Go Back  Chevrolet Forum - Chevy Enthusiasts Forums > Current Chevrolet Car Models > Malibu
Reload this Page >

2004 malibu classic instrument cluster issue

Notices
Malibu Another long running GM name, the Malibu has overcome many changes to be one of the top mid size sedans heading into its eight generation.

Chevrolet Malibu
This area is for FWD models 1997 and newer
Platform: N-, Epsilon, Epsilon II.

2004 malibu classic instrument cluster issue

Old April 13th, 2019, 2:42 AM
  #1  
CF Beginner
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 6
Default 2004 malibu classic instrument cluster issue

2004 malibu classic,

yes its a 2004 sorry about the title,

Ok so when driving the car home after we bought it, nothing wrong, i borrowed his battery as i didn't have a side post battery.
I had 2 batteries laying around, both are good batteries.
Put both in, even put a multimeter on it , engine off, 1 battery was exactly 12 volts, running was about 12 to 13 so seems to be charging.
the smaller battery was 11.3 when not running, im using the larger battery, they are top post so had to buy adapters. made sure all connections are tight.

But now when i put the car into reverse, and also when i start the engine, ( engine fires right up no issues there ) every gauge spikes, and a few dummy lights come on, then gauges either all drop to zero or back to normal, and the headlights blink off, then back on quick, also happens when i test drove and pressed on the brake, but it did that only once, as i only took it around the block. The engine dont sputter or anything runs great. just gauges, Could this be its not the right battery or just crappy adapters? or maybe the alternator?

Also when starting the engine, if they spike, the DLRs turn off and stay off.

Will post a video later today after work.

see if anyone has any suggestions.

Last edited by Irish_alley; April 13th, 2019 at 2:54 AM. Reason: title change
Joe A is offline  
Old April 13th, 2019, 2:59 AM
  #2  
I'm here for the party
 
Irish_alley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Maryland
Posts: 386
Default

12-13 volts is not a good charging reading. a good resting battery should be around 12.6 anyway, everything you mentioned could be tied to a poor connection or a bad alternator. i would check your battery connections make sure theres no corrosion and its a good solid connection, if that doesnt fix it i would take the alt off and take to a parts store and have them test it.
Irish_alley is offline  
Old April 13th, 2019, 3:38 AM
  #3  
CF Beginner
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 6
Default

Gotcha.

Just got to work, so.. heater blower dies down when put it in drive.. any doing speed the blower don't go faster like normal...

All gauges work while driving.. but after about 30 mph... Fuel and temp gauge zero out. Radio blibs. Once in a while...

After putting it back I to parks.. gauges all go back to normal.. theft system light stays on.. but goes off when I restart the engine. I did look under hood and noticed the ground wire hooks to the ground battery cable isn't hooked up to the body.. I forgot.. I had to take that off the body because the cable didn't quite make it to the terminal.

So will hook that back up today and check again... But yeah I will take the alt.. and battery both in.. I had battery adapters, but until I can buy a new battery , will have to do.
Joe A is offline  
Old April 13th, 2019, 3:54 PM
  #4  
CF Beginner
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 6
Default

Originally Posted by Joe A View Post
Gotcha.

Just got to work, so.. heater blower dies down when put it in drive.. any doing speed the blower don't go faster like normal...

All gauges work while driving.. but after about 30 mph... Fuel and temp gauge zero out. Radio blibs. Once in a while...

After putting it back I to parks.. gauges all go back to normal.. theft system light stays on.. but goes off when I restart the engine. I did look under hood and noticed the ground wire hooks to the ground battery cable isn't hooked up to the body.. I forgot.. I had to take that off the body because the cable didn't quite make it to the terminal.

So will hook that back up today and check again... But yeah I will take the alt.. and battery both in.. I had battery adapters, but until I can buy a new battery , will have to do.
Update.. so I hooked up the ground cable.. tested it out no change..

Took it to AutoZone... They came.out and tested the battery and alternator... Both passed everything.

What size battery is recommended?

Will too small of a cca battery make a difference m

This was in my 4 cylinder 2.0 ltr.. 1999 Tiburon so..
Just odd.. drove it home when I bought it with his battery .. all worked fine..

Put my battery in..and does this..
Tommorow I can ask him if I can borrow his battery and throw it in and see what happens..
Joe A is offline  
Old April 13th, 2019, 5:13 PM
  #5  
I'm here for the party
 
Irish_alley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Maryland
Posts: 386
Default

is your gauge and battery still reading 12-13?
Irish_alley is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Sponsors

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: