Chevrolet Malibu Parts And Chevrolet Malibu Accessories
Sign up for email updates on the latest exclusive offers
Keeping a Safe and Reliable Chevrolet Malibu
Safe travel largely depends on the condition of the braking and steering systems of your Chevrolet Malibu, whereas reliable performance rests on the engine and the suspension. What if one or two of these systems become problematic? For instance, the engine\'s fuel system is unable to provide the needed fuel for power generation, or the power steering has gone out intermittently. It will be of great help if you would know how to find the root of the problem, and do the required solution even in the absence of a mechanic. Serious mechanical problems are better handled by professionals, though.
How to deal with intermittent power steering
The power steering derives its power from hydraulic pressure. But when the operation of the system becomes intermittent, it will fail to provide the force expected at a given time and will continue until the problem is solved. Since power is derived from hydraulic pressure, the first things to check are the pump and the vital parts integrated to help make its performance effective. Find out if the v-belt is loose, or if it snugly fits to turn the rotor. Also see if the pressure hose is still up to hold high-pressure, or if is leaking in any way. You also have to make sure that there is enough fluid and tap up if low. Also check the power wire terminals of the pump as they may have already been corroded. And don\'t forget to inspect for misadjusted steering gear, and let a mechanic do the necessary adjustment.
Erratic or intermittent power steering may actually be caused by problematic braking and suspension systems rather than the power steering itself. It is then wise to also troubleshoot with these things in mind, especially if the problem occurs whenever you apply the brakes. Dragging or grabbing brakes can possibly be the culprit, so check it, and then adjust or have it repaired. Next thing to inspect if brakes are good is the front end. See if it is misaligned. Misalignment of the underbody can also have ill effect on the power steering. Have them realigned as necessary. Also tighten or replace the front end bearings if they are loose or defective already. Another possible cause of intermittent power steering is the sagging of suspension springs. You can either install helper spring, or have replacements if springs are broken.
What to do with cracked intake manifold gasket
If the intake manifold itself or if its gasket gets cracked, the process of power generation will be disrupted due to incorrect air and fuel mixture. Consequently, you will notice missing, hesitating, stalling with the apparently poorer engine performance. If you shift to higher gears, wherein pressure is also higher, expect the pressure to forcibly escape through the crack. When this occurs, you should hear a hissing or whistling sound. These problems can end to expensive repairs. Hence, bring your vehicle to an expert mechanic if you suspect a cracked intake manifold or gasket.
How to determine cracked intake manifold gasket
Engine overheating can be an indication of a cracked intake manifold gasket. To confirm, let a mechanic do the inspection and necessary replacement. This must be done as soon as possible in order to avoid serious mechanical problems when coolant leaks into the engine.