2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner's Manual

2006 Chevrolet Malibu Manual

2006 Chevrolet Malibu manual table of contents:

  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 1
    2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual Seats and Restraint Systems ...1-1 Front Seats ...1-2 Rear Seats ...1-9 Safety Belts ...1-... ...4-39 Service and Appearance Care ...5-1 Service ...5-3 Fuel ...5-5 Checking Things Under the Hood ...5-10 Bulb Replacement ...5-47 Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 2
    ... GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, CHEVROLET, the CHEVROLET Emblem, the MALIBU Emblem, and the name ...; and the name MALIBU MAXX is a trademark of General Motors Corporation. This manual includes the latest ...Manual Many people read the owner manual from beginning to end when they first receive their ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 3
    ...Do Not let this happen." {CAUTION: These mean there is something that could hurt you or other people. In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you do not, you or others could be hurt. iii
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 4
    ... tell what to do to help avoid the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or...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
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    These are some examples of symbols that may be found on the vehicle: v
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 6
    ✍ NOTES vi
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    ...66 Restraint System Check ...1-66 Checking the Restraint Systems ...1-66 Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash ...1-67 Front Seats ...1-2 Manual Seats ...1-2 Six-Way Power Driver Seat ...1-3 Manual Lumbar ...1-3 Heated Seats ...1-4 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 8
    Front Seats Manual Seats {CAUTION: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver's seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden ... vehicle is not moving. Lift the bar located under the front of the seat to unlock it. Slide the seat to where you want it ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    ... following: • Move the seat forward or rearward by pushing the control toward the front or back of the vehicle. • Raise or lower the front of ...s seat. Your vehicle may also have manual lumbar on the front passenger’s seat. Move the handle up repeatedly to increase lumbar support. Move the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    ... switch to turn the feature on. The seat will heat to the high setting. The indicator light above the switch will be lit next to the number 2. Press the top of the switch again to go to the low heat setting. The indicator light will be lit next to the number 1. Press the bottom of the switch to ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 11
    ... safety belts cannot do their job when you are reclined like this. The shoulder belt cannot do its job because it will not be against your body. Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash, you could go into it, receiving neck or other injuries. The lap belt cannot do its job either. In a crash,...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    Head Restraints The head restraints on both the front and rear seats are adjustable. Press the button on the side of ... so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your head. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. Passenger Folding Seatback Your vehicle may have a...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    ...seat. See Reclining Seatbacks on page 1-4. {CAUTION: Things you put on this seatback can strike and injure people in a sudden stop or turn, or in a crash. Remove or secure all items before driving. Seat without Side Impact Airbag shown, Seat with Airbag similar 2. If your vehicle has the passenger ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 14
    ... safety belt is not twisted or caught in the seatback. Power Lift Seat Your vehicle may have...seat forward or rearward to where you want it. See Manual Seats on page 1-2. {CAUTION: If the seatback ... position. See Reclining Seatbacks on page 1-4. The power lift seat switch is located on the outboard ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 15
    .... To fold down the rear seatback on the MAXX, do the following: 1. Open the trunk and pull one or both of the handles located on the upper part of the trunk opening. The driver's side handle will open the larger side of the seatback. The passenger's side handle will open the smaller side of the...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    {CAUTION: If the seatback is not locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause injury to the person sitting there. Always push and pull on the seatback to be sure it is locked. 2. Once a lever is pulled, the seatback can be pushed into the down position. 1-10
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ... 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 seat to where you want it and ...order to use the DVD player properly. Slide the rear seat up so the front edge of the seat cushion is lined up with the mark on the carpet ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 18
    Safety Belts {CAUTION: Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you ... belts are fastened properly too. Your vehicle has a light that comes on as a reminder to buckle up. See Safety Belt ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 19
    ... badly hurt or killed. After more than 30 years of safety belts 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 is just a seat on wheels. 1-13
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider does not stop. 1-14
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield... or the instrument panel... 1-15
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    ..., and your strongest bones take the forces. That is why safety belts make such good sense. A: Airbags are in many vehicles today and will be in most of them in... safety belts - not instead of them. Every airbag system ever offered for sale has required the use of safety belts. Even if you are in a ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 23
    ... safety belts? How to Wear Safety Belts Properly This part is only for people of adult size. Be aware that ... restraint systems your vehicle has. We will start with the driver position. A: You may be an excellent driver, ... you and your passengers can be hurt. Being a good driver does not protect you ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 24
    4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. 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 1-32. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 25
    6. To make the lap part tight, pull up on the shoulder belt. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching .... The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. The safety belt ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 26
    Q: What is wrong with 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    Q: What is wrong with this? {CAUTION: You can be seriously injured 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 28
    Q: What is 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 are not as strong...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 29
    Q: What is wrong with this? {CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you would not 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...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment Before you begin to drive, move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is right for you. To move it down, push down the release button (A) and move the height adjuster to the desired position. You can move the adjuster up by pushing the release button up. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    ... they do not wear safety belts. Right Front Passenger Position To learn how to wear the right front passengerମ., see Driver Position on page 1-17. The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as... the belt go back all the way and start again. Rear Seat Passengers It is very important ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    ... all the way, it will lock. If it does, let it go back all the way and start again. If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on page 1-32. Make ... go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt across you more slowly. 3. To make the lap part tight, pull up on the shoulder part. 1-26
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    ...could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just ... The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. The safety belt ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    Malibu Sedan There is one guide for each outside passenger position in the rear seat. ... adults. When installed on a shoulder belt, the comfort guide positions the belt away from the neck and ... from between the edge of the seatback and the interior body to remove the guide from its storage clip. 1-28
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    ... under and past the 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...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    ... that the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder. To remove and store the comfort guides, squeeze the belt edges together so that you can take them out of the guides. Pull the guide upward to expose its storage clip, and then slide the guide onto the clip. Turn the guide and clip inward and slide ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    Malibu MAXX There is a safety belt routing guide attached to each outside passenger position in the rear seat of the Malibu MAXX. Here is how to use the safety belt routing guide: {CAUTION: A safety belt that is not properly worn may not provide the protection ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ... Belt Pretensioners Your vehicle has safety belt pretensioners for the driver and right front passenger. Although you cannot see them, they are located on the retractor part of the safety belts. They help the safety belts reduce a person's forward movement in a moderate to...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    Q: What is the proper way to wear safety belts? A: An older child should wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. The shoulder belt should not cross the face or neck. The lap belt should fit snugly below the hips, just touching the top of the thighs. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    ...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...toward the center of the vehicle. Also see Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides on page 1-28. If the child is sitting in the center rear seat passenger position...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    Every time infants and young children ride in vehicles, they should have the protection provided by appropriate restraints. Young children should not use the vehicle's adult safety belts alone, unless there is no other choice. Instead, they need to use a child restraint. {CAUTION: People should ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    {CAUTION: Children who are up against, or very close to, any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer protection for adults and older children, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle's safety belt system nor its airbag...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ... it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. The restraint manufacturer's instructions that come with the restraint, state the weight and height limitations for ... restraints. {CAUTION: Newborn infants need complete support, including support for the head and neck. This is necessary because a ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    Child Restraint Systems An infant car bed (A), 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 sure that the infant's head rests toward the center of the vehicle. A rear-facing infant seat ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    A forward-facing child seat (C-E) provides restraint for the child's body with the harness and also sometimes with 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ...is a portable one, which is purchased by the vehicle's owner. To help reduce injuries, an add-on child restraint must be secured in ..., following the instructions that came with that restraint, and also the instructions in this manual. To help reduce the chance of injury, the child restraint must be...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ...that come with the restraint which may be on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both, and to this manual. The child restraint instructions are important, so if they are not available, obtain a replacement copy from the manufacturer. Keep in mind that an ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ... if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. General Motors recommends that child restraints... put a rear-facing child restraint in the right front passenger seat. Here is why: If ...can be seriously injured or killed if the right front passenger's airbag inflates. This is because ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ... using the anchors, or use the vehicle's safety belts to secure the restraint, following the instructions that came with that restraint, and also the instructions in this manual. When installing a child restraint with a top tether, you must also use either...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    ... LATCH system in your vehicle, you need a child restraint equipped with LATCH attachments. The child restraint manufacturer will provide you with instructions on how to use the child restraint and its attachments. The following explains how to attach a child restraint with these attachments in your ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    ... also have a top tether. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for your child restraint. If the child restraint does not have a... on the child restraint connects to the top tether anchor in the vehicle in order to reduce the forward movement and rotation of the child restraint during driving or ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    Lower Anchor and Top Tether Anchor Locations For sedan models, each rear seating position has exposed metal lower anchors in the crease between the seatback and the seat cushion. For MAXX models, to assist you in locating the top tether anchors, the top tether anchor symbol is located on the back ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    ... will be placed. Do not secure a child restraint in the right front passenger's position if a national or local law requires that the top ... that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. See Where to Put the Restraint on page 1-42 for additional information. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    ... LATCH-type child restraint is properly installed using the anchors, or use the vehicle's safety belts to secure the restraint, following the instructions that came with that restraint, and also the instructions in this manual. 1-48
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    MAXX Sedan A. Passenger's Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors B. Center Rear Seat Lower Anchors C. Driver's Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors A. Passenger's Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors B. Center Rear Seat Lower Anchors C. Driver's Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors Make sure to attach the child restraint at...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    ... the safety belts. Refer to your child restraint manufacturer instructions and the instructions in this manual. 1.1. Find the lower anchors for the desired ...to the top tether anchor, if equipped. Refer to the child restraint instructions and the following steps: 2.1. Find the top tether anchor. 2.2. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    ...sure it is secure. Secure the child in the child restraint when and as the instructions say. 1. Put the child restraint on the seat. 2. Pick up... belt to secure the child restraint in this position. Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. 3. Buckle the belt. Make sure ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    ... can be seriously injured or killed if the right front passenger’s airbag inflates. This is because ...secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat, you will be using the lap-shoulder ... restraint when and as the instructions say. 1. Because your vehicle has a right front passengerମ.
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    3. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle's safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. 5. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock. 4. Buckle the belt. Make ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    ..., the words AIR BAG will appear on the airbag covering on the side of the front seatback closest to the door. If your vehicle has roof-... on the airbag covering on the ceiling near the driver's and right front passenger's window. Frontal airbags are designed to help reduce the risk of injury from ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ... have airbags. Wearing your safety belt during a crash helps reduce your chance of hitting things inside the vehicle or being ...work with safety belts but do not replace them. Frontal airbags for the driver and right front passenger are designed to deploy in moderate to severe frontal and near frontal...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    ...and Young Children on page 1-34. There is an airbag readiness light on the instrument panel cluster, which shows the ... The system checks the airbag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 3-35 for more information. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    Where Are the Airbags? The right front passenger's frontal airbag is in the instrument panel on the passenger's side. The driver's frontal airbag is in the middle of the steering wheel. 1-58
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    If your vehicle has a seat-mounted side impact airbag for the driver, it is in the side of the driver's seatback closest to the door. If your vehicle has a seat-mounted side impact airbag for the right front passenger, it is in the side of the passenger's seatback closest to the door. 1-59
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ... for the driver and the person seated directly behind the driver, it is in the ceiling above the side windows. If your vehicle has a roof-mounted side impact airbag for the right front passenger and the person seated directly behind that passenger, it is in the ceiling above the side windows. 1-60
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    ... occupant and an airbag, and do not attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other airbag covering. If your vehicle has ... of an inflating airbag must be kept clear. The driver's and right front passenger's frontal airbags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    If the front of your vehicle goes straight into a wall that does not move or deform, the threshold level for the reduced deployment is about 12 to 16 mph (19 to 26 km... speeds. For example: Frontal airbags (driver and right front passenger) are not intended to inflate during vehicle ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 69
    ... is in a crash. The sensing system triggers a release of gas from the inflator, which inflates..., there are also airbag modules in the side of the front seatbacks closest to the door. For vehicles with roof...-frontal collisions for the driver's and right front passenger's frontal airbags, and only...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    ... vehicle comes to rest. Some components of the airbag module - the steering wheel hub for the driver's airbag, the instrument panel for the right front passenger's bag, the side of the seatback closest to the door for the seat-mounted side impact...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    ... broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the right front passenger airbag. Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle Airbags ... modules and possibly other parts. The service manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace other parts. •...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    ... that could keep the airbags from working properly? A: Yes. If you add things that change your vehicle's frame, bumper system, front end or side sheet metal or height, they may keep the airbag system from working properly. Also, the airbag system ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    ...inflate, you will also need to replace the driver's and right front passenger's safety belt retractor .... After a crash you may need to replace the driver and front passenger's safety belt retractor ...or while you are driving. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 3-35. {CAUTION: A crash can damage...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    ✍ NOTES 1-68
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ... ...2-22 Ignition Positions ...2-23 Retained Accessory Power (RAP) ...2-24 Starting the Engine ...2-24 Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal ... (P) ...2-34 Shifting Out of Park (P) ...2-35 Parking Over Things That Burn ...2-36 Engine Exhaust ...2-36 Running the Engine While Parked ...2-37 Keys ...2-3 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 76
    ... (MAXX) ...2-52 Convenience Net ...2-52 Sunroof ...2-53 Mirrors ...2-38 Manual Rearview Mirror ...2-38 Manual ... ...2-39 Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror with Compass ...2-41 Outside Power Mirrors ...2-43 Outside Power Heated Mirrors ...2-43 Outside Convex Mirror ...2-43 OnStar® System ...2-44 2-2
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 77
    Keys {CAUTION: Leaving children 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. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 78
    ... on page 7-6 for more information. Notice: If you ever lock your keys in your vehicle, you may have to damage the vehicle to get in. Be sure you have spare keys. When a new vehicle is delivered, the key has a bar-coded key tag. This tag may be removed by your dealer before it is delivered. 2-4
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    ...modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use ...try again. • Check to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See "Battery Replacement" under ... you are still having trouble, see your dealer or a qualified technician for service...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ... start feature, you can also start the vehicle's engine with the remote keyless entry transmitter. ... If your vehicle has this feature, the engine may be started from outside the vehicle using the remote ...vehicle's doors. See "LOCK HORN" and "LIGHT FLASH" under DIC Vehicle Personalization ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    ... is used to unlock the vehicle's doors. See "UNLOCK HORN" and "LIGHT FLASH" under DIC Vehicle Personalization on page 3-52 for more... another transmitter from unlocking your vehicle. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased through your GM dealer. Remember to bring ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 82
    ... from your body transferred to these surfaces may damage the transmitter. To replace the battery in the remote keyless entry transmitter do the following:...and separate the bottom half from the top half of the transmitter. 2. Remove the battery and replace it with the new one. Make sure the positive ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    ...feature needs to be reset after your vehicle's engine is started two times using the transmitter's... lights flash. 3. When the vehicle starts, the parking lamps will turn on and remain on while the engine ...you enter the vehicle after a remote start, and the engine is still running, insert the key ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    ...transmitter at the vehicle, and press the remote start button. • The engine coolant temperature is too high....rst 10 minute time frame has ended, the first 10 minutes will immediately expire ... is open. The hazard warning flashers are on. The check engine light is on. See Malfunction Indicator Lamp...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    ... unlock all doors at the same time. From the inside, lock and unlock the door by moving the manual lock knob down and up, or by using the power door lock switches. {CAUTION: Unlocked doors can be dangerous. • Passengers - especially children -...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    Power Door Locks The power door lock switches are located on the driver's and front passenger's door. Door Ajar Reminder If one of the doors is.... The rear doors do not have power door lock switches. Rear seat passengers must use the manual lock knob on their doors....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ... Lockout Protection on page 2-14. Press the driver's power door lock switch or the remote keyless ...leaving the vehicle, the doors will lock immediately. If the power door unlock switch or the transmitter unlock ...doors are locked, have that person use the manual lock knob or power door unlock switch....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ...entry transmitter, if equipped, the power door lock switch, or by lifting the rear door manual lock. 2.... slot is in the horizontal position. 2. Close the door. Pressing the power door lock switch will lock all the... feature. If you remove the key from the ignition, or if you use the manual door lock or...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    ... with the trunk lid open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle. You cannot see or... • If you have air outlets on or under the instrument panel, open them all the way. See Engine Exhaust on page 2-36. You can open the trunk lid on the sedan while the vehicle is stationary. You ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ... Trunk (Sedan) on page 2-15. If the liftgate is unlocked, you can manually open it by pressing the touchpad switch located on the underside of the ... of the sedan model on the trunk latch. This handle will glow following exposure to light. Pull the release handle up to open the trunk from the inside. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ... feature. This switch is labeled AUTO. Press the front of the switch part way, and the driver's window will open a small amount. If the front of the switch is pressed all the way down and.... To stop the window while it is lowering, pull the front of the switch momentarily. To raise the window, pull ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    ... driver and front passenger can still operate all the windows with the lock on. When the red part ... pulled out. Your vehicle may have lighted visor vanity mirrors located on the passenger ...driver's side visor. When you lift the cover, the light will turn on. Arming the System With the ignition off,...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... door or liftgate is closed, it will also become armed. The security light, located on the instrument panel cluster, will turn on to indicate ...door key lock cylinder counterclockwise. Once the system is disarmed, the security light will stop flashing. How the System Alarm is Activated If the system...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    ... Commission (FCC) Rules and with Industry Canada. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two ...the device. Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this equipment. PASS-Key®...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ... key codes. When trying to start the vehicle if the engine does not start and the security light comes on, the key may have a damaged transponder. Turn ... engine. If the engine will not start, see your dealer for service. 3. After the engine has started, turn the key to off, and remove the key. 2-21
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    ... you are ever driving and the security light comes on and stays on, you may be able to restart your engine if you turn it off. Your PASS-Key® III +... capabilities of your vehicle and more information. Following break-in, engine speed and load can be gradually increased. 2-22
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    ... your electrical accessories, and to display some instrument panel warning lights. /(START): This position starts the engine. When the engine starts, release the key. The ignition switch will return to the ON position for normal driving. 2-23
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ..., while you turn the ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key and let ... each try. Use the same instructions as stated earlier, when starting your engine in very cold weather... accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key. The idle ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ...brake pedal, it is designed to disable the switch. Simply remove the obstruction and try to adjust the pedals ... with the adjustable seat and adjustable steering wheel controls to reach a safe and comfortable... and safe operating position. 3. Adjust the steering wheel to a safe operating position. 2-25...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ... can help. You will get easier starting and lower fuel usage during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged... may also have an internal thermostat in the plug end of the cord. This will prevent operation of the engine coolant heater when the temperature is at ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    ...a Trailer on page 4-42. Make sure the shift lever is fully in PARK (P) before starting the engine. Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift...you wish. 2-27 PARK (P): This position locks your front wheels. It is the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle cannot move ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    ...use NEUTRAL (N) when your vehicle is being towed. Notice: Shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) while the engine is running at high speed may damage the ..., SECOND and FIRST gear ranges. This provides more engine braking but lower fuel economy than DRIVE (D). You can use it on very steep hills, or ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ...the electronic range select mode. L4 (LOW 4): This position does not limit gears, but provides more engine braking, and lower fuel economy, than DRIVE (D). The actual gear is determined by throttle and vehicle speed. L3 (LOW 3/DRIVE 3): This position...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ...Your automatic transaxle has a shift lever located on the console between the seats. PARK (P): This position locks your front wheels. It is the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle cannot move easily. 2-30
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    Make sure the shift lever is fully in PARK (P) before starting the engine. Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system. You ... is running at high speed. Notice: Shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) while the engine is running at high speed may damage the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    ...longer or to downshift for more power or engine braking. The transaxle will only allow you to shift into gears appropriate for the vehicle speed and engine revolutions ...acceleration you will need to manually upshift to the desired gear. • A shift is required to protect the engine or transaxle ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    ... the shift lever from AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (D) into the MANUAL MODE (M). 2. With the vehicle stopped, press (+) end .... If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on. See Brake System Warning ... system parts. Verify that the parking brake is fully released and the brake warning light...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    Shifting Into Park (P) Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running {CAUTION: It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not ...dangerous to leave your vehicle with the engine running. Your vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ... transaxle. You may find it difficult to pull the shift lever out of PARK (P). This is called "torque lock... leave the driver's seat. To find out how, see Shifting Into Park (P) on page 2-34. When you are ... your regular brake before you can shift from PARK (P). See Automatic Transaxle Operation (...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    Parking Over Things That Burn Engine Exhaust {CAUTION: Engine exhaust can kill. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you cannot see or smell. It can cause unconsciousness and death. You might have exhaust coming in if: • Your exhaust system sounds strange or ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ...{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 2-36. Also, idling in... happen is a garage. Exhaust - with CO - can come in easily. NEVER park in a garage with the engine running....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ...adjust the arm that connects the mirror to the windshield. To reduce glare from lights behind you, move the lever ...Press the OFF button once and the green indicator light located to the left of the button will go... release the AUTO button and the green indicator light will come on. There are also three...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ... started. To turn automatic dimming off or on, press the left button below the mirror. A green indicator light will be on when automatic dimming is on. There are also three OnStar® buttons located at the bottom of the mirror. See your dealer for more ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    Compass Variance Compass variance is the difference between earth's magnetic north and true geographic north. If the mirror is not adjusted for compass variance, the compass could give false readings. The mirror is set in zone eight upon leaving the factory. It will be necessary to adjust the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ...is started. Press the OFF button once and the green indicator light located to the left of the button will go out indicating the feature is off. To turn the feature back...on, press and release the AUTO button and the green indicator light will come on. Compass Operation Press the on/off...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    Compass Variance Compass variance is the difference between earth's magnetic north and true geographic north. If the mirror is not adjusted for compass variance, the compass could give false readings. The mirror is set in zone eight upon leaving the factory. It will be necessary to adjust the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    ... mirrors, are located on the driver's door armrest. Outside Power Heated Mirrors If the vehicle has this...turned on, the heated driver's and passenger's outside power mirrors are warmed to help clear them ...22 for more information. Also see Outside Power Mirrors on page 2-43 for mirror operation....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    OnStar® System A complete OnStar® User's Guide and the Terms and Conditions of the OnStar® Subscription Service Agreement are included in ... with a wide range of safety, security, information, and convenience services. If your airbags deploy, the system is designed to ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ... • All Safe and Sound Plan Services • Driving Directions • RideAssist • Information and... Personal Calling, refer to the OnStar® User’s Guide in the vehicle’s glove box, visit www.onstar... information profile at www.myonstar.com. See the OnStar® user’s guide for more information. 2-45...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    ... modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this ... universal transmitter and receiver, provides a way to replace up to three hand−held transmitters used ... garage door openers, entry door locks, security systems, and home lighting. 2-46
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    ... releasing only when the Universal Home Remote indicator light begins to flash, after 20 seconds. ...two Universal Home Remote buttons. 2. Position the end of your hand-held transmitter about 1 to 3 inches ...Home Remote buttons while keeping the indicator light in view. 3. Simultaneously press and hold ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    ... The indicator light will flash slowly at first and then rapidly after Universal Home ... erase all of the programmed channels. If the indicator light blinks rapidly for two seconds and then turns to a constant light, continue with Steps 6 through 8 following to complete the programming of a rolling-...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ... Home Remote. The Universal Home Remote indicator light will flash slowly at first and then ... down the two outside buttons until the indicator light begins to flash, after 20 seconds.... button for at least half of a second. The indicator light will come on while the signal is being transmitted. 2-49
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    ... Universal Home Remote button. Do not release the button. 2. The indicator light will begin to flash after 20 seconds. While still holding the... area. To open the lower compartment, pull up on the release at the front edge of the armrest. Your vehicle may have an accessory power outlet inside of the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    ...the panel in the center position, do the following: 1. Insert the front corners of the panel into the middle guides. To use the panel in the lower position, do the following: 1. Insert the front corners of the panel into the lower guides. 2. Slide the panel forward. 3. Press down on...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    To use the panel in the upper position, do the following: 1. Insert the front corners of the panel into the top guides. 2. Slide the panel forward. 3. Press down and pull rearward on the back of the panel to lock it in place. This can be used as a cargo cover ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ... positions can be adjusted for driving comfort by pushing and holding the front of the switch until the sunroof moves to the desired position. A defl... deflector will retract when the sunroof is closed. To close the sunroof, push the front of the switch and hold it until the sunroof is closed. The ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    ✍ NOTES 2-54
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    ... System ...3-27 Outlet Adjustment ...3-31 Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators ...3-32 Instrument Panel ... ...3-36 Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light ...3-37 Traction Control System (TCS) ... Light ...3-38 Traction Control System Active Light ...3-38 Instrument Panel Overview ...3-4 Hazard Warning ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    ... Warning Light ...3-39 Enhanced Traction System Active Light ...3-39 Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light ...3-40 Engine Coolant Temperature Gage ...3-40 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ...3-41 Oil ... Light ...3-45 Cruise Control Light ...3-45 Highbeam On Light ...3-45 Fuel Gage ...3-46 Driver ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    ✍ NOTES 3-3
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    Instrument Panel Overview 3-4
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    ... Steering Wheel Controls (Three Spoke) on page 3-105 or Audio Steering Wheel Controls (Four Spoke) on page 3-106. U. Accessory Power Outlet. See Accessory Power Outlet(s) on page 3-21. V. Shift Lever. See Shifting Into Park (P) on page 2-34. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    ... flashers let you warn others. They also let police know you have a problem. Your front and rear turn signal lamps will flash on and off. The hazard warning flasher button...the key is not in the ignition switch. Press the button to make the front and rear turn signal lamps flash on ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    ... that allows you to tilt and telescope the steering wheel is located on the left side of the steering column. Turn .... See Turn and To tilt and telescope the wheel, pull down the lever. Then move the ...• Flash-to-Pass. See Flash-to-Pass on page 3-8. • Exterior Light Control. See Exterior Lamps on ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    ... lane change. If a bulb is burned out, replace it to help avoid an accident. If the arrows ... lever away from you. When the high beams are on, a light on the instrument panel cluster also will be on if ... high-beam headlamps momentarily to signal a driver in front of you that you want to pass. To use ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ... this lever, located on the right side of the steering wheel, to operate the windshield wipers. Move the lever ... will vary depending on the vehicles speed, as well as the manually selected delay. Move the lever all .... Hold it there until the windshield wipers start; then let go. The windshield wipers...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    .... Otherwise the washer fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your vision. Windshield Washer To wash your windshield, push in the button at the end of the stalk until the washers begin. {CAUTION: In freezing weather, do not use your washer until the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    ... side turns on a wiper setting. There is one shared washer fluid reservoir for the front and rear windshield wipers. See Windshield Washer Fluid on page 5-38. ... roads. On such roads, fast changes in tire traction can cause excessive wheel slip, and you could lose control. Do not use cruise control ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ...master cylinder brake fluid level is low. The light on the instrument panel cluster will come on after ...use cruise control. 4-Spoke Steering Wheel Cruise Controls 3-Spoke Steering ... buttons are located on left side of the steering wheel. T(On): 1. Press the button with the cruise control icon...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ...To reduce your speed while using cruise control: Ending Cruise Control To end cruise control, step lightly on the brake pedal or press the cancel button. • Press the cancel button on the steering wheel until you reach the lower speed you want, ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    Exterior Lamps AUTO (Automatic Headlamp System): This position automatically turns on the Daytime Running Lamps during daytime, and the headlamps, parking lamps, and taillamps at night. P(Off/On): This position is the momentary Off/On switch for the Automatic Headlamp System. In Canada, this only...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    The following charts show the condition of the vehicle's exterior lamps when the transaxle is not in PARK (P) and the switch is moved to each position: United States Exterior Lamp Positions for Daytime Lamps Headlamp Parking Lamp Taillamp P OFF OFF OFF AUTO DRL Mode OFF OFF ; OFF ON ON 2 ON ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ... dark outside but keep other exterior lights on, turn the exterior lamp control to the parking ... license plate lamps and instrument panel lights will be on, but the headlamps will be off. To turn on the headlamps ...DRL) can make it easier for others to see the front of your vehicle during the day. DRL ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    ... on your parking lamps. • The light sensor detects daytime light. See the end of this section for more information on the light sensor. • The shift lever is not ...as the taillamps, sidemarker, parking lamps, instrument panel lights, and interior switch backlighting. Make sure the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    ... longer than this delay. If you start your vehicle in a dark garage, the automatic ...off, turn the ignition on and turn the exterior light switch to the off/on position. For Canadian vehicles..., the ignition must be on. Push the button to turn the fog lamps on. An indicator light in the button will glow...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ... 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 ... after your key is removed from the ignition to provide an illuminated exit. Turn the knob clockwise to brighten the lights or ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    Front Reading Lamps Push the lens to turn the reading lamps on and off. The reading lamps will turn on when the door is open if... lamp by pushing on the lens. • Press the remote trunk release button. • Press the power door lock switch. The battery run-down feature will also be activated when any ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    ... with Traction Control system, the accessory power outlets are located on the front of the center console storage... Traction Control, both outlets are located on the front of the center console storage area. There... or adapter fuses. If you experience a problem see your dealer for additional information...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ... the heating, cooling and ventilation for your vehicle. If your vehicle has the remote start feature, the climate control system will function as part of the remote start feature. The system will return to the last settings the vehicle was at when it was...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ... will circulate throughout your vehicle. When the button is pressed, an indicator light will come on to let you know that it is activated. The outside air... air conditioning performance in hot weather. When the button is pressed, an indicator light above the button will come on to let you know that it...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ... cold outside 0°F (−18°C) or lower, use the engine coolant heater, if equipped, to provide ... inside of your vehicle. For more information, see Engine Coolant Heater on page 2-26. For quick ... while idling or after turning off the engine. This is normal. #(Air Conditioning): Press this button to ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    ... is pressed while in defog mode, the indicator light will turn on. If the button is pressed again, ... is pressed while in defrost mode, the indicator light will turn on. If the button is pressed again, the light will turn off. Recirculation cannot be selected while in the defrost mode. To help clear ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    ...The rear window defogger uses a warming grid to remove fog or frost from the rear window. If your... off the heated mirror, if equipped. An indicator light will come on to let you know that the rear window... defogger can also be turned off by pressing the button again or by turning off the engine. 3-26
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ... inlet may automatically switch to recirculate inside air to help quickly cool down your vehicle. 2. Set the temperature. To find your comfort setting, start with an initial temperature setting and allow about 20 minutes for the system to regulate. Press the up or down arrow temperature buttons to ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    Also be careful not to cover the sensor grille on the lower right side of the climate control ... warm air is available. The length of delay depends on the engine coolant temperature. Turning the fan knob ...Fan): The knob with the fan symbol allows you to manually adjust the fan speed. This mode directs ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    ... vehicle will circulate throughout your vehicle. When the button is pressed, an indicator light will come on to let you know that it is activated. The outside air...this button to turn the air conditioning compressor on and off. A light above the button will illuminate when the air conditioning is on. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ... Defrosting You can use either defog or front defrost to clear fog or frost from your windshield. Use the defog mode to clear the windows of fog or moisture. Use the front defrost button to defrost the front windshield. Use this setting to clear the windows of fog or moisture. Turn the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    If your vehicle has the remote start feature, the rear defogger and heated ... be turned on if it is cold outside. The indicator light will not be on. When the vehicle transitions out of remote ...affect performance of the system. • Keep the path under the front seats clear of objects to help circulate...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ...As you will see in the details on the next few pages, some warning lights come on briefly when you start the engine just to let you know they are working. If you are familiar with this section, you should not be alarmed when this happens. Gages...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ...vehicle is running. You'll know how fast you're going, how much fuel you're using, and many other things you will need ... Your vehicle has this instrument panel cluster, which includes indicator warning lights and gages that are explained on the following pages. United States Base version shown...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ... Operation and Displays on page 3-47 for more information. The tachometer shows your engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). Safety Belt Reminder Light When the key is turned to ON or START, a chime will come on for several seconds to remind people to ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ... have your vehicle serviced right away if the airbag readiness light stays on after you... warn you if there is a problem. 3-35 Airbag Readiness Light There is an airbag readiness light... electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. The system check includes...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    ..., though, you need both parts working well. If the warning light comes on, there is a brake problem. Have your brake system inspected right away.... be ready to warn you if there is a problem. When the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will also come on when you set...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... vehicle has the anti-lock brake system, the light will come on when your engine is started and may stay on for several seconds. That's normal. {CAUTION: Your ... and turn the ignition off. Then start the engine again to reset the system. If the light still stays on, or comes ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ... Control System (TCS), this light will come on when the system is limiting wheel spin. • If you ... control) button located on the center console, the light will come on and stay on. To turn the system ... accordingly. The light will stay on for a few seconds after the system stops limiting wheel spin....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ... Traction System (ETS), this light will come on when the system is limiting wheel spin. • If you ... control) button located on the center console, the light will come on and stay on. To turn the system ... accordingly. The light will stay on for a few seconds after the system stops limiting wheel spin...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light This light indicates that the engine coolant has overheated or the radiator cooling fan is not working. Engine Coolant Temperature Gage This light will come on briefly when you ...into the red area, the light comes on and you hear a chime, your engine is too ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    ... of the vehicle, helping to produce a cleaner environment. The check engine light comes on to indicate that there is a problem and service is required. Malfunctions often will be... controls may not work as well, your fuel economy may not be as good, and your engine may not run as ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    If the Light is Flashing The following may prevent more serious damage to your vehicle: If...by considering the following: Did you recently put fuel into your vehicle? If so, ...your vehicle. Turn the key off, wait at least 10 seconds and restart the engine. If the light remains on steady, see "If the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    ... go away once the engine is warmed up.) This will be detected by the system and cause the light to turn on.... require at least one full tank of the proper fuel to turn the light off. If none of ... vehicle will not pass this inspection if the check engine light is on or not working properly. Your vehicle...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    ...Light If you have low engine oil pressure, this light will stay on after you ...enough oil. The engine could be low on oil, or could have some other oil problem... is low. If you do, your engine can become so hot that it catches... have your vehicle serviced. Notice: Lack of proper engine oil maintenance may...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    ... Theft-Deterrent Systems on page 2-18. Highbeam On Light This light will come on when the high-beam headlamps are in use. Cruise Control Light This light comes on whenever you set your cruise ... High/Low-Beam Changer on page 3-8. The light will go out when the cruise control is turned off...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    ... 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. ... gage tells you about how much fuel you have left, when the ignition is on. When the indicator nears empty, the amber light located left of ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    Driver Information Center (DIC) The Driver Information Center (DIC) provides the following: The buttons used to activate the DIC are located on the left side of the vehicle's audio system. INFO/4 (Information): Press this button to scroll through the vehicle information mode displays. MENU: ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ... economy will then be calculated starting from that point. If the average fuel economy is not reset, it will be continually ...ECON (Average Fuel Economy) AV SPEED (Average Vehicle Speed) OIL LIFE (Engine ...can drive without refueling. It is based on fuel economy and the fuel remaining in the tank. 3-48
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    ...maintenance is recommended in the Maintenance Schedule in this manual. See Scheduled Maintenance on page 6-4 and Engine Oil on page 5-17. • Automatic Vehicle Unlocking: Speci�.Horn Chirp During Remote Keyless Entry Unlocking Exterior Light Flash During Remote Keyless Entry Locking or...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ...and Scheduled Maintenance on page 6-4 for more information. CHECK GAS CAP: This message will display if ...fully tightened. You should recheck your gas cap to make sure that it is on properly. A few ... will display if the starting of the engine is disabled. Have your vehicle serviced immediately by your ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    ... (Power) REDUCED: This message will display to inform you that the vehicle has reduced engine power to avoid damaging the engine. GATE AJAR: If your vehicle has a liftgate,...a low fuel warning light on the instrument panel cluster. See Fuel on page 5-5 and Filling the Tank on page ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    ... English units. For example, distance in miles (mi) and fuel economy in miles per gallon (mpg) is ...metric units. For example, distance in kilometers (km) and fuel economy in liters per 100 kilometers (L/100...also change the trip odometer, temperature, and average fuel economy displays. OIL LIFE RESET: ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    When LIGHT FLASH appears on the display, press the enter button to move between OFF and ON.... option, which allows the vehicle's exterior perimeter lighting to turn on each time the unlock button ... is pressed, can be enabled or disabled. When EXT LIGHTS appears on the display, press the enter button ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    ... Driving on page 4-2. By taking a few moments to read this manual and get familiar with your vehicle's ... favorite stations using the presets and steering wheel controls (if equipped). {CAUTION: This system ... favorite radio stations using the presets and steering wheel controls (if equipped). 3-54
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    ... equipment may interfere with the operation of your vehicle's engine, radio, or other systems, and even damage... vehicle has a feature called Retained Accessory Power (RAP). With RAP, the audio system can be...ignition is turned off. See Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 2-24 for more information....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    ... hear a beep. The radio will go to a station, play for a few seconds, then go on to the next station. Press either SEEK button again to stop scanning. Playing the Radio O(Power): on and off. Press this knob to turn the system u(Volume): Turn this knob to increase or to decrease the volume. 3-56
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    ... than two seconds. You will hear a beep and the level will be adjusted to the middle position. To adjust the tone controls to the middle position, first 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    ...right or the left speakers. To adjust the fade between the front and the rear speakers, press and ...turn the ADJ knob to move the sound toward the front or the rear speakers. To adjust the balance or the fade ... the speaker controls to the middle position, first end out of balance and fade by pressing ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    ...If playing a CD-R, the sound quality may be reduced due to CD-R quality, the method of recording,... within a track. You will hear sound at a reduced volume. Release this pushbutton to play the passage.... within a track. You will hear sound at a reduced volume. Release this pushbutton to play the passage...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    ... to stop scanning. SEEK x: Press this button to go to the start of the current track if more than eight ...and try again. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. • The label may be ... displays an error message, write it down and provide it to your GM dealer when reporting the problem.
