...How do child restraints work? A: A child restraint system is any device designed for use in...nd these instructions on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both. These restraints use the belt system ...child restraint instructions are important, so if they are not available, obtain a replacement copy ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ...they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. We, therefore, recommend that child restraints ... an infant riding in a rear-facing infant seat, a child riding in a forward-facing child .... It is better to secure the child restraint in a rear seat. Wherever you install it, be sure to secure ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ... always to be anchored. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for your child restraint. If yours requires ... point specified in Top Strap Anchor Location on page 1-43. Be sure to use an anchor point located on the same side of the vehicle as the seating position where the child restraint will ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ...has top strap anchors already installed for the rear seating positions. You'll find them behind the rear seat on the filler panel. Do not use a child restraint with a top strap in the right front passenger's position because there is no place to ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System) Your vehicle has the LATCH system. You will fi...possible positions. Make sure to attach the child restraint at the proper anchor location. This system, designed to make installation of child restraints easier, does not use the vehicle's ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    ... belts to secure the restraint, following the instructions that came with that restraint, and also the instructions in this manual. In order to use the LATCH system in your vehicle, you need a child restraint designed for that system. 1-45
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    ... Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 1-44. 2. Put the child restraint on the... If your child restraint is equipped with the LATCH system, see Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers .... If your child restraint does not have the LATCH system, you will be using the lap-shoulder ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    Tilt the latch plate to adjust the belt if needed. 3. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. 1-47
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    4. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock. 5. To tighten the belt, push down on the child restraint, pull the shoulder portion of the belt to tighten the lap portion of the belt and feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor. If you are using a ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    ...Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position If your child restraint is equipped with the LATCH system, see Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 1-44. See Top Strap on page 1-42 if...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    ... front passenger air bag, always move the seat as far back as it will go before securing a forward-facing child restraint. See Manual Seats on page 1-2. 2. Put the restraint on... belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. 4. Buckle the belt. Make ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    ... belt. 7. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure. To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle's safety belt and let it go ... all the way. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger. 1-51
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    Air Bag Systems This part explains the air bag systems. Your vehicle has air bags - one air bag for the driver and another air ... belts. All air bags are designed to work with safety belts but do not replace them. Frontal air bags for the driver and right front passenger are ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    ... best protection for adults, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle's safety belt system nor its air bag system is designed for.... Young children and infants need the protection that a child restraint system can provide. Always secure children properly in your ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    ... the air bag symbol. Where Are the Air Bags? The system checks the air bag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See Air Bag Readiness Light on page 3-34 for more information. The driver's ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    The right front passenger's air bag is in the instrument panel on the passenger's side. If your vehicle has a side impact air bag for the driver and the person seated directly behind the driver, it is located in the ceiling above the side windows. 1-55
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ...air bag, and don't attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other air... vehicle by routing the rope or tiedown through any door or window opening. If you do, ... passenger and the person directly behind that passenger, it is located in the ceiling above the side windows. 1-56
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    ...and right front passenger’s frontal air bags are not designed to inflate in rollovers, rear impacts,...c vehicle design. Side impact air bags are not designed to inflate in frontal or near-frontal ...For side impact air bags, inflation is determined by the location and severity of the impact. 1-57
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    ... side impact air bags, the sensing system triggers a release of gas from the inflator, which in�.air bag modules inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of the right front ...even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. In moderate to severe side ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    ... could cause breathing problems for people with a history of asthma or other breathing trouble. To avoid this, everyone in... fresh air by opening a window or a door. If you experience breathing problems following an air ...may not work properly. You may have to replace the air bag module in the steering ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ... your vehicle and the air bag system. To purchase a service manual, see Service Publications Ordering Information ... air bag covers, and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.)... performing work for you is qualified to do so. Air bag systems do not need ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    ... may be necessary even if the belt or LATCH system was not being used at the time of the collision. If your seat adjuster will not work after a crash, the special part of the safety belt that goes through the seat to the adjuster may need to be replaced. ...
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    ✍ NOTES 1-62
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    ... Into Park (P) ...2-30 Shifting Out of Park (P) ...2-32 Parking Over Things That Burn ...2-32 Engine Exhaust ...2-33 Running Your ... ...2-37 Keys ...2-3 Remote Keyless Entry System ...2-5 Remote Keyless Entry System Operation ...2-6 Doors and Locks ...2-10 Door Locks ...2-10 Power Door Locks ...2-11 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    ... Map Pocket ...2-45 Rear Compartment Storage Panel/Cover ...2-45 Table ...2-47 Convenience Net ...2-47 Sunroof ...2-48 OnStar® System ...2-38 HomeLink® Transmitter ...2-40 Programming the ... Transmitter ...2-41 Storage Areas ...2-44 Glove Box ...2-44 Cupholder(s) ...2-44 Center Console ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    ... in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. The children or others could be badly injured or even killed. Do not leave the keys in a vehicle with children. 2-3
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    ... and all locks. Each tag has a key code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how ...a new key, go to your dealer for the correct key code. See Roadside Assistance Program on page 7-6 for ... is delivered, the key has a bar-coded key tag. This tag may be removed by your dealer before it ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    ... device. Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization ... any remote keyless entry system. If the transmitter does not work or if you ... if battery replacement is necessary. See "Battery Replacement" under Remote Keyless Entry System ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    ...if your vehicle has the remote keyless entry system: / (Remote Start): If your vehicle has ...will turn off after all of the doors are closed. If enabled through the Driver Information Center (DIC... similar Press the unlock button to unlock the driver's door. If the button is pressed again within fi...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ...remote keyless entry transmitter to lock or unlock the doors. See DIC Operation and Displays ...your vehicle. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased through your dealer....you go to your dealer. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle, any remaining ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 76
    ... battery is weak if the transmitter won't work at the normal range in any location. If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it's ... the bottom half from the top half of the transmitter. 2. Remove the battery and replace it with the new one. Make sure the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 77
    ...start the engine from outside of the vehicle. It also starts up the vehicle's heating or air conditioning systems ...vehicles. Do not use the remote start feature if your vehicle is low on fuel.... can affect the performance of the transmitter, see "Remote Keyless Entry System Operation" previously ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 78
    ...has been done. To manually shut off a remote start, do any of the following: Doors and Locks... and fall out of a moving vehicle. When a door is locked, the handle will not open it. You increase the chance of being thrown out of the vehicle in a crash if the doors are not locked. So, wear safety belts...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    ...use your key or remote keyless entry system, if your vehicle is equipped with this feature. Use the key to unlock the driver's door by turning the key in the ... and the liftgate. The rear doors do not have power door lock switches. Rear seat passengers must use the manual lock knob to lock or unlock...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ...When the driver's power door lock switch or the transmitter lock button is pressed once, with the key removed from the ignition and the driver's door open, three chimes will be ...once the doors are locked, have that person use the manual lock knob or power door unlock switch. The power...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    ... open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle. You can not see or smell CO. It...your vehicle. See Climate Control System in the Index. • If you have air outlets on or under the instrument panel, open them all the way. See Engine Exhaust on page 2-33. Leaving Your Vehicle If you ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 82
    Remote Trunk/Liftgate Release Press the remote release button, located on the lower edge of the driver's door, to open the trunk lid or the liftgate. Emergency Trunk Release Handle The remote trunk release will only work when ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    ... these ways of opening the liftgate works, there is a pull cable located under the body trim panel in the liftgate area which will open .... See Climate Control System on page 3-21. • If you have air outlets on or under the instrument panel, open them all the way. See Engine Exhaust on page 2-33. To ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    Windows {CAUTION: Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. They can be overcome by the extreme heat and suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child, a helpless adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle, especially with...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    Power Windows The power window switches are located on the armrest on the driver's door. In addition, each passenger door has a switch for its own window.... out glare, you can swing down the visors. You can also remove them from the center mount and swing them to the side, to ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    ... vehicle may have a content theft-deterrent alarm system. • Pressing the power door lock switch and the driver's ... the doors closed, turning the driver's door key lock cylinder toward the front of the vehicle. The system will arm thirty seconds after all the doors and the liftgate are closed. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ... off the alarm and disarm the system • Putting the key in the driver's door key lock cylinder and ... turn off the alarm and disarm the system. • Opening the driver's door will cause a ten second pre... has finished and all the doors and the liftgate are closed, the system will re-arm itself. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... someone is using the wrong key, it shuts down the vehicle's starter and fuel systems. The starter will not work and fuel will stop flowing to the engine. Anyone using a trial-and-error method to start the vehicle will be discouraged ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    ... comes on and stays on, you will be able to restart your engine if you turn it off. Your PASS-Key® III + system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your dealer. Your vehicle is not protected by the PASS-Key® III + system ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ... linings can mean premature wear and earlier replacement. Follow this breaking-in guideline every time you get... ignition switch. If none of this works, then your vehicle needs service. • Do not tow a ...warning chime will sound if you open the driver's door while the ignition is off and the key is ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ...position while the engine is running. But even while the engine is not running, you can use ON to operate your electrical accessories, and to display some instrument panel warning lights. Starting Your Engine Move your shift lever to PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). Your ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    ... gasoline from the engine. Notice: Your engine is designed to work with the electronics in your vehicle. If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the engine operates. Before adding electrical equipment, check with your dealer. If you do not...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... the following: The adjustable pedal feature is meant to be used with the adjustable seat and adjustable steering wheel controls to reach a safe and comfortable ... has this feature, can help. You'll get easier starting and lower fuel usage during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    ... Use the Engine Coolant Heater 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. The engine coolant heater cord is located near the engine ... Plugging the cord into an ungrounded outlet could cause an electrical shock. Also, the wrong kind of extension cord could ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ... in PARK (P) before starting the engine. Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system. You have to apply your regular brake ... PARK (P). Your automatic transaxle has a shift lever located on the console between the seats. PARK (P): This position locks your front ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    ...your vehicle is being towed. {CAUTION: Shifting into a drive gear while your engine is running at high speed ...hit people or objects. Do not shift into a drive gear while your engine is running at... not be covered by your warranty. Be sure the engine is not racing when shifting your vehicle. DRIVE (D):...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    ... to THIRD, SECOND and FIRST gears for more power but lower fuel economy than AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE ... shift lever is in LOW (L). When the shift lever is first moved into the LOW (L) position, the display in the instrument panel shows L3. Press the (−) end of the button on the shift lever once for L2 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ...to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly... see Towing a Trailer on page 4-40. 2. Move the shift lever into PARK (P) like this: • Hold in... front of the vehicle. 3. Turn the ignition key to OFF. 4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ...the parking brake and then shift into PARK (P) properly before you leave the driver's seat. To find out how, see Shifting Into Park (P) on page 2-30. When ... leave your vehicle with the engine running. Your vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully in PARK ...
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    ... of Park (P) Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system. You have to apply your regular brake before you can shift from PARK (P) ... {CAUTION: Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Do not park over papers, ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    ... death. You might have exhaust coming in if: • Your exhaust system sounds strange or different. • Your vehicle gets rusty underneath. • Your vehicle...the road or over road debris. Repairs were not done correctly. Your vehicle or exhaust system had been modified improperly. If you ever suspect ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    ...see Towing a Trailer on page 4-40. {CAUTION: Idling the engine with the climate control system off could allow dangerous exhaust into your vehicle. See the earlier Caution under Engine Exhaust on page 2-33. Also, idling in a closed-in place can let deadly ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ... buttons located at the bottom of the mirror face. See your dealer for more information on the system ... to OnStar®. See OnStar® System on page 2-38 for more information about the services OnStar® provides.... once and the green indicator light located to the left of the button will go out indicating...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ... mirror described previously. There are also three OnStar® buttons located at the bottom of the mirror. See your dealer for more information on the system and how to subscribe to OnStar®. See OnStar® System on page 2-38 for more information about the service OnStar® provides. 2-36
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    Outside Power Mirrors The controls for the power mirrors, are located on the driver's door armrest. Outside ...Rear Window Defogger" under Climate Control System on page 3-21 for more information. Outside ...can see more from the driver's seat. Move the selector switch located below the four-way ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    OnStar® System A completed Subscription Service Agreement is required prior to delivery of OnStar® services and prepaid calling ....onstar.com. OnStar® Services Your vehicle may have this feature. OnStar uses global positioning system (GPS) satellite technology, wireless communications, and state ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    ... • Advanced Automatic Collision Notification • Emergency Services • Roadside Assistance • Stolen Vehicle Assistance • AccidentAssist • Remote Door Unlock • Remote Diagnostics • Online Concierge • Hands-Free Voice Activated Calling ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    ...activate devices such as gate operators, garage door openers, entry door locks, security systems and home lighting. Additional HomeLink ...com or by calling 1−800−355−3515. Changes and modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ... Do not use the HomeLink® Transmitter with any garage door opener that does not have the "stop and reverse" feature. This includes any garage door opener model manufactured...1, 1982. If you have a newer garage door opener with rolling codes, please be sure to follow steps 6 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    ... complete the programming of a rolling-code equipped device (most commonly, a garage door opener). 6. Locate in the garage, the garage door opener receiver (motor-... time, and depending on the brand of the garage door opener (or other rolling code device), repeat this sequence a third ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ... HomeLink®" procedures (regardless of where you live), replace Step 3 under "Programming HomeLink®" with the following:...20 seconds. 2. Release both buttons. Do not hold for longer than 30 seconds.... "Programming HomeLink®." Individual buttons can not be erased, but they can be reprogrammed...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ..., pull the handle down and pull the glove box door down until it stops and is ... or soft drink container. One cupholder is located at the rear of the shift lever and one is to the side of ... lever. Pull down the door on the rear of the center console to use the rear seat cupholders. Resetting Defaults ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ... Your vehicle may have storage pockets located on the front edge of the seats, the door panels or the back of the front seats. Your vehicle may also have a... near the center of the instrument panel and a parking pass holder located near the driver's side door trim. Rear ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    ...panel in the upper position, insert the front corners of the panel into the top guides and slide ...can be used as a cargo cover for the rear area. The panel may be installed either carpet or plastic ... you were to carry things on the adjustable panel when it is in the upper (cargo cover) position, then ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ...panel in the center position, insert the front corners of the panel into the middle guides and slide ... tire on the floor of the rear cargo area. 3. The panel can be used in the lower position if ... be extended in the upper position. Notice: Driving with the panel extended into the table position could...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ... sunshade by hand. The sunroof glass panel cannot be opened or closed if your vehicle has an electrical failure. Notice: If you force the sunshade forward of the sliding glass panel, damage will occur and the sunroof may not open or close properly. Always close the glass...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    Section 3 Instrument Panel Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light ...3-38 Engine Coolant ... Light ...3-43 Service Vehicle Soon Light ...3-44 Fuel Gage ...3-44 Driver Information Center ... Audio (RSA) (With Entertainment System) ...3-113 Theft-Deterrent Feature ...3-115 3-1 Instrument Panel Overview ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    Section 3 Instrument Panel Cleaning Your DVD Player ...3-118 Cleaning the Video Screen ...3-118 Fixed Mast Antenna (MAXX Only) ...3-118 Backglass Antenna (Sedan Only) ...3-119 XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna System ...3-119 Audio Steering Wheel Controls ...3-115 DVD Distortion ...3-116 Radio ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ✍ NOTES 3-3
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    Instrument Panel Overview 3-4
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    ...main components of your instrument panel are the following: A. Side Window Outlets. See Climate Control System on page 3-21. B....52. J. Climate Control System. See Climate Control System on page 3-21. K. Glove Box. See Glove Box on page 2-44. L. Side Air Outlets. See Climate Control System on page 3-...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    ...Warning Flashers The hazard warning flasher is located near the center of the instrument panel. Your hazard warning flashers work no matter what position your key ...warn others. They also let police know you have a problem. Your front and rear turn signal lamps will fl...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ... horn by pressing in the area of the horn symbol on your steering wheel. Tilt Wheel A tilt wheel allows ... before you drive. You can raise the steering wheel to the highest level to give your legs... vehicle. The lever that allows you to tilt and telescope the steering wheel is located on the left side ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    ... the instrument panel cluster will flash in the direction of the turn or lane change. The lever on the left side of the steering column ... and other drivers won't see your turn signal. If a bulb is burned out, replace it to...-out bulbs and then check the fuse. See Fuses on page 5-88. Turn and Lane-...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    ...multifunction lever away from you. When the high beams are on, a light on the instrument panel cluster also will be on if the ignition is in ON. Windshield Wipers To ...you will hear a warning chime. Use this lever located on the right side of the steering wheel to operate the windshield wipers. 9(...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    ... off when the wipers are turned off. {CAUTION: In freezing weather, do not use your washer until the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the .../h) or more without keeping your foot on the accelerator. This can really help on long trips. Cruise control does not work at speeds below 25 mph (40 km/h). 3-10
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ... lose control. Do not use cruise control on slippery roads. The cruise control buttons are located on the steering wheel for your convenience. Setting Cruise Control J (On/Off): Press this button to turn the cruise control system on and off. +RES (Resume): Press this button to ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    ...release it. The cruise symbol will display in the instrument panel cluster to show the system is engaged. 4. Take your ...control but do not turn it off. • If the cruise control system is already engaged... the cruise control. The cruise symbol in the instrument panel cluster will also go out indicating...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    ... cruise control disengages, the cruise symbol in the instrument panel cluster will go out. Using Cruise Control... out of cruise control. Many drivers find this to be too much trouble and don't use cruise.../off button, this will turn off the cruise control system. Erasing Speed Memory When you turn ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    ... is the momentary Off/On switch for the Automatic Headlamp System. In Canada, this only works when the vehicle is in PARK (P). When operating in the .... The Automatic Headlamp System is always turned on at the beginning of an ignition cycle. The lever on the left side of the steering column operates ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    The following charts show the condition of the vehicle's exterior lamps when the transmission is not in PARK (P) and the switch is moved to each position: United States Exterior Lamp Positions for Daytime Lamps Headlamp Parking Lamp DRL/Turn Signal Lamp Taillamp P OFF OFF OFF OFF AUTO OFF OFF ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    Canadian Exterior Lamp Positions for Daytime Lamps Headlamp Parking Lamp DRL/Turn Signal Lamp Taillamp P OFF OFF ON OFF AUTO OFF OFF ON OFF ; OFF ON ON ON 2 ON ON OFF ON Canadian Exterior Lamp Positions for Nighttime Lamps Headlamp Parking Lamp DRL/Turn Signal Lamp Taillamp P ON ON OFF ON ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    ... lever is not in PARK (P). While the DRL system is on, the taillamps, sidemarker lamps, and instrument panel lights will not be illuminated. The DRL system will be off any time... top of the instrument panel that inputs to the ACC, so be sure it is not covered which will cause the system to...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    ...position. Fog Lamps If your vehicle has this feature, the button for the fog lamps is located on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering wheel. Headlamps Off in Park (P) This feature works when the ignition is on and it is dark outside. To ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    Interior Lamps Instrument Panel Brightness The control for this feature is located on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel. Entry/Exit Lighting When you open any door, the lamps inside of your vehicle will go on. These lamps...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    ... in OFF. Accessory Power Outlets With accessory power outlets you can plug in auxiliary electrical equipment such as a cellular telephone. For vehicles with anti-lock brake system (ABS), the accessory power outlets are located on the front of the center console storage area and...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ... electrical accessories may not be compatible with the accessory power outlet and could result in blown vehicle or adapter fuses. If you experience a problem see your dealer for additional information on accessory power outlets. Notice: Adding any electrical ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    ...): H (Vent): This mode directs air to the instrument panel outlets. This mode directs half of the air to the instrument panel outlets, and the remaining air to the floor outlets. Some air may ... the mode knob back to another mode, the system will move back into recirculation. When the vehicle ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    ...turn the recirculation mode off. The air-conditioning system removes moisture from the air, so you ... off the engine. This is normal. # (Air Conditioning): Press this button to turn the air conditioning system... for your vehicle to cool down. It also helps the system to operate more efficiently. 3-23...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ...glass. This can be minimized if the climate control system is used properly. There are two modes ... to the side windows. When you select this mode, the system turns off recirculation automatically and ... air directed to the floor vents. In this mode, the system will automatically force outside air into...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ... defogger uses a warming grid to remove fog or frost from the rear window. Automatic Climate Control System If your vehicle has this system, you...on both the fan control and the mode control knobs to activate the automatic system. When automatic operation is active the system will ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    ... setting will not cause the vehicle to heat or cool any faster. Be careful not to cover the sensor located on the top of the instrument panel near the windshield. This sensor regulates air temperature based on sun load, and also turns on your ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ... fan symbol allows you to manually adjust the fan speed. This mode directs air to the instrument panel outlets. Press the right side of the button to turn ... 6 (Floor): This mode directs half of the air to the instrument panel outlets, and the remaining air to the floor outlets. This...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ...On cool, but sunny days while using manual operation of the automatic system, use bi-level to deliver ... in AUTO mode, the system will maximize its performance by using recirculation as necessary. Heating: On cold days when using manual operation of the automatic system, choose floor mode to deliver ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    ... rear window defogger uses a warming grid to remove fog from the rear window. -(Defog): Use ... Turn the mode knob to this position to defrost the windshield. The system will automatically control the fan speed if ... may damage the rear window defogger. Repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Do ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    ... is Use the horizontal thumbwheels on the air outlets, located in the center and on the sides of the instrument panel, to change the direction of the airflow.... vanes. The two upper outlets in the center of the instrument panel are dedicated to the rear seats. These outlets are fixed to aim airflow...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ...may be on your vehicle. The pictures will help you locate them. Warning lights and gages .... Warning lights come on when there may be or is a problem with one of your vehicle's functions. As you ... should not be alarmed when this happens. Gages can indicate when there may be or is a problem with one ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    Instrument Panel Cluster Your instrument panel cluster is designed to let you know at a glance how your vehicle is ...ll know how fast you're going, how much fuel you're using, and many other ... and economically. Your vehicle has this instrument panel cluster, which includes indicator warning lights ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    ...at zero and a label must be put on the driver's door to show the old mileage reading when the new odometer ... trip odometer is accessed and reset through the Driver Information Center (DIC). See DIC ...3-46 for more information. The tachometer shows your engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ...the instrument panel, which shows the air bag symbol. The system checks the air bag's electrical system ... light tells you if there is an electrical problem. The system check includes the air bag sensor... you are driving, your air bag system may not work properly. Have your vehicle serviced right away...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ... start your vehicle, it means the air bag system may not be working properly. The air bags in ... you hear a chime, you may have a problem with the electrical charging system. It could indicate that you have a loose generator drive belt or another electrical problem. Have it checked right away. Driving...