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2012 Chevy Malibu Owner's Manual Baltimore, Maryland
 

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    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) 2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual M In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Storage Compartments . . . . . . . . 4-1 Climate Control Systems . . . . . . 8-1 Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-3 Additional Storage Features . . . 4-4 Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Vehicle Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Performance and Instruments and Controls . . . . 5-1 Driving and Operating . . . . . . . . 9-1 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20 Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Driving Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2 Warning Lights, Gauges, and Starting and Operating . . . . . . . 9-14 Keys, Doors, and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Information Displays . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 Automatic Transmission . . . . . . 9-22 Keys and Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-25 Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-25 Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . . 5-29 Ride Control Systems . . . . . . . . 9-27 Vehicle Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-31 Exterior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13 Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-33 Interior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-39 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5 Conversions and Add-Ons . . . 9-45 Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Lighting Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 Vehicle Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1 Seats and Restraints . . . . . . . . . 3-1 Infotainment System . . . . . . . . . 7-1 General Information . . . . . . . . . . 10-2 Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 Vehicle Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4 Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6 Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . 10-25 Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7 Audio Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-13 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-25 Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-23 Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-30 Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17 Wheels and Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-38 Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-30 Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-76 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-79 Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . 10-82
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual M Service and Maintenance . . . 11-1 Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1 OnStar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1 General Information . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . 12-1 OnStar Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1 Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 11-3 Vehicle Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2 OnStar Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2 Special Application OnStar Additional Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-8 Customer Information . . . . . . . 13-1 Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5 Additional Maintenance Customer Information . . . . . . . . 13-1 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . 13-17 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-1 and Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-8 Recommended Fluids, Vehicle Data Recording and Lubricants, and Parts . . . . . . 11-11 Privacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-19 Maintenance Records . . . . . . . 11-13
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Introduction iii This manual describes features that Canadian Vehicle Owners may or may not be on your specific vehicle either because they are Propriétaires Canadiens options that you did not purchase or A French language copy of this due to changes subsequent to the manual can be obtained from your printing of this owner manual. dealer or from: Please refer to the purchase The names, logos, emblems, documentation relating to your On peut obtenir un exemplaire de slogans, vehicle model names, and specific vehicle to confirm each of ce guide en français auprès du vehicle body designs appearing in the features found on your vehicle. concessionnaire ou à ladresse this manual including, but not limited For vehicles first sold in Canada, suivante: to, GM, the GM logo, CHEVROLET, substitute the name “General the CHEVROLET Emblem, Helm, Incorporated Motors of Canada Limited” for P.O. Box 07130 MALIBU, and the MALIBU Emblem Chevrolet Motor Division wherever it are trademarks and/or service Detroit, MI 48207 appears in this manual. marks of General Motors LLC, its 1-800-551-4123 subsidiaries, affiliates, or licensors. Keep this manual in the vehicle for Numéro de poste 6438 quick reference. de langue française www.helminc.com Litho in U.S.A. © Part No. 20912743 B Second Printing 2011 General Motors LLC. All Rights Reserved.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) iv Introduction Using this Manual Symbols { WARNING To quickly locate information about The vehicle has components and the vehicle, use the Index in the These mean there is something labels that use symbols instead of back of the manual. It is an that could hurt you or other text. Symbols are shown along with alphabetical list of what is in the people. the text describing the operation or manual and the page number information relating to a specific where it can be found. component, control, message, Notice: This means there is gauge, or indicator. something that could result in Danger, Warnings, and property or vehicle damage. This M : This symbol is shown when Cautions would not be covered by the you need to see your owner manual vehicles warranty. for additional instructions or Warning messages found on vehicle information. labels and in this manual describe hazards and what to do to avoid or * : This symbol is shown when reduce them. you need to see a service manual for additional instructions or Danger indicates a hazard with a information. high level of risk which will result in serious injury or death. Warning or Caution indicates a A circle with a slash through it is a hazard that could result in injury or safety symbol which means “Do death. Not,” “Do not do this,” or “Do not let this happen.”
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Introduction v Vehicle Symbol Chart I : Cruise Control : : Oil Pressure Here are some additional symbols B : Engine Coolant Temperature } : Power that may be found on the vehicle and what they mean. For more O : Exterior Lamps / : Remote Vehicle Start information on the symbol, refer to # : Fog Lamps > : Safety Belt Reminders the Index. . : Fuel Gauge 7 : Tire Pressure Monitor 9 : Airbag Readiness Light + : Fuses d : Traction Control/Electronic # : Air Conditioning 3 : Headlamp High/Low-Beam Stability Control (ESC) ! : Antilock Brake System (ABS) Changer M: Windshield Washer Fluid % : Audio Steering Wheel Controls ® j: LATCH System Child or OnStar Restraints $ : Brake System Warning Light *: Malfunction Indicator Lamp " : Charging System
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) vi Introduction 2 NOTES
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) In Brief 1-1 In Brief Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11 Steering Wheel Performance and Maintenance Traction Control Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11 System (TCS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20 Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12 Electronic Stability Instrument Panel Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12 Control (ESC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20 Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . 1-13 Tire Pressure Monitor . . . . . . . . 1-20 Initial Drive Information Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14 Tire Sealant and Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-3 Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15 Compressor Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . 1-21 Vehicle Features Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . 1-21 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 Radio(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . 1-4 Driving for Better Fuel Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5 Portable Audio Devices Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5 Roadside Assistance (Auxiliary Input or Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 USB Port) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22 Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Second Row Seats . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . 1-18 Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18 Head Restraint Adjustment . . . . 1-9 Driver Information Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10 Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19 Passenger Sensing Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 1-2 In Brief Instrument Panel
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) In Brief 1-3 A. Air Vents on page 8‑9. L. Steering Wheel Adjustment on Initial Drive B. Turn and Lane‐Change Lever. page 5‑2 (Out of View). See Turn and Lane-Change M. Horn on page 5‑3. Information Signals on page 6‑4. N. Steering Wheel Controls on This section provides a brief C. Instrument Cluster on page 5‑9. page 5‑2 (If Equipped). overview about some of the important features that may or may D. Windshield Wiper/Washer on O. Ignition Positions on page 9‑15. not be on your specific vehicle. page 5‑3. P. Climate Control Systems on For more detailed information, refer E. Instrument Panel Storage on page 8‑1 (If Equipped). to each of the features which can be page 4‑1. Automatic Climate Control found later in this owner manual. F. Infotainment on page 7‑1. System on page 8‑5 (If G. Instrument Panel Illumination Equipped) . Remote Keyless Entry Control on page 6‑5. Q. Hazard Warning Flashers on (RKE) System H. Driver Compartment Storage. page 6‑4. The RKE transmitter is used to See Front Storage on page 4‑2. R. Shift Lever. See Automatic remotely lock and unlock the doors Transmission on page 9‑22. from up to 60 m (195 ft) away from I. Hood Release. See Hood on the vehicle. page 10‑4. S. Front Storage on page 4‑2. J. Cruise Control on page 9‑31. Power Outlets on page 5‑7. Driver Information Center (DIC) T. Passenger Sensing System on Buttons. See Driver Information page 3‑24. Center (DIC) on page 5‑22. U. Traction Control System (TCS) K. Data Link Connector (DLC) (Out on page 9‑27. of View). See Malfunction Indicator Lamp on page 5‑14.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 1-4 In Brief Press L and hold for more than When the vehicle starts, the parking two seconds to sound the panic lamps will turn on and remain on as alarm. long as the engine is running. The doors will be locked and the climate Press L again to cancel the panic control system may come on. alarm. The engine will continue to run for See Keys on page 2‑2 and Remote 10 minutes. Repeat the steps for a Keyless Entry (RKE) System 10-minute time extension. Remote Operation on page 2‑3. start can be extended only once. Canceling a Remote Start Remote Vehicle Start To cancel a remote start: With this feature the engine can be Press K to unlock the driver door. started from outside of the vehicle. . Aim the RKE transmitter at the Press again within five seconds to vehicle and press and hold / unlock all remaining doors. Starting the Vehicle until the parking lamps turn off. Press Q to lock all doors. 1. Aim the RKE transmitter at the . Turn on the hazard warning vehicle. Lock and unlock feedback can be flashers. personalized. See Vehicle 2. Press and release Q. . Turn the ignition on and then Personalization on page 5‑29 for 3. Immediately after completing back off. additional information. Step 2, press and hold / until See Remote Vehicle Start on Press and hold V for the turn signal lamps flash. page 2‑5. approximately one second to open the trunk. Press L and release to locate the vehicle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) In Brief 1-5 Door Locks Trunk Release Emergency Trunk Release Handle Manual Locks To open the trunk from the outside, press the trunk release button on From inside the vehicle move the the RKE transmitter. manual lock control to unlock or lock a door. Remote Trunk Release Power Door Locks There is a glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release handle located inside the trunk on the trunk latch. This handle glows following Press the button located on the exposure to light. Pull the release On vehicles with power door locks. driver door near the map pocket to handle up to open the trunk from the K: Press to unlock the doors. open the trunk. inside. Q: Press to lock the doors. Close the trunk by pulling on the See Trunk on page 2‑9 for more handle. information. For more information, see: . Door Locks on page 2‑7. . Power Door Locks on page 2‑7.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 1-6 In Brief Windows Express-Down Window Seat Adjustment The driver window has an Manual Seats express-down feature. This switch is labeled AUTO. Press the front all Seat Position the way down and release, to automatically lower. To stop the window while it is lowering, pull the front of the switch momentarily. To raise the window, pull and hold the front of the switch. Express-Up Window On windows with this feature, pull the switch up to the second position The power window switches are and release the switch to activate located on the armrest on the the express-up feature. To stop the drivers door. In addition, there is a window as it is going up, pull up or switch on each passenger door. press down briefly on the switch To adjust the seat position: Press the front of the switch to open again. 1. Lift the bar under the front of the the window. Pull the switch up to See Power Windows on page 2‑16. seat cushion to unlock the seat. close it. 2. Slide the seat to the desired position and release the bar. 3. Try to move the seat back and forth to make sure it is locked in place.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) In Brief 1-7 Height Adjustment Seatback Adjustment To return the seatback to the upright position: 1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the seatback, and the seatback will return to the upright position. 2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked. See “Manual Reclining Seatbacks” under Reclining Seatbacks on page 3‑4. If available, press and hold the top To recline the seatback: or bottom of the switch to raise or 1. Lift the lever. lower the seat. Release the switch when the desired height is reached. 2. Move the seatback to the desired position, and then See Seat Adjustment on page 3‑3. release the lever to lock the seatback in place. 3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 1-8 In Brief Power Seats See Power Seat Adjustment on Lumbar Adjustment page 3‑4. Seat Position Seatback Adjustment A. Increase Lumbar Support Control To adjust a power seat, if available: To adjust a power seatback, B. Decrease Lumbar Support . Move the seat forward or Control if equipped: rearward by sliding the control forward or rearward. . Tilt the top of the control If available, press the front (A) or rearward to recline. rear (B) of the control to increase or . Raise or lower the front or rear decrease lumbar support. Release . Tilt the top of the control forward part of the seat cushion by the control when the desired level of moving the front or rear of the to raise. support is reached. horizontal control up or down. See “Power Reclining Seatbacks” See Lumbar Adjustment on . Raise or lower the entire seat by under Reclining Seatbacks on page 3‑4. moving the entire control up page 3‑4. or down.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) In Brief 1-9 Second Row Seats Push and pull on the seatback to be Press the top of the switch again to sure it is locked in position. Make go to the low heat setting. The With this feature, either side of the sure that the safety belts are indicator light “1” will be lit. seatback can be folded down for properly stowed over the seatback more cargo space. Before folding a Press the bottom of the switch to in all three positions. turn the feature off. seatback, make sure the front seat is not reclined. If it is, the rear See Rear Seats on page 3‑7 for The heated seats are canceled seatback will not fold down all more information. when the ignition is turned off. the way. Heated Seats For more information, see Heated Front Seats on page 3‑6. Head Restraint Adjustment Do not drive until the head restraints for all occupants are installed and adjusted properly. To achieve a comfortable seating position, change the seatback recline angle as little as necessary while keeping the seat and the head restraint height in the proper To lower the rear seatback, pull up position. on the seatback strap while folding If available, press the top of the the seatback down. This allows switch to turn the heat feature on to See Head Restraints on page 3‑2 access to the trunk. To raise the the high heat setting. The indicator and Seat Adjustment on page 3‑3. rear seatback pull the seatback up light “2” will be lit. and make sure it latches.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 1-10 In Brief Safety Belts Passenger Sensing System The passenger sensing system turns off the front outboard passenger frontal airbag and seat‐ mounted side impact airbag under United States certain conditions. No other airbag is affected by this. The passenger airbag status indicator will be visible on the instrument panel when the vehicle is started. Canada and Mexico Refer to the following sections for important information on how to use See Passenger Sensing System on safety belts properly: page 3‑24 for important information. . Safety Belts on page 3‑8. . How to Wear Safety Belts Properly on page 3‑10. . Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 3‑11. . Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 3‑38.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) In Brief 1-11 Mirror Adjustment 2. Press one of the four arrows To turn the automatic dimming located on the control pad to feature off or on, press and Exterior Mirrors move the mirror to the desired hold O for approximately direction. six seconds or until the indicator Keep the selector switch in the light turns off or on. center position when not adjusting either outside mirror. Steering Wheel See Power Mirrors on page 2‑14. Adjustment Interior Mirror Hold the inside rearview mirror in the center to move it for a clearer view of behind your vehicle. Adjust the mirror to avoid glare from the headlamps behind. Push the tab forward for daytime use and pull it Controls for the outside power for nighttime use. mirrors are located on the driver door. See Manual Rearview Mirror on page 2‑14. 1. Move the selector switch located below the four-way control pad Vehicles with an automatic dimming to the left or right to choose rearview mirror will automatically reduce the glare from the The lever is located on the left side either the driver side or of the steering wheel column. passenger side mirror. headlamps of the vehicle behind. This feature comes on each time the vehicle is started.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 1-12 In Brief To adjust the steering wheel: Reading Lamps Exterior Lighting 1. Pull the lever down. The front reading lamps are located 2. Move the steering wheel up in the front overhead console. The or down. rear reading lamps are near the dome lamp overhead near the rear 3. Pull or push the steering wheel passenger seats. closer or away from you. For vehicles with front and/or rear 4. Pull the lever up to lock the reading lamps, press the lens to steering wheel in place. turn the lamp on and off, while the Do not adjust the steering wheel doors are closed. These lamps P : Briefly turn to this position to come on automatically when any manually turn the automatic lamp while driving. door is opened. control off or on. Interior Lighting For more information on interior In Canada, this position only works lighting, see: when a vehicle is in the P (Park) Dome Lamps position. When the vehicle is put . Instrument Panel Illumination into D (Drive) the lights come on. The dome lamps come on when any Control on page 6‑5. door is opened. They turn off after AUTO: Automatically turns on the all the doors are closed. . Entry/Exit Lighting on page 6‑6. Daytime Running Lamps during To turn the dome lamps on . Parade Dimming on page 6‑6. daytime, and the headlamps, manually, turn the instrument panel parking lamps, and taillamps at brightness knob, located on the night. instrument panel to the left of the ; : Manual operation of the steering column, clockwise to the parking lamps and taillamps. farthest position. The dome lamps will remain on whether a door is 2 : Manual operation of the opened or closed. headlamps, parking lamps, and taillamps.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) In Brief 1-13 For more information, see: Windshield Wiper/Washer The amount of delay time varies . Exterior Lamp Controls on between wiping cycles due to the page 6‑1. delay setting selected or the speed of the vehicle. As vehicle speed is . Delayed Headlamps on increased or decreased, the wiper page 6‑4. interval also increases or . Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) decreases. on page 6‑2. 6 : Slow wipes. . Automatic Headlamp System on The windshield wiper lever is 1 : Fast wipes. page 6‑3. located on the right side of the 8 : Use for a single wiping cycle. . Fog Lamps on page 6‑5. steering column. Windshield Washer: Press the 9: Turns the wipers off. button at the end of the lever until 3: For intermittent or speed the washers begin. sensitive operation. While in this See Windshield Wiper/Washer on position, turn the x band up or page 5‑3. down to vary frequency.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 1-14 In Brief Climate Controls A. Fan Control E. Air Delivery Mode Control B. Air Recirculation F. Air Conditioning C. Temperature Control G. Rear Window Defogger D. Outside Air See Climate Control Systems on page 8‑1 (If Equipped).