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    Radio with CD (Up Level) With RDS, the radio can do the following: • Seek to stations broadcasting the selected type of programming • Receive announcements concerning local and national emergencies • Display messages from radio stations • Seek to stations with traffic announcements This...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    ...automatic volume increases the volume, as necessary, to overcome noise at any speed. The volume level should ...radio cannot determine the vehicle speed or if the engine is not running. To turn automatic volume... OFF appears on the display. Playing the Radio O(Power): on and off. Press this knob to turn...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    Finding a Station BAND: Press this button to switch between FM1, FM2, AM, or XM1 or XM2 (if equipped). The display will show the selection. ADJ (Adjust): Turn this knob to select radio stations. Press the down or up arrow to go to the next or to the previous station and stay there. To scan stations...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    ... talk, pop, rock, and classical. To return to the manual mode, press the AUTO TONE or AUTO EQ... right or the left speakers. To adjust the fade between the front and the rear speakers, push and release... Turn the ADJ knob to move the sound toward the front or the rear speakers. To adjust balance or fade ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ...to other stations. This function does not apply for XM™ Satellite Radio Service. RDS Messages ALERT!: Alert warns of local or national emergencies.... 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ... does not apply to XM™ Satellite Radio Service. Radio Messages CALIBRATE: The audio system has ... and it must be returned to your GM dealer for service. LOCKED: This message is displayed when the THEFTLOCK® system has... Take your vehicle to your GM dealer for service. If any error occurs repeatedly ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ...is needed. This message should disappear shortly. This channel is not currently in service. Tune to another channel. This previously assigned channel is no longer ... XM Acquiring channel audio (after 4 second delay) Channel not in service Channel no longer available Artist Name/Feature not available ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    ...swapped between vehicles. If this message is received after having your vehicle serviced, check with your GM dealer. If tuned to channel 0, this ...the XM Radio eight digit radio ID label. This label is needed to activate the service. If this message is received when tuned to channel 0, there may be a ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    ... If playing a CD-R, the sound quality may be reduced due to CD-R quality, the method of recording, ...quickly within a track. You will hear sound at a reduced volume. Release the button to play the passage.... within a track. You will hear sound at a reduced volume. Release the button to play the passage....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    ...the track number will appear on the display when each track starts to play. Press RDM again to turn off...first. x SEEK w: Press the down arrow to go to the start of the current track if more than eight... through the CD. Press the up arrow to go to the start of the next track. If this arrow is pressed ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    ... and try again. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. • The label may be ... playing correctly, for any other reason, try a known good CD. If any error occurs repeatedly or... down and provide it to your GM dealer when reporting the problem. United States shown, Canada similar 3-71
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 200
    ...RDS, the radio can do the following: XM™ Satellite Radio Service XM™ is a satellite radio ...includes song title and artist name. A service fee is required in order to receive the XM™... the name of the program being broadcast. Playing the Radio O(Power): Press this knob to turn the system on and ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    ...automatically to make up for road and wind noise as you drive. Set the volume at the desired ...automatic volume increases the volume, as necessary, to overcome noise at any speed. The volume level should ...radio cannot determine the vehicle speed or if the engine is not running. To turn automatic volume...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    Setting Preset Stations Up to 30 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and six AM, six XM1 and six XM2 (if equipped)), can be programmed on the six numbered pushbuttons, by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press BAND to select FM1, FM2, AM, or XM1 or XM2. 3. Tune in the desired ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    ... button until CUSTOM appears on the display. Then manually adjust the bass, midrange, and treble using... right or the left speakers. To adjust the fade between the front and rear speakers, push and ... Turn the ADJ knob to move the sound toward the front or the rear speakers. To adjust balance or fade to...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    ... does not apply for XM™ Satellite Radio Service. MSG (Message): If the current station has...etc. If the entire message is not displayed, parts of the message will appear every three seconds....affected by tests of the emergency broadcast system. This feature is not supported by all RDS stations. 3-76
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ... does not apply to XM™ Satellite Radio Service. Radio Messages CALIBRATE: The audio system has ... and it must be returned to your GM dealer for service. LOCKED: This message is displayed when the THEFTLOCK® system has... Take your vehicle to your GM dealer for service. If any error occurs repeatedly ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 206
    ...is needed. This message should disappear shortly. This channel is not currently in service. Tune to another channel. This previously assigned channel is no longer ... XM Acquiring channel audio (after 4 second delay) Channel not in service Channel no longer available Artist Name/Feature not available ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    ...swapped between vehicles. If this message is received after having your vehicle serviced, check with your GM dealer. If tuned to channel 0, this ...the XM Radio eight digit radio ID label. This label is needed to activate the service. If this message is received when tuned to channel 0, there may be a ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    ...symbol will appear on the CD. As each new track starts to play, the track number will appear on the display....If playing a CD-R, the sound quality may be reduced due to CD-R quality, the method of recording,...difficulty in loading and ejecting. If these problems occur, check the bottom surface of the CD...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    ... CD symbol will flash until the CD is ready to be removed. When the CD is ready to be removed it will eject part way from the radio and the display will ...CD symbol will flash until a CD is ready to be removed. When the CD is ready to be removed it will eject part way from the radio and the display ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ... this button to reverse quickly within a track. You will hear sound at a reduced volume. Release this button to play the passage. T#, the elapsed time,... this button to advance quickly within a track. You will hear sound at a reduced volume. Release the button to play the passage. T#, the elapsed time...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    ... RDM again to turn off random play. RANDOM OFF will appear on the display and RDM will disappear from the display. x SEEK w: Press the down arrow to go to the start of the current track, if more than eight seconds have played. Press the up arrow to go to the beginning of the next track. If either ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ... button, two beeps will be heard to confirm that the track has been deleted and TRACK number DELETED will appear on the display. After a track has been deleted, the remaining tracks are moved up the list. When another track is added to the song list, the track will be added to the end of the list.
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    ... the song list again are added to the bottom of the list. To end song list mode, press the song list button... and try again. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. • The label may be ...an error message, write it down and provide it to your GM dealer when reporting the problem. 3-85
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    ... a volume control. To use the headphones press, the ON/OFF button. An indicator light on the headphones will illuminate. If the light does not illuminate, the batteries may need to be replaced. See "... headphones will shut off automatically to save the battery power. If you move too far ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ... 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 installed correctly using the diagram on the inside of the battery compartment. 3. Replace the battery compartment door and tighten the screw. If...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    ... and turn on both the auxiliary device power and the power on the front of the RSE system. Press ...system is off • A DVD or auxiliary device is playing • The front audio system is on and the SRCE button ... both the wireless headphones and the vehicles front speakers at the same time. The RSE system ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 217
    ... audio signal during CD or DVD play, there may be a low hissing noise through the speakers and/or headphones. If the hissing sound in the wireless ...in either the up or down positions. DVD Player The DVD player is located on the end of the floor console under the video screen. The DVD player can be ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    ... AM, or XM1 or XM2 (if equipped). If the front seat passengers are listening to the DVD player,... when the DVD is playing the copyright information or the previews. O(Power): on and off. Press this button to turn ... or CD. k(Play/Pause): Press this button to start play of a DVD or CD. Press this button ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    ... loading the disc and the player will automatically start if the vehicle is in the on position, ACC, or RAP.... playing at the main title, refer to the on-screen instructions. If the disc has been ejected ...If a disc is ejected from the player, but not removed, the DVD player will reload the disc after ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 220
    ... desired button. Direct sunlight or very bright light may affect the ability of the transmitter to receive ... armrest when not in use. If your vehicle is the Malibu MAXX, your vehicle may have a... compartment when not in use. Remote Control Buttons O(Power): Press this button to turn the DVD player on...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    ...After making a selection, press the enter button. Press this button again to start play of the disc. u(Wired Headphone Volume): Press the plus and ... is playing the copyright information or the previews. s(Play/Pause): Press this button to start play of a DVD or CD. Press this button while a DVD or ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    ...selected from 4:3 letterbox, 4:3 panscan, or 16:9. Black Level Shift: The default black level to the video screen may be adjusted. Video Shift: The default position of the video on the display may be adjusted. Color ... range. Audio compression may be used to reduce the difference between soft and loud...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 223
    ...English, 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... language may be selected from various languages. The audio output is dependent on whether a DVD supports the selected language. 3-95
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 224
    ..., or French. The actual subtitle language is dependent on whether a DVD supports the selected language. Current Audio Language: The audio language may ..., or French. The actual audio language is dependent on whether a DVD supports the selected language. Smart Color: This color setting may be selected ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 225
    ... can remember selections for up to 50 discs. To remove FTS for a disc, the disc must be in the player ... ALL on the display. Not all DVDs support all of the feature defaults in the setup menus. In the event a feature is not supported, defaults will be provided by the DVD media. Exit the setup menu by...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 226
    Tips and Troubleshooting Chart Problem No power. Recommended Action The ignition may not be in the on position, ACC, or RAP. The parental .... The radio must have the RSE enabled by using the SRCE button. Problem The picture does not fill the screen. There are black borders on...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 227
    ... off. Press the stop button twice to start the DVD at the beginning. If the power is off and the DVD is still in the player, press the play button. Press...The DVD could be dirty or scratched. Try cleaning the DVD. Problem When I return to the DVD from the system menu, sometimes it plays...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    ... Press the eject button on the DVD player. Turn the power off, then on again, then press .... Do not attempt to force or remove the disc from the player. If the problem persists, return to your ... temperature ranges. Verify that the headphones are facing to the front of the vehicle, left and right sides ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ... or radio source may be listened to but cannot be changed from the RSE if the front seat passengers have selected the same source from the front seat controls. (For example, the radio station selected with the front seat controls cannot be changed by the rear seat control(s)). DVD ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 230
    ... audio controls always have priority over the RSA controls. If the front seat passengers switch to the same source as the RSA,...Radio Controls The following function is controlled by the main radio: PWR (Power): Front seat passengers can turn the RSA off by quickly pressing this knob twice. n (Volume...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    ... go to the next preset radio station. This function is inactive if the front seat passengers are listening to the radio. When a cassette tape is playing, ... to hear the next or the previous selection. This function is inactive if the front seat passengers are listening to a cassette tape. When a CD is...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    ... to go to the next or the previous selection. This function is inactive if the front seat passengers are listening to a cassette tape. When a CD is ... five seconds have played. This function is inactive if the front seat passengers are listening to a CD. O(Power): Press this button to turn the RSE ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    ...go to the next available CD, if multiple CDs are loaded. 3-105 Audio Steering Wheel Controls (Three Spoke) If your vehicle has this feature, some audio controls can be adjusted at the steering wheel. They include the following: x w: Press the up or the down arrow to go to ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    ... has this feature, some audio controls can be adjusted at the steering wheel. They include the following: > (Mute): Press this button to silence...convenience accessories, and external electronic devices are plugged into the accessory power outlet. If there is interference or static, unplug the item ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ... reception, most AM radio stations will boost the power levels during the day, and then reduce these levels during the night. ...also occur when things like storms and power lines interfere with radio reception. When this happens, try reducing the treble on your radio. Care of Your CDs and DVDs Handle...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ... slightly bent, straighten it out by hand. If the mast is badly bent, replace it. Check occasionally to make sure the mast is still tightened to the ... quarter panel. Because this antenna is built into the rear window, there is a reduced risk of damage caused by car washes and vandals. If adding a ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    Section 4 Driving Your Vehicle City Driving ...4-22 Freeway Driving ...4-23 Before Leaving on a Long Trip ...4-24 Highway Hypnosis ...4-25 Hill and Mountain Roads ...4-25 Winter Driving ...4-27 If Your Vehicle is Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow ...4-32 Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out ...4-33 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ... The best advice anyone can give about driving is: Drive defensively. Please start with a very important safety device in your vehicle: Buckle up. See...make mistakes. Anticipate what they might do and be ready. Rear-end collisions are about the most preventable of accidents. Yet they are common. Allow...
