Holden/chev Malibu 2013

Asked by Mar 26, 2019 at 05:53 PM about the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi has anyone found out why these
cars keep losing power (radio,
powersteering, dash lights motor)
while driving along the road and then
start up again a few seconds later? I
live in New Zealand and have the
same trouble as all the other people
that have the same issues with the
same car. It’s so dangerous! I almost
crashed yesterday when it happened.
I felt like I was going to be sick when I
finally got home!  Someone on this
site called TERRI said it was a
problem with the battery cables. Has
anyone replaced theirs and did it fix
the issue? Cheers

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A known issue in America, battery cables possible BUT... check the GCM module too. Due to parts availability, customers will be contacted in phases.CONDITION General Motors has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2012-2013 models Buick LaCrosse and Regal,and 2013 model year Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles, equipped with eAssist. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the Generator Control Module (GCM) may not function properly. This could cause a gradual loss of battery charge and the illumination of the malfunction indicator light. If these warnings are ignored, eventually, the engine will stall and/or the vehicle will not start. In addition, there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, and possibly a fire WHOA ...in the trunk. https://www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Malibu/2013/electrical/loss_of_power_while_driving.shtml

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