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How do u program a new key fob for a 2004 chevy

How do u program a new key fob for a 2004 chevy Malibu

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Close all the vehicle doors.
Insert the ignition key into the ignition lock cylinder.
Press and hold the DOOR unlock switch.
While holding the DOOR lock switch in the unlock position, cycle the ignition ON, OFF, ON, OFF.
Release the DOOR unlock switch. The doors will lock and unlock to confirm the program mode.
Press and hold the LOCK button and the UNLOCK button simultaneously on one keyless remote. After a delay of approximately 15 seconds , the doors will lock and unlock to confirm the programming of that transmitter.
Repeat the previous step to program up to four transmitters.
Turn the ignition switch to the RUN (one more click forward) position in order to exit the keyless entry transmitter mode.
Operate the transmitter functions in order to verify correct system operation

Posted on Jul 25, 2010

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2004 chevy malibu won't start up

I have a 2004 Chevy Malibu LS V6. Sometimes when I try starting the car up it won't start. I have to push the gas lightly to get it started. I have had the the fuel pump checked millions of times and have been told nothing is wrong with it. What could be the problem?

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I have an 04 Malibu and when I get hard starts when I'm in the car I just press the accelerator down about half way and it always starts right up, some times I have to hold the accelerator down a little after starting to stop it from stalling but it is rare.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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2004 chevy malibu classic spark plug replacement

what is the best way to replace the spark plugs in a 2004 chevy malibu classic? this will be my first time doing this and all manuals advised thus far have proven to be quite vague, and less than helpful. any information you may be able to pass along is much appreciated. thanks!

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Search for the engine model ECOTec 2.2 rather then Malibu. It is very easy to replace the plugs, they are DEEP inside the engine so you will need a 6" socket extension for the spark plug socket. Needle nose pliers were required to retrieve the socket on the first plug. Don't push down hard on the plug, just enough to engage the nut. Full screen photo sequence is available at:
http://www.gaownersclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=99068

Posted on Aug 09, 2009

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where is fuse in fuse box on chevy malibu 2004

i know where the fuse box is i just cant locate the radio fuse

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There are 2 fuse panels in car, 1 under hood and the second under drivers side of dash, above hood release area. Radio fuse should be under dash, most likely a blue(15amp) fuse. The fuse panel glossery should be on inside cover of fuse panel or in owners manual under fuses in glossery.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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power outlet not working

my power outlets in my 04 chevy malibu maxx are not working. i cannot find a fuse for it either. any suggestions?

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thanks it was my rear fuse box!!

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

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Factory remote start on 2004 Malibu Maxx stopped working

The factor-installed remote start stopped working this week on my 04 Malibu Maxx. The lights flash once, but it doesn't even try to crank. Anyone know of a fix? My wife parks in the garage and it's cold!!

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Fixed!!! I had several problems with my wife's remote start/lock/unlock/trunk/ panic. First it stopped working, i replaced the battery to find out that the battery holder inside the remote had broken solder at two points. Went to Harbor Freight bought a solder gun for $5 and solder wire for about $2. Once home i soldered the points back together (first time i've ever soldered anything). Put the new battery in and it didn't work. I pulled the whole thing apart and took the circuit board and touched the contacts where the button would have pushed at with a piece of metal. They locked and unlocked the car. So i knew at that point that the rubber thing was jacked. i got some tin foil and 5minute epoxy. Then i clued little tiny squares on the little black Nipples where they would contact the circuit board. Waited 6 minutes and put back together. Found out that if you start the car twice with out puting the key in the ignition you can't use the remote start. After putting the key in the ignition and starting it you reset the system and can remote start again. Dealer wanted 114 for the key remote and 54 to reprogram the remote to the car. I fixed my factory remote for under $20. Hope this helps someone

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

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water on floorboard on passenger side

water on floorboard on passenger side I don't think it is from rain.

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It could be that the condensation drain line is blocked and backing up into the car - but; it is more likely that your problem is a result of a poorly designed cowl cover over the blower fan for your air conditioner. this is a VERY common problem on 97-03 Grand Prix's as well as Malibu's and Impalas through '04. The other side effect of this is that water draining into the blower fan WILL cause it to fail eventually - this solution eliminates that risk.

Here is the cowl (pictures from an '04 Impala, FYI, but are identical):
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You will need to remove it by pulling the retaining clips up - there is 1 on each end, and then one towards the top that has a slot in it. Be careful to not break these or lose them.

Remove the cowl, and underneath you will see the blower fan:

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Under the cowl you will see a rubber seal that is indicated by the arrow - this is the poorly designed "drip edge". You can either remove it - or leave it in place; the new diverter will accumulate any moisture captured by this seal and divert it properly.

Here is a picture of the part you need - which can be purchased from any GM dealership for about $4 - the GM part is #15794785. Most dealerships don't stock it - but they can order it for you.

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It simply sits in place as noted by the arrows - you'll notice there is a long extension from the left side of the part - this is the "finger gauge" - you want this to be positioned as far towards the left (as your facing the motor, or passenger side) of the vehicle as possible.
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Here is a close-up of the gauge to give you perspective on how it should be positioned:

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This is a shot of the drain area that the new diverter will use - instead of dumping water into the blower fan like the old design.

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Now - for the cowl to fit over the new diverter - you will need to trim a couple of pieces of plastic from the bottom of the cowl - as indicated:

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You can simply use a utility knife and a pair of pliers to score and snap these pieces off.

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What the underside of your cowl should look like after removing (lines indicate where plastic was removed)

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No you can simply replace the cowl, and reinstall the retaining clips - and you are all done.