  • 2006 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    According to the American Medical Association, a 180 lb (82 kg) person who drinks three 12 ounce (355 ml) bottles of beer in an hour will end up with a BAC of about 0.06 percent. The person would reach the same BAC by drinking three 4 ounce (120 ml) glasses of wine or three mixed drinks if each had ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    Statistics show that the chance of being in a collision increases sharply for drivers who have a BAC of 0.05 percent or above. A driver with a BAC level of 0.06 percent has doubled his or her chance of having a collision. At a BAC level of 0.10 percent, the chance of this driver having a collision ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    Braking See Brake System Warning Light on page 3-36. Braking action involves perception time ...better braking and longer brake life. If your engine ever stops while you are driving, brake normally...pedal may get harder to push down. If your engine stops, you will still have some power brake assist. But ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    .... If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, this warning light on the instrument panel will come on briefly when you start your vehicle. Let us say the road is ... and you are driving safely. Suddenly, an animal jumps out in front of you. You slam on the brakes and continue braking. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    ... help you steer around the obstacle while braking hard. Remember: Anti-lock does not change the ... distance. If you get too close to the vehicle in front of you, you will not have time to apply... notice some noise, but this is normal. As you brake, your computer keeps receiving updates on wheel speed ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 245
    ... road conditions. The system operates only if it senses that one or both of the front wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction. When this happens, the system reduces engine power and may also upshift the transaxle to limit wheel spin. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    ... you know if there's a problem, or if the system has been turned off. When this warning light is on, the system will not limit wheel spin. Adjust your driving accordingly.... Control System is limiting wheel spin when you press the button to turn the system off, the warning light will come ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ... road conditions. The system operates only if it senses that one or both of the front wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction. When this happens, the system reduces engine power and may also upshift the transaxle to limit wheel spin. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 248
    ... If your vehicle has the electric power steering system and the engine stalls while you are driving... The traction control system warning light should go off. Hydraulic Power Steering If your ...lose power steering assist because the engine stops or the power steering system is not functioning, you can ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 249
    ...traction of the tires against the road surface makes it possible for the vehicle to change its path when you turn the front wheels. If there is no traction, inertia will keep..., do it before you enter the curve, while your front wheels are straight ahead. Try to adjust your speed so ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    ...a child darts out from between parked cars and stops right in front of you. You can avoid these problems by braking - if you can stop in ... page 4-6. It is better to remove as much speed as you can from a possible collision. Then steer around the problem, to the left or ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 251
    ... your vehicle straddles the edge of the pavement. You can turn the steering wheel up to one-quarter turn until the right front tire contacts the pavement edge. Then turn your steering wheel to go straight down the roadway. • Watch for traffic ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 252
    ... opportunity. For one thing, following too closely reduces your area of vision, especially if you ... far enough ahead of the passed vehicle to see its front in your inside mirror, activate your right... lamps are not flashing, it may be slowing down or starting to turn. • If other vehicles are lined ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 253
    ... ready for a second skid if it occurs. Of course, traction is reduced when water, snow, ice, gravel, or other material is on ... with reduced traction, try your best to avoid sudden steering, acceleration, or braking, including engine braking by shifting to a lower gear. Any sudden changes could cause ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 254
    ...use your vehicle for racing or other competitive driving, the engine may use more oil than it ...normal use. Low oil levels can damage the engine. Be sure to check the oil level often during... upper mark that shows the proper operating range on the engine oil dipstick. For information on how to add oil, ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    ... your eyes contract repeatedly. Remember that the headlamps light up far less of a roadway when you ...; that way, it is easier to pick out dimly lighted objects. Just as the headlamps should be checked ... from night blindness - the inability to see in dim light - and are not even aware of it. 4-19
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 256
    ... fluid reservoir filled with washer fluid. Replace your windshield wiper inserts when they ...car wash, apply your brake pedal lightly until your brakes work normally... some car washes can cause problems, too. The water may affect your... wet roads can mean driving trouble. On a wet road, you cannot stop...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 257
    ...usually happens at higher speeds. There just is not a hard and fast rule about hydroplaning. The best advice ...s air intake and badly damage your engine. Never drive through water that is slightly lower ...have your view restricted by road spray. • Have good tires with proper tread depth. See Tires ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    ...energy. See Freeway Driving on page 4-23. • Treat a green light as a warning signal. A traffic ...because the corner is busy enough to need it. When a light turns green, and just before you... the intersection or may be running the red light. One of the biggest problems with city streets is the amount...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    Freeway Driving The most important advice on freeway driving is: 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 the left lane on a freeway as a passing lane. At the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    ... Is the 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? • Lamps: Are they all working? Are the lenses clean? • Tires: They...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    ...highway hypnosis? Or is it just plain falling asleep at the wheel? Call it highway hypnosis, lack of awareness,..., along with the hum of the tires on the road, the drone of the engine, and the rush of the wind against the vehicle ..., pull off the road into a rest, service, or parking area and take a nap...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    ...You could crash. Always have your engine running and your vehicle in gear ...can work hard on mountain roads. {CAUTION: If you do not shift down,...hill. You could crash. Shift down to let your engine assist your brakes ... to know is this: let your engine do some of the slowing down. Shift to a lower gear ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ... accident. • You may see highway signs on mountains that warn of special problems. Examples are long grades, passing or no-passing zones, a falling ... action. Here are some tips for winter driving: • Have your vehicle in good shape for winter. • You may want to put winter emergency supplies ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ... on Snow or Ice Most of the time, those places where the tires meet the road probably have good traction. However, if there is snow or ice between the tires and the road, you can ... in your vehicle. What is the worst time for this? Wet ice. Very cold snow or ice can be slick and hard to drive on. 4-28
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    But wet ice can be even more trouble because it may offer the least traction of...improves your vehicle's stability when you make a hard stop on a slippery road. Whether you ...ABS, if you brake so hard that your wheels stop rolling, you will just slide. Brake so your wheels always keep rolling and you ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    ... clothing or wrap a blanket around you. If you do not have blankets or extra clothing, make body insulators from newspapers, burlap bags, rags, floor mats - anything you can wrap around yourself or tuck under your clothing to keep warm. You can run the engine to keep warm, but be careful. 4-30
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 267
    ... your engine only as long as you must. This saves fuel. When you run the engine, make it go a little faster than ... headlamps. Let the heater run for a while. Then, shut the engine off and close the window almost all the way to preserve the heat. Start the engine again and repeat this only when you ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    ...other parts of the vehicle can overheat. That could cause an engine compartment fire or other damage. When you are ...as shown on the speedometer. Notice: Spinning your wheels can destroy parts of your vehicle as well as the tires. If you spin the wheels too fast while shifting your transaxle back and...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    ... wheel left and right. That will clear the area around your front wheels. If your vehicle has a traction ... as possible. Release the accelerator pedal while you shift, and press lightly on the accelerator pedal when the transaxle is in gear. By slowly spinning your wheels in the forward and reverse ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    ...Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for the front and rear axle; see "Certification Label" later in ... shows the number of occupant seating positions (A), and the maximum vehicle capacity weight (B) in kilograms and pounds. 2. Determine the combined weight of the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    ...will be towing a trailer, the load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle. If your vehicle can tow a trailer, see...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ... (113 kg) Item A B C Example 3 Description Vehicle Capacity Weight for Example 3 = Subtract Occupant Weight ... label for specific information about your vehicle's capacity weight and seating positions. The combined ..., passengers, and cargo should never exceed your vehicle's capacity weight. 4-36
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    ... the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), or either the maximum front or rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). If you do, parts on your vehicle can break, and it can change...). The GVWR includes the weight of the vehicle, all occupants, fuel and cargo. Never exceed the GVWR for your ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 274
    If you put things inside your vehicle - like suitcases, tools, packages, or anything else - they will go as fast as the vehicle goes. If you have to stop or turn quickly, or if there is a crash, they will keep going. CAUTION: (Continued) • Never stack heavier things, like suitcases ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 275
    ... Vehicle Consult your dealer or a professional towing service if you need to have your disabled... do recreational vehicle towing: • What's the towing capacity of the towing vehicle? Be sure you read ...towing" (towing your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground) and "dolly towing" (towing ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 276
    Dinghy Towing The Malibu Sedan SS and Maxx SS cannot be dinghy towed....your battery from draining while the vehicle is being towed, remove the following fuse from the instrument panel fuse ... information. 5. Turn the ignition switch to ACC. 6. Shift your transaxle to NEUTRAL (N). 7. Release the parking ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    ... Also, repairs would not be covered by the warranty. Never have your vehicle towed from the rear. 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 278
    ...a trailer with your vehicle. If you have a Malibu Sedan SS or a Maxx SS, trailer towing ... 3.5L V6 engine and the proper trailer towing equipment. To identify the trailering capacity of your vehicle,.... Trailering means changes in handling, durability and fuel economy. Successful, safe trailering takes ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 279
    ... 1,000 miles (1 600 km) your new vehicle is driven. Your engine, axle or other parts could be damaged. • Then, during the first 500 miles (... drive over 50 mph (80 km/h) and don't make starts at full throttle. This helps your engine and other parts of your vehicle wear in at the heavier loads. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 280
    When towing a trailer on long uphill grades while the outside temperature is above 85°F (29°C), reduce your vehicle speed to 45 mph (72 km/h) to avoid overheating the engine cooling system. You can ask your dealer for our trailering information or advice...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 281
    ... drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Instructions about safety chains may be provided by the hitch manufacturer ... can get into your vehicle. See Engine Exhaust on page 2-36. Dirt and water... own brakes? Be sure to read and follow the instructions for the trailer brakes so you'll ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 282
    ... as your vehicle is by itself. Before you start, check the trailer hitch and platform .... If the trailer has electric brakes, start your vehicle and trailer moving ... a trailer. And, because you're a good deal longer, you'll need... and, if possible, have someone guide you. Making Turns Notice: Making...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 283
    ... reduce your vehicle speed to 45 mph (72 km/h) to avoid overheating the engine cooling system. Reduce speed and shift to a lower gear before you start down a long...is in the red area, turn off the air conditioning to reduce engine load. See Engine Overheating on page 5-29. 4-47
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 284
    ...review this information before you start your trip. Check periodically to see that all hitch nuts and bolts are tight. • start your engine, • shift into a gear, and • release the parking brake. 2. Let up on the brake pedal. 3. Drive slowly until ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 285
    ... Compartment Overview ...5-12 Engine Oil ...5-17 Engine Oil Life System ...5-20 Engine Air Cleaner/Filter ...5-22 Automatic Transaxle Fluid (2.2L L4 and 3.5L V6 Engines) ...5-23 ...) ...5-24 Engine Coolant ...5-26 Coolant Surge Tank Pressure Cap ...5-29 Engine Overheating ...5-29
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 286
    ... Wiper Fuses ...5-99 Power Windows and Other Power Options ...5-99 Fuses ...5-99 Instrument Panel Fuse Block ...5-100 Engine Compartment Fuse Block ...5-102 Rear Compartment Fuse Block ...5-104 Capacities and Specifications ...5-107 Wheel Alignment and...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 287
    ... needs. You will get genuine GM parts and GM-trained and supported service people. We hope you will want to... and/or emit 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),...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 288
    ... own service work, you will want to use the proper service manual. It tells you much more about ... this manual can. To order the proper service manual, see Service Publications Ordering Information on page 7-15....a record with all parts receipts and list the mileage and the date of any service work you ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 289
    .... If you are using gasoline rated at 87 octane or higher and you hear heavy knocking, your engine needs service. Fuel Use of the recommended fuel is an important part of the proper maintenance of your vehicle. Gasoline Specifications At a minimum, gasoline should ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 290
    ... cleaner air, all gasolines in the United States are now required to contain additives that will help prevent engine and fuel system deposits from forming, allowing your emission .... To help keep fuel injectors and intake valves clean, or if your vehicle experiences problems due to ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 291
    ...fuel containing methanol. It can corrode metal parts in your fuel system and also damage the ...recommends against the use of such gasolines. Fuels containing MMT can reduce the life of spark plugs and ... outside the United States or Canada, the proper fuel may be hard to find. Never use leaded gasoline...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 292