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ..., there is a brake problem. Have your brake system inspected right away. The Driver Information Center ... United States Canada Your brake system may not be working properly if the brake system... ready to warn you if there's a problem. When the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will also ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    ...lock brakes and there's a problem with your regular brakes. See Brake System Warning Light on ...be ready to warn you if there is a problem. Enhanced Traction System Warning Light If your ...light should go out. • If there's a brake system problem that is specifically related to traction control,...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    .... Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light This light indicates that the engine coolant has overheated or the radiator cooling fan is not working. Slippery road conditions may exist if the Enhanced Traction System active light comes on, so adjust your ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ... comes on to indicate that there is a problem and service is required. Malfunctions often will be indicated by the system before any problem is apparent. This may prevent more serious damage to your vehicle. This system ...while, your emission controls may not work as well, your fuel economy may ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    Notice: Modifications made to the engine, transaxle, exhaust, intake or fuel system of your vehicle or the replacement of the original tires with other than those of the same Tire Performance Criteria (TPC) can affect your vehicle's emission controls and ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    .... See Filling Your Tank on page 5-8. The diagnostic system can determine if the fuel cap has... deep puddle of water? If so, your electrical system may be wet. The condition will usually be... equipment and diagnostic tools to fix any mechanical or electrical problems that may have developed. Emissions ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ...light will go out when the engine is running. If it doesn't come on with the ignition on, you may have a problem with the bulb. Have it fixed right away. {CAUTION: Do not keep driving if... Pressure Light If you have a low engine oil pressure problem, this light will stay on after you start...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    ... on page 2-20 for more information. If the light comes on continuously while driving and stays on, there may be a problem with the PASS-Key® III + system. Your vehicle will not be protected by PASS-Key® III +, and you should see ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ...when you turn the ignition to ON. Fuel Gage It will stay on, or come on and a chime will sound if it detects a problem on the vehicle. The Driver Information Center (DIC) may display a ... the indicator nears empty, the amber light located left of the pump symbol will come on and you will hear...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ... things that some owners ask about. These are normal and do not indicate a problem with your fuel gage: • At the service station, the gas pump shuts off before the gage reads full. The buttons used to activate the DIC are located on the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ... If your vehicle has the uplevel audio system, the time and outside temperature will be shown on... refueling. It's based on fuel economy and the fuel remaining in the tank. The fuel economy data ... starting from that point. If the average fuel economy is not reset, it will be continually updated each ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ... LIFE appears in the display. The Oil Life Monitor system shows an estimate of the oil's remaining useful life. It will show 100% when the system is reset after an oil change. It will alert you to change ... Remote Keyless Entry Unlock • Security System Passive or Remote Keyless Entry Arming...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    ... can reset the Oil Life Monitor system. To reset the system to 100%, press and hold the ... until the next button is pressed. This will tell you the system has been reset. UNITS: When UNITS appears ... change the trip odometer, temperature and average fuel economy displays. REMOTE START: The remote start...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... setting from the factory is ON. AUTO UNLK: The automatic door unlocking feature, which allows the vehicle... vehicle has the remote keyless entry system, this feature allows you to select the method used to arm the vehicle's security system. When SECURITY appears on the display, use the ENTER button...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ... display if the ignition is in ON to inform the driver that the brake fluid level is low. Have the brake system serviced by a technician as soon as .... DIC Warnings and Messages These messages will appear if there is a problem sensed in one of your vehicle's systems. Any message will clear when ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ... the tank as soon as possible. POWER STEERING: This message is displayed if a problem has been detected with the electric power steering. Have your vehicle serviced immediately. PUSH PARK PEDAL: This message is displayed if the parking ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    ... sound equipment may interfere with the operation of your vehicle's engine, radio or other systems, and even damage them. Your ... a feature called Retained Accessory Power (RAP). With RAP, you can play your audio system even after the ignition is turned off. See "Retained Accessory Power (RAP)" ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    Setting the Time for Radios with Radio Data Systems (RDS) To set the hour, press the clock button....the time with an FM station broadcasting Radio Data System (RDS) information, press and hold the ... Canada similar Playing the Radio O (Power): Press this knob to turn the system on and off. u (Volume): ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    ... Stations The six numbered pushbuttons let you return to your favorite stations. You can set up to 18 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and six AM) by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press AM/FM/CD to select FM1, FM2, or AM. 3. Tune in the desired station. 4. Press and hold one of...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    ... end out of tone by pressing another button, causing the radio to perform that function, or by waiting five seconds for the display to return to the ... of balance and fade by pressing another button, causing the radio to perform that function, or by waiting five seconds for the display to return to ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    ... properly for your vehicle and must be returned to the dealer for service. LOCKED: This message is displayed when the Theftlock® system has locked up. Your vehicle must ... tracks, and/or difficulty in loading and ejecting. If these problems occur try a known good CD. Do not add paper labels to CDs, ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    3 RPT (Repeat): Press this pushbutton once to hear a track over again. REPEAT ON and RPT will appear on the display. The current track will continue to repeat. Press RPT again to turn off repeat play. REPEAT OFF will appear on the display and RPT will disappear from the display. 4 RDM (Random): ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    ... be corrected, contact your dealer. If your radio displays an error message, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. United States shown, Canada similar Radio Data System (RDS) Your audio system is equipped with a Radio...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    ... This system relies upon receiving specific information from these stations and will only work ...program being broadcast. Playing the Radio O (Power): Press this knob to turn the system on and off. u (Volume... Volume): With automatic volume, your audio system adjusts automatically to make up for road ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ... the same to you as you drive. AUTO VOL NONE will appear on the display if the radio cannot determine the vehicle speed or if the engine is not running. If you do not want to use automatic volume, select AUTO VOL OFF. DISP (Display): Press this knob to...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    ... stations. You can set up to 30 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and six AM, six XM1 and six XM2 (48 contiguous US states, if equipped) by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press BAND to select FM1, FM2, or AM, or XM1 or XM2. 3. Tune in the desired station. 4. Press AUTO TONE or ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ... and automatic tone or automatic equalization will switch to that preset equalization settings. To return to the manual mode, press the AUTO TONE or AUTO EQ button until CUSTOM appears on the display. You can also manually adjust the bass, midrange, and treble using the tone button. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    ...You will not be able to turn off alert announcements. ALERT! will not be affected by tests of the emergency broadcast system. This feature is not supported by all RDS stations. MSG (Message): If the current station has a message, MSG will appear on the display...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    ... XM™ Satellite Radio Service. Radio Messages CALIBRATE ERR (Error): Your audio system has been ... your vehicle and it must be returned to the dealer for service. LOCKED: This message is displayed when the Theftlock® system has locked up. Your vehicle must be returned to the dealer for service. If ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    ... than 30 seconds. Your system is functioning correctly, but you are in a location that is blocking the XM ...area, the signal should return. Your radio system is acquiring and processing audio and ... information is available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. 3-65 No Signal ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    ... category information is available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. No text or informational messages are available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. There are no channels ... retail location. Radio ID Radio ID label (channel 0) Radio ID not ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    ...the smaller 8cm single CDs with an adapter ring. Full-size CDs and the smaller CDs are loaded in the .../or difficulty in loading and ejecting. If these problems occur try a known good CD. Do not add paper labels ... CD player. Do not play 3-inch CDs without a standard adapter CD. If an error appears on ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    Press the down arrow to go to the start of the current track if it has been playing for more than eight seconds. If you press this arrow more than once, the player will continue moving backward through the CD. Press the up arrow to go to the start of the next track. If you press this arrow more ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    ... an hour and try again. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. United States shown, Canada similar ... dealer. If your radio displays an error message, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. Radio Data System (RDS) Your audio system is equipped with ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    ... This system relies upon receiving specific information from these stations and will only work ...program being broadcast. Playing the Radio O (Power): Press this knob to turn the system on and off. u (Volume... Volume): With automatic volume, your audio system adjusts automatically to make up for road ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    ... the same to you as you drive. AUTO VOL NONE will appear on the display if the radio cannot determine the vehicle speed or if the engine is not running. If you do not want to use automatic volume, select AUTO VOL OFF. DISP (Display): Press this knob to...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    ... stations. You can set up to 30 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and six AM, six XM1 and six XM2 (48 contiguous US states, if equipped) by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press BAND to select FM1, FM2, or AM, or XM1 or XM2. 3. Tune in the desired station. 4. Press AUTO TONE or ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ... and automatic tone or automatic equalization will switch to that preset equalization settings. To return to the manual mode, press the AUTO TONE or AUTO EQ button until CUSTOM appears on the display. You can also manually adjust the bass, midrange, and treble using the tone button. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    ...You will not be able to turn off alert announcements. ALERT! will not be affected by tests of the emergency broadcast system. This feature is not supported by all RDS stations. MSG (Message): If the current station has a message, MSG will appear on the display...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    ... XM™ Satellite Radio Service. Radio Messages CALIBRATE ERR (Error): Your audio system has been ... your vehicle and it must be returned to the dealer for service. LOCKED: This message is displayed when the Theftlock® system has locked up. Your vehicle must be returned to the dealer for service. If ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    ... than 30 seconds. Your system is functioning correctly, but you are in a location that is blocking the XM ...area, the signal should return. Your radio system is acquiring and processing audio and ... information is available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. No Signal Loss ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ... category information is available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. No text or informational messages are available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. There are no channels ... retail location. Radio ID Radio ID label (channel 0) Radio ID not ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ... Tapes longer than that are so thin they may not work well in this player. The longer side of ... a garbled sound, the tape may not be in squarely. Press the eject button to remove the tape and start ... ignition is off, first press the eject button located to the left of the tape slot or the DISP knob. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ...future listening. EJECT / Z (Eject): Press this button, located to the left of the cassette tape slot, to eject ...should not be used in the player. Try a new tape to make sure your player is working ...radio displays an error message, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    ...the smaller 8cm single CDs with an adapter ring. Full-size CDs and the smaller CDs are loaded in the ...and/or difficulty in loading and ejecting. If these problems occur try a known good CD. Do not add paper labels... CD player. Do not play 3-inch CDs without a standard adapter CD. If an error appears on...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    ...) when listening to the radio. The inactive tape or CD will remain safely inside the radio for future listening. EJECT / Z (Eject): Press this button, located to the left of the CD slot, to eject a CD. Eject may be activated with either the ignition or radio off. CDs may be loaded with the radio and...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    ... an hour and try again. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. United States shown, Canada similar ... dealer. If your radio displays an error message, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. Radio Data System (RDS) Your audio system is equipped with ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    ... This system relies upon receiving specific information from these stations and will only work ...program being broadcast. Playing the Radio O (Power): Press this knob to turn the system on and off. u (Volume... Volume): With automatic volume, your audio system adjusts automatically to make up for road ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 200
    ... the same to you as you drive. AUTO VOL NONE will appear on the display if the radio cannot determine the vehicle speed or if the engine is not running. If you do not want to use automatic volume, select AUTO VOL OFF. DISP (Display): Press this knob to...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    ... stations. You can set up to 30 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and six AM, six XM1 and six XM2 (48 contiguous US states, if equipped) by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press BAND to select FM1, FM2, or AM, or XM1 or XM2. 3. Tune in the desired station. 4. Press AUTO TONE or ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    ... and automatic tone or automatic equalization will switch to that preset equalization settings. To return to the manual mode, press the AUTO TONE or AUTO EQ button until CUSTOM appears on the display. You can also manually adjust the bass, midrange, and treble using the tone button. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    ...You will not be able to turn off alert announcements. ALERT! will not be affected by tests of the emergency broadcast system. This feature is not supported by all RDS stations. MSG (Message): If the current station has a message, MSG will appear on the display...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    ... XM™ Satellite Radio Service. Radio Messages CALIBRATE ERR (Error): Your audio system has been ... your vehicle and it must be returned to the dealer for service. LOCKED: This message is displayed when the Theftlock® system has locked up. Your vehicle must be returned to the dealer for service. If ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ... than 30 seconds. Your system is functioning correctly, but you are in a location that is blocking the XM ...area, the signal should return. Your radio system is acquiring and processing audio and ... information is available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. 3-89 No Signal ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 206