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) In Brief 1-15 Automatic Climate Control System (If Equipped) Transmission Driver Shift Control (DSC) This position allows you to change gears similar to a manual transmission. To use this feature: 1. Move the shift lever from D (Drive) rearward to M (Manual). A. Fan Control E. Rear Window Defogger B. Air Conditioning F. Air Delivery Mode Control C. Air Recirculation G. Display D. Outside Air H. Temperature Control See Automatic Climate Control System on page 8‑5 (If Equipped). 2. Press the + (plus) end of the button on the side of the shifter to upshift, or push the − (minus) end of the button to downshift. See Manual Mode on page 9‑23.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 1-16 In Brief Vehicle Features © ¨ : Seek or scan stations. 4 : For vehicles with XM, MP3, Radio(s) WMA, or RDS features, press to display additional text information related to the current FM-RDS or XM station; or CD, MP3, WMA song. Song title information will be displayed on the top line of the display while the artist information will be displayed on the bottom line, if the information is available during XM, CD, MP3, or WMA playback. When information is not available, "No Info" displays. For more information about these and other radio features, see Infotainment on page 7‑1 and Operation on page 7‑2. Storing a Favorite Station Radio with CD (MP3) and USB Port shown Depending on which radio the vehicle has, radio stations are stored as either favorites or presets. O : Press to turn the system on BAND: Press to choose between and off. Turn to increase or FM, AM, or XM™, if equipped. For radios with a FAV button, a decrease the volume. maximum of 36 stations can be f: Select radio stations. stored as favorites using the six softkeys located below the radio
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) In Brief 1-17 station frequency tabs and by using 4. Press the softkey located below Portable Audio Devices the radio FAV button. Press FAV to any one of the tabs that you go through up to six pages of want to change. (Auxiliary Input or favorites, each having six favorite 5. Increase or decrease the time or USB Port) stations available per page. Each This vehicle may have a 3.5 mm page of favorites can contain any date by turning f clockwise or counterclockwise. (1/8 in) auxiliary input jack and a combination of AM, FM, or XM™ USB port, located on the audio stations. For detailed instructions on setting faceplate. Some portable audio the clock for your specific audio For radios without a FAV button, up devices such as iPods®, MP3 system, see Clock on page 5‑5. to 18 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and players, and USB storage devices six AM), can be programmed on the can be connected to the vehicle six numbered buttons. Satellite Radio using a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) cable or a XM is a satellite radio service based USB cable. See Operation on page 7‑2. in the 48 contiguous United States For more information, see Auxiliary Setting the Clock and 10 Canadian provinces. Devices on page 7‑18. To set the time and date for the XM satellite radio has a wide Radio with CD (MP3) and USB port variety of programming and commercial-free music, coast to Bluetooth® or Radio with a Single CD (MP3) coast, and in digital-quality sound. For vehicles with a Bluetooth player: system, it allows users with a 1. Turn the ignition key to ACC/ A fee is required to receive the Bluetooth‐enabled cell phone to ACCESSORY or ON/RUN. XM service. make and receive hands-free calls For more information, refer to: using the vehicle’s audio system 2. Press O to turn the radio on. . www.xmradio.com or call and controls. 3. Press H and the HR, MIN, MM, 1-800-929-2100 (U.S.) DD, YYYY (hour, minute, month, . www.xmradio.ca or call day, and year) displays. 1-877-438-9677 (Canada) See Satellite Radio on page 7‑8.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 1-18 In Brief The Bluetooth‐enabled cell phone e + / e −: Increases or decreases Cruise Control must be paired with the Bluetooth volume. system before it can be used in the vehicle. Not all phones will support w or x / c : Press to change all functions. For more information, radio stations, select tracks on a visit www.gm.com/bluetooth. CD, or to select tracks and navigate folders on an iPod® or USB device. For more information, see Bluetooth on page 7‑23. b / g : Press to silence the vehicle speakers only. Press again to turn the sound on. Press and hold longer Steering Wheel Controls than two seconds to interact with the OnStar® or Bluetooth systems. x / c : Press to reject an incoming call, or to end a call. The cruise control buttons are For more information, see Steering located on the left side of the Wheel Controls on page 5‑2. steering wheel. J: Press to turn the cruise control system on and off. RES+: Press briefly to make the vehicle resume a previously set speed or press and hold to accelerate. If equipped, some audio controls SET−: Press to set the speed and can be adjusted using the controls activate cruise control or make the on the right side of the steering vehicle decelerate. wheel.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) In Brief 1-19 For more information, see Cruise INFO: Press to scroll through the Power Outlets Control on page 9‑31. vehicle information displays. Accessory power outlets can be r: Press to reset some vehicle used to plug in electrical equipment, Driver Information information displays, select a such as a cell phone or MP3 player. Center (DIC) personalization setting, or acknowledge a warning There are two accessory power The DIC display is located at the outlets. One accessory power outlet message. bottom of the instrument panel is located inside the storage bin cluster. It shows the status of many For more information, see Driver below the climate controls and the vehicle systems and enables Information Center (DIC) on other outlet is on the rear of the access to the personalization menu. page 5‑22. center storage console. Vehicle Personalization Remove the cover to access and Some vehicle features can be replace when not in use. programmed by using the DIC See Power Outlets on page 5‑7. buttons on the left side of the steering wheel. These features include: . Oil Life Reset . Units . RKE Lock and Unlock Feedback . Door Lock and Unlock Settings The DIC buttons are located on the . Language left side of the steering wheel. See Vehicle Personalization on page 5‑29.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 1-20 In Brief Performance and Electronic Stability Tire Pressure Monitor Maintenance Control (ESC) This vehicle may have a Tire The Electronic Stability Control Pressure Monitor System (TPMS). Traction Control system assists with directional control of the vehicle in difficult System (TCS) driving conditions. The system turns The traction control system limits on automatically every time the wheel spin. The system turns on vehicle is started. automatically every time the vehicle . To turn off both traction control is started. and Electronic Stability Control, The TPMS warning light alerts you . To turn off traction control, press press and hold t until 4 and g to a significant loss in pressure of and release t on the center illuminate and the appropriate one of the vehicles tires. If the console. 4 illuminates and the DIC messages are displayed. warning light comes on, stop as See Ride Control System soon as possible and inflate the appropriate DIC message is Messages on page 5‑26. tires to the recommended pressure displayed. See Ride Control shown on the Tire and Loading System Messages on page 5‑26. . Press and release the button Information label. See Vehicle Load . Press and release the button again to turn on both systems. Limits on page 9‑10. The warning again to turn on traction control. For more information, see Electronic light will remain on until the tire For more information, see Traction Stability Control (ESC) on pressure is corrected. Control System (TCS) on page 9‑29. During cooler conditions, the low tire page 9‑27. pressure warning light may appear when the vehicle is first started and then turn off. This may be an early indicator that the tire pressures are getting low and the tires need to be inflated to the proper pressure.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) In Brief 1-21 The TPMS does not replace normal Engine Oil Life System Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) monthly tire maintenance. It is the driver’s responsibility to maintain The engine oil life system calculates Vehicles that have a FlexFuel badge correct tire pressures. engine oil life based on vehicle use and a yellow fuel cap can use either and displays the CHANGE OIL unleaded gasoline or ethanol fuel See Tire Pressure Monitor System SOON DIC message when it is containing up to 85% ethanol (E85). on page 10‑47. necessary to change the engine oil See Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) on and filter. The oil life system should page 9‑36. For all other vehicles, Tire Sealant and be reset to 100% only following an use only the unleaded gasoline Compressor Kit oil change. described under Recommended Fuel on page 9‑34. This vehicle may come with a spare Resetting the Oil Life System tire and tire changing equipment or a tire sealant and compressor kit. 1. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN, Driving for Better Fuel with the engine off. The kit can be used to temporarily Economy seal small punctures in the tread 2. Press and hold the DIC INFO and reset buttons, on the left Driving habits can affect fuel area of the tire. mileage. Here are some driving tips side of the steering wheel, See Tire Sealant and Compressor at the same time to enter the to get the best fuel economy Kit on page 10‑60 for complete personalization menu. The OIL possible. operating information. LIFE RESET message displays. . Avoid fast starts and accelerate If the vehicle came with a spare tire 3. Press and hold the reset button smoothly. and tire changing equipment, see If until the DIC display shows . Brake gradually and avoid a Tire Goes Flat on page 10‑58. ACKNOWLEDGED. abrupt stops. 4. Turn the key to LOCK/OFF. . Avoid idling the engine for long See Engine Oil Life System on periods of time. page 10‑11.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 1-22 In Brief . When road and weather conditions are appropriate, use Roadside Assistance Online Owner Center (U.S. and Canada) cruise control. Program The Online Owner Center is a . Always follow posted speed U.S.: 1-800-243-8872 complimentary service that includes limits or drive more slowly TTY Users (U.S.): 1-888-889-2438 online service reminders, vehicle when conditions require. maintenance tips, online owner Canada: 1-800-268-6800 . Keep vehicle tires properly manual, special privileges, inflated. Mexico: 01-800-466-0800 and more. . Combine several trips into a As the owner of a new Chevrolet, Sign up today at: single trip. you are automatically enrolled in the U.S.: chevrolet.com (click on Roadside Assistance program. . Replace the vehicles tires with “Owners,” then “Manage My the same TPC Spec number See Roadside Assistance Program Chevrolet/Owners Login”) molded into the tires sidewall (U.S. and Canada) on page 13‑7 or Canada: chevroletowner.ca near the size. Roadside Assistance Program (Mexico) on page 13‑9. . Follow recommended scheduled OnStar® maintenance. Roadside Assistance and OnStar (U.S. and Canada) If equipped, this vehicle has a comprehensive, in-vehicle system If you have an active OnStar that can connect to a live Advisor subscription, press the Q button for Emergency, Security, Navigation, and the current GPS location will be Connection, and Diagnostic sent to an OnStar advisor who will Services. See OnStar Overview on assess your problem, contact page 14‑1 for more information. Roadside Assistance, and relay your exact location to get the help you need.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-1 Keys, Doors, and Doors Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 Interior Mirrors Manual Rearview Mirror . . . . . . 2-14 Windows Vehicle Security Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Vehicle Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Anti-theft Alarm System . . . . . . 2-11 Windows Keys and Locks Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Immobilizer Operation . . . . . . . 2-12 Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Exterior Mirrors Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Convex Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13 Roof System Operation . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Power Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . 2-5 Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Door Ajar Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Safety Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 2-2 Keys, Doors, and Windows Keys and Locks Notice: If the keys get locked in the vehicle, it may have to be damaged to get them out. Always Keys carry a spare key. If locked out of your vehicle, contact { WARNING Roadside Assistance. See Roadside Leaving children in a vehicle with Assistance Program (U.S. and the ignition key is dangerous for Canada) on page 13‑7 or Roadside Assistance Program (Mexico) on many reasons. Children or others page 13‑9. could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate the With an active OnStar subscription, power windows or other controls an OnStar Advisor may remotely The key can be used for the ignition unlock the vehicle. See OnStar or even make the vehicle move. and all locks. Overview on page 14‑1. The windows will function with the keys in the ignition and children The key has a bar-coded key tag could be seriously injured or killed that the dealer or qualified locksmith Remote Keyless Entry if caught in the path of a closing can use to make new keys. Store (RKE) System window. Do not leave the keys in this information in a safe place, not in your vehicle. See Radio Frequency Statement on a vehicle with children. page 13‑20 for information regarding Part 15 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and Industry Canada Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-3 If there is a decrease in the RKE Keep in mind that other conditions, If enabled through the Driver operating range: such as those previously stated, can Information Center (DIC), the . Check the distance. The impact the performance of the remote lock feedback can be transmitter may be too far from transmitter. programmed to have the horn chirp the vehicle. and/or the turn signals flash to confirm locking. See “LOCK HORN” . Check the location. Other and “LIGHT FLASH” under Vehicle vehicles or objects may be Personalization on page 5‑29 for blocking the signal. more information. . Check the transmitters battery. Pressing Q may also arm the See “Battery Replacement” later anti-theft alarm system. See in this section. Anti-theft Alarm System on . If the transmitter is still not page 2‑11. working correctly, see your dealer or a qualified technician K (Unlock): Press once to unlock for service. the driver door. Press K again With Remote Start Shown, Without within five seconds to unlock all Remote Keyless Entry Remote Start Similar remaining doors. The interior lamps turn on and stay on for 20 seconds (RKE) System Operation / (Remote Vehicle Start): For or until the ignition is turned on. The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) vehicles with this feature, press to If enabled through the DIC, the transmitter functions work up to operate the remote start feature. remote unlock feedback can be 60 m (195 feet) away from the See Remote Vehicle Start on programmed to have the horn chirp vehicle. page 2‑5 for additional information. and/or the turn signals flash to Q (Lock): Press to lock all the confirm unlocking. See “UNLOCK doors. The interior lamps turn off HORN” and “LIGHT FLASH” under after all of the doors are closed. Vehicle Personalization on page 5‑29 for more information.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 2-4 Keys, Doors, and Windows The high‐beam headlamps, parking headlamps and turn signals flash for Notice: When replacing the lamps, and back‐up lamps may 30 seconds. Press L again to battery, do not touch any of the come on each time K is pressed. cancel the panic alarm. circuitry on the transmitter. Static See “EXT (Exterior) LIGHTS” under from your body could damage the Vehicle Personalization on Programming Transmitters to transmitter. page 5‑29 for additional information. the Vehicle Only RKE transmitters programmed Pressing K on the RKE transmitter to the vehicle will work. If a disarms the anti-theft alarm system. transmitter is lost or stolen, a See Anti-theft Alarm System on replacement can be purchased and page 2‑11. programmed through your dealer. V (Remote Trunk Release): When the replacement transmitter is Press and hold for about programmed to the vehicle, all one second to unlock the trunk. remaining transmitters must also be The trunk can be opened with the programmed. Any lost or stolen transmitter when the vehicle speed transmitters no longer work once the is less than 3 km/h (2 mph) or when new transmitter is programmed. the ignition is off. Each vehicle can have up to four L (Vehicle Locator/Panic transmitters programmed to it. To replace the battery: Alarm): Press and release to Battery Replacement 1. Separate the transmitter with a locate the vehicle. The horn sounds flat, thin object inserted into the three times and the headlamps and Replace the battery if the KEY FOB notch on the side. turn signals flash three times. BATT (Battery) LOW message displays in the DIC. See “KEY FOB 2. Remove the old battery. Do not Press and hold L for more than BATT (Battery) LOW” under Key use a metal object. two seconds to initiate the panic and Lock Messages on page 5‑26 alarm. The horn sounds and the for additional information.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-5 3. Insert the new battery, positive doing so. Check local regulations for To start the vehicle using the remote side facing up. Replace with a any requirements on remote starting start feature: CR2032 or equivalent battery. of vehicles. 1. Aim the transmitter at the 4. Snap the transmitter back Do not use the remote start feature vehicle. together. if your vehicle is low on fuel. Your 2. Press and release the vehicle may run out of fuel. transmitters lock button, then Remote Vehicle Start If your vehicle has the remote start immediately press and hold the Your vehicle may have a remote feature, the RKE transmitter transmitters remote start button starting feature that allows you to functions will have an increased for about four seconds or until start the engine from outside the range of operation. However, the the vehicles turn signal lamps vehicle. It may also start the range may be less while the vehicle flash. The doors will lock. vehicles heating or air conditioning is running. When the vehicle starts, the systems and rear window defogger. There are other conditions which parking lamps turn on and When the remote start system is can affect the performance of the remain on while the engine is active and the vehicle has an transmitter, see Remote Keyless running. automatic climate control system, it Entry (RKE) System on page 2‑2 for will automatically regulate the inside The remote start feature provides additional information. two separate starts per ignition temperature. Normal operation of these systems will return after the / (Remote Start): This button will cycle, each with 10 minutes of ignition key is turned to ON/RUN. be on the RKE transmitter if the engine running time, or one start vehicle has remote start. with a time extension. The first start Laws in some communities may must expire or be canceled to get restrict the use of remote starters. two separate 10 minute starts. For example, some laws may require a person using remote start to have the vehicle in view when
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 2-6 Keys, Doors, and Windows If it is the first remote start since the . Turn on the hazard warning . The hazard warning flashers vehicle has been driven, repeat the flashers. are on. previous steps, while the engine is . Turn the ignition switch out of . The check engine light is on. still running, to extend the engine LOCK/OFF position and then See Malfunction Indicator Lamp running time by 10 minutes from the back to LOCK/OFF. on page 5‑14. time you repeat the steps for remote starting. The remote start running The parking lamps turn off to . The engine coolant temperature time can be extended one time and indicate the engine is off. is too high. only after the first remote start. After the engine has been started . The oil pressure is low. After entering the vehicle during a two times, or one time with a time . Two remote vehicle starts, remote start, insert and turn the key extension, the vehicles ignition or one start with a time to ON/RUN to drive the vehicle. must be turned to ON/RUN using extension, have already been the key before the remote start provided for that ignition cycle. The engine will shut off procedure can be used again. See automatically after 10 minutes, Ignition Positions on page 9‑15 for Remote Start Ready unless a time extension has been information regarding the ignition done or the vehicles key is inserted If your vehicle does not have the positions on your vehicle. into the ignition switch and turned to remote vehicle start feature, it may ON/RUN. The remote vehicle start feature will have the remote start ready feature. not operate if any of the follow This feature allows your dealer to To manually shut off a remote start, occur: add the manufacturers remote do any of the following. vehicle start feature. . The vehicles key is in the . Aim the RKE transmitter at the ignition. See your dealer if you would like to vehicle and press and release add the manufacturers remote the remote start button. . The vehicles hood is open. vehicle start feature to your vehicle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-7 Door Locks WARNING (Continued) Power Door Locks { WARNING injuries or even death from heat stroke. Always lock the Unlocked doors can be vehicle whenever leaving it. dangerous. . Outsiders can easily enter . Passengers, especially through an unlocked door children, can easily open the when you slow down or stop doors and fall out of a moving the vehicle. Locking the doors vehicle. When a door is can help prevent this from locked, the handle will not happening. open it. The chance of being thrown out of the vehicle in a crash is increased if the There are several ways to lock and doors are not locked. So, all unlock your vehicle. passengers should wear From the outside, turn the key in the K (Unlock): Press to unlock the safety belts properly and the driver door lock counterclockwise to doors. doors should be locked lock the door and clockwise to Q (Lock): Remove the key from whenever the vehicle is unlock it, or use the Remote the ignition and press to lock the driven. Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. doors. . Young children who get into From the inside, move the manual unlocked vehicles may be lock control on the door or use the unable to get out. A child can power door lock switch. be overcome by extreme heat and can suffer permanent (Continued)
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 2-8 Keys, Doors, and Windows Door Ajar Reminder press the lock button on the remote Lockout Protection keyless entry transmitter or the A chime will sound and the power door lock switch a second If you press the power door lock appropriate door message will time. The theft deterrent system will switch when the key is in the display if one of the doors is not arm after 30 seconds. ignition and any door is open, all the fully closed. This happens when the doors will lock and then the drivers ignition is on and the shift lever is Automatic Door Locks door will unlock. Be sure to remove moved out of P (Park) or N (Neutral). the key from the ignition when See Door Ajar Messages on The vehicle is programmed to lock locking your vehicle. page 5‑25. all doors automatically when the If the remote keyless entry following are met: transmitter is used to lock the doors Delayed Locking . All doors are closed. while the key is in the ignition, a This feature will delay the actual . The ignition is on. chime will sound three times. All locking of the doors and arming of doors will then lock. . The vehicle is shifted out of the theft-deterrent system for five seconds when the power door P (Park). Safety Locks lock switch or remote keyless entry This feature cannot be disabled. The vehicle has rear door security transmitter is used to lock the All doors will unlock when the locks to prevent passengers from vehicle. vehicle is shifted into P (Park). opening the rear doors from the If any door is open when locking the The power door unlock function can inside. vehicle, three chimes will sound be programmed through prompts signaling that the delayed locking displayed on the Driver Information feature is active. Five seconds after Center (DIC). See Vehicle the last door is closed, all of the Personalization on page 5‑29. doors will lock. To cancel the delay and lock the doors immediately,
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-9 Doors WARNING (Continued) Trunk . Adjust the Climate Control System to a setting that { WARNING brings in only outside air and set the fan speed to the Exhaust gases can enter the highest setting. See “Climate vehicle if it is driven with the Control Systems” in the liftgate, trunk/hatch open, or with Index. any objects that pass through the . If the vehicle is equipped with seal between the body and the a power liftgate, disable the trunk/hatch or liftgate. Engine power liftgate function. Open the rear doors to access the exhaust contains carbon For more information about security locks on the inside edge of each door. monoxide (CO) which cannot be carbon monoxide, see Engine seen or smelled. It can cause Exhaust on page 9‑21. To set the locks, insert a key into unconsciousness and even death. the slot and turn it to the horizontal position. The door can only be If the vehicle must be driven with Trunk Release opened from the outside with the the liftgate, or trunk/hatch open: door unlocked. To return the door to To open the trunk from the outside, . Close all of the windows. press the trunk release button on normal operation, turn the slot to the vertical position. . Fully open the air outlets on the RKE transmitter. or under the instrument panel. (Continued)
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 2-10 Keys, Doors, and Windows Remote Trunk Release Emergency Trunk Release The emergency trunk release Handle handle is only intended to aid a person trapped in a latched trunk, enabling them to open the trunk from the inside. There is a glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release handle located inside the trunk on the trunk latch. This handle glows following exposure to light. Pull the release handle up to open the trunk from the inside. Press the button located on the driver door near the map pocket to Notice: Do not use the open the trunk. emergency trunk release handle as a tie-down or anchor point The trunk can only be opened while when securing items in the trunk the vehicle is in P (Park) or when as it could damage the handle. the ignition is off. Close the trunk by pulling on the handle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-11 Vehicle Security Disarming the System This vehicle has theft-deterrent To disarm the system: features; however, they do not make . Press the RKE transmitter it impossible to steal. unlock button. . Turn the ignition to ON/RUN. Anti-theft Alarm System The security light, located on the Once the system is disarmed, the Your vehicle may have an anti-theft instrument panel cluster, comes on security light will stop flashing. alarm system. to indicate that arming has been initiated. Once the system is armed, How the System Alarm is Arming the System the security light flashes once every Activated With the ignition off, press the three seconds. To activate the system if it is armed: Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) If the security light is flashing twice transmitter lock button to arm the per second, this means that a door . Open the drivers door or trunk. system. is open. A ten second pre-alarm chirp will sound followed by a thirty The system will arm 30 seconds If the system is armed and the key second full alarm of horn and after all the doors are closed, is used to unlock the vehicle, the lights. or 60 seconds with any door open. alarm will be activated. . Open any other door. A full If you press the lock button on the If you do not want to arm the alarm of horn and lights will transmitter a second time while all system, lock the vehicle with the immediately sound for thirty the doors are closed, the system will manual lock knob on the doors or seconds. arm immediately. The system will with the inside power door lock still arm in 60 seconds if a door is switches. . Open the hood. If the vehicle open. When the open door is has the remote start feature, it The alarm will sound and the will activate the full alarm. closed, the system will arm. exterior lights will flash if any door is opened while armed.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 2-12 Keys, Doors, and Windows When an alarm event has finished, Immobilizer the system. Only the correct key the system will re-arm itself starts the vehicle. The vehicle may automatically. See Radio Frequency Statement on not start if the key is damaged. page 13‑20 for information How to Turn Off the System regarding Part 15 of the Federal Alarm Communications Commission (FCC) rules and Industry Canada To turn off the system alarm: Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310. . Press the lock button on the RKE transmitter. The system will Immobilizer Operation then re-arm itself. This vehicle has a passive The security light, located in the . Press the unlock button on the theft-deterrent system. instrument panel cluster, comes on RKE transmitter. This will also if there is a problem with arming or disarm the system. The system does not have to be manually armed or disarmed. disarming the theft-deterrent . Insert the key in the ignition and system. turn it on. This will also disarm The vehicle is automatically immobilized when the key is When trying to start the vehicle, the the system. security light comes on briefly when removed from the ignition. How to Detect a Tamper the ignition is turned on. The system is automatically Condition disarmed when the vehicle is If the engine does not start and the started with the correct key. The key security light stays on there is a If three chirps are heard when the uses a transponder that matches an problem with the system. Turn the unlock or lock button is pressed on immobilizer control unit in the ignition off and try again. the RKE transmitter, it means that the system alarm was previously vehicle and automatically disarms triggered.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-13 If the engine still does not start, and 3. After the engine has started, turn Exterior Mirrors the key appears to be undamaged the key to LOCK/OFF, and or the light continues to stay on, try remove the key. another ignition key. If the engine Convex Mirrors 4. Insert the key to be programmed does not start with the other key, the and turn it to ON/RUN within vehicle needs service. If the vehicle five seconds of the original key { WARNING does start, the first key may be being turned to LOCK/OFF in damaged. See your dealer who can A convex mirror can make things, Step 3. like other vehicles, look farther service the theft-deterrent system and have a new key made. The security light will turn off away than they really are. If you once the key has been cut too sharply into the right lane, It is possible for the theft-deterrent programmed. It may not be system decoder to learn the you could hit a vehicle on the apparent that the security light right. Check the inside mirror or transponder value of a new or went on due to how quickly the replacement key. Up to 10 keys can glance over your shoulder before key is programmed. changing lanes. be programmed for the vehicle. The following procedure is for 5. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 if programming additional keys only. additional keys are to be The passenger side mirror is convex programmed. shaped. A convex mirrors surface is To program the new key: Do not leave the key or device that curved so more can be seen from 1. Verify that the new key has disarms or deactivates the theft the driver seat. a 1 stamped on it. deterrent system in the vehicle. 2. Insert the already programmed key in the ignition and start the engine. If the engine will not start, see your dealer for service.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 2-14 Keys, Doors, and Windows Power Mirrors 2. Press one of the four arrows Interior Mirrors located on the control pad to move the mirror in the desired direction. Manual Rearview Mirror 3. Adjust each outside mirror so Hold the inside rearview mirror in that a little of the vehicle and the the center to move it for a clearer area behind it can be seen. view of behind your vehicle. Adjust the mirror to avoid glare from the Keep the selector switch in the headlamps behind. Push the tab center position when not adjusting forward for daytime use and pull it either outside mirror. for nighttime use. Manually fold the mirrors inward to Vehicles with OnStar® have three prevent damage when going control buttons located at the through an automatic car wash. To bottom of the mirror. See your fold, push the mirror toward the dealer for more information on the Controls for the outside power vehicle. Push the mirror outward to mirrors are located on the system and how to subscribe to return it to its original position. OnStar. See OnStar Overview on driver door. page 14‑1. To adjust the mirrors: Heated Mirrors 1. Move the selector switch located For vehicles with heated mirrors: Automatic Dimming below the four-way control pad Rearview Mirror to the left or right to choose 1 (Rear Defogger): Press to heat either the driver side or the mirrors. The vehicle may have an automatic passenger side mirror. See “Rear Window Defogger” under dimming inside rearview mirror with Automatic Climate Control System a compass display and OnStar® on page 8‑5 for more information. controls. See your dealer for more
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-15 information on the system and how Windows to subscribe to OnStar®. See OnStar Overview on page 14‑1. { WARNING Press O to turn the compass display on or off. Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a vehicle with the See Compass on page 5‑4 for more information. windows closed is dangerous. They can be overcome by the Automatic Dimming Mirror extreme heat and suffer Operation permanent injuries or even death Vehicles with an automatic dimming from heat stroke. Never leave a rearview mirror will automatically child, a helpless adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle, especially with The vehicle aerodynamics are reduce the glare from the designed to improve fuel economy headlamps of the vehicle behind. the windows closed in warm or performance. This may result in a This feature comes on each time hot weather. pulsing sound when a window is the vehicle is started. partially open. To reduce the sound, To turn the automatic dimming open another window or the sunroof feature off or on, press and hold O (if equipped). for approximately six seconds or until the indicator light turns off or on. Cleaning the Mirror Do not spray glass cleaner directly on the mirror. Use a soft towel dampened with water.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 2-16 Keys, Doors, and Windows Power Windows To stop the window while it is To program the driver window: lowering, pull the front of the switch 1. With the ignition in ACC/ momentarily. To raise the window, ACCESSORY or ON/RUN, pull and hold the front of the switch. or when Retained Accessory Express-Up Window Power (RAP) is active, close all doors. On windows with this feature, pull the switch up to the second position 2. Press and hold the power and release the switch to activate window switch until the window the express-up feature. To stop the is fully open. window as it is going up, pull up or 3. Pull the power window switch up press down briefly on the switch until the window is fully closed. again. 4. Continue holding the switch up Programming the Power for approximately two seconds Press the front of the switch to open Windows after the window is completely the window. Pull the switch up to closed. If the battery on the vehicle has close it. been recharged or disconnected, The window is now reprogrammed. Express-Down Window or is not working, the driver Express Window Anti-Pinch power window will need to be The driver window has an re-programmed for the express-up Feature express-down feature. This switch is feature to work. Replace or If any object is in the path of the labeled AUTO. Press the front all recharge the vehicle battery before window when the express‐up is the way down and release, to reprogramming. active, the window stops at the automatically lower. obstruction and auto‐reverses to a preset factory position. Weather
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-17 conditions such as severe icing In this mode, the window can still Press o on the left side to may also cause the window to close on an object in its path. Use deactivate the lockout switch. The auto‐reverse. The window returns care when using the override mode. red line on the switch is visible to normal operation once the when deactivated. obstruction or condition is removed. Window Lockout Express Window Anti‐Pinch Sun Visors Override { WARNING If express override is activated, the window will not reverse automatically. You or others could be injured and the window could be damaged. Before you use express override, make sure that all people and obstructions are Pull the sun visor down to block glare. Detach the sun visor from the clear of the window path. The rear window lockout switch is center mount to pivot to the side on the driver door. This feature window, or to extend along the rod, In an emergency, the anti‐pinch prevents the rear passenger if available. feature can be overridden in a windows from operating, except supervised mode. Hold the window from the driver position. switch all the way up to the second Press o on the right side to position. The window rises for as activate the lockout switch. The red long as the switch is held. Once the line on the switch is not visible when switch is released, the express activated. mode is re‐activated.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 2-18 Keys, Doors, and Windows Roof of the switch to express-open the sunroof. To stop the sunroof from express-opening, press the switch Sunroof again. If the sunshade is closed, it will open automatically when the sunroof opens past the vented position. A deflector will automatically raise when the sunroof is opened. The deflector will retract when the Dirt and debris may collect on the sunroof is closed. sunroof seal or in the track. This could cause an issue with sunroof To close the sunroof, press the front operation or noise. It could also plug of the switch and hold it until the the water drainage system. sunroof is closed. The sunroof will Periodically open the sunroof and stop if the switch is released. Close remove any obstacles or loose the sunshade by hand. debris. Wipe the sunroof seal and The sunroof only operates when the The sunroof glass panel cannot be roof sealing area using a clean ignition is in ON/RUN or ACC/ opened or closed if the vehicle has cloth, mild soap, and water. Do not ACCESSORY, or if Retained an electrical failure. remove grease from the sunroof. Accessory Power (RAP) is active. Notice: Forcing the sunshade See Retained Accessory Power forward of the sliding glass panel (RAP) on page 9‑18. may cause damage and the Press and release the back of the sunroof may not operate properly. switch to open the sunroof to Always close the glass panel the vent position. From the vent before closing the sunshade. position, press and release the back
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Seats and Restraints 3-1 Seats and Safety System Check . . . . . . . . 3-16 Safety Belt Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16 Child Restraints Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-30 Restraints Replacing Safety Belt System Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-16 Infants and Young Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-32 Child Restraint Systems . . . . . 3-34 Airbag System Where to Put the Restraint . . . 3-36 Head Restraints Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17 Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Lower Anchors and Tethers Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . 3-19 for Children (LATCH Front Seats When Should an Airbag System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-38 Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21 Replacing LATCH System Power Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . 3-4 What Makes an Airbag Parts After a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-45 Lumbar Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22 Securing Child Restraints Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 How Does an Airbag (Rear Seat) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-45 Heated Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22 Securing Child Restraints What Will You See after an (Front Passenger Seat) . . . . 3-47 Rear Seats Airbag Inflates? . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22 Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7 Passenger Sensing System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24 Safety Belts Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28 How to Wear Safety Belts Adding Equipment to the Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10 Airbag-Equipped Vehicle . . . 3-28 Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Airbag System Check . . . . . . . . 3-29 Safety Belt Use During Replacing Airbag System Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15 Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-29 Safety Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . 3-16
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 3-2 Seats and Restraints Head Restraints The vehicles front and rear seats have adjustable head restraints in the outboard seating positions. { WARNING With head restraints that are not installed and adjusted properly, there is a greater chance that occupants will suffer a neck/ spinal injury in a crash. Do not Adjust the head restraint so that the To lower the head restraint, press drive until the head restraints for top of the restraint is at the same the button located on top of the all occupants are installed and height as the top of the occupants seatback, and push the head adjusted properly. head. This position reduces the restraint down. Try to move the chance of a neck injury in a crash. head restraint after the button is The height of the head restraint can released to make sure that it is be adjusted. Pull the head restraint locked in place. up to raise it. Try to move the head The vehicles front and rear seat restraint to make sure that it is outboard head restraints are not locked in place. designed to be removed.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Seats and Restraints 3-3 Front Seats To adjust the seat position: Height Adjustment Seat Adjustment Seat Position { WARNING You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to. 1. Lift the bar under the front of the If available, press and hold the top Adjust the driver seat only when seat cushion to unlock the seat. or bottom of the switch to raise or the vehicle is not moving. 2. Slide the seat to the desired lower the seat. Release the switch position and release the bar. when the desired height is reached. 3. Try to move the seat back and forth to make sure it is locked in place.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 3-4 Seats and Restraints . Raise or lower the front or rear Power Seat Adjustment part of the seat cushion by If available, press the front (A) or rear (B) of the control to increase or moving the front or rear of the decrease lumbar support. Release { WARNING control up or down. the control when the desired level of You can lose control of the . Raise or lower the entire seat by support is reached. vehicle if you try to adjust the moving the entire control up seat while the vehicle is moving. or down. Reclining Seatbacks Adjust the driver seat only when the vehicle is not moving. Lumbar Adjustment { WARNING Sitting in a reclined position when the vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even when buckled up, the safety belts cannot do their job when reclined like this. The safety belt cannot properly restrain you, and you could be injured or killed. For proper protection when the vehicle is in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well A. Increase Lumbar Support back in the seat and wear the Control safety belt properly. To adjust a power seat, if available: B. Decrease Lumbar Support . Move the seat forward or Control rearward by sliding the control forward or rearward.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Seats and Restraints 3-5 Manual Reclining Seatbacks { WARNING You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to. Adjust the driver seat only when Do not have a seatback reclined if the vehicle is not moving. To recline the seatback: the vehicle is moving. 1. Lift the lever. 2. Move the seatback to the { WARNING desired position, and then release the lever to lock the If either seatback is not locked, it seatback in place. could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause 3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked. injury to the person sitting there. Always push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they are locked.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 3-6 Seats and Restraints To return the seatback to the upright Power Reclining Seatbacks Heated Front Seats position: 1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the { WARNING seatback, and the seatback will If you cannot feel temperature return to the upright position. change or pain to the skin, the 2. Push and pull on the seatback to seat heater may cause burns make sure it is locked. even at low temperatures. To reduce the risk of burns, people with such a condition should use care when using the seat heater, especially for long periods of time. Do not place anything on the seat that insulates against To adjust a power seatback, heat, such as a blanket, cushion, if equipped: cover, or similar item. This may . Tilt the top of the control cause the seat heater to rearward to recline. overheat. An overheated seat heater may cause a burn or may . Tilt the top of the control forward to raise. damage the seat.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Seats and Restraints 3-7 Rear Seats Folding the Seatback Either side of the seatback can be folded down for more cargo space. Adjust the seatback only when the vehicle is not moving. Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still fastened may cause damage to the seat or the safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and return them to If available, press the top of the their normal stowed position To fold the seatback down: switch to turn the heat feature on to before folding a rear seat. 1. Make sure the front seatback is the high heat setting. The indicator not reclined. If it is, the rear light “2” will be lit. seatback will not fold down all Press the top of the switch again to the way. If necessary, return the go to the low heat setting. The front seatback to the upright indicator light “1” will be lit. position. See Reclining Press the bottom of the switch to Seatbacks on page 3‑4. turn the feature off. 2. Pull up on the seatback strap The heated seats are canceled while folding the seatback down. when the ignition is turned off.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 3-8 Seats and Restraints Raising the Seatback Safety Belts { WARNING { WARNING If either seatback is not locked, it This section of the manual describes how to use safety belts could move forward in a sudden properly. It also describes some A safety belt that is improperly stop or crash. That could cause things not to do with safety belts. routed, not properly attached, injury to the person sitting there. or twisted will not provide the protection needed in a crash. The Always push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they are { WARNING person wearing the belt could be locked. Do not let anyone ride where a seriously injured. After raising the rear seatback, always check to be safety belt cannot be worn sure that the safety belts are To raise the seatback: properly. In a crash, if you or your properly routed and attached, and passenger(s) are not wearing 1. Push the seatback up and back safety belts, injuries can be much are not twisted. to lock it into place. worse than if you are wearing 2. Push and pull the top of the safety belts. You can be seriously seatback to be sure it is locked injured or killed by hitting things into position. inside the vehicle harder or by 3. Make sure that the safety belts being ejected from the vehicle. In are properly stowed over the addition, anyone who is not seatback in all three seating buckled up can strike other positions. passengers in the vehicle. When the seat is not in use, it (Continued) should be kept in the upright, locked position.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Seats and Restraints 3-9 Why Safety Belts Work safety belts. That is why wearing WARNING (Continued) safety belts makes such good sense. It is extremely dangerous to ride Questions and Answers About in a cargo area, inside or outside Safety Belts of a vehicle. In a collision, passengers riding in these areas Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle are more likely to be seriously after a crash if I am wearing a injured or killed. Do not allow safety belt? passengers to ride in any area of A: You could be— whether you are the vehicle that is not equipped wearing a safety belt or not. with seats and safety belts. Your chance of being conscious during and after a crash, so you Always wear a safety belt, and can unbuckle and get out, is check that all passenger(s) are much greater if you are belted. When riding in a vehicle, you travel restrained properly too. as fast as the vehicle does. If the Q: If my vehicle has airbags, why vehicle stops suddenly, you keep should I have to wear safety This vehicle has indicators as a going until something stops you. belts? reminder to buckle the safety belts. It could be the windshield, the See Safety Belt Reminders on instrument panel, or the safety belts! A: Airbags are supplemental page 5‑12 for additional information. systems only; so they work with When you wear a safety belt, you safety belts— not instead of and the vehicle slow down together. them. Whether or not an airbag There is more time to stop because is provided, all occupants still you stop over a longer distance and, have to buckle up to get the when worn properly, your strongest most protection. bones take the forces from the
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 3-10 Seats and Restraints Also, in nearly all states and in . Wear the shoulder belt over the all Canadian provinces, the law shoulder and across the chest. requires wearing safety belts. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining How to Wear Safety Belts forces. The shoulder belt locks if there is a sudden stop or crash. Properly This section is only for people of { WARNING adult size. You can be seriously injured, There are special things to know or even killed, by not wearing about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller your safety belt properly. children and infants. If a child will be . Sit up straight and always keep . Never allow the lap or riding in the vehicle, see Older your feet on the floor in front shoulder belt to become Children on page 3‑30 or Infants of you. loose or twisted. and Young Children on page 3‑32. . Always use the correct buckle . Never wear the shoulder belt Follow those rules for everyones for your seating position. under both arms or behind protection. your back. . Wear the lap part of the belt low It is very important for all occupants and snug on the hips, just . Never route the lap or to buckle up. Statistics show that touching the thighs. In a crash, shoulder belt over an unbelted people are hurt more often this applies force to the strong armrest. in crashes than those who are pelvic bones and you would be wearing safety belts. less likely to slide under the lap There are important things to know belt. If you slid under it, the belt about wearing a safety belt properly. would apply force on your abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Seats and Restraints 3-11 Lap-Shoulder Belt If the shoulder portion of a passenger belt is pulled out all All seating positions in the vehicle the way, the child restraint have a lap-shoulder belt. locking feature may be engaged. The following instructions explain If this happens, just let the belt how to wear a lap-shoulder belt go back all the way and start properly. again. 1. Adjust the seat, if the seat is Engaging the child restraint adjustable, so you can sit up locking feature in the right front straight. To see how, see “Seats” seating position may affect the in the Index. passenger sensing system. See Passenger Sensing System on 2. Pick up the latch plate and pull page 3‑24 for more information. the belt across you. Do not let it 3. Push the latch plate into the get twisted. buckle until it clicks. The lap-shoulder belt may lock if Pull up on the latch plate to you pull the belt across you very make sure it is secure. If the belt quickly. If this happens, let the is not long enough, see Safety belt go back slightly to unlock it. Belt Extender on page 3‑16. Then pull the belt across you Position the release button on more slowly. the buckle so that the safety belt could be quickly unbuckled if necessary.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 3-12 Seats and Restraints 4. If equipped with a shoulder belt It may be necessary to pull Before a door is closed, be sure the height adjuster, move it to the stitching on the safety belt safety belt is out of the way. If a height that is right for you. through the latch plate to fully door is slammed against a safety Improper shoulder belt height tighten the lap belt on smaller belt, damage can occur to both the adjustment could reduce the occupants. safety belt and the vehicle. effectiveness of the safety belt in a crash. See “Shoulder Belt Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster Height Adjuster” later in this Your vehicle has a shoulder belt section for instruction on use height adjuster for the driver and and important safety information. right front passenger position. Adjust the height so the shoulder portion of the belt is on the shoulder and not falling off of it. The belt should be close to, but not contacting, the neck. Improper shoulder belt height adjustment could reduce the effectiveness of the safety belt in a crash. See How To unlatch the belt, push the button to Wear Safety Belts Properly on on the buckle. The belt should page 3‑10. return to its stowed position. Slide the latch plate up the safety belt webbing when the safety belt is not 5. To make the lap part tight, pull in use. The latch plate should rest up on the shoulder belt. on the stitching on the safety belt, near the guide loop on the side wall.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Seats and Restraints 3-13 Safety Belt Pretensioners Rear Safety Belt Comfort This vehicle has safety belt Guides pretensioners for the front outboard This vehicle may have rear shoulder occupants. Although the safety belt belt comfort guides. If not, they are pretensioners cannot be seen, they available through your dealer. The are part of the safety belt assembly. guides may provide added safety They can help tighten the safety belt comfort for older children who belts during the early stages of a have outgrown booster seats and moderate to severe frontal and for some adults. When installed and near frontal crash if the threshold properly adjusted, the comfort guide conditions for pretensioner positions the belt away from the activation are met. And, if the neck and head. Squeeze the buttons (A) on the vehicle has side impact airbags, sides of the height adjuster and safety belt pretensioners can help move the height adjuster to the tighten the safety belts in a side desired position. crash. After the adjuster is set to the Pretensioners work only once. desired position, try to move it down If they activate in a crash, they will without squeezing the buttons to need to be replaced, and probably make sure it has locked into other new parts for the vehicles position. safety belt system. See Replacing Safety Belt System Parts after a Crash on page 3‑16.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 3-14 Seats and Restraints Here is how to install a comfort guide to the safety belt: 2. Place the guide over the belt 3. Be sure that the belt is not and insert the two edges of the twisted and it lies flat. The belt into the slots of the guide. elastic cord must be under the 1. Pull the elastic cord out from belt and the guide on top. between the edge of the seatback and the interior body to remove the guide from its storage clip.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Seats and Restraints 3-15 4. Buckle, position, and release { WARNING the safety belt as described previously in this section. Make A safety belt that is not properly sure the shoulder portion of the worn may not provide the belt is on the shoulder and not protection needed in a crash. The falling off of it. The belt should person wearing the belt could be be close to, but not contacting, seriously injured. The shoulder the neck. belt should go over the shoulder To remove and store the comfort and across the chest. These parts guide, squeeze the belt edges of the body are best able to take together so that the safety belt can belt restraining forces. be removed from the guide. Pull the guide upward to expose its storage A pregnant woman should wear a clip, and then slide the guide onto lap-shoulder belt, and the lap the clip. Turn the guide and clip portion should be worn as low as inward and slide them in between possible, below the rounding, the seatback and the interior body, throughout the pregnancy. leaving only the loop of the elastic cord exposed. The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it is more likely Safety Belt Use During that the fetus will not be hurt in a Pregnancy crash. For pregnant women, as for Safety belts work for everyone, anyone, the key to making safety including pregnant women. Like all belts effective is wearing them occupants, they are more likely to properly. be seriously injured if they do not wear safety belts.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 3-16 Seats and Restraints Safety Belt Extender from doing its job. See your dealer Replacing Safety Belt to have it repaired. Torn or frayed If the vehicles safety belt will fasten safety belts may not protect you in a System Parts after a around you, you should use it. crash. They can rip apart under Crash But if a safety belt is not long impact forces. If a belt is torn or enough, your dealer will order you frayed, get a new one right away. { WARNING an extender. When you go in to Make sure the safety belt reminder order it, take the heaviest coat you light is working. See Safety Belt A crash can damage the safety will wear, so the extender will be Reminders on page 5‑12 for more belt system in the vehicle. long enough for you. To help avoid information. A damaged safety belt system personal injury, do not let someone may not properly protect the else use it, and use it only for the Keep safety belts clean and dry. person using it, resulting in seat it is made to fit. The extender See Safety Belt Care on page 3‑16. serious injury or even death in a has been designed for adults. Never crash. To help make sure the use it for securing child seats. To Safety Belt Care safety belt systems are working wear it, attach it to the regular safety Keep belts clean and dry. properly after a crash, have them belt. For more information, see the inspected and any necessary instruction sheet that comes with the extender. { WARNING replacements made as soon as possible. Do not bleach or dye safety belts. Safety System Check It may severely weaken them. In After a minor crash, replacement of Now and then, check that the safety a crash, they might not be able to safety belts may not be necessary. belt reminder light, safety belts, provide adequate protection. But the safety belt assemblies that buckles, latch plates, retractors, and Clean safety belts only with mild were used during any crash may anchorages are all working properly. soap and lukewarm water. have been stressed or damaged. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system parts that might keep a safety belt system
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Seats and Restraints 3-17 See your dealer to have the safety Airbag System All vehicle airbags have the word belt assemblies inspected or AIRBAG in the trim or on a label replaced. The vehicle has the following near the deployment opening. airbags: New parts and repairs may be For frontal airbags, the word necessary even if the safety belt . A frontal airbag for the driver. AIRBAG is on the center of the system was not being used at the . A frontal airbag for the front steering wheel for the driver and on time of the crash. outboard passenger. the instrument panel for the front Have the safety belt pretensioners outboard passenger. . A seat-mounted side impact checked if the vehicle has been in a airbag for the driver. For seat-mounted side impact crash, or if the airbag readiness light airbags, the word AIRBAG is on the stays on after you start the vehicle . A seat-mounted side impact side of the seatback closest to or while you are driving. See Airbag airbag for the front outboard the door. Readiness Light on page 5‑12. passenger. For roof-rail airbags, the word . A roof-rail airbag for the driver AIRBAG is on the ceiling or trim. and the passenger seated directly behind the driver. Airbags are designed to supplement the protection provided by safety . A roof-rail airbag for the front belts. Even though todays airbags outboard passenger and the are also designed to help reduce passenger seated directly the risk of injury from the force of an behind the front outboard inflating bag, all airbags must inflate passenger. very quickly to do their job.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 3-18 Seats and Restraints Here are the most important things to know about the airbag system: { WARNING { WARNING Because airbags inflate with great Children who are up against, { WARNING force and faster than the blink of or very close to, any airbag You can be severely injured or an eye, anyone who is up when it inflates can be seriously killed in a crash if you are not against, or very close to any injured or killed. Airbags plus wearing your safety belt, even airbag when it inflates can be lap-shoulder belts offer protection with airbags. Airbags are seriously injured or killed. Do not for adults and older children, but designed to work with safety sit unnecessarily close to any not for young children and infants. belts, not replace them. Also, airbag, as you would be if sitting Neither the vehicles safety belt airbags are not designed to inflate on the edge of the seat or leaning system nor its airbag system is in every crash. In some crashes forward. Safety belts help keep designed for them. Young safety belts are the only restraint. you in position before and during children and infants need the See When Should an Airbag a crash. Always wear a safety protection that a child restraint Inflate? on page 3‑21. belt, even with airbags. The driver system can provide. Always should sit as far back as possible secure children properly in the Wearing your safety belt during a while still maintaining control of vehicle. To read how, see Older crash helps reduce the chance of the vehicle. Children on page 3‑30 or Infants hitting things inside the vehicle or and Young Children on being ejected from it. Airbags are Occupants should not lean on or sleep against the door or side page 3‑32. “supplemental restraints” to the safety belts. Everyone in the windows in seating positions with vehicle should wear a safety belt seat-mounted side impact airbags properly, whether or not there is and/or roof-rail airbags. an airbag for that person.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Seats and Restraints 3-19 Where Are the Airbags? There is an airbag readiness light on the instrument panel cluster, which shows the airbag symbol. The system checks the airbag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See Airbag The front outboard passenger Readiness Light on page 5‑12 for frontal airbag is in the passenger more information. The driver frontal airbag is in the side instrument panel. center of the steering wheel.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 3-20 Seats and Restraints { WARNING If something is between an occupant and an airbag, the airbag might not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person causing severe injury or even death. The path of an inflating airbag must be kept clear. Do not put anything between an occupant and an Driver Side shown, Passenger Driver Side shown, Passenger airbag, and do not attach or put Side similar Side similar anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other The driver and front outboard The roof-rail airbags for the driver, airbag covering. passenger seat-mounted side front outboard passenger, and impact airbags are in the side of the second row outboard passengers Do not use seat accessories seatbacks closest to the door. are in the ceiling above the side that block the inflation path of a windows. seat-mounted side impact airbag. Never secure anything to the roof of a vehicle with roof-rail airbags by routing a rope or tie‐down through any door or window opening. If you do, the path of an inflating roof-rail airbag will be blocked.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Seats and Restraints 3-21 When Should an Airbag whether the object is fixed or crashes depending on the location moving, rigid or deformable, narrow of the impact. Seat-mounted side Inflate? or wide. impact and roof-rail airbags will Frontal airbags are designed to Thresholds can also vary with inflate if the crash severity is above inflate in moderate to severe frontal specific vehicle design. the systems designed threshold or near frontal crashes to help level. The threshold level can vary reduce the potential for severe Frontal airbags are not intended to with specific vehicle design. injuries, mainly to the drivers or inflate during vehicle rollovers, rear impacts, or in many side impacts. Seat-mounted side impact and right front passengers head and roof-rail airbags are not intended to chest. However, they are only In addition, the vehicle has inflate in frontal impacts, near-frontal designed to inflate if the impact dual-stage frontal airbags. impacts, rollovers, or rear impacts. exceeds a predetermined Dual-stage airbags adjust the A seat-mounted side impact airbag deployment threshold. Deployment restraint according to crash severity. is intended to inflate on the side of thresholds are used to predict how The vehicle has electronic frontal the vehicle that is struck. A roof-rail severe a crash is likely to be in time sensors, which help the sensing airbag is intended to inflate on the for the airbags to inflate and help system distinguish between a side of the vehicle that is struck. restrain the occupants. moderate frontal impact and a more severe frontal impact. For moderate In any particular crash, no one Whether the frontal airbags will or can say whether an airbag should should inflate is not based primarily frontal impacts, dual-stage airbags inflate at a level less than full have inflated simply because of the on how fast the vehicle is traveling. vehicle or repair costs. For frontal It depends on what is hit, the deployment. For more severe frontal impacts, full deployment occurs. airbags, inflation is determined by direction of the impact, and how what the vehicle hits, the angle of quickly the vehicle slows down. The vehicle has seat-mounted side the impact, and how quickly Frontal airbags may inflate at impact and roof-rail airbags. See the vehicle slows down. For different crash speeds depending on Airbag System on page 3‑17. seat-mounted side impact and whether the vehicle hits an object Seat-mounted side impact and roof-rail airbags, deployment is straight on or at an angle, and roof-rail airbags are intended to determined by the location and inflate in moderate to severe side severity of the side impact.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 3-22 Seats and Restraints What Makes an Airbag Airbags supplement the protection Roof-rail airbags may still be at least provided by safety belts by partially inflated for some time after Inflate? distributing the force of the they inflate. Some components of In a deployment event, the sensing impact more evenly over the the airbag module may be hot for system sends an electrical signal occupants body. several minutes. For location of the triggering a release of gas from the But airbags would not help in airbags, see Where Are the inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the many types of collisions, primarily Airbags? on page 3‑19. airbag causing the bag to break out because the occupants motion is The parts of the airbag that come of the cover. The inflator, the airbag, not toward those airbags. See When into contact with you may be warm, and related hardware are all part of Should an Airbag Inflate? on but not too hot to touch. There may the airbag module. page 3‑21 for more information. be some smoke and dust coming For airbag location, see Where Are Airbags should never be regarded from the vents in the deflated the Airbags? on page 3‑19. as anything more than a supplement airbags. Airbag inflation does not to safety belts. prevent the driver from seeing out of How Does an Airbag the windshield or being able to steer the vehicle, nor does it prevent Restrain? What Will You See after people from leaving the vehicle. In moderate to severe frontal or an Airbag Inflates? near frontal collisions, even belted After the frontal airbags and occupants can contact the steering seat-mounted side impact airbags wheel or the instrument panel. In inflate, they quickly deflate, so moderate to severe side collisions, quickly that some people may not even belted occupants can contact even realize an airbag inflated. the inside of the vehicle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Seats and Restraints 3-23 You can lock the doors, and turn off Additional windshield breakage may { WARNING the interior lamps and hazard also occur from the front outboard warning flashers by using the passenger airbag. When an airbag inflates, there controls for those features. may be dust in the air. This dust . Airbags are designed to inflate could cause breathing problems only once. After an airbag for people with a history of { WARNING inflates, you will need some new asthma or other breathing trouble. parts for the airbag system. A crash severe enough to inflate If you do not get them, the To avoid this, everyone in the the airbags may have also airbag system will not be there vehicle should get out as soon as damaged important functions in to help protect you in another it is safe to do so. If you have the vehicle, such as the fuel crash. A new system will include breathing problems but cannot system, brake and steering airbag modules and possibly get out of the vehicle after an systems, etc. Even if the vehicle other parts. The service manual airbag inflates, then get fresh air appears to be drivable after a for the vehicle covers the need by opening a window or a door. moderate crash, there may be to replace other parts. If you experience breathing concealed damage that could . problems following an airbag The vehicle has a crash sensing make it difficult to safely operate and diagnostic module which deployment, you should seek the vehicle. records information after a medical attention. Use caution if you should attempt crash. See Vehicle Data to restart the engine after a crash Recording and Privacy on The vehicle has a feature that may has occurred. page 13‑19 and Vehicle Data automatically unlock the doors, turn Recording on page 13‑19. on the interior lamps and hazard warning flashers, and shut off the In many crashes severe enough to fuel system after the airbags inflate. inflate the airbag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 3-24 Seats and Restraints . Let only qualified technicians The passenger sensing system work on the airbag systems. works with sensors that are part of Improper service can mean that the front outboard passenger seat. an airbag system will not work The sensors are designed to detect properly. See your dealer for the presence of a properly-seated service. occupant and determine if the front Canada and Mexico outboard passenger frontal airbag Passenger Sensing and seat‐mounted side impact System The words ON and OFF, or the airbag should be allowed to inflate symbol for on and off, are visible or not. The vehicle has a passenger during the system check. If you use sensing system for the front remote start, if equipped, to start the According to accident statistics, outboard passenger position. The vehicle, you may not see the system children are safer when properly passenger airbag status indicator check. When the system check is secured in a rear seat in the correct will light on the instrument panel complete, either the word ON or child restraint for their weight when the vehicle is started. OFF, or the symbol for on or off, will and size. be visible. See Passenger Airbag We recommend that children be Status Indicator on page 5‑13. secured in a rear seat, including: an The passenger sensing system infant or a child riding in a turns off the front outboard rear-facing child restraint; a child passenger frontal airbag and riding in a forward-facing child seat; seat-mounted side impact airbag an older child riding in a booster under certain conditions. No other seat; and children, who are large United States enough, using safety belts. airbag is affected by the passenger sensing system. Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front. This is because the risk to the rear-facing child is so great, if the airbag inflates.