    .... To help avoid injuries to you and others, read and follow all the instructions on the pump island. Turn off your engine when you are refueling. Do not smoke if you are near fuel or refueling your vehicle. Keep sparks, flames, and ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 293
    ...the atmosphere. See Malfunction Indicator Lamp on page 3-41. The CHECK GAS CAP message will be displayed on the Driver Information Center (DIC) if the fuel cap is not ... may cause your malfunction indicator lamp to light and may damage your fuel tank and emissions system. See Malfunction...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 294
    ...: An electric fan under the hood can start up and injure you even when the engine is not running. Keep hands, clothing and tools away from any... fan. {CAUTION: Things that burn can get on hot engine parts and start a fire. These include liquids like fuel, oil, coolant, brake...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 295
    ... inside the vehicle to the left of the steering column. 2. Then go to the front of the vehicle and push the secondary hood release handle toward ...an arrow. Before closing the hood, be sure all the filler caps are on properly. Then lift the hood to relieve pressure on the hood prop. Remove the hood ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 296
    Engine Compartment Overview When you open the hood on the 2.2L L4 engine, here is what you will see: 5-12
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 297
    ...Air Cleaner/Filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-22. B. Engine Oil Dipstick. See "Checking Engine Oil" under Engine Oil on page 5-17. C. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See "When to Add Engine Oil" under Engine Oil on page 5-17. D. Engine Coolant Surge Tank. See Cooling System on page ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 298
    When you open the hood on the 3.5L V6 engine, here is what you will see: 5-14
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 299
    A. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-22. B. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See "When to Add Engine Oil" under Engine Oil on page 5-17. C. Engine Oil Dipstick. See "Checking Engine Oil" under Engine Oil on page 5-17. D. Engine ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 300
    When you open the hood on the 3.9L V6 engine, here is what you will see: 5-16
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 301
    ... Engine Air Cleaner/Filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-22. B. Engine Coolant Bleed Valve. C. Power Steering Fluid.... Fluid (3.9L V6 Engine) on page 5-24. E. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See "When to Add Engine ... idea to check your engine oil every time you get fuel. In order to get an ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 302
    ...If the oil is below the MIN mark for the L4 engine or below the cross-hatched area at the tip... what kind of oil to use. For engine oil crankcase capacity, see Capacities and Speci�. too much oil. If your engine has so much oil that the oil... oil fill cap. L4 Engine V6 Engine Be sure to add enough oil...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 303
    ...have the starburst symbol on the front of the oil container. Look for two things: • GM6094M Your vehicle's engine requires oil meeting GM Standard GM6094M. ... the American Petroleum Institute Certified For Gasoline Engines starburst symbol. Failure to use the recommended oil can ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 304
    ... Both will provide easier cold starting and better protection for your engine at extremely low ... Standard GM6094M are all you will need for good performance and engine protection. When the system has ... and filter. This is based on engine revolutions and engine temperature, and not on mileage. Based ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 305
    ...message being turned on, reset the system. After changing the engine oil, reset the system by performing the following ...Soon message comes back on when you start your vehicle, the engine oil life system ...water, or a good hand cleaner. Wash or properly dispose of clothing or rags containing used engine...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 306
    ...engine air cleaner/filter. To inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter, do the following.... How to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter To inspect the air cleaner/filter, remove the filter... connector. 3. Lift off the cover. 4. Inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter. 5. Reverse...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 307
    ... only cleans the air; it helps to stop flames if the engine backfires. If it is not there and the... Do not drive with it off, and be careful working on the engine with the air cleaner/filter off. Notice: If... Fluid (2.2L L4 and 3.5L V6 Engines) It is not necessary to check the transaxle fluid level....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 308
    ...to Check and Change Automatic Transaxle Fluid A good time to check the automatic transaxle fluid level is when the engine oil is changed. Change ... Too much can mean that some of the fluid could come out and fall on hot engine or exhaust system parts, starting a fire. Too little fluid could cause ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 309
    ... the vehicle as follows: 1. Park the vehicle on a level place. Keep the engine running. 2. With the parking brake applied, place the shift lever in PARK (P). 3. With ... seconds in each one. Then, position the shift lever in PARK (P). 4. Let the engine run at idle for three to five ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 310
    ... low. If you have a problem with engine overheating, see Engine Overheating on page 5-29. ...corrosion. • Help keep the proper engine temperature. • Let the warning lights and gages work ...corrosion. In addition, the engine coolant may require changing sooner, at the first maintenance service after ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 311
    ... you use an improper coolant mixture, your engine could overheat and be badly damaged. ... water in the mixture can freeze and crack the engine, radiator, heater core and other parts... vehicle. Use only the proper mixture of the engine coolant listed in this manual for the cooling system. See Recommended...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 312
    Checking Coolant {CAUTION: Turning the surge tank pressure cap when the engine and radiator are hot can allow steam and ...out and burn you badly. Never turn the surge tank pressure cap - even a little - when the engine and radiator are hot. The vehicle must be on a level surface. When your engine...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 313
    .... Do not spill coolant on a hot engine. When replacing the pressure cap, make sure it is hand-tight ... coolant temperature gage as well as an engine coolant temperature warning light on your vehicle's instrument panel ... Gage on page 3-40 and Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light on page 3-40. You ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 314
    ...Is Coming From Your Engine An overheat warning, along with a LOW COOLANT message, can indicate a serious problem. If you get an engine overheat warning with no LOW COOLANT message... see or hear no steam, the problem may not be too serious. Sometimes the engine can get a little too...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 315
    ... lift the hood but to get service help right away. Overheated Engine Protection Operating ...safe place in an emergency situation. If an overheated engine condition exists, an overheat protection mode ... will notice a significant loss in power and engine performance. The temperature gage will indicate ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 316
    ... to lift the hood, here is what you will see: {CAUTION: An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. ...2L L4 and 3.9L V6 Engines similar A. Electric Engine Cooling Fans B. Engine Coolant Surge Tank 5-32
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 317
    ...If they are not, your vehicle needs service. Notice: Engine damage from running your ... DEX-COOL® may cause premature engine, heater core or radiator corrosion. In addition... parts, can be very hot. Do not touch them. If you do... lose all coolant. That could cause an engine fire, and you could be burned...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 318
    ... follow this procedure could cause your engine to overheat and be severely damaged. If you have not found a problem yet, check to see if ... cooling system, including the coolant surge tank pressure cap, is cool before you do it. See Engine Coolant on page 5-26 for more information. If no coolant is ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 319
    ... glycol and it will burn if the engine parts are hot enough. Do not spill coolant on a hot engine. 1. You can remove the coolant surge tank pressure cap when the cooling system, including the coolant surge tank pressure cap and upper radiator ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 320
    ... for at least five minutes. 4. With the coolant surge tank pressure cap off, start the engine and let it run until you can feel the upper radiator ... getting hot. Watch out for the engine cooling fans. By this time, the coolant level inside the coolant surge tank may be lower. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 321
    ... (3.9L V6 Engine) See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for reservoir location. How to Check Power Steering Fluid To check the power steering fluid, do the following: 1. Turn the key off and let the engine compartment cool down. 2. Wipe the cap and the top of the reservoir ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 322
    ...for more information. Open the cap with the washer symbol on it. Add washer fluid until the tank is full. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for ...if freezing occurs, which could damage the tank if it is completely full. • Do not use engine coolant (antifreeze) in ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 323
    ... master cylinder reservoir is filled with DOT-3 brake fluid. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for the location of the reservoir. So, it is not a good idea to top...CAUTION: If you have too much brake fluid, it can spill on the engine. The fluid will burn if the engine is...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 324
    ... reservoir cap and the area around the cap before removing it. This will help keep dirt from entering the reservoir. Notice:... a few drops of mineral-based oil, such as engine oil, in your brake system can damage brake...brake fluid. Brake Wear Your vehicle has front disc brakes and may have rear drum...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 325
    ...or climates may cause a brake squeal when the brakes are first applied or lightly applied. This does not mean something is wrong with ...be removed and 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. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 326
    ... the original battery's label. We recommend an ACDelco® replacement battery. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for battery location. Warning: Battery posts, terminals,...: Batteries have acid that can burn you and gas that can explode. You can be badly hurt if you...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 327
    ...the parking brake firmly on both vehicles involved in the jump start procedure. Put an automatic transaxle in PARK (P) or a manual transaxle in NEUTRAL before setting... contain acid that can burn you. • They contain gas that can explode or ignite. • They contain enough electricity...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 328
    ... positive (+) and negative (−) terminal locations on each vehicle. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for more information on location. ...get medical help immediately. {CAUTION: An electric fan can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. Keep hands, clothing and ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 329
    ...has one. Negative (−) will go to a heavy, unpainted metal engine part or to a remote negative (−) terminal if the ... cause sparks. {CAUTION: Fans or other moving engine parts can injure you badly. Keep your hands away from moving parts once the engine is running. 6. Connect the red positive (+) ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 330
    ... metal engine part or to a remote negative (−) terminal on the vehicle with the dead battery. 9. Connect the other end of...ashing. 10. Now start the vehicle with the good battery and run the engine for a while. 11..... Jumper Cable Removal A. Heavy, Unpainted Metal Engine Part B. Good Battery C. Dead ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 331
    ... cable from the vehicle with the good battery. 4. Disconnect the red positive (+) cable from the other vehicle. Bulb Replacement ... {CAUTION: Halogen bulbs have pressurized gas inside and can burst if ... or others could be injured. Be sure to read and follow the instructions on the bulb package. 5-47
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 332
    Headlamps, Front Turn Signal, and Parking Lamps To replace one of these bulbs, do ...A. High-Beam Headlamp B. Low-Beam Headlamp/DRL C. Front Turn Signal/Parking Lamp 2. ... two bolts attaching the headlamp assembly to the vehicle. 3. Remove the headlamp assembly from the vehicle by pulling it forward. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 333
    ... socket less than counterclockwise one-quarter turn and remove it. 7. Replace the old bulb with a new bulb. 8. Turn the bulb socket clockwise and reconnect the wiring ... to line up the holes in the lamp assembly to the round ends of the mounting pins. 10. Reinstall the two bolts attaching ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 334
    ...Turn Signal, Stoplamps and Back-up Lamps To replace one of these bulbs, do the following: ... Lamp C. Taillamp/Stoplamp/ Turn Signal Lamp 2. Remove the two fasteners located on the inside of the trunk at... rear of the vehicle. 3. Pull back the trunk trim. 4. Remove the plastic wing nut. 5. Pull out the...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 335
    6. Pull the bulb to remove it from the socket. Replace the old bulb with a new one. Replacement Bulbs Exterior Lamp Back-Up Lamp Front Parking/Turn Signal Lamp Headlamps High-Beam Low-Beam/DRL Stoplamp/Taillamp/ Turn Signal Lamp H9 H11...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 336
    ...and cracking. See Scheduled Maintenance on page 6-4. To replace the wiper blade, do the following: 1. Pull ...if necessary. Rear Wiper Blade Replacement - Maxx To replace the rear wiper blade, do .... 3. Pull the assembly down to release it from the U-hooked end of the wiper arm and slide the assembly ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 337
    3. Hold the wiper blade refill with the curved side facing downward. 5. Remove clip (B), shown in step 3, and slide it into the remaining claw of the wiper blade assembly. 4. Remove clip (A), shown in step 3, and slide it into the claw of the wiper blade assembly. 5-53
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 338
    ... questions about your tire warranty and where to obtain service, see your GM Warranty booklet for...manufacturer's booklet included with your vehicle's owner manual. CAUTION: (Continued) • Underinflated tires ...if your tires have been damaged, replace them. {CAUTION: • Poorly maintained and ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 339
    ...dry pavement. You may also notice more road noise with low-profile performance tires and that they... impact than standard profile tires. Tire and/or wheel assembly damage can occur when coming into contact ... the same brand and tread type on all four wheel positions. • Use only radial ply tires of ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 340
    ...Limit: Maximum load that can be carried and the maximum pressure needed to support that load. Passenger (P-Metric) Tire Example (A) Tire Size: The ...particular tire's width, height, aspect ratio, construction type, and service description. See the "Tire Size" illustration later in this section ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 341
    ...: Maximum load that can be carried and the maximum pressure needed to support that load. (E) Tire Inflation: The temporary use tire or compact ... a tire's width, height, aspect ratio, construction type and service description. The letter T as the first character in the tire size means the tire is ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 342
    ...ply construction. (E) Rim Diameter: Diameter of the wheel in inches. (F) Service Description: These characters represent... size means a passenger vehicle tire engineered to standards set by the U.S. Tire and Rim... are, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 343
    ... with standard and optional equipment including the maximum capacity of fuel, oil and coolant, but without passengers ... vehicle. Kilopascal (kPa): The metric unit for air pressure. Light Truck (LT-Metric) Tire: A tire used on light duty trucks and some multipurpose passenger vehicles. Load Index: An ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 344
