Answer: Hello and welcome. That depends on what size v6 engine is in your car. I will wait for your reply.....
2008 Chevrolet Malibu 6 cylinder. Shop said nothing wrong. Question: In the steering when I'm in a parking area and I turn the wheel it will whine. Also I have noticed that every so often when I turn the wheel it will pop. The shop says that they can't find anything wrong, but I'm not believing that. Also after it started getting cold out after it heats up it will cycle. They said they added something to the ac system (don't remember sorry) but it was still doing it. It didn't do it all winter last year. I have 48,000 miles right now. Please help!! Thanks.
Answer: Unfortunately, those vehicles do have a slight whine noise in the power steering that is normal for the car. If it seems overly loud, you could have a power steering fluid leak. When the fluid level gets low, the whine noise will increase, and if there is air in the system it will also whine more. You could have a power steering pump going bad, or possibly even a rack and pinion going out. Either of those is a common for causing problems on your particular vehicle.
As for the pop noise, it is most likely the intermediate steering shaft making the popping sound as you turn the wheel. This is caused by excessive play and lack of lubrication between the two halves of the shaft. Those are replaced very often, so you should have your dealer check that. The cycling of air conditioning is normal when you have the heat on defrost. If it seems excessive, and since they added some refrigerant to it, you may have a leak there too. That would all have to be checked out and tested.
3-28-11 My 2008 Malibu has electric power steering, no fluid.
9-1-11 Same problem as everyone one else my 2008 Chevy Malibu makes a clunking noise when putting it into drive or reverse, the steering wheel has been jerking on and for about 3 weeks now, and then on 08/28/2011 the power steering light came on and then off and then on again and off again.... After so many people complaining about the same defects on these cars shouldn't there be a recall on these models? I bought the car brand new no miles on it and have taken good car of my car.
There may be a recall, or what is also called a "Special Policy Adjustment" on your Chevy Malibu. Replacement of the electric power steering motor / control module may apply to your car. Call your local dealer and give them the VIN number of your car and they will look it up in about 2 minutes.
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