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Old 05/02/2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Got a 2008 malibu, when i turn on the heater it smells like burnt plastic/rubber or something of the sorts. It also happens with the a/c now, any idea what the problem might be? i was thinking the blower motor, but figured i would get more input/ideas. thanks in advance for the help.


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Old 05/02/2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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I beleive the car has an in cabin air filter (located behind the glove box). Has it ever been replaced or inspected? That or perhaps the cowl that is below the front windsheild is clogged and has some wet leaves or other build up in it?

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I was going to replace the in cabin filter on my 04 Maxima and the in cabin filter on my wife's 08 Malibu this weekend but have found people that state their 08 Mailbu has a filter and others mention theirs don't so I'm a bit confused until I remove the glove box on my wifes car.


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Old 05/02/2012, 02:57 PM   #3
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I too have read mixed messages about malibus having them. I haven't checked if mine does or not but I really doubt that's what it is. I shall check tonight either way. Thanks.


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Old 05/03/2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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08 should still be under warranty if I remember right they have a 5 year 100k mile warranty

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But I think that's for the drivetrain


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Old 05/07/2012, 12:39 AM   #6
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Check the cabin air there were some that didn't have them based upon either models or the build date either way that's gonna be probably the cheapest route to check considering you get that AZ discount


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Old 05/07/2012, 01:24 AM   #7
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Hahahaha.


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I'm not cheap jus got a grip load of tickets to pay usually I don't use my discount lol


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I'm not cheap jus got a grip load of tickets to pay usually I don't use my discount lol
You use your discount on snickers and cheez its


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3-36,000 body warranty 5-100,000 drivetrain 100,000 rust through warranty
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Hahahaha weeks later I reply I'm a dumbass.


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yea moneys on the filter - i had the same problem in my old grand am

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Hahahaha weeks later I reply I'm a dumbass.
Yea I know its 3-36 but that ship sailed looooooooong ago. And I don't think the drivetrain warranty will cover the, I can smell whatever the smell is on the outside too.


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Weird, I too found conflicting info about the cabin filter. I could not find a part number for either the Classic or the new one for 2008.

I did find this link about adding a filter. It might help.

http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/foru...ad.php?t=10344

I agree with others, check around the windshield cowl and see if anything is clogged. Maybe one of the body drains are plugged and the smell is being drawn in. Run a hose over the windshield on very, very, low stream and see if anything drains from the body, usually are the fender wells.

There is are freshner that is made specifically to put in the duct system. You find the cabin air intake, again usually around the windshield cowl and turn on the system and spray in it in. It sucks it through the system.

It's funny this came, I just changed the cabin filters in my 06 Accord and 07 TL, easy sneezy, took me 15 minutes (tops) for both.


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does the blower motor work on all speed settings? Usually a blower motor that is going bad or dragging will burn out the blower motor resistor in stages. Usually the high setting is the last to go.

So you could have a blower motor dragging.


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does the blower motor work on all speed settings? Usually a blower motor that is going bad or dragging will burn out the blower motor resistor in stages. Usually the high setting is the last to go.

So you could have a blower motor dragging.
Yes, all speeds work. The highest speed is used until the car is brought to a comfortable temperature. Then maintained with the slow speed. The middle speed has like a annoying high pitched sound so we don't use it as much. I checked the cowl, and its clear of debris. Haven't tried your hose trick yet though. You can really smell whatever it is by the front fender Wells idk if that's helpful info or not. Chevy will charge 80 bucks just to look at the car. And to that I say FUCK YO COUCH CHEVY.


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so you only get the smell with the blower motor running? coupled with the fact that you say it makes a high pitched noise at medium setting I would lean towards the blower motor dragging.


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so you only get the smell with the blower motor running? coupled with the fact that you say it makes a high pitched noise at medium setting I would lean towards the blower motor dragging.
the thing that gets me is the fact that it smells outside too. It smells more on the outside under the fender Wells, than it does inside the car.


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