    ... category information is available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. No text or informational messages are available at this time on this channel. Your system is working properly. There are no channels ... retail location. Radio ID Radio ID label (channel 0) Radio ID not ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    ...the smaller 8cm single CDs with an adapter ring. Full-size CDs and the smaller CDs are loaded in the ...and/or difficulty in loading and ejecting. If these problems occur try a known good CD. Do not add paper labels... CD player. Do not play 3-inch CDs without a standard adapter CD. If an error appears on...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    ... single CD symbol flashing until the CD is removed. If the CD is not removed within 25 seconds the radio ... part way from the radio and the display will change to a flashing REMOVE CD # with the single CD symbol flashing until the CD is removed. If the CD is not removed within 25 seconds the radio ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    RPT (Repeat): With repeat, you can repeat one track or an entire CD. To use repeat, do the following: • To play the tracks on all of the CDs that are loaded in random order, press and hold the RDM button for more than two seconds. You will hear a beep, RANDOM ALL CDS, and RDM will appear on the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ... To save tracks into the song list feature, perform the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on and load it... for more information. 2. Check to see that the CD changer is not in song list mode. S-LIST should not ... and then use the SEEK left arrow to locate the track that you want to save. The track will ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    ... saved track. To delete tracks from the song list, perform the following steps: 1. Turn the CD player on...end of the list. To delete the entire song list, perform the following steps: 1. Turn the CD player ... the song list button. One beep will be heard and S-LIST will be removed from the display. 3-95
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ... radio twice. To resume use of the RSE system press the RSE power button. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. • The ... your dealer. If your radio displays an error message, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. 3-96
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    ...driving and should not try to do so. Your DVD system is designed to be inoperable... the RSE system is shut off, or if the headphones are out of range of the transmitters, located at the top... amount of hissing is normal. Headphones The entertainment system includes two wireless headphones. The wireless...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    Battery Replacement To change the batteries, do the following: 1. Loosen the screw on the battery compartment door located on the left side of the headphone earpiece. 2. Replace the two AAA batteries in the compartment. Make sure that they are ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ... through the wired headphones (not included) on the RSE system when the following occurs: Video Screen The video screen is located on the back of the floor... playing The volume on the audio system may vary when switching between a radio station, CD, DVD, cassette, or auxiliary ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    ... screen. The DVD player can be controlled by the buttons on the RSE system, and/or by the buttons on the remote control. See "Remote Control" ... in this section. DVD Player Buttons O (Power): Press this button to turn the RSE system on and off. c/Z (Stop/Eject): Press this button to stop playing...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 217
    ...US states, if equipped). If the front seat passengers are listening to the DVD player, the rear ...go to the next chapter or track. This button may not work when the DVD is playing the copyright information ... the DVD does not begin playing at the main title, refer to the on-screen instructions. x SEEK ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    ...damaged discs will cause this error. Region Code Error: This message will be displayed if the region code of the DVD is not compatible with the region code of the DVD player. Load/Eject Error: This message will be displayed if the disc is not properly loaded or ejected. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    ... the desired button. Direct sunlight or very bright light may affect the ability of the entertainment system to receive signals from the remote control. Be sure the remote control's batteries are not weak or discharged, as this will also affect ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 220
    ... fast reverse the DVD or CD. To stop fast reversing, press this button again. This button may not work when the DVD is playing the copyright information or the... to return to the previous track or chapter. This button may not work when the DVD is playing the copyright information or the...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    ... fast forward the DVD or CD. To stop fast forwarding, press this button again. This button may not work when the DVD is playing the copyright information or the ... the beginning of the next track or chapter. This button may not work when the DVD is playing the copyright information or ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    ..., Spanish, or French. The subtitle language is dependent on whether the DVD supports the selected language. Menu: The default on-screen display language may be ...audio language may be selected from various languages. The audio output is dependent on whether a DVD supports the selected language. 3-106
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 223
    ... subtitle language is dependent on whether a DVD supports the selected language. Current Audio Language:... audio language is dependent on whether a DVD supports the selected language. Smart Color: This color ... to resume play of the DVD. DVD audio will not be available during selection. Enlarge Picture:...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 224
    .... Disc will not play. Battery Replacement To change the remote control batteries, do the following: 1. Unclip the battery door located on the back of the remote control. 2. Remove the batteries from the compartment. 3. Replace the two AA batteries. Make sure that they ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 225
    Problem The picture does not fill the screen. There are black borders on the top and bottom... way for a standard screen. Eject the disc again. Problem How do I get subtitles on or off? Recommended ...pressed. (The remote control will not work the RSA control, only the RSE system). The remote control ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 226
    Problem When I return to the DVD from the system menu, sometimes it plays from the beginning and sometimes from where it left ...information or previews. Problem My disc is stuck in the player. The eject button does not work. Recommended Action Press the eject button on the DVD player. Turn the power...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 227
    Problem Recommended Action DVD System inoperable. In severe or extreme temperatures your DVD system might not be operable. Temperatures below −4°F (−20°C) or above 158°F (70°C). To could damage your DVD system. Please operate your DVD system under normal or ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    Rear Seat Radio Controls AM FM: Press this button to switch between FM1, FM2, AM, or XM1 or XM2... stay there. The SEEK button is inactive if the front radio is in use. The following functions are controlled by the RSA system buttons: PWR (Power): Press this button to turn RSA on or off. VOL (Volume):...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ... Program): The front passengers must be listening to something different for each of these functions to work: Rear Seat Audio (RSA) (With Entertainment System) This feature allows rear seat passengers to listen to and control any of the music sources: ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 230
    ...passengers are listening to. The following functions are controlled by the RSA system buttons: Press this button to turn the RSE and RSA systems on and off. SRCE (Source): Press this button to switch between ... is inactive if it has been selected from the same band as the front seat passengers. 3-114...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    ...CD mode on the front radio is in use. Audio Steering Wheel Controls If your vehicle ...remote playback functions using the buttons on your steering wheel. x w (Volume): Press the up or down... to discourage theft of your radio. The feature works automatically by learning a portion of the Vehicle Identi�.
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    ... when operating cellular phones, scanners, CB radios, Global Position Systems (GPS)*, two-way radios, mobile fax, or walkie ... DVD player when operating one of these devices in or near the vehicle. *Excludes the OnStar® System. XM™ Satellite Radio Service (48 Contiguous US States) XM™ Satellite ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    ...Your Cassette Tape Player A tape player that is not cleaned regularly can cause reduced... identify the cleaning cassette as a damaged tape, in error. To prevent the cleaning cassette from being ejected, use... the tape head. This type of cleaning cassette will not eject on its own. A non-scrubbing action...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    ... slightly bent, you can straighten it out by hand. If the mast is badly bent you should replace it. Check occasionally to be sure the mast is still tightened to the rear quarter panel. Care of Your CD and DVD Player The use of CD lens cleaner discs is not ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ...without interfering with radio reception. XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna System Your XM™ Satellite Radio antenna is located on the roof of your vehicle. Keep ... and ice build up for clear radio reception. The performance of your XM system may be affected if your sunroof is...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ✍ NOTES 3-120
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    ...Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle ...4-2 Defensive Driving ...4-2 Drunken Driving ...4-2 Control of a Vehicle ...4-5 Braking ...4-6 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) ...4-9 Steering ...4-11 Off-Road Recovery ...4-13 Passing ...4-13 Loss of ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ... it means "always expect the unexpected." Assume that pedestrians or other drivers are going to be careless and make mistakes. Anticipate what they... going to brake or turn suddenly. Defensive driving requires that a driver concentrate on the driving task. Anything that distracts from the driving...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 239
    ... these laws. The obvious way to eliminate the leading highway safety problem is for people never to drink alcohol and then drive. But what ... depends on each person and situation, here is some general information on the problem. The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of someone who is drinking depends ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    ... of coffee or number of cold showers will speed that up. "I will be careful" is not the right answer. What if there is an emergency, a need to...and driving that many people do not know. Medical research shows that alcohol in a person's system can make crash injuries worse, especially injuries to...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    ... a driver who will not drink. You have three systems that make your vehicle go where you want it to go. They are the brakes, the steering and the accelerator. All three systems have to do their work at the places where the tires meet the road....
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    ...second. But that is only an average. It might be less with one driver and as long as two or three seconds or more... If your engine ever stops while you are driving, brake normally but do not pump your brakes. If you do, ...may get harder to push down. If your engine stops, you will still have some power ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    ... vehicle has anti-lock brakes, this warning light on the instrument panel will come on briefly when you start your vehicle. Let ...to stop rolling, the computer will separately work the brakes at each wheel. The anti-lock system can change the brake pressure faster than any driver could. The computer...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    Using Anti-Lock Do not pump the brakes. Just hold the brake pedal down firmly .... If you have anti-lock, you can steer and brake at the same time. However, if you do not have anti-... rolling. Once they do, the vehicle can not respond to your steering. Momentum will carry it in whatever direction it was...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 245
    ...are spinning or beginning to lose traction. When this happens, the system reduces engine power and may also upshift... wheel spin. You may feel or hear the system working, but this is normal. This light will also come on when the anti-lock brake system is working. If your vehicle is in cruise control ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    The Enhanced Traction System operates in all transaxle shift lever positions. But the system can upshift the transaxle only as high as ... brake is fully released, this warning light will come on to let you know if there's a problem. To turn the system on or off, press the ETS button on the center ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ... Power Steering If you lose power steering assist because the engine stops or the system is not functioning, you can steer but it will take much more effort. Suppose...apply the brakes. Both control systems - steering and braking - have to do their work where the tires meet the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 248
    ...sometimes you can not; there is not room. That is the time for evasive action - steering around the problem. Your vehicle can perform very well in emergencies like ...4-6. It is better to remove as much speed as you can from a possible collision. Then steer around the problem, to the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 249
    ... accelerator and then, if there is nothing in the way, steer so that your vehicle straddles the edge of the pavement. You can turn the steering wheel up to one-quarter turn until the right ... tire contacts the pavement edge. Then turn your steering wheel to go straight down the roadway. • ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    ... if you are following a larger vehicle. Also, you will not have adequate space if the vehicle ahead ... too rapidly. Even though the brake lamps are not flashing, it may be slowing down or starting to ... If you are being passed, make it easy for the following driver to get ahead of you. Perhaps you can ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 251
    ... review what driving experts say about what happens when the three control systems (brakes, steering and acceleration) do not have enough friction where ...to your vehicle's three control systems. In the braking skid, your wheels are not rolling. In the steering or cornering skid, ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 252
    ... to reduce the glare from headlamps behind you. • Since you can not see as well, you may need to slow down and keep ...Night driving is more dangerous than day driving. One reason is that some drivers are likely to be impaired - by alcohol or drugs, with night vision problems, or by fatigue. 4-16
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 253
    ... have less trouble adjusting to night. But if you are driving, do not wear sunglasses...dark. When you are faced with severe glare (as from a driver who does not lower the high beams, or a vehicle ...regularly. Some drivers suffer from night blindness - the inability to see in dim light - and are not ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 254
    .... It is wise to keep your windshield wiping equipment in good shape and keep your windshield washer tank filled with washer fluid. Replace your windshield wiper inserts when they show signs of streaking or missing areas on the windshield, or ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    ...: Wet brakes can cause accidents. They will not work as well in a quick stop and may cause pulling to one side. You could ... brake pedal lightly until your brakes work normally. Driving too fast through large ... through some car washes can cause problems, too. The water may affect your brakes....