Hope this helps - be sure to rate it and comment! ;)

KC GTO Dad

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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Where is the thermostat on a 2004 chevy malibu

Where is the thermostat on a 2004 chevy malibu 2.2L engine?

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This diagram should help


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Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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need diagram how to install timing chain 2004

need diagram how to install timing chain 2004 Malibu overhead cam

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Procedure is pasted below. Please let me know if you have questions.
Removal & Installation2.2L Engine

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Drain the cooling system.
  3. Drain the engine oil.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE The timing chain has 2 matching colored links and 1 uniquely colored link.
    Negative battery cable, PCV hose, Fuel line bracket, Ignition coil and module assembly Ground strap from camshaft cover, Camshaft cover, Front fender liner, Accessory drive belt Crankshaft balancer pulley, Accessory drive belt tensioner, Front cover-to-water pump bolt Remaining front cover bolts, Front cover
  5. Rotate the engine until the crankshaft sprocket mark aligns with the matching colored link (2) at the 5 o-clock position.
  6. Confirm that the INT diamond on the intake camshaft sprocket is aligned with the uniquely colored link at (1) the 2 o-clock position.
  7. Confirm that the EXH triangle on the exhaust camshaft sprocket is aligned with the matching colored link (3).
  8. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE Use a 24 mm wrench to hold the camshafts to prevent them from turning.
    Timing chain tensioner, Fixed timing chain guide access plug, Fixed timing chain guide Upper timing chain guide, Exhaust camshaft sprocket, Timing chain tensioner guide Intake camshaft sprocket, Timing chain through the top of the cylinder head Crankshaft sprocket

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    Fig. Lining up the crankshaft sprocket mark with the colored link in the 5 o-clock position (2).


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    Fig. Aligning the intake camshaft sprocket mark with the colored link in the 2 o-clock position (1).


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    Fig. Aligning the exhaust camshaft sprocket (3).

To install:
  1. Install the crankshaft sprocket with the timing mark in the 5 o-clock position.
  2. Assemble the intake camshaft sprocket to the timing chain with the timing mark lined up with the uniquely colored link (1). Hand tighten a new intake camshaft sprocket bolt.
  3. Lower the timing chain through the opening in the cylinder head.
  4. Route the timing chain around the crankshaft sprocket and line up the first marching colored link (2) with the timing mark on the crankshaft sprocket.
  5. Install the exhaust camshaft sprocket with a new bolt loosely onto the exhaust camshaft.
  6. Align the timing mark on the sprocket with the last matching colored (3).
  7. If necessary, align the camshaft as follows:
    1. Using a 24 mm wrench, first turn the intake camshaft until the alignment feature on the back of the camshaft sprocket seats in the notch in the front of the intake camshaft.
    2. Turn the crankshaft 45 degrees in either direction.
    3. Turn the intake camshaft to the appropriate location.
    4. Turn the crankshaft back to top dead center (TDC).
  8. When the sprocket seats in on the camshaft, tighten the sprocket bolt hand tight.
  9. Verify all of the colored links and the appropriate timing marks are still aligned.
  10. Install the fixed timing chain guide. Tighten the bolts to 133 inch lbs. (15 Nm).
  11. Install the upper timing chain guide. Tighten the bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  12. Using a 24 mm wrench to hold the camshafts, tighten the camshaft sprocket bolts 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm) plus 30 degrees.
  13. Measure the timing chain tensioner from end to end. A new tensioner should be supplied in the fully compressed non-active state. A tensioner in the compressed state will measure 2.83 inches (72 mm) front end to end. A tensioner in the active state will measure 3.35 inches (85 mm) from end to end.
  14. If the timing chain tensioner is not in the compressed state, perform the following steps:
    1. Remove the piston assembly from the body of the timing chain tensioner by pulling it out.
    2. Install the bottom half of the Tensioner tool J-45027-2 into a vise.
    3. Install the notch end of the piston assembly into the bottom half of the tensioner tool.
    4. Using the top half of the Tensioner tool J-45027-1, turn the ratchet cylinder into the piston.
    5. Install the compressed piston assembly back into the timing chain tensioner body until it stops at the bottom of the bore. Do not compress the piston assembly against the bottom of the bore.

  15. Install the timing chain tensioner assembly. Tighten to 66 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  16. Release the timing chain tensioner by compressing it approximately 0.08 inches (2mm). Feed a rubber-tipped tool down through the cam drive chest to reset on the cam chain. Give the tool a sharp jolt diagonally downwards to release the tensioner.
  17. Install the timing chain oiling nozzle.
  18. Install the timing chain guide bolt access hold plug with silicone sealant on the threads. Tighten the plug to 59 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
  19. Install or connect the following:

    Camshaft cover. Tighten the bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm). Front cover with new gasket. Tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). Accessory drive belt tensioner. Tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). Crankshaft balancer pulley using a new bolt. Tighten the bolt to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm) plus 75 degrees. Accessory drive belt, Front fender liner, Ground strap to camshaft cover Ignition coil and module assembly, Fuel line bracket, Air intake assembly, Negative battery cable
  20. Refill the cooling system to the correct level.
  21. Refill the engine with oil to the correct level.
  22. Start the engine and check for leaks.

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    Fig. Compressing the timing chain tensioner-2.2L engine.

Posted on Oct 06, 2011

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reduced power p1516 code

2004 Chevy Malibu Maxx 3.5 V6 will go into reduced power mode for no apparent reason p1516 code comes up but computer will reset itself after sitting with engine off for a few minutes

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P1516 Throttle Actuator Control(TAC) Module Throttle Actuator Position Performance

This is your problem and should be taken in to chevy for repair

Posted on Oct 15, 2009

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