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Seats and Restraints 3-25 . The system determines that a { WARNING WARNING (Continued) small child is present in a booster seat. A child in a rear-facing child Secure rear-facing child restraints . A front outboard passenger restraint can be seriously injured in a rear seat, even if the takes his/her weight off of the or killed if the passenger frontal airbag(s) are off. If you secure a seat for a period of time. airbag inflates. This is because forward-facing child restraint in the back of the rear-facing child the front outboard passenger . The front outboard passenger restraint would be very close to seat, always move the seat as far seat is occupied by a smaller the inflating airbag. A child in a back as it will go. It is better to person, such as a child who has forward-facing child restraint can secure the child restraint in a outgrown child restraints. be seriously injured or killed if the rear seat. . There is a critical problem with passenger frontal airbag inflates the airbag system or the and the passenger seat is in a passenger sensing system. The passenger sensing system is forward position. designed to turn off the front When the passenger sensing Even if the passenger sensing outboard passenger airbag and system has turned off the front system has turned off the front seat‐mounted side impact airbag if: outboard passenger frontal airbag outboard passenger airbag(s), no and seat‐mounted side impact . The front outboard passenger system is fail-safe. No one can airbag, the off indicator will light and seat is unoccupied. guarantee that an airbag will not stay lit as a reminder that the . The system determines that an airbags are off. See Passenger inflate under some unusual infant is present in a rear-facing Airbag Status Indicator on circumstance, even though the infant seat. page 5‑13. airbag(s) are off. . The system determines that a (Continued) small child is present in a child restraint.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 3-26 Seats and Restraints The passenger sensing system 4. Reinstall the child restraint is designed to turn on the front { WARNING following the directions outboard passenger frontal airbag provided by the child restraint and seat‐mounted side impact If the airbag readiness light ever manufacturer and refer to airbag anytime the system senses comes on and stays on, it means Securing Child Restraints (Front that a person of adult size is sitting that something may be wrong Passenger Seat) on page 3‑47 properly in the front outboard with the airbag system. To help or Securing Child Restraints passenger seat. avoid injury to yourself or others, (Rear Seat) on page 3‑45. have the vehicle serviced right When the passenger sensing 5. If, after reinstalling the child away. See Airbag Readiness system has allowed the airbags to restraint and restarting the Light on page 5‑12 for more be enabled, the on indicator will light vehicle, the on indicator is still lit, and stay lit as a reminder that the information, including important turn the vehicle off. Then slightly airbags are active. safety information. recline the vehicle seatback For some children who have and adjust the seat cushion, outgrown child restraints and for If the On Indicator Is Lit for a if adjustable, to make sure that very small adults, the passenger Child Restraint the vehicle seatback is not sensing system may or may not turn pushing the child restraint into If a child restraint has been installed the seat cushion. off the front outboard passenger and the on indicator is lit: frontal airbag and seat-mounted Also make sure the child side impact airbag, depending upon 1. Turn the vehicle off. restraint is not trapped under the the person’s seating posture and 2. Remove the child restraint from vehicle head restraint. If this body build. Everyone in the vehicle the vehicle. happens, adjust the head who has outgrown child restraints restraint. See Head Restraints should wear a safety belt 3. Remove any additional items on page 3‑2. properly — whether or not there is from the seat such as blankets, cushions, seat covers, seat 6. Restart the vehicle. an airbag for that person. heaters, or seat massagers.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Seats and Restraints 3-27 If the on indicator is still lit, properly in the seat. Use the Additional Factors Affecting secure the child restraint in a following steps to allow the system System Operation rear seat position in the vehicle to detect that person and enable the and see your dealer. front outboard passenger frontal Safety belts help keep the airbag and seat-mounted side passenger in position on the seat If the Off Indicator Is Lit for an impact airbag: during vehicle maneuvers and Adult-Size Occupant braking, which helps the passenger 1. Turn the vehicle off. sensing system maintain the 2. Remove any additional material passenger airbag status. See from the seat, such as blankets, “Safety Belts” and “Child Restraints” cushions, seat covers, seat in the Index for additional heaters, or seat massagers. information about the importance of proper restraint use. 3. Place the seatback in the fully upright position. A thick layer of additional material, such as a blanket or cushion, 4. Have the person sit upright in or aftermarket equipment such as the seat, centered on the seat seat covers, seat heaters, and seat cushion, with legs comfortably massagers can affect how well extended. the passenger sensing system 5. Restart the vehicle and have the operates. We recommend that you If a person of adult-size is sitting in person remain in this position for not use seat covers or other the front outboard passenger seat, two to three minutes after the on aftermarket equipment except when but the off indicator is lit, it could be indicator is lit. approved by GM for your specific because that person is not sitting vehicle. See Adding Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on page 3‑28 for more information about modifications that can affect how the system operates.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 3-28 Seats and Restraints The operation of the airbag system { WARNING { WARNING can also be affected by changing or moving any parts of the front seats, Stowing of articles under the For up to 10 seconds after the safety belts, airbag sensing and passenger seat or between the vehicle is turned off and the diagnostic module, steering wheel, passenger seat cushion and battery is disconnected, an airbag instrument panel, roof-rail airbag seatback may interfere with the can still inflate during improper modules, ceiling or pillar garnish proper operation of the passenger service. You can be injured if you trim, front sensors, side impact sensing system. are close to an airbag when it sensors, or airbag wiring. inflates. Avoid yellow connectors. Your dealer and the service manual They are probably part of the Servicing the airbag system. Be sure to follow have information about the location of the airbag sensors, sensing and Airbag-Equipped Vehicle proper service procedures, and diagnostic module, and airbag Airbags affect how the vehicle make sure the person performing wiring. should be serviced. There are parts work for you is qualified to do so. In addition, the vehicle has a of the airbag system in several passenger sensing system that places around the vehicle. Your dealer and the service manual have Adding Equipment to the includes sensors as part of the front Airbag-Equipped Vehicle outboard passenger seat. The information about servicing the passenger sensing system may not vehicle and the airbag system. To Adding accessories that change the operate properly if the original seat purchase a service manual, see vehicles frame, bumper system, trim is replaced with non-GM Service Publications Ordering height, front end, or side sheet covers, upholstery, or trim; or with Information on page 13‑16. metal may keep the airbag system GM covers, upholstery, or trim from working properly. designed for a different vehicle. Any object, such as an aftermarket seat
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Seats and Restraints 3-29 heater or a comfort‐enhancing pad Airbag System Check Replacing Airbag System or device, installed under or on top of the seat fabric, could also The airbag system does not need Parts after a Crash interfere with the operation of the regularly scheduled maintenance or passenger sensing system. This replacement. Make sure the airbag readiness light is working. See { WARNING could either prevent proper deployment of the passenger Airbag Readiness Light on A crash can damage the airbag airbag(s) or prevent the passenger page 5‑12 for more information. systems in the vehicle. sensing system from properly Notice: If an airbag covering is A damaged airbag system turning off the passenger airbag(s). damaged, opened, or broken, the may not work properly and See Passenger Sensing System on airbag may not work properly. Do may not protect you and your page 3‑24. not open or break the airbag passenger(s) in a crash, resulting If your vehicle needs to be modified coverings. If there are any in serious injury or even death. To because you have a disability and opened or broken airbag covers, help make sure the airbag you have questions about whether have the airbag covering and/or systems are working properly the modifications will affect the airbag module replaced. For the after a crash, have them vehicles airbag system, or if you location of the airbags, see inspected and any necessary have questions about whether the Where Are the Airbags? on replacements made as soon as airbag system will be affected if the page 3‑19. See your dealer for possible. vehicle is modified for any other service. reason, call Customer Assistance. If an airbag inflates, you will need to See Customer Assistance Offices replace airbag system parts. See (U.S. and Canada) on page 13‑4 or your dealer for service. Customer Assistance Offices (Mexico) on page 13‑5.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 3-30 Seats and Restraints If the airbag readiness light stays on Child Restraints The manufacturers instructions that after the vehicle is started or comes come with the booster seat state the on when you are driving, the airbag weight and height limitations for that system may not work properly. Have Older Children booster. Use a booster seat with a the vehicle serviced right away. See lap-shoulder belt until the child Airbag Readiness Light on passes the fit test below: page 5‑12 for more information. . Sit all the way back on the seat. Do the knees bend at the seat edge? If yes, continue. If no, return to the booster seat. . Buckle the lap-shoulder belt. Does the shoulder belt rest on the shoulder? If yes, continue. If no, try using the rear safety belt comfort guide. See “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides” under Lap-Shoulder Belt on Older children who have outgrown page 3‑11 for more information. booster seats should wear the If the shoulder belt still does not vehicle safety belts. rest on the shoulder, then return to the booster seat.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) Seats and Restraints 3-31 . Does the lap belt fit low and According to accident statistics, snug on the hips, touching the children and infants are safer when thighs? If yes, continue. If no, properly restrained in a child return to the booster seat. restraint system or infant restraint . Can proper safety belt fit be system secured in a rear seating maintained for the length of the position. trip? If yes, continue. If no, In a crash, children who are not return to the booster seat. buckled up can strike other people Q: What is the proper way to who are buckled up, or can be wear safety belts? thrown out of the vehicle. Older children need to use safety belts A: An older child should wear a properly. lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder { WARNING { WARNING belt can provide. The shoulder belt should not cross the face or Never do this. Never do this. neck. The lap belt should fit Never allow a child to wear the snugly below the hips, just Never allow two children to wear safety belt with the shoulder belt touching the top of the thighs. the same safety belt. The safety behind their back. A child can be This applies belt force to the belt cannot properly spread the childs pelvic bones in a crash. seriously injured by not wearing impact forces. In a crash, the two It should never be worn over the the lap-shoulder belt properly. In a children can be crushed together abdomen, which could cause crash, the child would not be and seriously injured. A safety severe or even fatal internal restrained by the shoulder belt. belt must be used by only one injuries in a crash. person at a time. (Continued) Also see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides” under Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 3‑11.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 3-32 Seats and Restraints WARNING (Continued) Infants and Young Airbags plus lap‐shoulder belts offer protection for adults and older Children children, but not for young children The child could move too far Everyone in a vehicle needs and infants. Neither the vehicles forward increasing the chance of protection! This includes infants and safety belt system nor its airbag head and neck injury. The child all other children. Neither the system is designed for them. Every might also slide under the lap distance traveled nor the age and time infants and young children ride belt. The belt force would then be size of the traveler changes the in vehicles, they should have the applied right on the abdomen. need, for everyone, to use safety protection provided by appropriate That could cause serious or fatal restraints. In fact, the law in every child restraints. injuries. The shoulder belt should state in the United States and in Children who are not restrained go over the shoulder and across every Canadian province says properly can strike other people, the chest. children up to some age must be or can be thrown out of the vehicle. restrained while in a vehicle. { WARNING { WARNING Never do this. Children can be seriously injured or strangled if a shoulder belt is Never hold an infant or a child wrapped around their neck and while riding in a vehicle. Due to the safety belt continues to crash forces, an infant or a child tighten. Never leave children will become so heavy it is not unattended in a vehicle and never possible to hold it during a crash. allow children to play with the (Continued) safety belts.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) Seats and Restraints 3-33 WARNING (Continued) { WARNING For example, in a crash at only Never do this. 40 km/h (25 mph), a 5.5 kg (12 lb) Children who are up against, infant will suddenly become a or very close to, any airbag when 110 kg (240 lb) force on a persons it inflates can be seriously injured arms. An infant should be or killed. Never put a rear-facing secured in an appropriate child restraint in the right front restraint. seat. Secure a rear-facing child restraint in a rear seat. It is also better to secure a forward-facing child restraint in a rear seat. If you Q: What are the different types of must secure a forward-facing add-on child restraints? child restraint in the right front A: Add-on child restraints, which seat, always move the front are purchased by the vehicle passenger seat as far back as it owner, are available in four basic will go. types. Selection of a particular restraint should take into consideration not only the childs weight, height, and age but also whether or not the restraint will be compatible with the motor vehicle in which it will be used. For most basic types of child restraints, there are many different models available. When purchasing a child restraint, be
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 3-34 Seats and Restraints sure it is designed to be used in WARNING (Continued) Child Restraint Systems a motor vehicle. If it is, the restraint will have a label saying that it meets federal motor distributed across the strongest vehicle safety standards. part of an infants body, the back and shoulders. Infants should The restraint manufacturers always be secured in rear-facing instructions that come with the child restraints. restraint state the weight and height limitations for a particular child restraint. In addition, there are many kinds of restraints available for children with { WARNING special needs. A young childs hip bones are still so small that the vehicles regular (A) Rear‐Facing Infant Seat { WARNING safety belt may not remain low on the hip bones, as it should. A rear-facing infant seat (A) To reduce the risk of neck and Instead, it may settle up around provides restraint with the seating head injury during a crash, infants the childs abdomen. In a crash, surface against the back of the need complete support. This is the belt would apply force on a infant. because an infants neck is not body area that is unprotected by The harness system holds the infant fully developed and its head any bony structure. This alone in place and, in a crash, acts to weighs so much compared with could cause serious or fatal keep the infant positioned in the the rest of its body. In a crash, an injuries. To reduce the risk of restraint. infant in a rear-facing child serious or fatal injuries during a restraint settles into the restraint, crash, young children should so the crash forces can be always be secured in appropriate (Continued) child restraints.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (35,1) Seats and Restraints 3-35 Securing an Add-On Child Restraint in the Vehicle { WARNING A child can be seriously injured or killed in a crash if the child restraint is not properly secured in the vehicle. Secure the child restraint properly in the vehicle using the vehicle safety belt or LATCH system, following the (B) Forward-Facing Child Seat (C) Booster Seats instructions that came with that A forward-facing child seat (B) A booster seat (C) is a child restraint child restraint and the instructions provides restraint for the childs designed to improve the fit of the in this manual. body with the harness. vehicles safety belt system. A booster seat can also help a child To help reduce the chance of injury, to see out the window. the child restraint must be secured in the vehicle. Child restraint systems must be secured in vehicle seats by lap belts or the lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder belt, or by the LATCH system. See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 3‑38 for more information. Children can be
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (36,1) 3-36 Seats and Restraints endangered in a crash if the child Administration (NHTSA) website to We recommend that children and restraint is not properly secured in locate the nearest child safety seat child restraints be secured in a rear the vehicle. inspection station. For CPST seat, including: an infant or a child When securing an add-on child availability in Canada, check with riding in a rear-facing child restraint; restraint, refer to the instructions Transport Canada or the Provincial a child riding in a forward-facing that come with the restraint which Ministry of Transportation office. child seat; an older child riding in a may be on the restraint itself or in a booster seat; and children, who are Securing the Child Within the large enough, using safety belts. booklet, or both, and to this manual. Child Restraint The child restraint instructions are A label on your sun visor says, important, so if they are not “Never put a rear-facing child seat in available, obtain a replacement { WARNING the front.” This is because the risk to copy from the manufacturer. A child can be seriously injured or the rear-facing child is so great, Keep in mind that an unsecured if the airbag deploys. killed in a crash if the child is not child restraint can move around in a properly secured in the child collision or sudden stop and injure restraint. Secure the child { WARNING people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly following the instructions properly secure any child restraint in A child in a rear-facing child that came with that child restraint. the vehicle— even when no child is restraint can be seriously injured in it. or killed if the right front In some areas of the United States Where to Put the passenger airbag inflates. This is Restraint because the back of the and Canada, Certified Child rear-facing child restraint would Passenger Safety Technicians According to accident statistics, be very close to the inflating (CPSTs) are available to inspect children and infants are safer when and demonstrate how to correctly airbag. A child in a forward-facing properly restrained in a child child restraint can be seriously use and install child restraints. In restraint system or infant restraint the U.S., refer to the National injured or killed if the right front system secured in a rear seating Highway Traffic Safety position. (Continued)
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (37,1) Seats and Restraints 3-37 When securing a child restraint in a Keep in mind that an unsecured WARNING (Continued) rear seating position, study the child restraint can move around in a instructions that came with your collision or sudden stop and injure passenger airbag inflates and the child restraint to make sure it is people in the vehicle. Be sure to passenger seat is in a forward compatible with this vehicle. properly secure any child restraint in position. your vehicle — even when no child Child restraints and booster seats Even if the passenger sensing vary considerably in size, and some is in it. system has turned off the right may fit in certain seating positions If you secure a child restraint in the front passenger frontal airbag, no better than others. Always make left or center rear seat using system is fail-safe. No one can sure the child restraint is properly LATCH, review the following guarantee that an airbag will not secured. illustrations. Depending on where deploy under some unusual Depending on where you place the you place the child restraint, you circumstance, even though it is child restraint and the size of the may not be able to access certain turned off. child restraint, you may not be able safety belt assemblies or LATCH to access adjacent safety belt anchors for additional passengers or Secure rear-facing child child restraints. restraints in a rear seat, even if assemblies or LATCH anchors for the airbag is off. If you secure a additional passengers or child Configurations for Use of Child forward-facing child restraint in restraints. Adjacent seating Restraints the right front seat, always move positions should not be used if the the front passenger seat as far child restraint prevents access to or interferes with the routing of the back as it will go. It is better to safety belt. secure the child restraint in a rear seat. Wherever you install a child restraint, be sure to secure the child See Passenger Sensing System restraint properly. A. Child restraint using LATCH on page 3‑24 for additional B. Child restraint or occupant information. using safety belt
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (38,1) 3-38 Seats and Restraints The LATCH system uses anchors in the vehicle and attachments on the child restraint that are made for use with the LATCH system. Make sure that a LATCH-compatible child restraint is properly installed A. Occupant prohibited A. Child restraint or occupant using the anchors, or use the B. Child restraint using LATCH using safety belt vehicles safety belts to secure the restraint, following the instructions that came with that restraint, and also the instructions in this manual. When installing a child restraint with a top tether, you must also use either the lower anchors or the safety belts to properly secure the A. Child restraint or occupant child restraint. A child restraint must A. Child restraint using LATCH never be installed using only the top using safety belt B. Child restraint or occupant tether and anchor. using safety belt B. Child restraint using LATCH In order to use the LATCH system in C. Child restraint using safety belt Lower Anchors and your vehicle, you need a child or LATCH or occupant using restraint that has LATCH safety belt Tethers for Children attachments. The child restraint (LATCH System) manufacturer will provide you with instructions on how to use the child The LATCH system holds a child restraint and its attachments. The restraint during driving or in a crash. following explains how to attach a This system is designed to make child restraint with these installation of a child restraint easier. attachments in your vehicle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (39,1) Seats and Restraints 3-39 Not all vehicle seating positions or Top Tether Anchor Your child restraint may have a child restraints have lower anchors single tether (A) or a dual tether (C). and attachments or top tether Either will have a single anchors and attachments. attachment (B) to secure the top tether to the anchor. Lower Anchors Some child restraints with top tethers are designed for use with or without the top tether being attached. Others require the top tether always to be attached. In Canada, the law requires that A top tether (A, C) anchors the top forward-facing child restraints have of the child restraint to the vehicle. a top tether, and that the tether be A top tether anchor is built into the attached. Be sure to read and follow vehicle. The top tether the instructions for your child attachment (B) on the child restraint restraint. Lower anchors (A) are metal bars connects to the top tether anchor in built into the vehicle. There are two the vehicle in order to reduce the lower anchors for each LATCH forward movement and rotation of seating position that will the child restraint during driving or in accommodate a child restraint with a crash. lower attachments (B).
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (40,1) 3-40 Seats and Restraints Lower Anchor and Top Tether Anchor Locations To assist in locating the lower anchors, each rear anchor position has a label, near the crease between the seatback and the seat cushion. The top tether anchors are under the covers, behind the rear seat, on Rear Seat the filler panel. Be sure to use an anchor on the same side of the I (Top Tether Anchor): Seating vehicle as the seating position positions with top tether anchors. where the child restraint will be H (Lower Anchor): Seating To assist in locating the top tether placed. positions with two lower anchors. anchors, the top tether anchor Do not secure a child restraint in a symbol is on the cover. position without a top tether anchor if a national or local law requires that the top tether be attached, or if the instructions that come with the child restraint say that the top tether must be attached.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (41,1) Seats and Restraints 3-41 According to accident statistics, children and infants are safer when { WARNING WARNING (Continued) properly restrained in a child restraint system or infant restraint Do not attach more than one child children cannot reach them. Pull system secured in a rear seating restraint to a single anchor. the shoulder belt all the way out position. See Where to Put the Attaching more than one child of the retractor to set the lock, Restraint on page 3‑36 for restraint to a single anchor could if the vehicle has one, after the additional information. cause the anchor or attachment child restraint has been installed. to come loose or even break Securing a Child Restraint during a crash. A child or others Designed for the LATCH could be injured. To reduce the Notice: Do not let the LATCH System risk of serious or fatal injuries attachments rub against the during a crash, attach only one vehicle’s safety belts. This may damage these parts. If necessary, { WARNING child restraint per anchor. move buckled safety belts to If a LATCH-type child restraint is avoid rubbing the LATCH not attached to anchors, the child attachments. restraint will not be able to protect { WARNING Do not fold the empty rear seat the child correctly. In a crash, the with a safety belt buckled. This Children can be seriously injured could damage the safety belt or child could be seriously injured or strangled if a shoulder belt is the seat. Unbuckle and return the or killed. Install a LATCH-type wrapped around their neck and safety belt to its stowed position, child restraint properly using the the safety belt continues to before folding the seat. anchors, or use the vehicle safety tighten. Buckle any unused safety belts to secure the restraint, belts behind the child restraint so following the instructions that came with the child restraint and (Continued) the instructions in this manual.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (42,1) 3-42 Seats and Restraints If you need to secure more than one Instead use the vehicles anchors child restraint in the rear seat, see and child restraint attachments Where to Put the Restraint on to secure the restraints. Some page 3‑36. Depending on where you restraints also use another vehicle place the child restraint, you may anchor to secure a top tether. not be able to access certain safety 1. Attach and tighten the lower belt assemblies or LATCH anchors attachments to the lower for additional passengers or child anchors. If the child restraint restraints. does not have lower You cannot secure three child attachments or the desired restraints using the LATCH anchors seating position does not have in the rear seat at the same time, lower anchors, secure the child but you can install two of them. A. Passenger Side Rear Seat restraint with the top tether and If you want to do this, install one Lower Anchors the safety belts. Refer to your LATCH child restraint in the B. Center Rear Seat Lower child restraint manufacturer passenger-side position, and Anchors instructions and the instructions install the other one either in the in this manual. driver-side position or in the center C. Driver Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors 1.1. Find the lower anchors for position. Refer to the following the desired seating illustration to learn which anchors Make sure to attach the child position. to use. restraint at the proper anchor location. 1.2. Put the child restraint on the seat. This system is designed to make installation of child restraints easier. 1.3. Attach and tighten the lower When using lower anchors, do not attachments on the child use the vehicles safety belts. restraint to the lower anchors.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (43,1) Seats and Restraints 3-43 2. If the child restraint manufacturer 2.3. Route, attach, and tighten recommends that the top tether the top tether according to be attached, attach and tighten the child restraint the top tether to the top tether instructions and the anchor, if equipped. Refer to the following instructions: child restraint instructions and the following steps: 2.1. Find the top tether anchor. Open the cover to expose If the position you are using the anchor. does not have a headrest 2.2. If the position you are using or head restraint and you has an adjustable headrest are using a dual tether, or head restraint , raise it. route the tether over the See Head Restraints on seatback. page 3‑2. If the position you are using does not have a headrest or head restraint and you are using a single tether, route the tether over the seatback.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (44,1) 3-44 Seats and Restraints 3. Before placing a child in the child restraint, make sure it is securely held in place. To check, grasp the child restraint at the LATCH path and attempt to move it side‐to‐side and back‐and‐forth. There should be no more than 2.5 cm (1 in) of movement for proper installation. If the position you are using has an adjustable headrest or head restraint and you are using a single tether, If the position you are using route the tether under has an adjustable headrest the headrest or head or head restraint and you restraint and in between are using a dual tether the headrest or head route the tether under restraint posts. See Head the headrest or head Restraints on page 3‑2. restraint and in between the headrest or head restraint posts. See Head Restraints on page 3‑2.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (45,1) Seats and Restraints 3-45 Replacing LATCH System Securing Child Restraints Do not secure a child seat in a position without a top tether anchor Parts After a Crash (Rear Seat) if a national or local law requires When securing a child restraint in a that the top tether be anchored, or if { WARNING rear seating position, study the the instructions that come with the instructions that came with the child child restraint say that the top strap A crash can damage the LATCH restraint to make sure it is must be anchored. system in the vehicle. A damaged compatible with this vehicle. LATCH system may not properly In Canada, the law requires that If the child restraint has the LATCH forward-facing child restraints have secure the child restraint, system, see Lower Anchors and a top tether, and that the tether be resulting in serious injury or even Tethers for Children (LATCH attached. death in a crash. To help make System) on page 3‑38 for how and If the child restraint does not have sure the LATCH system is where to install the child restraint the LATCH system, you will be working properly after a crash, using LATCH. If a child restraint is see your dealer to have the using the safety belt to secure the secured in the vehicle using a child restraint in this position. Be system inspected and any safety belt and it uses a top tether, necessary replacements made as sure to follow the instructions that see Lower Anchors and Tethers for came with the child restraint. Secure soon as possible. Children (LATCH System) on the child in the child restraint when page 3‑38 for top tether anchor and as the instructions say. If the vehicle has the LATCH system locations. and it was being used during a crash, new LATCH system parts may be needed. New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the LATCH system was not being used at the time of the crash.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (46,1) 3-46 Seats and Restraints If more than one child restraint needs to be installed in the rear seat, be sure to read Where to Put the Restraint on page 3‑36. 1. Put the child restraint on the seat. 2. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicles safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. 3. Push the latch plate into the 4. Pull the shoulder belt all the way buckle until it clicks. out of the retractor to set the Position the release button on lock. When the retractor lock is the buckle so that the safety belt set, the belt can be tightened but could be quickly unbuckled if not pulled out of the retractor. necessary.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (47,1) Seats and Restraints 3-47 6. If the child restraint has a top Securing Child Restraints tether, follow the child restraint manufacturers instructions (Front Passenger Seat) regarding the use of the top This vehicle has airbags. A rear tether. See Lower Anchors and seat is a safer place to secure a Tethers for Children (LATCH forward-facing child restraint. See System) on page 3‑38 for more Where to Put the Restraint on information. page 3‑36. 7. Before placing a child in the In addition, the vehicle has a child restraint, make sure it is passenger sensing system which is securely held in place. To check, designed to turn off the right front grasp the child restraint at the passenger frontal airbag and 5. To tighten the belt, push down safety belt path and attempt seat-mounted side impact airbag on the child restraint, pull the to move it side‐to‐side and under certain conditions. See shoulder portion of the belt to back‐and‐forth. When the child Passenger Sensing System on tighten the lap portion of the belt, restraint is properly installed, page 3‑24 and Passenger Airbag and feed the shoulder belt back there should be no more than Status Indicator on page 5‑13 for into the retractor. When installing 2.5 cm (1 in) of movement. more information, including a forward-facing child restraint, it To remove the child restraint, important safety information. may be helpful to use your knee unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and A label on the sun visor says, to push down on the child let it return to the stowed position. “Never put a rear-facing child seat restraint as you tighten the belt. If the top tether is attached to a top in the front.” This is because the risk Try to pull the belt out of the tether anchor, disconnect it. to the rear-facing child is so great, retractor to make sure the if the airbag deploys. retractor is locked. If the retractor is not locked, repeat Steps 4 and 5.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (48,1) 3-48 Seats and Restraints If the child restraint has the LATCH { WARNING WARNING (Continued) system, see Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH A child in a rear-facing child System) on page 3‑38 for how and restraint can be seriously injured Even if the passenger sensing system has turned off the right where to install the child restraint or killed if the right front using LATCH. If a child restraint is passenger airbag inflates. This front passenger frontal airbag, no secured using a safety belt and it is because the back of the system is fail-safe. No one can uses a top tether, see Lower rear-facing child restraint would guarantee that an airbag will not Anchors and Tethers for Children be very close to the inflating deploy under some unusual (LATCH System) on page 3‑38 for airbag. A child in a forward-facing circumstance, even though it is top tether anchor locations. child restraint can be seriously turned off. Do not secure a child seat in a injured or killed if the right front Secure rear-facing child position without a top tether anchor passenger airbag inflates and the restraints in a rear seat, even if if a national or local law requires passenger seat is in a forward the airbag is off. If you secure a that the top tether be anchored, or if position. forward-facing child restraint in the instructions that come with the (Continued) the right front seat, always move child restraint say that the top strap the front passenger seat as far must be anchored. back as it will go. It is better to secure the child restraint in a rear seat. See Passenger Sensing System on page 3‑24 for additional information.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (49,1) Seats and Restraints 3-49 In Canada, the law requires that 3. Pick up the latch plate, and run forward-facing child restraints have the lap and shoulder portions of a top tether, and that the tether be the vehicles safety belt through attached. or around the restraint. The child You will be using the lap-shoulder restraint instructions will show belt to secure the child restraint in you how. this position. Follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. 1. Move the seat as far back as it will go before securing the forward-facing child restraint. When the passenger sensing 5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way system has turned off the right out of the retractor to set the front passenger frontal airbag lock. When the retractor lock is and seat-mounted side impact set, the belt can be tightened but airbag, the off indicator on the not pulled out of the retractor. passenger airbag status indicator should light and stay lit when you start the vehicle. See 4. Push the latch plate into the Passenger Airbag Status buckle until it clicks. Indicator on page 5‑13. Position the release button on 2. Put the child restraint on the buckle so that the safety belt the seat. could be quickly unbuckled if necessary.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (50,1) 3-50 Seats and Restraints Try to pull the belt out of the If a child restraint has been retractor to make sure the installed and the on indicator is retractor is locked. If the lit, see “If the On Indicator is Lit retractor is not locked, repeat for a Child Restraint” under Steps 5 and 6. Passenger Sensing System on 7. Before placing a child in the page 3‑24 for more information. child restraint, make sure it is To remove the child restraint, securely held in place. To check, unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and grasp the child restraint at the let it return to the stowed position. safety belt path and attempt to move it side‐to‐side and back‐and‐forth. When the child 6. To tighten the belt, push down restraint is properly installed, on the child restraint, pull the there should be no more than shoulder portion of the belt to 2.5 cm (1 in) of movement. tighten the lap portion of the belt, If the airbags are off, the off and feed the shoulder belt back indicator in the passenger airbag into the retractor. When installing status indicator will come on and a forward-facing child restraint, stay on when the vehicle is started. it may be helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Storage 4-1 Storage Storage Glove Box Compartments Pull the handle up to open. Storage Compartments Cupholders Instrument Panel Storage . . . . . 4-1 Instrument Panel Storage Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Front Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 Center Console Storage . . . . . . 4-3 Additional Storage Features Convenience Net . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4 An instrument panel storage area, Removable cupholders are located with a removable liner, is located in front of the center console. above the radio. Slide the latch toward the rear of the vehicle to open the storage area.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 4-2 Storage Front Storage Push down on the cover handle (A) and then forward to access the cupholders. To remove the cupholders: For vehicles with rear seat 1. Press and hold the tab at the cupholders, access them by pulling rear of the cupholders. down on the door at the back of the Storage is available in front of the center console. shift lever. Open it by pushing on 2. Lift up and rearward. It has a storage tray and removable the bottom of the door. To reinstall, place the two forward cupholders. tabs into the slots and push down on the rear of the cupholder.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Storage 4-3 Center Console Storage The armrest on top of the center console can be adjusted to a rearward, middle, and forward position. Pull or push the front of the armrest to adjust to the desired position. A driver side storage compartment is located near the steering column on the bottom of the instrument The center console storage has a panel. Pull the cover down to open. tray and a main storage area. Pull Pull out to remove for cleaning. up on the latch (A) to access the tray. Pull up on the latch (B) to access the main storage. It is equipped with a removable divider. An additional storage area is in front There may be a storage pocket at of the main storage. the rear of the center console.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 4-4 Storage Additional Storage Features Convenience Net Use the rear convenience net to store small items. The net should not be used to store heavy loads. Push down on the cover handle (A) and then forward to access the storage area.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Instruments and Controls 5-1 Instruments and Passenger Airbag Status Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-13 Vehicle Messages Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . 5-25 Controls Charging System Light . . . . . . 5-14 Malfunction Brake System Messages . . . . Cruise Control Messages . . . . 5-25 5-25 Indicator Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Door Ajar Messages . . . . . . . . . 5-25 Controls Brake System Warning Engine Oil Messages . . . . . . . . 5-25 Steering Wheel Adjustment . . . 5-2 Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17 Engine Power Messages . . . . 5-26 Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . . 5-2 Antilock Brake System (ABS) Fuel System Messages . . . . . . 5-26 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17 Key and Lock Messages . . . . . 5-26 Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . . 5-3 Traction Off Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Lamp Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-26 Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Electronic Stability Control Ride Control System Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 (ESC) Off Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-26 Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Electronic Stability Control Airbag System Messages . . . . 5-28 (ESC)/Traction Control Service Vehicle Messages . . . 5-28 Warning Lights, Gauges, and System (TCS) Indicator/ Tire Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28 Indicators Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Vehicle Reminder Warning Lights, Gauges, and Engine Coolant Temperature Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-29 Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Washer Fluid Messages . . . . . 5-29 Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9 Tire Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-20 Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Engine Oil Pressure Light . . . . 5-20 Vehicle Personalization Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Security Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-21 Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . 5-29 Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . 5-21 Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Cruise Control Light . . . . . . . . . 5-21 Fuel Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Engine Coolant Temperature Information Displays Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11 Driver Information Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . 5-12 Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 Airbag Readiness Light . . . . . . 5-12
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 5-2 Instruments and Controls Controls 4. Pull the lever up to lock the w or x / c (Next/Previous): steering wheel in place. Press to change radio stations, Steering Wheel Do not adjust the steering wheel select tracks on a CD, or to select while driving. tracks and navigate folders on an Adjustment iPod® or USB device. Steering Wheel Controls To change radio stations: . Press and release w or x / c to go to the next or previous radio station stored as a preset. . Press and hold w or x / c to go to the next or previous radio station in the selected band with a strong signal. To select tracks on a CD: Press and release w or x / c to The lever is located on the left side go to the next or previous track. of the steering wheel column. To select tracks on an iPod or USB Vehicles with audio steering wheel device: To adjust the steering wheel: controls could differ depending on 1. Pull the lever down. the vehicles options. Some audio 1. Press and hold w or x / c controls can be adjusted at the while listening to a song until the 2. Move the steering wheel up steering wheel. contents of the current folder or down. e+/e − (Volume): Press to display on the radio display. 3. Pull or push the steering wheel increase or to decrease the radio closer or away from you. volume.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Instruments and Controls 5-3 2. Press and release w or x / c x / c (End/Mute): Press to Windshield Wiper/Washer to scroll up or down the list, then reject an incoming call, or end a press and hold w to play the current call. Press to silence the highlighted track. vehicle speakers only. Press again to turn the sound on. To navigate folders on an iPod or USB device: b / g (Voice Recognition): For vehicles with Bluetooth or OnStar® ® 1. Press and hold w or x / c systems press and hold b / g for while listening to a song until the longer than two seconds to interact The windshield wiper lever is on the contents of the current folder with those systems. See Bluetooth right side of the steering wheel. display on the radio display. on page 7‑23 and OnStar Overview Move the lever to control the on page 14‑1 for more information. 2. Press and hold x / c to go windshield wipers. back to the previous folder list. 9 (Off): Turns the windshield Horn 3. Press and release w or x / c wipers off. to scroll up or down the list. Press a on the steering wheel pad 3 (Intermittent; Speed Sensitive to sound the horn. Wipers): For intermittent or speed . To select a folder, press sensitive operation. While in this and hold w when the folder position, turn the x band up or is highlighted. down to vary frequency. . To go back further in the folder list, press and The amount of delay time varies between wiping cycles due to the hold x / c. delay setting selected or the speed of the vehicle. As vehicle speed is increased or decreased, the wiper interval also increases or decreases.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 5-4 Instruments and Controls 6 (Low Speed): Slow wipes. Windshield Washer Compass 1 (High Speed): Fast wipes. Press the button at the end of the windshield wiper lever until the Compass Operation 8 (Mist): Single wipe, move the washers begin. Press O on the rearview mirror to lever down, then release it. Several wipes, hold the lever down. turn the compass display on or off. Clear ice and snow from the wiper { WARNING When the ignition and the compass blades before using them. In freezing weather, do not use feature are on, the compass the washer until the windshield is displays the current compass If frozen to the windshield, carefully direction after a few seconds. loosen or thaw them. Damaged warmed. Otherwise the washer wiper blades should be replaced. fluid can form ice on the Compass Calibration windshield, blocking your vision. Heavy snow or ice can overload the If after a few seconds the display wiper motor. A circuit breaker stops does not show a compass direction, the motor until it cools. If the motor When the button is released, the (N for North for example), there may gets stuck, turn the wipers off, clear washers stop, but the wipers be a strong magnetic field away the snow or ice, and then turn continue to wipe about three times interfering with the compass. the wipers back on. or resume the previous speed. Interference can be caused by a magnetic antenna mount, note pad As an added safety feature, if the holder, or similar object. If the wipers are on for more than letter C appears in the compass 15 seconds, the vehicles window, the compass may need to headlamps turn on automatically. be reset or calibrated. They turn off 15 seconds after the wipers are turned off. The mirror can be calibrated by driving the vehicle very slowly, in circles, until the display reads a direction.