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 256
    ... has little or no contact with the road. Hydroplaning does not happen often. But it can if your ... Hydroplaning usually happens at higher speeds. There just is not a hard and fast rule about hydroplaning. The...s air intake and badly damage your engine. Never drive through water that is slightly lower ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 257
    ... you start to move, check both ways for vehicles that have not cleared the intersection or may be running the red light. One of the biggest problems with city streets is the amount of traffic on them. You will want to watch out for what the...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    ...Keep up with traffic and keep to the right. Drive at the same speed most of the other drivers are driving. Too-fast or too-slow driving breaks a smooth traffic flow. Treat... you leave the lane, glance quickly over your shoulder to make sure there is not another vehicle in your "blind" spot. 4-22
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    ... reservoir full? Are all windows clean inside and outside? • Wiper Blades: Are they in good shape? • Fuel, Engine Oil, Other Fluids: Have you checked all levels?... you delay your trip a short time to avoid a major storm system? • Maps: Do you have up-to-date maps? 4-...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    ... same scenery, along with the hum of the tires on the road, the drone of the engine, and the rush of the wind against the vehicle that can make you sleepy. Do not let it happen to you! If it does, your ...get sleepy, pull off the road into a rest, service or parking area and take a nap, get...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    ...could get so hot that they would not work well. You would then ...brakes, tires, cooling system and transaxle. These parts can work hard on mountain... get so hot that they would not work well. You would then... highway signs on mountains that warn of special problems. Examples are long grades, passing or no...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    Winter Driving Here are some tips for winter driving: • Have your vehicle in good shape for winter. • You may want to put winter emergency supplies in your trunk. Also see Tires on page 5-50. Include an ice scraper, a small brush or broom, a supply of windshield washer fluid, a rag, some ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ...more. Unless you have the anti-lock braking system, you will want to brake very gently, too.... do have anti-lock, see Braking on page 4-6. This system improves your vehicle's stability when you make a...road.) Whether you have the anti-lock braking system or not, you will want to begin stopping sooner ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ... rolling and you can still steer. If You Are Caught in a Blizzard • Whatever your braking system, allow greater following distance on any slippery road. • ..., brake before you are on it. Try not to brake while you are actually on the ice, and avoid sudden steering maneuvers. If ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    ... warm. {CAUTION: Snow can trap exhaust gases under your vehicle. This can ... and kill you. You can not see it or smell it, so you might... vehicle, especially any that is blocking your exhaust pipe. And check around again... as long as you must. This saves fuel. When you run the engine, make it go a little...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    ... the cold. But do it as little as possible. Preserve the fuel as long as you can. To help keep warm, ... other parts of the vehicle can overheat. That could cause an engine compartment fire or other damage. When you are ... If you spin the wheels too fast while shifting your transaxle back and forth, you...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 267
    ...Your Vehicle To Get It Out First, turn your steering wheel left and right. That will clear the ... wheels. Then shift back and forth between REVERSE (R) and a forward gear, spinning the ... pedal while you shift, and press lightly on the accelerator pedal when the transaxle is in gear. By slowly spinning ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    ... you do recreational vehicle towing: Dinghy Towing To tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, follow these steps: • What's the towing capacity of the towing vehicle? Be sure you read the tow vehicle manufacturer's recommendations. • How far will you tow? Some vehicles have ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    ...draining while the vehicle is being towed, remove the following fuse from the engine compartment fuse block: 20) IBCM 1. See "Engine Compartment Fuse Block" under Fuses on page 5-88 ... destination. To reinstall a fuse do the following: 1. Set the parking brake. 2. Remove the key from the ignition ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    .... 1. Put the front wheels on a dolly. 2. Put the vehicle in PARK (P). 3. Set the parking brake and then remove the key. 4. Clamp the steering wheel in a straight-ahead position with a clamping device designed for towing. 5. Release the parking brake. 4-34
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    ... Tire and Loading Information label shows the seating capacity and the total weight your vehicle...label is attached to the center pillar, near the driver's door latch. If your vehicle has ...Loading Information label, Example 2, the label is on the edge of the driver's side rear passenger door. 4-35
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ...weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated .... Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your .... Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit 1. Locate the statement "The combined weight of occupants and ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    Example 1 Example 2 Loading Your Vehicle Item A B C Description Vehicle Capacity Weight for Example 1 = Subtract Occupant Weight 150 lbs (68 kg) × 2...) 700 lbs (317 kg) Item A B C Loading Your Vehicle Description Vehicle Capacity Weight for Example 2 = Subtract Occupant Weight 150 lbs (68 kg) × 5...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 274
    ...found on the rear edge of the driver's door. It tells you the gross weight capacity of your vehicle,... includes the weight of the vehicle, all occupants, fuel and cargo. Never exceed the GVWR ... about your vehicle's capacity weight and seating positions. The combined weight of the driver, passengers...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 275
    ... Never stack heavier things, like suitcases, inside the vehicle so that some of them are above the tops of the seats. • Do not leave an unsecured child restraint in your vehicle.... the vehicle, secure it whenever you can. • Do not leave a seat folded down unless you need to. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 276
    ..., if the trailer is too heavy, the brakes may not work well - or even at all. You and... Trailering means changes in handling, durability and fuel economy. Successful, safe trailering takes ... and tires are forced to work harder against the drag of the added weight. The engine is required to operate at...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    ... or you can write us at: Chevrolet Customer Assistance P.O. Box 33170 Detroit, MI 48232-5170 In Canada,...(1 600 km) your new vehicle is driven. Your engine, axle or other parts could be damaged. • ... don't make starts at full throttle. This helps your engine and other parts of your vehicle wear in ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 278
    ...GVW because your vehicle will be carrying that weight, too. See Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-34 for more information about your vehicle's maximum load capacity. If you're using a weight-carrying hitch or a weight-distributing hitch, the trailer tongue (A) should weigh 10 to 15 percent of the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 279
    ... brakes, do not try to tap into your vehicle's hydraulic brake system. If you do, both systems won't work well, or at all. • The rear bumper on your vehicle is not intended...them, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) from your exhaust can get into your vehicle. See Engine Exhaust on page 2-33. Dirt and ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 280
    ...the trailer hitch and platform (and attachments), safety chains, electrical connector, lamps, tires and mirror adjustment. If the... trailer brake controller by hand to be sure the brakes are working. This lets you check your electrical connection at the same time. During your trip, check occasionally ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 281
    ... important to allow the engine and transaxle to cool. Reduce speed and shift to a lower gear ... Check with your dealer. The arrows on your instrument panel will flash whenever you signal a turn or...stop. When towing a trailer, the arrows on your instrument panel will flash for turns even if the bulbs ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 282
    ... transaxle fluid (don't overfill), engine oil, drive belt, cooling system and brake system. Each of these is covered in this manual, and the Index will help you find ... nuts and bolts are tight. Engine Cooling When Trailer Towing Your cooling system may temporarily overheat during...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 283
    ... Doing Your Own Service Work ...5-4 Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle ...5-5 Fuel ...5-5 Gasoline ... in Foreign Countries ...5-8 Filling Your Tank ...5-8 Filling a Portable Fuel Container ...5-11 Checking ... Surge Tank Pressure Cap ...5-26 Engine Overheating ...5-27 Cooling System ...5-29 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 284
    ...cation ...5-86 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ...5-86 Service Parts Identification Label ...5-86 Electrical System ...5-87 Add-On Electrical Equipment ...5-87 Headlamp Wiring ...5-87 Windshield Wiper Fuses ...5-87 Power Windows and Other Power Options ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 285
    ...chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Engine exhaust, many parts and systems (including some inside the vehicle), many fluids, and some component wear by-products contain and/...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 286
    ... If you want to do some of your own service work, you will want to use the proper service manual. It tells you much more about how to...Publications Ordering Information on page 7-12. Your vehicle has an air bag system. Before attempting to do your own service work, see Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 287
    ... your engine. A little pinging noise when you accelerate or drive uphill is considered normal. This does not indicate a problem exists or that a higher-octane fuel is necessary. If you are using 87 octane or higher-octane fuel and hear heavy ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 288
    ...cations could provide improved driveability and emission control system performance compared to other gasoline. In Canada, look for...vehicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting federal specifications, but emission control system performance may be affected. The malfunction indicator lamp may...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 289
    ... help prevent engine and fuel system deposits from forming, allowing your emission control system to work properly. You should not have to add anything to your fuel. However, some ... to help keep fuel injectors and intake valves clean. If your vehicle experiences problems due to ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 290
    ... in the country where you will be driving. CAUTION: (Continued) Do not leave the fuel pump unattended when refueling your vehicle - this is against the law in some places. Keep children away from the fuel pump; never let children pump fuel. Filling Your Tank {CAUTION: Fuel vapor ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 291
    ...all the way. Be careful not to spill fuel. Don't top off or overfill your tank, and ... after you've finished pumping before you remove the nozzle. Clean fuel from painted surfaces as soon ... While refueling, hang the tethered cap inside the fuel door. To remove the fuel cap, turn it slowly to the...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 292
    ... fully install the cap. The diagnostic system can determine if the fuel cap has been left... malfunction indicator lamp to light and may damage your fuel tank and emissions system. See Malfunction Indicator Lamp... refueling, do not remove the nozzle. Shut off the flow of fuel by shutting off the pump or...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 293
    ...a Portable Fuel Container CAUTION: (Continued) {CAUTION: Never fill a portable fuel container while it is in your vehicle. Static electricity discharge from the container can ignite the gasoline vapor. You can be badly burned and your vehicle ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 294
    Checking Things Under the Hood Hood Release To open the hood, do the following: 1. Pull the hood release handle located inside the vehicle to the right of the steering column. 2. Then go to the front of the vehicle and push the secondary hood ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 295
    ... are on properly. Lift the hood to relieve pressure on the hood prop. Then let the hood drop from about 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) above the vehicle to latch fully. Do not drop the hood from full prop-rod height. Check to make sure the hood is closed and repeat the procedure if necessary. 5-13
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 296
    Engine Compartment Overview When you open the hood on the 2.2L DOHC L4 engine, you'll see the following: 5-14
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 297
    ... Fluid Reservoir. See Brakes on page 5-35. F. Battery. See Battery on page 5-38. G. Engine Compartment Fuse Block. See "Engine Compartment Fuse Block" under Fuses on page 5-88. H. Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir. See Windshield Washer Fluid on page 5-34....
