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Is it acceptable to use a 3/4 inch socket to loosen what are presumably 19mm lug nuts?

Being as it's only 0.05mm larger in diameter, you shouldn't have a problem unless you're using that socket on a rattle-gun every day. If it's a 6-point socket, the wear on the nut should be minimal (...
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Boost car without battery

Did that only work because the cables were such a heavy gauge? Correct. Usually when using smaller gauge jumpers with a battery in the car, you are doing two things. First, you have to leave them on ...
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ABS Warning and Brake Calipers - Long Post

I'm having a silimar issue with my Toyota Yaris which I'm yet to fix, but I know for sure what is causing it: rust on the ABS sensor. Every wheel has an ABS sensor which reads the wheel speed. During ...
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'09 Chevy Malibu - No Crank, No Start - Heavy Troubleshooting Already Completed

On GMs now adays the Engine Control Module controls the starter relay. It will look for a park/neutral signal from the range switch and a crank signal from the ignition switch/Body Control Module. A ...
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Boost car without battery

You weren't boosting the dead car, you were powering it totally via some longer leads. The longer leads have losses, so shorter is better. You're right that thinner leads also have higher losses. So ...
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'09 Chevy Malibu - No Crank, No Start - Heavy Troubleshooting Already Completed

Looking at the video, it appears to be an electrical problem. It looks like the main power leads are losing their continuity when you turn the key to activate the starter. This issue could be ANYWHERE ...
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Broken Exhaust Manifold Stud - How to remove?

You should definitely try to extract it. Preparation: Heat the manifold with a blowtorch Jolt the bolt with a pin punch Soak the bolt with bp-blaster or another penetrating oil Removal If the bolt ...
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I need to take my motor mount off. I don't have a jack. So can can I take off that mount to get to my alternator pulley without dropping the motor?

Option 1: use your spare tire jack with a 2x6 and jack engine at oil pan. Do not lift too hard or you'll damage pan. Option 2: remove hood and use a come a long and lift from the top. Best option: you ...
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I need to take my motor mount off. I don't have a jack. So can can I take off that mount to get to my alternator pulley without dropping the motor?

If you only have a bumper jack, try it this way. Raise the fromt bumper about 6 inches at the proper side. Loosen the motor mount bolts a bit. Place sturdy wood blocks under the engine close to the ...
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Purpose of camshaft position sensor (CMP) vs crankshaft position sensor (CKP) without VVT

Because a cam shaft rotates at half the speed of the crank. The ECU needs to know which phase the cam is in in relation to the 4-stroke cycle, I.E is it on "Suck" stroke or "Bang" ...
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Winter tire question

Here's how it breaks down. The stock tires have a rolling diameter of about 24.4 inches (assuming a rolling diameter of 97 percent of the specified diameter, which is typical for passenger car tires). ...
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Won't Start, No Crank, Lights Inside Work, Key Issue, Electric?

When this happens, the first thing to do is buy a Voltmeter. Test the battery (or lug it to the autostore where they can test it for free.) If you have the correct battery and the battery is ...
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How to remove the serpentine belt on a 2007 Chevy Malibu

Depending on the engine in your car, it could look differently. Below is the routing on the 4-cylinder engine. The V6 routing is just below it with the red arrow pointing to the tensioner. There ...
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Purpose of camshaft position sensor (CMP) vs crankshaft position sensor (CKP) without VVT

The crankshaft rotates twice per rotation of the camshaft, so simply having a crankshaft position sensor DOES NOT tell the ECU the exact position of the valves and at which point in the combustion ...
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2004 Malibu not starting

There's a few possible culprits from your description. Just to cover all the bases: test your battery voltage, it needs to be above 12.6V for a healthy battery, above 11.8V to start a car. Since you'...
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2011 Chevy Malibu will not reverse

It could mean There is a problem inside the transmission causing the reverse system not to work. It could be a broken internal gear, or a problem in the hydraulic control system or any number of ...
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'09 Chevy Malibu - No Crank, No Start - Heavy Troubleshooting Already Completed

Thinking more, you turn the key, massive voltage drop as the starter tries, 1) bad earth to the engine: connect the battery's black wire to a good metal part of the engine, as it is trying to earth ...
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Broken Exhaust Manifold Stud - How to remove?

After a lot of research, I decided to start by trying a pair of vice-grips on what was left of the stud. I cranked them down real tight, and it came right out. If that didn't work I'd have been ...
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2005 Malibu stuck in park

The problem was that the handle on the gear-stick was loose. There is a linkage inside the shaft of the gear-stick that gets pushed down when the driver presses the button on the gear-stick (unlocks ...
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Oil / Coolant Leaking and Mixing. Low pressure. No CEL. Intake Manifold Gasget?? - '09 Chevy Malibu

Theories are correct. You have a small coolant leak into the engine, could be a head gasket or other gasket that allows coolant to lean into the engine oil area. Its hard to diagnose but can be done. ...
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Wobbling wheel, Chevy Malibu LT

This sounds like one or more of the wheelnuts or lug nuts have come off and the remaining ones are loose. Get this checked and have new nuts fitted as necessary. The studs will need checking as well. ...
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ABS Warning and Brake Calipers - Long Post

Edit: Having seen the added pictures, I wouldn't call any of that "heavy rust". Brakes usually look a lot worse than that around here and still work fine. This is what heavy rust looks like. ...
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I need to take my motor mount off. I don't have a jack. So can can I take off that mount to get to my alternator pulley without dropping the motor?

One way to support the engine without a jack to remove the motor mount is by using an engine support bar. I've used one for a timing belt change when the motor mount had to be removed. The photo below ...
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Where is the 2nd. battery in my 2016 Chevy Malibu

2nd battery? Most passenger vehicles only have one battery. Most hybrid vehicles will have two, with a high voltage one (the big one) which powers the electric motor, and a 12v (standard vehicle ...
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Fuel filter location for the Chevy Malibu 2013? Replacement?

Like most modern cars, the filter is located inside the pump assembly in the fuel tank. To my knowledge, you'd have to go aftermarket to purchase the filter element only; they are all "pump ...
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1999 Malibu Braking System

Did you let the master cylinder run dry during the caliper replacement? If so, you'll have to bench bleed the M/C. You may also have to perform an ABS bleed procedure. After you installed the new ...
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1999 Malibu Braking System

You still have air in the system. Check the brake fluid level. Then repeat the bleeding. Start with the right rear wheel. Left rear. Passenger front. Driver's front.
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2010 Chevy Malibu

This is most likely a separate fault that just happened to occur now. If the other brake lights are functioning correctly, then the fault lies with either the wiring to that lamp, a loose connection ...
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Overheating, water reservoir bubbling

I would suggest checking out the radiator cap if, as you say, the hoses stay soft. The fluid needs to be under pressure as this increases the boiling point so the system can work as designed. This ...
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