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Instruments and Controls 5-5 Compass Variance Clock The mirror is set in zone eight. It is Without Date Display necessary to adjust the compass to compensate for compass variance if AM/FM Base Radio with a Single the vehicle is driven outside zone CD Player eight. Under certain circumstances, To set the time: such as a long distance, cross-country trip, it is necessary to 1. Turn the ignition key to ACC/ adjust the compass variance. ACCESSORY or ON/RUN. To adjust for compass variance: Press the O knob to turn the radio on. 1. Find your current location and variance zone number on the 2. Press the H button until the hour 2. Press and hold O until a zone zone map that follows. begins flashing on the display. number displays. Press the H button a second 3. Once the zone number displays, time and the minute begins press O repeatedly until the flashing on the display. correct zone number is reached. 3. While either the hour or the If C appears in the compass minute numbers are flashing, window, the compass may need calibration. See “Compass turn the f knob to increase or Calibration” listed previously. decrease the time.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 5-6 Instruments and Controls 4. Press the H button again until 2. Press the H button and the HR, The date does not automatically the clock display stops flashing MIN, MM, DD, YYYY (hour, display. To see the date press H to set the currently displayed minute, month, day, and year) while the radio is on. The date with time; otherwise, the flashing displays. display times out after a few stops after five seconds and the 3. Press the softkey located below seconds and goes back to the current time displayed is any one of the tabs that you normal radio and time display. automatically set. want to change. To change the time default setting To change the time default setting 4. To increase the time or date do from 12 hour to 24 hour or to from 12 hour to 24 hour, press the one of the following: change the date default setting from H button until 12H or 24H is month/day/year to day/month/year: displayed. Once 12H or 24H is . Press the softkey located below the selected tab. 1. Press the H button and then the displayed, turn the f knob to the softkey located below the desired option to select the setting. . Press the ¨ SEEK, forward arrow label. Once the Press the H button again to apply or FWD button. time 12H and 24H, and the date the setting, or let the screen MM/DD/YYYY (month, day, and time out. . Turn the f knob clockwise. year) and DD/MM/YYYY (day, 5. To decrease the time or date do month, and year) displays. With Date Display one of the following: 2. Press the softkey located below Radio with CD (MP3) and USB the desired option. Port, and Radio with Single CD . Press the © SEEK (MP3) Player or s REV button. 3. Press the H button again to To set the time and date: apply the selected default, or let . Turn the f knob the screen time out. 1. Turn the ignition key to ACC/ counterclockwise. ACCESSORY or ON/RUN. Press the O knob to turn the radio on.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Instruments and Controls 5-7 Power Outlets Notice: Leaving electrical Power Outlet 110 Volt equipment plugged in for an Alternating Current Accessory power outlets can be extended period of time while used to plug in electrical equipment, the vehicle is off will drain the The vehicle may have a power such as a cell phone or MP3 player. battery. Always unplug electrical outlet that can be used to plug in equipment when not in use and electrical equipment that uses a There are two accessory power do not plug in equipment that maximum limit of 150 watts. outlets. One accessory power outlet is located inside the storage bin exceeds the maximum 20 ampere below the climate controls and the rating. other outlet is on the rear of the Certain electrical accessories may center storage console. not be compatible with the Remove the cover to access and accessory power outlet and could replace when not in use. The overload vehicle or adapter fuses. accessory power outlet is If a problem is experienced, see operational at all times. your dealer. When adding electrical equipment, { WARNING be sure to follow the proper installation instructions included Power is always supplied to the with the equipment. See Add-On outlets. Do not leave electrical Electrical Equipment on page 9‑45. The power outlet is located on the equipment plugged in when the Notice: Hanging heavy rear of the center console. vehicle is not in use because the equipment from the power outlet vehicle could catch fire and cause An indicator light on the outlet can cause damage not covered comes on when in use. The ignition injury or death. by the vehicle warranty. The must be in ON/RUN and equipment power outlets are designed for requiring less than 150 watts is accessory power plugs only, such plugged into the outlet, and no as cell phone charge cords. system fault is detected.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 5-8 Instruments and Controls If you try to connect equipment Warning Lights, Gauges can indicate when there using more than 150 watts or a could be a problem with a vehicle system fault is detected, a Gauges, and function. Often gauges and warning protection circuit shuts off the power lights work together to indicate a supply and the indicator light turns Indicators problem with the vehicle. off. To reset the circuit, unplug the Warning lights and gauges can When one of the warning lights item and plug it back in or turn the signal that something is wrong comes on and stays on while Remote Accessory Power (RAP) off before it becomes serious enough driving, or when one of the gauges and then back on. See Retained to cause an expensive repair or shows there may be a problem, Accessory Power (RAP) on replacement. Paying attention to the check the section that explains what page 9‑18. The power restarts when warning lights and gauges could to do. Follow this manuals advice. equipment that operates within the prevent injury. Waiting to do repairs can be costly limit is plugged into the outlet and a Warning lights come on when there and even dangerous. system fault is not detected. could be a problem with a vehicle The power outlet is not designed for function. Some warning lights come and may not work properly if the on briefly when the engine is started following are plugged in: to indicate they are working. . Equipment with high initial peak wattage such as: compressor-driven refrigerators and electric power tools. . Other equipment requiring an extremely stable power supply such as: microcomputer-controlled electric blankets, touch sensor lamps, etc.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Instruments and Controls 5-9 Instrument Cluster English shown, Metric similar
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 5-10 Instruments and Controls Speedometer Trip Odometer Fuel Gauge The speedometer shows the The trip odometer can show how far vehicles speed in either kilometers the vehicle has been driven since per hour (km/h) or miles per the trip odometer was last reset. hour (mph). The trip odometer is accessed and reset through the Driver Information Odometer Center (DIC). See Driver The odometer shows how far the Information Center (DIC) on vehicle has been driven, in either page 5‑22 for more information. kilometers or miles. This vehicle has a tamper‐resistant Tachometer odometer. The digital odometer will The tachometer displays the engine read 999,999 if it is turned back. speed in revolutions per Metric If the vehicle needs a new odometer minute (rpm). installed, it must be set to the Notice: If the engine is operated mileage total of the old odometer. with the tachometer in the shaded If that is not possible, then it must warning area, the vehicle could be set at zero and a label must be be damaged, and the damages put on the driver door to show the would not be covered by the old mileage reading when the new vehicle warranty. Do not operate odometer was installed. the engine with the tachometer in the shaded warning area. English
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Instruments and Controls 5-11 When the ignition is on, the fuel . The indicator moves a little while gauge shows how much fuel is left turning a corner or speeding up. in the fuel tank. When the indicator . The gauge goes back to empty nears empty, a message in the when the ignition is turned off. Driver Information Center (DIC) displays. See Fuel System Engine Coolant Messages on page 5‑26 for more information. The vehicle still has a Temperature Gauge little fuel left, but the vehicle should be fueled soon. An arrow on the fuel gauge indicates the side of the vehicle the fuel door is on. Here are four things that some English owners ask about. These are This gauge shows the engine normal and do not indicate a coolant temperature. If the pointer problem with the fuel gauge: moves towards the H (United . At the service station, the gas States) or to the shaded thermostat pump shuts off before the gauge symbol area (Canada), the engine is reads full. too hot. . It takes a little more or less fuel Metric A temperature indicator light turns to fill up than the gauge on and a chime sounds. indicated. For example, the The vehicle is operated under gauge may have indicated the normal driving conditions and the fuel tank was half full, but it temperature indicator light comes actually took a little more or less on, pull off the road, stop the than half the fuel tanks capacity vehicle, and turn off the engine as to fill it. soon as possible.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 5-12 Instruments and Controls Safety Belt Reminders Passenger Safety Belt The passenger safety belt reminder Reminder Light light and chime may turn on if an Driver Safety Belt Reminder object is put on the seat such as a Light briefcase, handbag, grocery bag, laptop, or other electronic device. To turn off the reminder light and/or chime, remove the object from the seat or buckle the safety belt. For vehicles equipped with the Airbag Readiness Light passenger safety belt reminder light, The system checks the airbags When the engine is started, a chime several seconds after the engine is electrical system for possible sounds for several seconds to started, a chime sounds for several malfunctions. If the light stays on it remind a driver to fasten the safety seconds to remind the front indicates there is an electrical belt. Unless the driver safety belt is passenger to buckle their safety problem. The system check includes already buckled. belt. The passenger safety belt light the airbag sensor(s), passenger The safety belt light comes on and flashes and then stays on solid until sensing system, the pretensioners, stays on for several seconds, then the belt is buckled. This cycle the airbag modules, the wiring, and flashes for several more. continues several times if the the crash sensing and diagnostic passenger remains or becomes module. For more information on the This chime and light are repeated if unbuckled while the vehicle is airbag system, see Airbag System the driver remains unbuckled and moving. on page 3‑17. the vehicle is in motion. If the passenger safety belt is If the driver safety belt is buckled, buckled, neither the chime nor the neither the light nor the chime light comes on. comes on.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Instruments and Controls 5-13 If there is a problem with the airbag system, a Driver Information Center (DIC) message can also come on. See Airbag System Messages on page 5‑28 for more information. The airbag readiness light comes on Passenger Airbag Status Canada and Mexico solid for a few seconds when the Indicator When the vehicle is started, the engine is started. If the light does The vehicle has a passenger passenger airbag status indicator not come on then, have it fixed sensing system. See Passenger will light ON and OFF, or the symbol immediately. Sensing System on page 3‑24 for for on and off, for several seconds important safety information. The as a system check. If you are using { WARNING instrument panel has a passenger remote start to start the vehicle from airbag status indicator. a distance, if equipped, you may not If the airbag readiness light stays see the system check. Then, after on after the vehicle is started or several more seconds, the status comes on while driving, it means indicator will light either ON or OFF, the airbag system might not be or either the on or off symbol to let working properly. The airbags in you know the status of the right front the vehicle might not inflate in a passenger frontal and seat-mounted crash, or they could even inflate side impact airbags. without a crash. To help avoid United States If the word ON or the on symbol is injury, have the vehicle serviced lit on the passenger airbag status right away. indicator, it means that the right front passenger frontal airbag and seat-mounted side impact airbag are enabled (may inflate).
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 5-14 Instruments and Controls If the word OFF or the off symbol is Charging System Light Malfunction lit on the passenger airbag status indicator, it means that the Indicator Lamp passenger sensing system has A computer system called OBD II turned off the right front passenger (On-Board Diagnostics-Second frontal and seat-mounted side Generation) monitors the operation impact airbag. of the vehicle to ensure emissions If, after several seconds, both status are at acceptable levels, to produce indicator lights remain on, or if there a cleaner environment. This light This light comes on briefly when the comes on when the vehicle is are no lights at all, there may be a ignition key is turned to START, but problem with the lights or the placed in ON/RUN, as a check to the engine is not running, as a show it is working. If it does not, passenger sensing system. See check to show it is working. your dealer for service. have the vehicle serviced by your If it does not, have the vehicle dealer. See Ignition Positions on serviced by your dealer. page 9‑15 for more information. { WARNING The light should go out once the If the airbag readiness light ever engine starts. If it stays on, comes on and stays on, it means or comes on while driving, there that something may be wrong could be a problem with the with the airbag system. To help charging system. This light could avoid injury to yourself or others, indicate that there are problems with have the vehicle serviced right a generator drive belt, or that there away. See Airbag Readiness is an electrical problem. Have it If the malfunction indicator lamp checked right away. If the vehicle comes on and stays on while the Light on page 5‑12 for more must be driven a short distance with engine is running, this indicates that information, including important the light on, turn off accessories, there is an OBD II problem and safety information. service is required. such as the radio and air conditioner.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Instruments and Controls 5-15 Malfunctions often are indicated by these systems could lead to If the light continues to flash, stop the system before any problem is costly repairs not covered by the and park the vehicle. Turn the apparent. Being aware of the light vehicle warranty. This could also vehicle off, wait at least 10 seconds, can prevent more serious damage result in a failure to pass a and restart the engine. If the light is to the vehicle. This system assists required Emission Inspection/ still flashing, follow the previous the service technician in correctly Maintenance test. See steps and see your dealer for diagnosing any malfunction. Accessories and Modifications on service as soon as possible. Notice: If the vehicle is page 10‑3. Light On Steady: An emission continually driven with this light This light comes on during a control system malfunction has on, the emission controls might malfunction in one of two ways: been detected on the vehicle. not work as well, the vehicle fuel Light Flashing: A misfire condition Diagnosis and service might be economy might not be as good, has been detected. A misfire required. and the engine might not run as increases vehicle emissions and The following may correct an smoothly. This could lead to could damage the emission control emission system malfunction: costly repairs that might not be system on the vehicle. Diagnosis covered by the vehicle warranty. . Check that the fuel cap is fully and service might be required. installed. See Filling the Tank on Notice: Modifications made to the To prevent more serious damage to page 9‑37. The diagnostic engine, transmission, exhaust, the vehicle: system can determine if the fuel intake, or fuel system of the cap has been left off or vehicle or the replacement of the . Reduce vehicle speed. improperly installed. A loose or original tires with other than . Avoid hard accelerations. missing fuel cap allows fuel to those of the same Tire evaporate into the atmosphere. Performance Criteria (TPC) can . Avoid steep uphill grades. A few driving trips with the cap affect the vehicles emission . If towing a trailer, reduce the properly installed should turn the controls and can cause this light amount of cargo being hauled as light off. to come on. Modifications to soon as it is possible.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 5-16 Instruments and Controls . Check that good quality fuel is Emissions Inspection and while the engine is off. See your used. Poor fuel quality causes Maintenance Programs dealer for assistance in verifying the engine not to run as proper operation of the efficiently as designed and may Some local governments may have malfunction indicator lamp. cause stalling after start-up, programs to inspect the on-vehicle . The OBD II (On-Board stalling when the vehicle is emission control equipment. For the changed into gear, misfiring, inspection, the emission system test Diagnostics) system determines hesitation on acceleration, equipment is connected to the that critical emission control or stumbling on acceleration. vehicle’s Data Link systems have not been These conditions might go away Connector (DLC). completely diagnosed. The once the engine is warmed up. vehicle would be considered not ready for inspection. This can If one or more of these conditions happen if the 12-volt battery has occurs, change the fuel brand used. recently been replaced or run It will require at least one full tank of down. The diagnostic system is the proper fuel to turn the light off. designed to evaluate critical See Recommended Fuel on emission control systems during page 9‑34. normal driving. This can take The DLC is under the instrument several days of routine driving. If none of the above have made the panel to the left of the steering If this has been done and the light turn off, your dealer can check wheel. See your dealer if assistance vehicle still does not pass the the vehicle. The dealer has the is needed. inspection for lack of OBD II proper test equipment and system readiness, your dealer diagnostic tools to fix any The vehicle may not pass inspection if: can prepare the vehicle for mechanical or electrical problems inspection. that might have developed. . The malfunction indicator lamp is on with the engine running, or if the light does not come on when the ignition is turned to ON/RUN
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Instruments and Controls 5-17 Brake System Warning When the ignition is on, the brake Light system warning light also comes on { WARNING when the parking brake is set. The The vehicle brake system consists light stays on if the parking brake The brake system might not be of two hydraulic circuits. If one does not fully release . If it stays on working properly if the brake circuit is not working, the remaining after the parking brake is fully system warning light is on. circuit can still work to stop the released, it means there is a brake Driving with the brake system vehicle. For normal braking problem. warning light on can lead to a performance, both circuits need to crash. If the light is still on after The Driver Information Center (DIC) be working. the vehicle has been pulled off may display a BRAKE FLUID the road and carefully stopped, If the warning light comes on, there message. See Brake System Messages on page 5‑25 for more have the vehicle towed for is a brake problem. Have the brake system inspected right away. information. service. If the light comes on while driving, pull off the road and carefully stop. Antilock Brake System The brake pedal may be harder to (ABS) Warning Light push or the pedal may go closer to the floor. It may take longer to stop. Try turning off and restarting the Metric English vehicle one or two times, if the light is still on, have the vehicle towed for This light comes on briefly when the service. See Towing the Vehicle on ignition key is turned to ON/RUN. page 10‑79 If it does not come on then, have it fixed so it will be ready to warn if For vehicles with the Antilock Brake there is a problem. System (ABS), this light comes on briefly when the engine is started.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 5-18 Instruments and Controls If it does not, have the vehicle Traction Off Light See Traction Control System (TCS) serviced by your dealer. If the on page 9‑27 and Electronic system is working normally, the Stability Control (ESC) on indicator light then goes off. page 9‑29 for more information. If the ABS light stays on, turn the ignition off. If the light comes on Electronic Stability while driving, stop as soon as it is Control (ESC) Off Light safely possible and turn the ignition off. Then start the engine again to This light comes on briefly while reset the system. If the ABS light starting the engine. If it does not, stays on, or comes on again while have the vehicle serviced by your driving, the vehicle needs service. dealer. If the system is working If the regular brake system warning normally, the indicator light then light is not on, the vehicle still has turns off. brakes, but not antilock brakes. The traction off light comes on when This light comes on briefly while If the regular brake system warning the Traction Control System (TCS) starting the engine. If it does not, light is also on, the vehicle does not has been turned off by pressing and have the vehicle serviced by your have antilock brakes and there is a releasing the traction control button. dealer. problem with the regular brakes. See Brake System Warning Light on This light and the Electronic Stability This light comes on when the page 5‑17. Control (ESC) Off light come on Electronic Stability Control (ESC) when ESC is turned off. system is turned off. If ESC is off, For vehicles with a Driver the Traction Control System (TCS) Information Center (DIC), see Brake If the TCS is off, wheelspin is not is also off. System Messages on page 5‑25 for limited. Adjust driving accordingly. all brake-related DIC messages.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Instruments and Controls 5-19 If the TCS is off, the system does If the light does not come on, have Engine Coolant not assist in controlling the vehicle. the vehicle serviced by the dealer. Turn on the TCS and the ESC If the system is working normally, Temperature Warning systems and the warning light the indicator light turns off. Light turns off. If the light is on and not flashing, the See Traction Control System (TCS) TCS, and potentially the ESC on page 9‑27 and Electronic system have been disabled. A DIC Stability Control (ESC) on message may display. Check the page 9‑29 for more information DIC messages to determine which feature(s) is no longer functioning Electronic Stability and whether the vehicle requires service. This light comes on briefly while Control (ESC)/Traction starting the vehicle. Control System (TCS) If the indicator/warning light is on and flashing, the TCS and/or the If it does not, have the vehicle Indicator/Warning Light StabiliTrak system is actively serviced by the dealer. If the system working. is working normally the indicator light goes off. See Traction Control System (TCS) on page 9‑27 and Electronic Notice: Driving with the engine Stability Control (ESC) on coolant temperature warning light page 9‑29 for more information. on could cause the vehicle to overheat. See Engine Overheating on page 10‑17. The vehicles The Electronic Stability Control engine could be damaged, and it (ESC) or the Traction Control might not be covered by the System (TCS) indicator/warning vehicle warranty. Never drive with light comes on briefly when the the engine coolant temperature engine is started. warning light on.