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 298
    When you open the hood on the 3.5L LX9 engine, you'll see the following: 5-16
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 299
    ... Fluid Reservoir. See Brakes on page 5-35. F. Battery. See Battery on page 5-38. G. Engine Compartment Fuse Block. See "Engine Compartment Fuse Block" under Fuses on page 5-88. H. Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir. See Windshield Washer Fluid on page 5-34. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 300
    ... Compartment Overview on page 5-14 for the location of the engine oil fill cap. When to Add Engine Oil If the oil is... section explains what kind of oil to use. For engine oil crankcase capacity, see Capacities and Specifications on page 5-96. Notice: Do not add too much oil. If your engine has so ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 301
    .... However, if it is going to be 0°F (-18°C) or above and SAE 5W-30 is not available, you may use SAE 10W-30. These numbers on an oil container show its viscosity, or thickness. Do not use other viscosity oils such as SAE 20W-50. Oils meeting these requirements should ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 302
    ... next two times you stop for fuel. It is possible that, if you are driving under the best conditions, the oil life system may not indicate that an ... Your dealer has GM-trained service people who will perform this work using genuine GM parts and reset the system. It is also important to check your oil...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 303
    ... on, reset the system. After changing the engine oil, reset the system by performing the following steps: 1. Display OIL LIFE RESET on the DIC. 2. Press and ... used oil. If you have a problem properly disposing of your used oil, ask your dealer, a service station or a local ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 304
    ...Overview on page 5-14 for more information on location. How to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter When to Inspect .../filter at every oil change and replace at the first oil change after 25... (40 000 km). 1. Remove the screws that hold the cover on. 2. Disconnect the electrical connector. 3. Lift...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 305
    ... filter back in. 6. Put the cover back on tightly. 7. Reconnect the electrical connector. Automatic Transaxle Fluid It... found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle ... could be burned. Do not drive with it off, and be careful working on the engine with the air cleaner/fi...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 306
    ... DEX-COOL® extended life coolant. The following explains your cooling system and how to add coolant when it is low. If you have a problem with engine overheating, see Engine Overheating on page 5-27. A 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 307
    ... which claim to improve the system. These can be harmful. {CAUTION: Turning the surge tank pressure ... you're low on engine coolant. Have the system serviced by a technician as soon as possible..... Checking Coolant The engine coolant surge tank is located in the rear of the engine compartment. See ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 308
    ... is empty, a special fill procedure is necessary. See Engine Overheating on page 5-27 and Cooling System on page 5-29. When replacing the pressure cap, make sure it is hand-tight. Coolant Surge Tank Pressure Cap Notice: If the pressure cap is ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 309
    ...temperature gage and light on your vehicle's instrument panel and a low coolant level warning message ...the hood. If you keep driving when your engine is overheated, the liquids in it can catch fire. You...costly repairs would not be covered by your warranty. If Steam Is Coming From Your Engine 5-27
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 310
    ... No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine An overheat warning, along with a low coolant light, can indicate a serious problem. See DIC Warnings and Messages ...warning with no low coolant light, but see or hear no steam, the problem may not be too serious. Sometimes the engine can get a little too hot when ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 311
    ...s safe to lift the hood, here’s what you’ll see: {CAUTION: An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can start up even when ... injure you. Keep hands, clothing and tools away from any underhood electric fan. If the coolant inside the coolant surge tank is boiling, don’t do anything else ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 312
    ... vehicle. If there seems to be no leak, with the engine on, check to see if the electric engine cooling fans are running. ... procedure could cause your engine to overheat and be severely damaged. If you haven't found a problem yet, check to see if coolant is visible in the surge tank. If coolant is ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 313
    ...{CAUTION: Steam and scalding liquids from a hot cooling system can blow out and burn you badly. ... speed. Never turn the cap when the cooling system, including the coolant surge tank pressure cap, is hot. Wait for the cooling system and coolant surge tank pressure cap to cool if you ever have to turn ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 314
    ... vehicle's coolant warning system is set for the proper coolant mixture. With plain water or the wrong mixture, your engine could get too ... a level surface. You can remove the coolant surge tank pressure cap when the cooling system, including the coolant surge tank pressure cap and upper radiator ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 315
    ... keep turning the pressure cap slowly, and remove it. 3. Then fill the coolant surge tank with the proper mixture, to the Full ... to the coolant surge tank until the level reaches the FULL COLD mark. 5. Then replace the pressure cap. Be sure the pressure cap is hand-tight and fully seated. See your ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 316
    ... solution to freeze and damage your washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. Also, water does not clean as well as .... See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-14 for reservoir location. • Fill your washer fluid tank only three-quarters full when it ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 317
    ...is, you should have your brake system fixed, since a leak means that sooner or later your brakes will not work well, or will not ... new brake linings. You should add (or remove) brake fluid, as necessary, only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system. {CAUTION: If you have too much brake fl...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 318
    ...CAUTION: With the wrong kind of fluid in your brake system, your brakes may not work well, or they may not even work at...a few drops of mineral-based oil, such as engine oil, in your brake system can damage brake system parts so badly that they will have to be replaced. Do not let someone put in the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 319
    ... inspected each time the tires are removed for rotation or changing. When you have the front brake pads replaced, have the rear brakes inspected, too. Brake linings ... brake wear warning sound means that soon your brakes will not work well. That could lead to an accident. When you...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 320
    ... or without the vehicle moving, your brakes adjust for wear. Replacing Brake System Parts The braking system on a vehicle is complex. Its many parts have to be of top quality and work well ... GM brake parts. When you replace parts of your braking system - for example, when your brake linings ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 321
    ...to prepare your vehicle for longer storage periods. Also, for your audio system, see Theft-Deterrent Feature on page 3-115. {CAUTION: Batteries... acid that can burn you. • They contain gas that can explode or ignite. • They contain enough electricity to burn you. If you do not follow these steps ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 322
    ... to start your vehicle, and the bad grounding could damage the electrical systems. To avoid the possibility of the vehicles rolling, set the parking ... on each vehicle. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-14 for more information on location. {CAUTION: An electric fan can start up even when the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 323
    {CAUTION: Using a match near a battery can cause battery gas to explode. People have been hurt doing this, and ... water to take care of that first. If you do not, explosive gas could be present. Battery fluid contains acid that can burn you. Do not get it on you. If you accidentally get it in your ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 324
    7. Don't let the other end touch metal. Connect it to the positive (+) terminal of the good battery. Use a remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one. 6. Connect the red positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. 8. Now connect the black negative (−) cable ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 325
    ... 18 inches (45 cm) away from the dead battery, but not near engine parts that move. The electrical connection is just as good there, and the ... a few tries, it probably needs service. Notice: If the jumper cables are removed in the wrong order, electrical shorting may occur and damage the vehicle. The...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 326
    ... red positive (+) cable from the vehicle with the good battery. 4. Disconnect the red positive (+) cable from the other vehicle. Jumper Cable Removal A. Heavy, Unpainted Metal Engine Part B. Good Battery C. Dead Battery 5-44
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 327
    Bulb Replacement For bulb types, see Replacement Bulbs on page 5-49. For any bulb changing procedures not listed in this section, contact your dealer. Headlamps Halogen Bulbs {CAUTION: Halogen bulbs have pressurized gas inside and can burst if you drop or scratch ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 328
    ... and remove it. 2. Carefully remove the two bolts attaching the headlamp assembly to the vehicle. 3. Remove the lamp assembly from the vehicle by pulling it forward. Use care not to scratch the vehicle with the lamp or the lamp with ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 329
    6. Gently wiggle the bulb from the socket. Replace the old bulb with a new bulb. Taillamps, Turn Signal, Stoplamps and Back-up Lamps 1. ... C. Taillamp/Stoplamp/Turn Signal Lamp Center High-Mounted Stoplamp (CHMSL) It is recommended that this component be replaced as a unit. See your dealer. 5-47
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 330
    2. Unscrew the two fasteners located on the inside of the trunk at the rear of the vehicle. 6. Gently wiggle the bulb to remove it from the socket. Replace the bulb. 3. Gently pull back the trunk trim. 4. Remove the plastic wing nut. 5. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 331
    ... H-9 H-11 3057 For any bulb not listed here, contact your dealer. Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Windshield wiper blades should be inspected at least twice a year for wear and cracking. To replace the wiper blade assembly, do the following: 1. Pull the windshield ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 332
    ...questions about your tire warranty and where to obtain service, see your GM Warranty booklet ...manufacturer's booklet included with your vehicle's Owner's Manual. CAUTION: (Continued) • Overinflated tires ...if your tires have been damaged, replace them. • {CAUTION: Poorly maintained and ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 333
    (A) Tire Size: The tire size code is a combination of letters and numbers used to define a ... to GM's specific tire performance criteria have a TPC specification code molded onto the sidewall. ...). The TIN shows the manufacturer and plant code, tire size, and date the tire was manufactured. The TIN...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 334
    ... (UTQG): Tire manufacturers are required to grade tires based on three performance factors: treadwear, traction and temperature resistance. For more ...: Maximum load that can be carried and the maximum pressure needed to support that load. For more information on recommended tire pressure see Infl...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 335
    ...The TIN shows the manufacturer and plant code, tire size, and date the tire was manufactured. The... construction type and service description. The letter "T" as the first character in the tire size means the... GM's specific tire performance criteria have a TPC specification code molded onto the...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 336
    ... an example of a typical passenger car tire size. (B) Tire Width: The three-digit number ...: The United States version of a metric tire sizing system. The letter "P" as the first character ... vehicle tire engineered to standards set by the U. S. Tire and Rim Association. (F) Service Description: ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 337
    ...examples of optional accessories are, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and air conditioning. ... vehicle with standard and optional equipment including the maximum capacity of fuel, oil and coolant, but without passengers and cargo. DOT Markings: A code ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 338
    ... See Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-34. Occupant Distribution: Designated seating positions. Outward Facing Sidewall: The side of a asymmetrical ... are laid at 90 degrees to the centerline of the tread. Rim: A metal support for a tire and upon which the tire beads are seated. Sidewall: The portion of ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 339
    ...Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards, a tire information system that provides consumers with ratings for a tire's traction, ... overloading Bad wear Bad handling Bad fuel economy If your tires have too ...). See Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-34, for the location of your vehicle's tire and loading ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 340
    ... for at least three hours or driven no more than 1 mile (1.6 km). Remove the valve cap from the tire valve stem. Press the tire gage firmly onto... See When It Is Time for New Tires on page 5-59 and Wheel Replacement on page 5-62 for more information. The purpose of regular rotation is to achieve more...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 341
    ... wheel could come off and cause an accident. When you change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. ... bump, bulge or split. • The tire has a puncture, cut or other damage that can't be repaired well because of the size or location of the damage. 5-59
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 342
    ... the tire and loading information label. For more information about this label and its location on your vehicle, see Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-34....TPC number will be followed by an "MS" (for mud and snow). If you ever replace your tires with those not having a TPC Spec number, make sure they...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 343
    .... Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature A The following information relates to the system developed by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety ... are molded on the sidewalls of most passenger car tires. The Uniform Tire Quality Grading system does not apply to deep tread, winter-type snow ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 344
    ...a smooth road, your wheels may need to be rebalanced. Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked or badly ..., the wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts should be replaced. If the wheel leaks air, replace it (except some aluminum wheels, which can sometimes be repaired). See your dealer if ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 345
    ... load-carrying capacity, diameter, width, offset and be mounted the same way as the one it replaces. If... Notice: The wrong wheel can also cause problems with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer or... wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts for replacement. {CAUTION: Putting a used wheel on your vehicle...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 346
    ...your vehicle has P215/60R16 size tires, don't use tire chains, there's not enough clearance. ... vehicle and tire size combination and road conditions. Follow that manufacturer's CAUTION: (Continued) instructions. To help avoid damage to your vehicle, drive slowly, readjust or remove the device ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 347
    ...in a skid. In any rear blowout, remove your foot from the accelerator pedal. Get the vehicle under control by steering the way you want the vehicle to go. It may be very bumpy and noisy, but you can still steer. Gently brake to a stop, well off the road if possible. {...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 348
    ... tire. To help prevent the vehicle from moving: 1. Set the parking brake firmly. 2. Put the shift lever in PARK (P). 3. Turn off the engine and do not restart while the vehicle is raised. 4. Do not allow passengers to remain in the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 349
    ...tell you how to use the jack and change a tire. 2. Lift and remove the cover. 3. Turn the wing nut counterclockwise and remove it. Then remove ... Compact Spare Tire on page 5-77 for more information about the compact spare tire. Removing the Spare Tire and Tools The equipment you'll need is in the...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 350
    2. Turn the plastic wing nut counterclockwise to loosen wheel wrench. 3. Unhook the wheel wrench from the jack. 4. Before using the wheel wrench, you must extend the handle. 5. Extend the handle by pressing the button with your index finger and pulling on the end of the wrench. 5-68
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 351
    Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire 1. If your vehicle has a wheel... that have plastic wheel nut caps. 2. Then remove the wheel cover or center cap from the wheel to fi..., gently pry on the edge of the plastic wheel trim to remove it from the wheel to find the wheel nuts. 3. Use the ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 352
    ... the jack lift head is touching the jacking flange under the body. Do not place the jack under a body panel. The lower body panel has an arrow to aid in location the jacking location. Put the compact spare tire near you. {CAUTION: Getting under a...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 353
    ...and vehicle damage, be sure to fit the jack lift head into the proper location before raising the vehicle. 5. Raise the vehicle by turning the wrench clockwise...off the ground so there is enough room for the compact spare tire to fit. 6. Remove all of the wheel nuts. 7. Then take off the flat tire...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 354
    8. Remove any rust or dirt from the wheel bolts, mounting surfaces and spare wheel. {CAUTION: Never use oil or grease on... a time. The wheel could come off and cause an accident. When you change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from the places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency,...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 355
    .... Be sure to use the correct wheel nuts. If you have to replace them, be sure to get new GM original equipment wheel nuts. Stop ... nuts tightened with a torque wrench to the proper torque specification. See "Capacities and Specifications" in the Index for wheel nut torque specification. 5-73
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 356
    ... the proper sequence and to the proper torque specification. See "Capacities and Specifications" in the index for the wheel nut torque specifi... and wheel nut caps in the trunk until you have the flat tire repaired or replaced. Notice: Wheel covers will not fit on your compact spare. If you ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 357
    ... Tire (Valve Stem Down) F. Bolt For the MAXX, also place the tire in the compartment, valve stem down and carefully place the jack inside the rim. Then remove the extension and yellow cap lug from the jack and screw it onto the bolt. The extension will come through the center hole in the cover and ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 358
    ... strike someone. Store all these in the proper place. The compact spare tire is for temporary use only. Replace the compact spare tire with a full-size tire as soon as you can. See "Compact Spare Tire" following. Store the compact spare tire ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 359
    ...000 miles (5 000 km), so you can finish your trip and have your full-size tire repaired or replaced where you want. Of course, it's best to replace your spare with a full-size tire as soon as you can. Your spare will last longer and be in good ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 360
    ...and instructions. And always open your doors or windows when you are cleaning the inside. Never use these ...they can all damage your vehicle, too. Do not use any of these unless this manual says you can.... Thinner Turpentine Lacquer Thinner Nail Polish Remover Cleaning the Inside of Your Vehicle Use a ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 361
    ..., clean the entire area immediately or it will set. Special Fabric Cleaning Problems Stains caused by such things as catsup, coffee (black), egg, ... 1. Vacuum and brush the area to remove any loose dirt. 2. Always clean a whole trim panel or section. Mask surrounding trim along stitch or welt lines. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 362
    ... your dealer for this product. Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel Use only mild soap and water to clean the top surfaces of the instrument panel. Sprays containing silicones or waxes may cause ... Glass Cleaner or a liquid household glass cleaner will remove normal tobacco smoke and dust fi...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 363
    ... washing soap. Do not use strong soaps or chemical detergents. Be sure to rinse the vehicle well, removing all soap residue completely. You can get GM-... abrasives. All cleaning agents should be flushed promptly and not allowed to dry on the surface, or they could stain. Dry ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 364
    ...-abrasive cleaners that are marked safe for painted surfaces to remove foreign matter. Exterior painted surfaces are...polishing of your vehicle by hand may be necessary to remove residue from the paint finish. You can ... the wiper blades and clean them as necessary; replace blades that look worn. 5-82
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 365
    ... and requires sheet metal repair or replacement, make sure the body repair shop ... anti-corrosion material to parts repaired or replaced to restore corrosion protection. Original manufacturer replacement parts will provide the corrosion protection while maintaining the warranty. Finish Damage Any ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 366
    ...dust control can collect on the underbody. If these are not removed, corrosion and rust can develop on the underbody parts such as fuel lines, frame, floor pan and exhaust system even though they have corrosion protection. At least every spring, flush ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 367
    ..., and surface contaminants. Spray on wipe off. Removes swirl marks, fine scratches and other ... Biodegradable and phosphate free. Quickly and easily removes spots and stains from carpets, vinyl and ... Concentrate Finish Enhancer Spot Lifter Swirl Remover Polish Odor Eliminator Cleaner Wax Foaming ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 368
    ...VIN is the engine code. This code will help you identify your engine, specifications and replacement parts. Service Parts Identification Label Youମ. for your vehicle. It appears on a plate in the front corner of the instrument panel, on the driver’s side. You can see it if you ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 369
    ... until the motor cools. If the overload is caused by some electrical problem and not snow, etc., be sure to get it fixed. Power Windows and Other .... When the current load is too heavy, the fuse opens protecting the circuit until the problem is fixed or goes away. Headlamp ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 370
    ...the silver-colored band inside the fuse. If the band is broken or melted, replace the fuse. Be sure you replace a bad fuse with a new one of the identical size and rating.... the passenger side of the vehicle. To access the fuses, open the fuse panel door by pulling out. To reinstall the door...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 371
    Instrument Panel Fuse Block Fuses POWER MIRRORS EPS Usage Power Mirrors Electric Power Steering Fuses RUN/CRANK HVAC BLOWER HIGH (Relay) Usage Cruise Control, Electronic Range Select Climate Control System 5-89
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 372
    ... (BATT) PEDAL Usage Instrument Panel Cluster, Theft Deterrent System OnStar® System Not Used Airbag System Climate Control System Fuses HVAC BLOWER DOOR LOCK... Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror Power Window Switch Not Used Not Used Airbag System Fuse Puller Spare Spare Spare ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 373
    ... Compartment Fuse Block The engine compartment fuse block is located on the driver's side of the vehicle, near the battery. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-14 for more information on location... Throttle Control Ignition Module Fuses 4 5 6 Usage Transmission Fuel Injectors EMISSION 1 5-91...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 374
    ...RUN RELAY IBCM 1 IBCM (R/C) RBEC 1 RBEC 2 Anti-lock Brake System IBCM 2 Fuses 26 27 (DIODE) 41 42 (Resistor) Relays 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Usage STARTER Windshield Wiper Electric Power Steering Brake Lamp Diagnostic Usage Cooling Fan 1 Cooling Fan Mode...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 375
    Rear Compartment Fuse Block The rear compartment fuse block is located in the trunk of the vehicle. Access the fuse block through the trunk panel on the driver's side of the rear cargo area. 5-93
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 376
    Fuses 1 2 3 4 (Resistor) Usage Not Used Driver Seat Controls Not Used Driver Door Key Lock Cylinder Fuses 5 6 7 8 Usage Emission Parklamps Not Used Not Used 5-94
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 377
    Fuses 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 ...Not Used Heated Seat Controls Not Used Remote Keyless Entry System, XM... Radio, Rear Seat Entertainment System, Homelink Back-up Lamps Not Used... Window Defogger Heated Mirror Controls Fuel Pump Relays 26 27 28...-up Lamps Not Used Not Used Trunk Fuel Pump Cargo Lamps...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 378
    ... this manual. Capacities Capacities Application Air Conditioning Refrigerant R134a Use Refrigerant Oil, R134a Systems Automatic Transaxle Complete Overhaul Cooling System 2.2L Engine 3.5L Engine Engine Oil with Filter 2.2L Engine 3.5L Engine Fuel Tank Wheel Nut Torque English 1.1 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 379
    Section 6 Maintenance Schedule Owner Checks and Services ...6-9 At Each Fuel Fill ...6-9 At Least Once a Month ...6-9 At Least Once a Year ...6-10 Recommended Fluids and Lubricants ...6-12 Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts ...6-13 Engine Drive Belt Routing ...6-14 Maintenance...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 380
    ...Requirements Notice: Maintenance intervals, checks, inspections, replacement parts and recommended fluids and lubricants as prescribed in this manual are necessary to keep your vehicle in good working condition. Any ... vehicle maintenance not only helps to keep your vehicle in good working condition,...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 381
    ... Goodwrench dealer for your service needs, you will know that GM-trained and supported service technicians will perform the work using genuine GM parts. If you ...on reasonable road surfaces within legal driving limits. • use the recommended fuel. See Gasoline Octane on page 5-5.
