Car won't start, possibly after being hit while parked

20

Asked by David Jan 27, 2018 at 05:40 PM about the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

On Thursday, I went out to the parking lot and my vehicle
wouldn't start. I put the key in the ignition, and the dash
went crazy with lots of clicking and flashing. I took the key
out and put it back, turning it to ACC, and the lights and
radio turned on, but the car still wouldn't crank. I pop the
hood, and when I went to open it, I notice a "rear mounted
spare shaped" rent on the hood. Open the hood and the
plastic screws that holds the grill in place come rolling out.
I ask my wife if something happened to her car, but she
says no. I'm guessing someone just backed in to me.
Anyway, I hook a jump starter up to it, and it starts, but
drains the jumper completely.

On the way home, we stop at the grocery store. Like an
idiot, I turn the car off. It won't start again, and now my
jumper is dead. I get someone to jump me, but after
multiple attempts, the last one after a 10 minute wait,
nothing. In fact, it cranks less than at first. Lots of crazy
flickering on the dash, locks constantly making unlocking
noise, when I put the key directly in the "on" position. If I
turn it to "ACC" first, it behaves normally. The car's lights are
starting to dim. I walk home, get my truck, and come back
for my wife.

Next morning, I go back for the car with a fully charged
jumper. Starts up with the jumper, no problem. Drains the
jumper completely again. Usually this thing can jump 3-4
times. Drive the car home. My father in law, a retired
mechanic, is 100% sure it's the starter at this point. 2 hours
and $200 later... new starter, same problem.

This car has an issue where sometimes, if you accelerate
even a little quickly, the power steering cuts out and the
whole dash lights up. Applying the brake brings it back.
Other times, while driving along, the battery light goes on
and a warning chime sounds, but doesn't seem to effect
driving at all. Goes away after a couple seconds.

I'm no mechanic, but here's my theory: somebody backed
into me, setting off my alarm. Since this car seems to have
electrical problems, I'm thinking it drains my battery
somehow, just enough where it won't turn over the engine.
Starts up with the extra power of my jumper, but quickly
drains it, since the anti theft is still engaged. From what I've
pieced together off the internet, this car has faulty anti
theft, ignition switch, and power steering/electrical. Now
something keeps draining it, or maybe diverting power
away from the starter. Anyway, that's my hypothesis.

Any ideas? Any similar problems? Any help? Thanks guys.

5 Answers

20

I have not had it tested. However, my jumper reads voltages, and the battery was where it's supposed to be, according to my father in law. As far as the starter goes, yeah, I'm pretty sure that's the case. Going to try and get my money back right now. I'll be uploading 2 videos I just made of the start up process in a moment.

20

Here's some videos. Sorry they are long and lousy. https://youtu.be/BnLsuc3dcD8 https://youtu.be/QNEmCGzrGH4

1 people found this helpful.

If at was hit while sitting still checking Battey terminals and fuses also check if car has fuil shit off button

20

UPDATE: I left it running for like an hour. Then I pulled it out of my driveway to swap vehicles. I backed out, went around the block, and attempted to reverse into my driveway. I put it in reverse and started to turn the wheel, when the wheel suddenly jerked back against the direction I was turning, accompanied by crazy dash stuff. Happened quite a few times. In both forward and reverse. I need to drive this thing to work tomorrow!

1 people found this helpful.
20

I got an email about a reply, but I'm not seeing it here... What gives?

Your Answer:

Malibu

Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 1,844 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $1,800.

Postal Code:

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

  • #1
    T_S_T
    Reputation
    3,650
  • #2
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    3,060
  • #3
    G A Arne
    Reputation
    3,000
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealers

Search

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
18 Great Deals out of 893 listings starting at $2,495
Used Nissan Altima
46 Great Deals out of 1,391 listings starting at $2,499
Used Ford Fusion
52 Great Deals out of 1,299 listings starting at $1,734
Used Honda Accord
54 Great Deals out of 1,866 listings starting at $1,970
Used Toyota Camry
54 Great Deals out of 1,652 listings starting at $3,495
Used Dodge Charger
32 Great Deals out of 768 listings starting at $3,900
Used Hyundai Sonata
51 Great Deals out of 1,653 listings starting at $3,290
Used Chevrolet Equinox
74 Great Deals out of 5,628 listings starting at $1,800
Used Nissan Maxima
22 Great Deals out of 409 listings starting at $3,995
Used Kia Optima
21 Great Deals out of 744 listings starting at $4,907
Used Honda Civic
137 Great Deals out of 6,660 listings starting at $1,295
Used Buick LaCrosse
7 Great Deals out of 199 listings starting at $4,495
Used Hyundai Elantra
95 Great Deals out of 4,882 listings starting at $2,495

Used Cars For Sale

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LT FWD For Sale
128 listings starting at $27,939
2019 Chevrolet Malibu LT FWD For Sale
505 listings starting at $1,800
2018 Chevrolet Malibu LT FWD For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 157 listings starting at $13,900
2017 Chevrolet Malibu LT FWD For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 94 listings starting at $12,250

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.