    ... tire used on passenger cars and some light duty trucks and multipurpose vehicles. ... 90 degrees to the centerline of the tread. Rim: A metal support for a tire and upon which the tire beads...label permanently attached to a vehicle showing the vehicle's capacity weight and the original equipment tire ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 345
    ... was designed to carry. Too much flexing Too much heat Tire overloading Premature or irregular wear Poor handling Reduced fuel economy When to Check Check your tires once a month or more. Do not forget to check the compact spare tire, it ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 346
    ... or driven no more than 1 mile (1.6 km). Remove the valve cap from the tire valve stem. Press the tire gage... tire inflation pressure to 35 psi (241 kPa) for the front and rear tires, when operating your vehicle under high-speed conditions. When you end high-speed driving return the tires to the cold...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 347
    .... After the tires have been rotated, adjust the front and rear inflation pressures as ... under Capacities and Specifications on page 5-107. {CAUTION: Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to ... come off and cause an accident. When you change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from places where the...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 348
    ... your vehicle, when it was new, were designed to meet General Motors Tire Performance Criteria Specification (TPC spec) system rating. If you need replacement tires, GM strongly recommends that you get tires with the same TPC Spec rating. This way, your vehicle will continue to have tires that are ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 349
    ... sure to use the correct size, brand, and type of tires on all wheels. It is all right to drive with your compact spare temporarily, as it was ... a crash. Use only radial-ply tires with the wheels on your vehicle. If you must replace your vehicle's tires with those that do not have a TPC Spec number...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 350
    ... a different size than your original equipment wheels and tires, this may affect the way your ... tires available on General Motors passenger cars and light trucks may vary with respect to these grades, ...and safety if tires not recommended for those wheels are selected. You may increase the chance that ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 351
    ...depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics and climate.... laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 352
    ...See your dealer for proper diagnosis. Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked or badly rusted ... load-carrying capacity, diameter, width, offset and be mounted the same way as the one it replaces. If... wheel bolts or wheel nuts, replace them only with new GM original equipment parts. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 353
    .... Always use the correct wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts for replacement. Notice: The wrong wheel can also cause problems with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer or odometer calibration, headlamp aim, bumper height, vehicle ground clearance, and tire ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 354
    ... spin your vehicle's wheels. If you do find traction devices that will fit, install them on the front tires. ... your tires. Install them on the front tires and tighten them as tightly as possible with the ends securely fastened. Drive slowly and follow the chain manufacturer's instructions. If ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 355
    ...few tips about what to expect and what to do: If a front tire fails, the flat tire will create a drag ...would use in a skid. In any rear blowout remove your foot from the accelerator pedal. Get ...changing a flat tire. If a tire goes flat, the next part shows how to use the jacking equipment to change...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 356
    ... more information. CAUTION: (Continued) 3. Turn off the engine and do not restart while the ... not move, you should put blocks at the front and rear of the tire farthest away from... changed. That would be the tire, on the other side, at the opposite end of the vehicle. {CAUTION: Changing a tire can ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 357
    When your vehicle has a flat tire, use the following example as a guide to assist you in the placement of wheel blocks. Removing the Spare Tire and Tools The equipment...on the spare tire cover. The handle may hook on the trunk front edge weatherstrip to hold the cover out of the way....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 358
    ... Turn the wing nut counterclockwise and remove it. Then remove the compact spare tire. See ... Spare Tire on page 5-88 for more information. 5. Remove the wing nut holding the jack in place. .... You will need this later to store the flat tire. 7. Remove the jack and wheel wrench from the trunk or cargo ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 359
    1. Turn the plastic wing nut counterclockwise to loosen wheel wrench. 2. Unhook the wheel wrench from the jack. 3. Extend the handle on the wheel wrench by pressing the button with your index finger and pulling on the end of the wrench. You must do this before using the wheel wrench. 5-75
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 360
    ... Do not pry off wheel covers or center caps that have plastic wheel nut caps. 2. Remove the wheel cover or center cap from the... or hubcap without plastic wheel nut caps, gently pry on the edge of the plastic wheel trim to remove it from the wheel to locate the wheel nuts. 3. Use the wrench to loosen ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 361
    ...a vehicle when it is jacked up is dangerous. If the vehicle slips off the jack you could be badly injured or killed. Never get under a vehicle when it is supported only by a jack. 4. Position the lift head at the jack location nearest the flat tire. Make sure all of the jack lift head is touching ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 362
    {CAUTION: Raising your vehicle with the jack improperly positioned can damage the vehicle and even make the vehicle fall. To help avoid personal injury and vehicle damage, be sure to fit the jack lift head into the proper location before raising the vehicle. 6. Raise the vehicle by turning the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 363
    7. Remove all of the wheel nuts. {CAUTION: Rust or dirt on the wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened, ... off and cause an accident. When you change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from the places ... all the rust or dirt off. 9. Remove any rust or dirt from the wheel bolts, mounting surfaces ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 364
    ... or nuts. If you do, the nuts might come loose. Your wheel could fall off, causing a serious accident. 11. Put the wheel nuts back on with the rounded end toward the wheel. Tighten each nut by hand or with the wrench until the wheel is held against the hub. 12. Lower the vehicle by turning the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 365
    ...and to the proper torque specification. See Capacities and Specifications on page 5-107 for the wheel nut torque specification. 13. ... cover on your compact spare tire. It will not fit. Store the wheel cover and wheel nut caps in the trunk until you have the flat tire repaired or replaced. 5-81
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 366
    ... a jack, a tire, or other equipment in the passenger compartment of the vehicle could cause injury. In a sudden stop or collision, loose equipment could strike someone. Store all these in the proper place. A. Cover B. Wing Nut C. Jack and Wheel Wrench D. Flat Tire (Valve Stem down) E. Bolt 5-82
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 367
    1. Open the trunk. See Trunk (Sedan) on page 2-15 for more information. 2. Remove the center cap from the wheel. 3. Place the tire (D) in the compartment, valve stem ... Nut E. Jack and Wheel Wrench F. Bolt The compact spare is for temporary use only. Replace the compact spare tire ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 368
    ...the trunk. See Trunk (Sedan) on page 2-15 for more information. 2. Remove the bolt extension (in the yellow sleeve) from the jack and remove the center cap from the wheel. 3. Place the jack over the bolt (B) on the floor, making sure it ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 369
    7. Remove the yellow cap. 8. Secure the tire and wheel with the retainer. 9. Re-install the cover. Storing the Compact Spare Tire The compact... Wrench and Bolt Extension F. Bolt The compact spare is for temporary use only. Replace the compact spare tire with a full-size tire as soon as you ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 370
    ...liftgate. See Liftgate (MAXX) on page 2-16 for more information. 2. Remove the bolt extension (in the yellow sleeve) from the jack and remove the center cap from the wheel. 3. Place the jack over the bolt (B) on the floor, making sure it ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 371
    ...completely flat). 7. Make sure the bolt extension (A) passes through the wheel center. 8. Remove the plug from the center hole of the floor cover by pressing on the tabs on the bottom of the cover. 9. Remove the yellow cap from the bolt extension. 10. Fold the rear flap of the...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 372
    ... take your vehicle through an automatic car wash with guide rails. The compact spare can get caught on .... That can damage the tire and wheel, and maybe other parts of your vehicle. Do not use... G. Bolt The compact spare is for temporary use only. Replace the compact spare tire with a full-size tire as...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 373
    ...and plastic surfaces. Regular vacuuming is recommended to remove particles from your upholstery. It is important to keep..., read and adhere to all safety instructions on the label. While cleaning your vehicleମ. obtain a product from your GM dealer to remove odors from your vehicle’s upholstery. 5-89...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 374
    ... leaves streaks and attracts dirt. For liquid cleaners, about 20 drops per gallon (3.78 L) of water is a good guide. • For solid dry soils: remove as much as possible and then vacuum. • Do not heavily saturate your upholstery while cleaning. • ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 375
    To clean, use the following instructions: 1. Saturate a lint-free, clean white cloth with water or club soda. 2. Wring the cloth to remove excess moisture. 3. Start on the outside edge of the soil and...leather. Never use spot lifters or spot removers on leather. Many commercial leather cleaners ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 376
    ... soft cloth or sponge. For the following stains, follow these instructions: Coffee, Tea, and Milk: Blot with a... clean white cloth. Jelly, Syrup, and Fruit: Remove most of the solids, then clean with warm tap ... A soft cloth dampened with water may be used to remove dust. If a more thorough cleaning is ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 377
    .... Do not use strong soaps or chemical detergents. Be sure to rinse the vehicle well, removing all soap residue completely. GM-approved cleaning products can be obtained from ... and a car washing soap to clean exterior lamps and lenses. Follow instructions under Washing Your Vehicle on page 5-93. 5-93
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 378
    ...or mild polishing of the vehicle by hand may be necessary to remove residue from the paint finish. GM-approved ... cleaners that are marked safe for painted surfaces to remove foreign matter. Exterior painted surfaces ... the wiper blades and clean them as necessary; replace blades that look worn. 5-94
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 379
    ... you could damage the aluminum or chrome-plated wheels. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty...drive a vehicle equipped with aluminum or chrome-plated wheels through an automatic car wash that uses ...brushes can also damage the surface of these wheels. Tires To clean the tires, use a stiff ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 380
    ... 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...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 381
    ... Interior and exterior polishing cloth. Removes tar, road oil and asphalt.... on wipe off. Removes swirl marks, fine scratches and other light surface... Tire Shine Low Gloss Usage Removes light scratches and protects finish... and lightly waxes. Biodegradable and phosphate free. Quickly and easily removes...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 382
    ...on page 4-42 for more information about add-on electrical equipment and towing a vehicle. Engine Identification The eighth character in the VIN is the engine code. This code will help you identify your vehicle's engine, specifications, and replacement parts. 5-98
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 383
    ...size and rating. If you ever have a problem on the road and don't have a spare fuse,... vehicle: one in the center of the instrument panel, one in the engine compartment and one in the trunk. There is... If the overload is caused by some electrical problem, have it fixed. Power Windows and Other Power...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 384
    ... Block The instrument panel fuse block is located at on the lower front side of the console, on the passenger side of the vehicle. To access the fuses, open the fuse panel door by pulling out. To reinstall the door, insert the hooks at the front end first, then push the door into the console...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 385
    ...IGN SENSOR NOT INSTALLED NOT INSTALLED RADIO Usage Electric Power Steering Cruise Control, Electronic Range Select, Driver Shift Control Climate Control System... Airbag System Fuse Puller Spare Spare Spare Spare INTERIOR LIGHTS Overhead Lighting, Trunk/Cargo Lighting 5-101
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 386
    Engine 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 5-12 for more information on location. 5-102
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 387
    ...Clutch Electronic Throttle Control Ignition Module Transmission Fuel Injectors Emission 1 Left Headlamp Low-Beam Horn Right Headlamp Low-Beam Front Fog Lamps Left Headlamp High-Beam ...Starter Windshield Wiper Electric Power Steering Transmission Control Module Ignition Module Fuel Injectors Intake...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 388
    ...Fan Mode Series/Parallel Cooling Fan 2 Starter Run/Crank, Ignition Powertrain Air Conditioning Clutch High-Beam Headlamps Front Fog Lamps Horn Low-Beam Headlamps Windshield Wiper 1 Windshield Wiper 2 Daytime Running Lamps Rear Compartment Fuse Block The...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 389
    Fuses 1 2 3 Not Used Usage Driver Seat Controls Not Used Fuses 4 5 Usage Driver Door Keylock Cylinder (Resistor) Emission 5-105
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 390
    ...Rear Window Defogger Heated Mirror Controls Fuel Pump Usage Rear Window Defogger Sunroof Controls Not Used Auxiliary Power 2 Not Used Heated Seat Controls ...Used Not Used Cigarette Lighter, Auxiliary Power Outlet Not Used Trunk Back... Not Used Not Used Trunk Fuel Pump Trunk, Cargo Lamps 5-106...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 391
    ... Automatic Transaxle Complete Overhaul Automatic Transaxle 4T45-E Automatic Transaxle 4T65-E Cooling System 2.2L L4 Engine 3.5L V6 Engine 3.9L V6 Engine Engine Oil with Filter 2.2L L4 Engine 3.5L V6 Engine 3.9L V6 Engine Fuel Tank Wheel Nut Torque 5.0 qt 4.0 qt 4.0 qt...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 392
    Engine Specifications Engine 2.2L L4 3.5L V6 3.9L V6 VIN Code F 8 1 Transaxle Automatic Automatic Automatic Spark Plug Gap 0.042 inches (1.06 mm) 0.060 inches (1.52 mm) 0.040 inches (1.01 mm) 5-108
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 393
    Section 6 Maintenance Schedule Owner Checks and Services ...6-8 At Each Fuel Fill ...6-8 At Least Once a Month ...6-9 At Least Once a Year ...6-9 Recommended Fluids and Lubricants ...6-12 Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts ...6-13 Maintenance Record ...6-14 Maintenance Schedule ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 394
    Maintenance Schedule Introduction Important: Keep engine oil at the proper level and change as ... may need more frequent checks and replacements. So please read the following and ... checks, inspections, replacement parts, and recommended fluids and lubricants as prescribed in this manual are necessary ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 395
    ...-trained and supported service technicians will perform the work using genuine GM parts. If you ... and Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts on page 6-13. When your vehicle is serviced, make sure these... surfaces within legal driving limits. • use the recommended fuel. See Gasoline Octane on page 5-5....