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 382
    ...are driving under the best conditions, the engine oil life system may not indicate that vehicle service is necessary for over a year. However, your engine... dealer has GM-trained service technicians who will perform this work using genuine GM parts and reset the system. 6-4
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 383
    Scheduled Maintenance Service Change engine oil and filter. Reset oil life system. See Engine Oil on page 5-17. An Emission Control Service. Visually check for any... section. Inspect suspension and steering components. See footnote (b). Inspect engine cooling system. See footnote (c). ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 384
    ... for each item. Additional Required Services Service and Miles (Kilometers) Inspect fuel system for damage or leaks. Inspect exhaust system for loose or damaged components. Replace engine air cleaner filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 385
    ...Visually inspect front and rear suspension and steering system for damaged, loose or missing parts or signs of wear. Inspect power steering lines and hoses for ...for any opened or broken air bag coverings, and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.) 6-7
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 386
    ...not stick or squeak. (g) Check system for interference or binding and for damaged or missing parts. Replace parts as ... flush and refill cooling system. See Engine Coolant on page 5-24 for what to use. ...fluid loss in any vehicle system could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected and repaired...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 387
    ...not forget to check your spare tire. See Tires on page 5-50 for further details. At Each Fuel Fill It is important to perform these underhood checks at each fuel fill. Engine Oil Level Check Check the engine oil level and add the proper oil if ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 388
    ...a Year Starter Switch Check Automatic Transaxle Shift Lock Control System Check {CAUTION: When you are doing this inspection, the vehicle could move suddenly. If... immediately if it starts. 3. Try to start the engine in each gear. The starter should work only in PARK (P) or ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 389
    ...brake's holding ability: With the engine running and transaxle in NEUTRAL (N), slowly remove foot pressure... if service is required. • To check the PARK (P) mechanism's holding ability: With the engine running, shift... your GM Goodwrench dealer if service is required. Parking Brake and Automatic...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 390
    .... See Engine Coolant on page 5-24. Hydraulic Brake Delco Supreme 11 Brake Fluid or System equivalent DOT-3 brake fluid. Lubricant, Superlube Hood and Door Multi-Purpose U.S. 12346241, in (GM Part No. Hinges Canada 109435474). Weatherstrip Conditioning ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 391
    Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Replacement parts identified below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your dealer. Part Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Engine Oil ... 3.5L Engine Spark Plugs 2.2L Engine 3.5L Engine Windshield Wiper Blades Passenger's Side Driver's ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 392
    Engine Drive Belt Routing 6-14
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 393
    Maintenance Record After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading, who performed the service and the type of services performed in the boxes provided. See Maintenance Requirements on page 6-2 in this section. ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 394
    Maintenance Record (cont'd) Date Odometer Reading Serviced By Maintenance I or Maintenance II Services Performed 6-16
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 395
    Maintenance Record (cont'd) Date Odometer Reading Serviced By Maintenance I or Maintenance II Services Performed 6-17
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 396
    Maintenance Record (cont'd) Date Odometer Reading Serviced By Maintenance I or Maintenance II Services Performed 6-18
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 397
    ... States Government ...7-11 Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government ...7-12 Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors ...7-12 Service Publications Ordering Information ...7-12 Customer Assistance and Information ...7-2 Customer Satisfaction Procedure ...7-2 Online Owner Center ...7-4 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 398
    ...operation of your vehicle will be resolved by your dealer's sales or service departments. Sometimes, however, despite ... occur. If your concern has not been resolved to your satisfaction, the following ... the matter has already been reviewed with the sales, service or parts manager, contact the owner ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 399
    ... prior to filing a court action, use of the program is free of charge and your case will generally be heard within 40 days. If you do not agree with the decision given in your case, you may reject it and proceed with any other venue for relief available to you. You may contact the BBB Auto Line ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 400
    ... tips and videos and an electronic version of this owner’s manual. (United States only) • Keep track of your vehicle’s service history and maintenance ...s Customer Assistance Center. • Find GM dealers for service nationwide. • Receive special promotions and privileges ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 401
    United States - Customer Assistance Chevrolet Motor Division Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33170 Detroit, MI 48232-5170 1-800-222-1020 1-800-833-2438 (For Text Telephone devices (TTYs) Roadside Assistance: 1-800-CHEV-USA® (243-8872) Fax Number: 313-381-0022 From Puerto Rico: 1-800...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 402
    ...) for details. All TTY users call 1-800-263-3830. • Fuel Delivery: Delivery of enough fuel ($5 maximum) for the customer to get to the nearest service station. • Lock-out Service (identification required): Replacement keys or locksmith service will be covered at no charge if you are...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 403
    ...Identification Number and delivery date of the vehicle • Description of the problem While we hope you never have the occasion to use our service, it is... battery jump start will be covered at no charge. • Dealer Locator Service In many instances, mechanical failures are covered...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 404
    ... immediately, keep driving it until it can be scheduled for service, unless, of course, the problem is safety-related. If it is, please call your dealership, let them know this, and ask for instructions. If the dealer requests that you simply drop the vehicle off for service, you are ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 405
    Public Transportation or Fuel Reimbursement If your vehicle requires overnight warranty repairs, ... transportation through a friend or relative, reimbursement for reasonable fuel expenses (five day maximum) may be ... coverage, credit card, etc. You are responsible for fuel usage charges and may also be...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 406
    ... other modern motor vehicles, has a number of sophisticated computer systems that monitor and control several aspects of the vehicle's performance. Your vehicle uses on... the data recorders on many airplanes, these on-board systems do not record sounds, such as conversation of vehicle ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 407
    ..., NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer or General ... from the hotline. • share summary data which is not tied to a specific vehicle with non-GM ... , please check the OnStar® subscription service agreement or manual for information on its operations and data ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 408
    ...Ontario K1A 0N5 Service Publications Ordering Information Service Manuals Service Manuals have the diagnosis and repair information on engines, transmission, axle, suspension, brakes, electrical, steering, body, etc. RETAIL SELL PRICE: $120.00 Reporting Safety...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 409
    ... Bulletins give technical service information needed to knowledgeably service General Motors cars and trucks. Each bulletin contains instructions to assist in the diagnosis and service of your vehicle. In Canada, information pertaining to Product ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 410
    ✍ NOTES 7-14
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 411
    ......5-34 Additional Program Information ...7-9 Additives, Fuel ...5-7 Add-On Electrical Equipment ...5-87 Adjustable Throttle and...34 Air Bag Systems ...1-52 How Does an Air Bag Restrain? ...1-58 Servicing Your Air...18 Audio Speakers ...3-98 Audio System(s) ...3-52 Audio Steering Wheel Controls ...3-115 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 412
    ... Radio Reception ...3-116 XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna System ...3-119 Automatic Climate Control ... You Drive ...3-97 Brake Parking ...2-29 System Warning Light ...3-36 Brake Fluid ... Fuel ...5-6 Canada - Customer Assistance ...7-5 Canadian Owners ...ii Canadian Roadside Assistance ...7-7 Capacities ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 413
    ...-Mounted Stoplamp (CHMSL) ...Chains, Tires ...Charging System Light ...Check Engine Light ...Check ... Light ...Checking Coolant ...Checking Engine Oil ...Checking Your Restraint Systems ...Chemical Paint ... Leather ...5-80 Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel ...5-80 Cleaning Tires ...5-83 Cleaning ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 414
    ... ...3-38 Heater, Engine ...2-25 Surge Tank Pressure Cap ...5-26 Cooling System ...5-29 Cruise Control ...3-10 Cruise Control ...Locking ...2-12 Dinghy Towing ...4-32 Disarming the System ...2-19 Doing Your Own Service Work ...5-4 Dolly Towing ...4-34 Dome Lamp ...3-19 Door Delayed Locking ...2-12 Door ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 415
    ... Messages ...3-102 DVD Player ...3-100 E Electrical System Add-On Equipment ...5-87 Fuses ...5-88 Headlamp Wiring ...5-87 Electrical System (cont.) Power Windows and Other ... Overview ...5-14 Exhaust ...2-33 Oil ...5-17 Overheating ...5-27 Starting ...2-23 Engine Compartment Fuse Block ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 416
    ... Belt ...1-30 Exterior Lamps ...3-14 F Filter Engine Air Cleaner ...5-22 Finding a Program Type (... Tank ...5-8 Fuels in Foreign Countries ...5-8 Gage ...3-44 Gasoline Octane ...5-5 Gasoline Specifications ...5-6 Fuses ...5-88 Windshield Wiper ...5-87 G Gage Engine Coolant Temperature ...Fuel ......
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 417
    ...Release ...5-12 Horn ...3-7 How the System Alarm is Activated ...2-19 How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Surge Tank ...5-30 How ...Tamper Condition ...2-19 How to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter ...5-22 How to Turn Off the System Alarm ...2-19 How to Use This Manual ...ii How to Wear Safety Belts ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 418
    ... ...3-4 Instrument Panel Brightness ...3-19 Instrument Panel Fuse Block ...5-89 Interior Lamps ...3-19 J Jump Starting ...5-39 K Keyless Entry System ...2-5 ... Your Vehicle ...Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running ...Liftgate ...Liftgate Rack System Table ...Light Air Bag ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 419
    ... Automatic Door Locks ...2-12 Loss of Control ...4-15 Lumbar Manual Controls ...1-3 M Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services ...6-6 At Each Fuel Fill ...6-9 At Least Once a Month ...6-9 At Least Once a Year ...6-10 Introduction ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 420
    ...Loaded CD ...3-92 Playing the Radio ...3-53, 3-59, 3-70, 3-83 Power ...1-3 Accessory Outlets ...3-20 Door Locks ...2-11 Electrical System ...5-87 Windows ...2-17 Power Lift Seat ...1-2 Power Steering ...4-11 Pretensioners, Safety Belt ...1-30 Primary...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 421
    ...RDS Messages ...3-63, 3-74, 3-87 Rear Compartment Fuse Block ...5-93 Rear Reading Lamps ...3-... Entry System, Operation ...2-6 Remote Trunk/Liftgate Release ...2-14 Remote Vehicle Start ...2-9 Removing the ... Tire and Tools ...5-67 Replacement Bulbs ...5-49 Replacing Brake System Parts ...5-38 Replacing...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 422
    ...a Single HomeLink® Button ...2-44 Resetting Defaults ...2-44 Restraint System Check Checking Your Restraint Systems ...1-60 Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash ...1-61 Restraint Systems Checking ...1-60 Replacing Parts ...1-61 Retained Accessory Power (RAP) ...2-23 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 423
    ... Height Adjuster ...1-18 Skidding ...4-15 Some Other Rainy Weather Tips ...4-20 Special Fabric Cleaning Problems ...5-79 Specifications, Capacities ...5-96 Speedometer ...3-33 Starting Your Engine ...2-23 Steering ...4-11 Steering in Emergencies ...4-...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 424
    Theft-Deterrent, Radio ...3-115 Theft-Deterrent Systems ...2-18 Content Theft-Deterrent ...2-18 PASS-...a Trailer ...4-40 Your Vehicle ...4-31 Traction Enhanced Traction System (ETS) ...4-9 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) Active Light ...3-38 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) Warning Light ...3-37 Trailer ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 425
    ... Grading ...5-61 United States - Customer Assistance ...7-5 Used Replacement Wheels ...5-63 Using Cleaner on Fabric ...5-79 ...34 Wheels Alignment and Tire Balance ...5-62 Replacement ...5-62 When to Add Engine Oil ...5-18 When to Change Engine Oil (GM Oil Life System) ...5-20 When to Check ...5-57 ...
  • 2004 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 426
    ...17 Windshield Washer ...3-10 Fluid ...5-34 Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement ...5-49 Fuses ...5-87 Windshield Wipers ...3-9 Winter Driving ...4-26 X XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna System ...3-119 XM™ Satellite Radio Service (48 Contiguous US States) ...3-59, ...



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