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 396
    ... under the best conditions, the engine oil life system may not indicate that vehicle service is necessary for over a year. However, your engine oil and filter must ...) since your last service. Remember to reset the oil life system whenever the oil is changed. See Engine Oil Life System...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 397
    .... Visually check for any leaks or damage. See footnote (j). Inspect engine air cleaner filter. If necessary, replace filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-22. See footnote (k). Rotate tires and check inflation pressures and wear. See...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 398
    ... 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 page 5-22. Change automatic transaxle fluid and...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 399
    .... Inspect other brake parts, including calipers, parking brake, etc. (b) Visually inspect front and rear suspension and steering system for damaged, loose, or missing parts or signs ... the windshield. (e) Make sure the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles, latch ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 400
    ... you should have your dealer perform this service. See Engine Coolant on page 5-26 for what to use. Inspect ... to perform these underhood checks at each fuel fill. Engine Oil Level Check Check the engine...not covered by your warranty. Engine Coolant Level Check Owner Checks and Services These owner ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 401
    ...GM Goodwrench® dealer for service. Tire Wear Inspection Tire rotation may be required for high mileage highway drivers prior to the Engine Oil Life System service notification. Check the tires for wear and, if necessary, rotate the ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 402
    ... if the vehicle begins to move. 3. With the engine off, turn the ignition to ON, but do not start the engine. Without applying the regular brake, try to move the shift lever out of PARK (P) with normal effort. If the shift lever moves out of ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 403
    ...could be damaged. Make sure there is room in front of your vehicle in case it begins to roll.... begin to move. the engine running and transaxle in NEUTRAL (N), slowly remove foot pressure ... the PARK (P) mechanism's holding ability: With the engine running, shift to PARK (P). Then release the parking...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 404
    ... be obtained from your dealer. Usage Fluid/Lubricant Engine oil which meets GM Standard GM6094M ... the American Petroleum Institute Certified for Gasoline Engines starburst symbol. GM Goodwrench® oil meets ...s engine, see Engine Oil on page 5-17. Usage Fluid/Lubricant Hydraulic Power Steering GM ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 405
    ...below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your GM dealer. Part Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Engine Oil Filter 2.2L L4 Engine 3.5L V6 Engine 3.9L V6 Engine Spark Plugs 2.2L L4 Engine 3.5L V6 Engine 3.9L V6 Engine Windshield Wiper Blades Driver's Side -...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 406
    Maintenance Record After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading, who performed the service, and the type ... Requirements on page 6-2. Any additional information from Owner Checks and Services on page 6-8 can be added on the following record pages. You should retain all...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 407
    Maintenance Record (cont'd) Date Odometer Reading Serviced By Maintenance I or Maintenance II Services Performed 6-15
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 408
    Maintenance Record (cont'd) Date Odometer Reading Serviced By Maintenance I or Maintenance II Services Performed 6-16
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 409
    ... States Government ...7-14 Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government ...7-15 Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors ...7-15 Service Publications Ordering Information ...7-15 Customer Assistance and Information ...7-2 Customer Satisfaction Procedure ...7-2 Online Owner Center ...7-3 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 410
    ... transaction or the operation of your vehicle will be resolved by your dealer's sales or service departments. Sometimes, however, despite the best intentions of .... If the matter has already been reviewed with the sales, service or parts manager, contact the owner of the dealership or the general ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 411
    .... The Online Owner Center allows you to: • Get e-mail service reminders. • Access information about your specific vehicle, including 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 412
    Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users To assist customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired and who use Text Telephones (TTYs), Chevrolet has TTY equipment available at its Customer Assistance Center. Any TTY user can communicate with Chevrolet by dialing: 1-800-833-CHEV...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 413
    Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Islands/Countries (Except Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) - Customer Assistance General Motors de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. Customer Assistance Center Paseo de la Reforma # 2740 Col. Lomas de Bezares C.P. 11910, Mexico, D.F. 01-800-508-0000 Long ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 414
    ... will explain any payment obligations you might incur. • 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...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 415
    ... and home telephone number. Chevrolet reserves the right to limit services or reimbursement to an owner or driver when, in Chevrolet's judgement, the ... Warranty and Owner Assistance Information book. • Description of the problem. While we hope you never have the occasion to use our service, it ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 416
    ...and ask for instructions. If the dealer requests that you simply drop the vehicle off for service,... for the same day repair. Public Transportation or Fuel Reimbursement If your vehicle requires ... through a friend or relative, reimbursement for reasonable fuel expenses may be available, up to a five-...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 417
    ...a maximum amount per day and must be supported by receipts. This requires that you sign and complete... coverage, credit card, etc. You are responsible for fuel usage charges and may also be... Transportation is available during the Bumper-to-Bumper warranty coverage period, but it is not part of the New ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 418
    ... vehicle computers to monitor emission control components to optimize fuel economy, to monitor conditions for airbag deployment and, if so equipped, to provide anti-lock ... the vehicle and how it was operated, such as data related to engine speed, brake application, throttle position, ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 419
    ... equipped with OnStar®, please check the OnStar® subscription service agreement or manual for information on its operations and data collection. ...for your vehicle. As a result, these parts may fit poorly, exhibit premature durability/corrosion problems, and may not perform properly in subsequent ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 420
    ... GM Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts or Genuine Manufacturer replacement parts. Read your lease carefully, as you may be charged at the end of your lease for poor quality repairs. If an Accident Occurs Here is what to...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 421
    ...are driveable. • If your vehicle cannot be driven, know where the towing service will be taking it. Get a card from the tow truck operator or write down the driver's name, the service's name, and the phone number. • Remove any valuables from your vehicle before it is towed away. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 422
    ... it towed there. Specify to the facility that any required replacement collision parts be original equipment ... initially value the repair using aftermarket parts. Discuss this with your repair professional, and ..., NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or General...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 423
    ... Colonel Sam Drive Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7 Service Publications Ordering Information Service Manuals Service Manuals have the diagnosis and repair information on engines, transmission, axle suspension, brakes, electrical, steering, body, etc. ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 424
    ... 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 ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 425
    ... ...5-6 Add-On Electrical Equipment ...5-98 Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal ...2-25 Air Cleaner/Filter, Engine ...5-22 Air Conditioning ...3-22, 3-27 Airbag Readiness Light ...3-35 Airbag Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM) ...7-10 Airbag ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 426
    ... Break-In, New Vehicle ...Bulb Replacement ...Halogen Bulbs ...Headlamps, Front Turn Signal, and Parking...5-64 C California Fuel ...5-6 California Proposition 65 Warning ...5-3 Canadian Owners ...ii Capacities and ...Tire ...5-70 Charging System Light ...3-36 Check Engine Light ...3-41 Checking Things ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 427
    ...a Vehicle ...4-5 Convenience Net ...2-52 Coolant Engine Temperature Gage ...3-40 Engine Temperature Warning Light ...3-40 Heater, Engine ...2-26 Surge Tank Pressure Cap ...5-29 Cooling System ...5-32 Cruise Control ...3-11 Cruise ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 428
    ...13 Door Ajar Reminder ...2-12 Locks ...2-11 Power Door Locks ...2-12 Programmable Automatic Door ...Driver Position, Safety Belt ...1-17 Six-Way Power Seat ...1-3 Driver Information Center (DIC) ...3-... ...3-86 Electrical System Add-On Equipment ...5-98 Engine Compartment Fuse Block ...5-102 Fuses ...5-...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 429
    ...Fuses ...5-99 Engine Air Cleaner/Filter ...5-22 Battery ...5-42 Check and Service Engine Soon Light ...3-41 Coolant ...5-26 Coolant Heater ...2-26... Gage ...3-40 Coolant Temperature Warning Light ...3-40 Engine Compartment Overview ...5-12 Exhaust ...2-36 Oil ...5-17 Oil Life...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 430
    Fuses ...5-99 Engine Compartment Fuse Block ...5-102 Instrument Panel Fuse Block ...5-100 Rear Compartment Fuse Block ...5-104 Windshield Wiper ...5-99 G Gage Engine Coolant Temperature ...3-40 Fuel ...3-46 Speedometer ...3-34 Tachometer ...3-34 Garage Door Opener ...2-46...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 431
    ...20 LATCH System Child Restraints ...1-43 Lift Seat, Power ...1-8 Liftgate ...2-16 Light Airbag Readiness ...3-35 Anti-Lock Brake ... Warning ...3-36 Charging System ...3-36 Cruise Control ...3-45 Engine Coolant Temperature Warning ...3-40 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) Active Light ...3-39 Enhanced ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 432
    Lighting Entry/Exit ...3-19 Parade Dimming ...3-19 Loading Your Vehicle ...4-33 ...17 Lumbar Manual Controls ...1-3 Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services ...6-6 At Each Fuel Fill ...Using ...6-2 Your Vehicle and the Environment ...6-2 Malfunction Indicator Light ...3-41 Manual Lumbar Controls...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 433
    ...34 Odometer, Trip ...3-34 Off-Road Recovery ...4-15 Oil Engine ...5-17 Pressure Light ...3-44 Oil, Engine Oil Life ... Convex Mirror ...2-43 Power Heated Mirrors ...2-43 Power Mirrors ...2-43 Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode ...5-31 Owner Checks and Services ...6-8 Owners, Canadian ...ii Q ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 434
    ... ...1-66 Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash ...1-67 Retained Accessory Power (RAP) ...2-24 Right Front Passenger Position, Safety Belts ...1-25 Roadside Assistance Program ...7-6 Rocking Your Vehicle to Get it Out ...4-33 Running the Engine While Parked ...2-37 10
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 435
    ... Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle ...5-5 California Proposition 65 Warning ...5-3 Doing Your Own Work ...5-4 Engine Soon Light ...3-41 Publications Ordering Information ...7-15 Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle ...1-65 Setting ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 436
    ...Removing ...5-73 Storing ...5-82, 5-84, 5-86 Specifications, Capacities ...5-107 Speedometer ...3-34 Starting Your Engine ...2-24 Steering ...4-12 Steering Wheel Controls, Audio ...3-105, 3-106 Steering Wheel, Tilt Wheel and Telescopic Steering Column...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 437
    ...42 Your Vehicle ...4-39 Traction Control System Active Light ...3-38 Control System (TCS) ...4-9 Traction (cont.) Control System Warning Light ...3-38 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) ...4-11 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) Active Light ...3-39 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) Warning ...
  • 2006 Chevrolet Malibu | Owner's Manual - Page 438
    ...68 Different Size ...5-66 Replacement ...5-68 Where to Put the Restraint ...1-42 Windows ...2-16 Power ...2-17 Windshield Washer ...3-10 Washer Fluid ...5-38 Wiper Blade Replacement ...5-52 .../Wiper ...3-10 Winter Driving ...4-27 W Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators ...3-32 Warnings DIC ...



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