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 5-20 Instruments and Controls The engine coolant temperature A Driver Information Center (DIC) Check the oil level as soon as warning light comes on when the tire pressure message may also possible. Add oil if required, but engine has overheated. display. See Vehicle Messages on if the oil level is within the If this happens pull over and turn off page 5‑25 for more information. operating range and the oil the engine as soon as possible. See Stop as soon as possible, and pressure is still low, have the Engine Overheating on page 10‑17 inflate the tires to the pressure value vehicle serviced. Always follow for more information. shown on the Tire and Loading the maintenance schedule for Information label. See Tire Pressure changing engine oil. on page 10‑45 for more information. Tire Pressure Light When the Light Flashes First and Then Is On Steady If the light flashes for about a minute and then stays on, there may be a problem with the TPMS. If the problem is not corrected, the light The oil pressure light should come will come on at every ignition cycle. on briefly as the engine is started. For vehicles with the Tire Pressure See Tire Pressure Monitor If it does not come on, have the Monitor System (TPMS), this light Operation on page 10‑48 for more vehicle serviced by your dealer. comes on briefly when the engine is information. started. It provides information If the light comes on and stays on, it about tire pressures and the TPMS. Engine Oil Pressure Light means that oil is not flowing through the engine properly. The vehicle When the Light Is On Steady Notice: Lack of proper engine oil could be low on oil and might have This indicates that one or more of maintenance can damage the some other system problem. See the tires are significantly engine. Driving with the engine your dealer. underinflated. oil low can also damage the engine. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Instruments and Controls 5-21 Security Light of the monitored entry points is not Cruise Control Light closed. The light will stay on if the alarm is arming and all entry points are closed. For information regarding this light and the vehicles security system, see Anti-theft Alarm System on page 2‑11. The security light should come on The cruise control light comes on briefly as the engine is started. If the High-Beam On Light whenever the cruise control is set. system is working normally, the The light goes out when the cruise indicator light turns off. If it does not control is turned off. See Cruise come on, have the vehicle serviced Control on page 9‑31 for more by your dealer. information. If the light stays on and the engine does not start, there could be a problem with the theft-deterrent system. The high‐beam on light comes on when the high-beam headlamps are This light is also used to indicate the in use. status of the anti-theft alarm system when the ignition is turned off. The See Headlamp High/Low-Beam light will flash rapidly if the alarm Changer on page 6‑2 for more system is arming and one or more information.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 5-22 Instruments and Controls Information Displays Press and hold the information and reset buttons at the same time for one second, then release the Driver Information buttons to enter the personalization Center (DIC) menu. See Vehicle Personalization on page 5‑29 for more information. Your vehicle has a Driver Information Center (DIC). The DIC The DIC comes on when the ignition display gives you the status of many is on. The DIC has different modes of your vehicles systems. The DIC which can be accessed by pressing is also used to display driver the DIC buttons. The button personalization menu modes and functions are detailed in the warning/status messages. All following. messages will appear in the DIC The DIC buttons are located on the display, located at the bottom of the Information Modes left side of the steering wheel. instrument panel cluster. INFO (Information): Press this INFO (Information): Press this button to scroll through the following button to scroll through the vehicle vehicle information modes: information mode displays. r (Reset): Press this button to Outside Air Temperature reset some vehicle information The outside air temperature will be mode displays, select a displayed at the same time as the personalization menu mode setting, Odometer and the Trip Odometer. or acknowledge a warning message.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Instruments and Controls 5-23 The temperature outside of the Trip Odometer When the fuel level is low, FUEL vehicle will be displayed in either Press the information button until RANGE LOW displays. degrees Celsius (°C) or degrees the outside air temperature along The fuel economy data used to Fahrenheit (°F). The outside air with A or B displays. These modes determine fuel range is an average temperature appears on the left side show the current distance traveled of recent driving conditions. As your of the DIC display and the since the last reset for each trip driving conditions change, this data odometer, or trip odometer, appears odometer in either kilometers (km) is gradually updated. The FUEL on the right side of the display. or miles (mi). Both odometers can RANGE mode cannot be reset. Odometer be used at the same time. MPG (L/100 KM) AVG (Average) Press the information button until To reset the trip odometer to zero, press and hold the reset button for a Press the information button until the outside air temperature and the MPG (L/100 KM) AVG displays. This odometer displays. This mode few seconds while the desired trip odometer is displayed. mode shows how many liters per shows the total distance the vehicle 100 kilometers (L/100 km) or miles has been driven in either FUEL RANGE per gallon (mpg) your vehicle is kilometers (km) or miles (mi). getting based on current and past Press the information button until To change the DIC display to FUEL RANGE displays. This mode driving conditions. English or metric units, see “UNITS” shows the remaining distance you To reset the average fuel economy, under Vehicle Personalization on can drive without refueling in either press and hold the reset button page 5‑29. kilometers (km) or miles (mi). It is while MPG (L/100 KM) AVG is based on fuel economy and the fuel displayed. Average fuel economy is remaining in the tank. then calculated starting from that point. If the average fuel economy is not reset, it is continually updated each time you drive.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 5-24 Instruments and Controls MPG (L/100 KM) INST OIL LIFE Tire Pressure (Instantaneous) Press the information button until On vehicles with the Tire Pressure Press the information button until OIL LIFE displays. The engine oil Monitor System (TPMS), the MPG (L/100 KM) INST displays. This life system shows an estimate of the pressure for each tire can be viewed mode shows the current fuel oils remaining useful life. It shows in the DIC. The tire pressure is economy at a particular moment 100% when the system is reset after shown in either kilopascals (kPa) or and changes frequently as driving an oil change. It alerts you to pounds per square inch (psi). Press conditions change. This mode change the oil on a schedule the information button until shows the instantaneous fuel consistent with your driving LF ## PSI (kPa) ## RF displays for economy in liters per 100 kilometers conditions. the front tires. Press the information (L/100 km) or miles per gallon In addition to the engine oil life button again until (mpg). Unlike average fuel system monitoring the oil life, LR ## PSI (kPa) ## RR displays for economy, this screen cannot be additional maintenance is the rear tires. reset. recommended in the Maintenance If a low tire pressure condition is AV (Average) SPEED Schedule in this manual. See detected by the system while Engine Oil on page 10‑8 and driving, a message advising you to Press the information button until AV Maintenance Schedule on add air will appear in the display. SPEED displays. This mode shows page 11‑3. See Tire Pressure on page 10‑45 the vehicles average speed in Always reset the engine oil life and Tire Messages on page 5‑28 for kilometers per hour (km/h) or miles system after an oil change. See more information. per hour (mph). “How to Reset the Engine Oil Life To reset the average vehicle speed, System” under Engine Oil Life press and hold the reset button System on page 10‑11. while AV SPEED is displayed.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Instruments and Controls 5-25 Vehicle Messages page 5‑17 for more information. TRUNK AJAR Have the brake system serviced by The following messages appear if This message displays when the your dealer as soon as possible. there is a problem detected in one trunk is not closed completely. Make of your vehicles systems. PUSH PARK PEDAL sure that the trunk is closed completely. See Trunk on page 2‑9 A message clears when the This message displays if the parking for more information. vehicles condition is no longer brake is left engaged. See Parking present. To acknowledge a Brake on page 9‑26 for more information. Engine Oil Messages message and clear it from the display, press and hold any of the CHANGE OIL SOON DIC buttons. If the condition is still Cruise Control Messages This message displays when the life present, the warning message CRUISE ENGAGED of the engine oil has expired and it comes back on the next time the should be changed. vehicle is turned off and back on. This message displays when the With most messages, a warning cruise control system is active. See When this message is chime sounds when the message Cruise Control on page 9‑31 for acknowledged and cleared from the displays. Your vehicle may have more information. display, the engine oil life system other warning messages. must still be reset separately. See Door Ajar Messages Engine Oil Life System on Brake System Messages page 10‑11, Engine Oil on DOOR AJAR page 10‑8, and Maintenance BRAKE FLUID This message displays if one or Schedule on page 11‑3 for more This message displays, while the information. more of the vehicles doors are not ignition is on, when the brake fluid closed properly. Make sure that the level is low. The brake system door(s) are closed completely. warning light on the instrument panel cluster also comes on. See Brake System Warning Light on
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 5-26 Instruments and Controls Engine Power Messages Fuel System Messages Lamp Messages ENG (Engine) PWR (Power) CHECK GAS CAP AUTO (Automatic) REDUCED This message displays if the fuel LIGHTS OFF This message displays when the cap has not been fully tightened. This message displays if the vehicles engine power is reduced. Recheck the fuel cap to make sure automatic headlamp system is Reduced engine power can affect that it is on properly. A few driving disabled with the headlamp switch. the vehicles ability to accelerate. trips with the cap properly installed See Automatic Headlamp System If this message is on, but there is should turn the message off. on page 6‑3 for more information. no reduction in performance, proceed to your destination. The LOW FUEL AUTO (Automatic) LIGHTS ON performance may be reduced the This message displays when your This message displays if the next time the vehicle is driven. The vehicle is low on fuel. Refill the fuel automatic headlamp system is vehicle may be driven at a reduced tank as soon as possible. See Fuel enabled with the headlamp switch. speed while this message is on, but Gauge on page 5‑10, Fuel on See Automatic Headlamp System acceleration and speed may be page 9‑33, and Filling the Tank on on page 6‑3 for more information. reduced. Anytime this message page 9‑37 for more information. stays on, the vehicle should be Ride Control System taken to your dealer for service as Key and Lock Messages Messages soon as possible. KEY FOB BATT (Battery) LOW ESC (Electronic Stability This message displays if the Control) ACTIVE Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) If your vehicle has Electronic transmitter battery is low. Replace Stability Control (ESC), this the battery in the transmitter. message displays and the ESC/TCS See “Battery Replacement” under light on the instrument panel cluster Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) flashes when ESC is assisting you System Operation on page 2‑3.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Instruments and Controls 5-27 with directional control of the See Electronic Stability Control SERVICE ESC (ELECTRONIC vehicle. You may feel or hear the (ESC) on page 9‑29 and Electronic STABILITY CONTROL) system working and see this Stability Control (ESC)/Traction message displayed in the DIC. Control System (TCS) Indicator/ If your vehicle has Electronic Slippery road conditions may exist Warning Light on page 5‑19 for Stability Control (ESC), this when this message is displayed, so more information. message displays and a chime adjust your driving accordingly. This sounds if there has been a problem message may stay on for a few LOW TRACTION detected with ESC. The ESC/TCS seconds after ESC stops assisting light also appears on the instrument If your vehicle has the Traction you with directional control of the panel cluster. This light stays on Control System (TCS), this vehicle. This is normal when the solid as long as the detected message displays and the ESC/TCS system is operating. See Electronic problem remains present. When this light on the instrument panel cluster Stability Control (ESC) on message displays, the system is not flashes when the system is actively page 9‑29 and Electronic Stability working. Adjust your driving limiting wheel spin. Slippery road Control (ESC)/Traction Control accordingly. See Electronic Stability conditions may exist if this message System (TCS) Indicator/Warning Control (ESC) on page 9‑29 and is displayed, so adjust your driving Light on page 5‑19 for more Electronic Stability Control (ESC)/ accordingly. This message stays on information. Traction Control System (TCS) for a few seconds after the system Indicator/Warning Light on stops limiting wheel spin. See ESC (Electronic Stability Traction Control System (TCS) on page 5‑19 for more information. Control) OFF page 9‑27 and Electronic Stability If this message turns on while you If your vehicle has Electronic Control (ESC)/Traction Control are driving, pull off the road as soon Stability Control (ESC), this System (TCS) Indicator/Warning as possible and stop carefully. Try message displays and the ESC/TCS Light on page 5‑19 for more resetting the system by turning the light on the instrument panel cluster information. ignition off and then back on. comes on solid when ESC is turned off. Adjust your driving accordingly.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 5-28 Instruments and Controls If this message still stays on or TRACTION OFF Service Vehicle Messages turns back on again while you are If your vehicle has the Traction ENGINE DISABLED driving, your vehicle needs service. Control System (TCS), this Have the ESC inspected by your This message displays if the starting message displays and the ESC/TCS dealer as soon as possible. of the engine is disabled. Have your light on the instrument panel cluster SERVICE TRACTION comes on solid when the system is vehicle serviced by your dealer turned off. Adjust your driving immediately. If your vehicle has the Traction accordingly. See Traction Control Control System (TCS), this System (TCS) on page 9‑27 and POWER STEERING message displays and a chime Electronic Stability Control (ESC)/ On some vehicles, this message sounds when the system is not Traction Control System (TCS) displays if a problem has been functioning properly. The ESC/TCS Indicator/Warning Light on detected with the electric power light also appears on the instrument page 5‑19 for more information. steering. Have your vehicle serviced panel cluster. This light stays on by your dealer immediately. solid as long as the detected problem remains present. When this Airbag System Messages message displays, the system is not Tire Messages SERVICE AIR BAG working. Adjust your driving SVC (Service) TIRE MONITOR accordingly. See Traction Control This message displays when there System (TCS) on page 9‑27 and is a problem with the airbag system. On vehicles with the Tire Pressure Electronic Stability Control (ESC)/ Have your vehicle serviced by your Monitor System (TPMS), this Traction Control System (TCS) dealer immediately. message displays if a part on the Indicator/Warning Light on TPMS is not working properly. The page 5‑19 for more information. tire pressure light also flashes and Have the system serviced by your then remains on during the same dealer as soon as possible. ignition cycle. See Tire Pressure Light on page 5‑20.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Instruments and Controls 5-29 Several conditions may cause this Vehicle Reminder Vehicle message to appear. See Tire Pressure Monitor Operation on Messages Personalization page 10‑48 for more information. ICE POSSIBLE Your vehicle has personalization If the warning comes on and stays This message displays when the capabilities that allow you to on, there may be a problem with the outside air temperature is cold program certain features to a TPMS. See your dealer. enough to create icy road preferred setting. All of the features TIRE LOW ADD AIR conditions. Adjust your driving listed may not be available on your accordingly. vehicle. Only the features available On vehicles with the Tire Pressure will be displayed on the DIC. Monitor System (TPMS), this message displays when the Washer Fluid Messages The default settings for the features pressure in one or more of the were set when your vehicle left the LOW WASHER FLUID factory, but may have been changed vehicles tires is low on air. The low tire pressure warning light also This message displays when the from their default state since comes on. See Tire Pressure Light vehicles windshield washer fluid is that time. on page 5‑20. If this message low. Fill the windshield washer fluid To change feature settings, use the appears on the DIC, stop as soon reservoir to the proper level as soon following procedure: as you can. Have the tire pressures as possible. See Washer Fluid on checked and set to those shown on page 10‑19. Entering Personalization Menu the Tire Loading Information label. 1. Turn the ignition on while the See Tires on page 10‑38, Vehicle vehicle is stopped. Load Limits on page 9‑10, and Tire Pressure on page 10‑45. The DIC To avoid excessive drain on the also shows the tire pressure values. battery, it is recommended that See Driver Information Center (DIC) the headlamps are turned off. on page 5‑22.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 5-30 Instruments and Controls 2. Press and hold the information “OIL LIFE” under Driver Information REMOTE START and reset buttons at the same Center (DIC) on page 5‑22 for more If your vehicle has remote start, this time for one second, then information. feature allows remote start to be release to enter the turned off or on. Remote start allows personalization menu. UNITS you to start the engine from outside If the vehicle speed is greater This feature allows you to select the of the vehicle using your Remote than 3 km/h (2 mph), only the units of measurement in which the Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. UNITS menu will be accessible. DIC will display the vehicle When REMOTE START appears on information. When UNITS appears the display, press and hold the reset 3. Press the information button to on the display, press and hold the scroll through the available button for at least one second to reset button for at least one second scroll through the available settings: personalization menu modes. to scroll through the available Press the reset button to scroll settings: OFF: The remote start feature will through the available settings for be disabled. ENGLISH (default in United each mode. States): All information will be ON (default): The remote start If you do not make a selection displayed in English units. feature will be enabled. within ten seconds, the display METRIC (default in Canada): All See Remote Vehicle Start on will go back to the previous information will be displayed in page 2‑5 for more information. information displayed. metric units. To select a setting and move on to Personalization Menu Modes To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the the next feature, press the information button while the desired OIL LIFE RESET information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC. When this feature is displayed, you setting is displayed on the DIC. can reset the engine oil life system. To reset the system, see Engine Oil Life System on page 10‑11. See
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) Instruments and Controls 5-31 LOCK HORN UNLOCK HORN LIGHT FLASH This feature, which allows the This feature, which allows the This feature, which allows the vehicles horn to chirp every time vehicles horn to chirp on the first vehicles exterior hazard/turn signal the lock button on the Remote press of the unlock button on the lighting to flash every time the lock, Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter is Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) unlock, or trunk release buttons on pressed, can be enabled or transmitter, can be enabled or the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) disabled. When LOCK HORN disabled. When UNLOCK HORN transmitter are pressed, can be appears on the display, press and appears on the display, press and enabled or disabled. When LIGHT hold the reset button for at least hold the reset button for at least FLASH appears on the display, one second to scroll through the one second to scroll through the press and hold the reset button for available settings: available settings: at least one second to scroll through OFF (default): The horn will not OFF (default): The horn will not the available settings: chirp on the first press of the lock chirp when the unlock button on the OFF: The exterior hazard/turn button on the RKE transmitter. The RKE transmitter is pressed. signal lighting will not flash when horn will still chirp on the second ON: The horn will chirp on the first the lock, unlock, or trunk release press. press of the unlock button on the buttons on the RKE transmitter are ON: The horn will chirp on the first RKE transmitter. pressed. press of the lock button on the RKE See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) ON (default): The exterior hazard/ transmitter. System Operation on page 2‑3 for turn signal lighting will flash when See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) more information. the lock, unlock, or trunk release System Operation on page 2‑3 for buttons on the RKE transmitter are To select a setting and move on to pressed. more information. the next feature, press the To select a setting and move on to information button while the desired See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) the next feature, press the setting is displayed on the DIC. System Operation on page 2‑3 for information button while the desired more information. setting is displayed on the DIC.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 5-32 Instruments and Controls To select a setting and move on to See Power Door Locks on page 2‑7, NONE: None of the doors will the next feature, press the Delayed Locking on page 2‑8, and automatically unlock. You will need information button while the desired Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) to manually unlock the doors. setting is displayed on the DIC. System Operation on page 2‑3 for See Automatic Door Locks on more information. page 2‑8 for more information. DELAY LOCK To select a setting and move on to To select a setting and move on to This feature, which delays the the next feature, press the actual locking of the vehicle, can be the next feature, press the information button while the desired information button while the desired enabled or disabled. When DELAY setting is displayed on the DIC. LOCK appears on the display, press setting is displayed on the DIC. and hold the reset button for at least AUTO UNLK (Unlock) UNLK (Unlock) one second to scroll through the This feature, which allows the available settings: This screen displays only if DRIVER vehicle to automatically unlock or ALL is selected for the AUTO ON (default): The doors will not certain doors, can be enabled or UNLK feature. This feature lock until five seconds after the last disabled. When AUTO UNLK determines when the automatic door door is closed. You can temporarily appears on the display, press and unlocking will occur. When UNLK override delayed locking by hold the reset button for at least appears on the display, press and pressing the power lock switch or one second to scroll through the hold the reset button for at least the lock button on the Remote available settings: one second to scroll through the Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter a ALL (default): All of the doors will available settings: second time. automatically unlock. KEY OFF: The door(s) will unlock OFF: The doors will lock DRIVER: The drivers door will when the key is turned off. immediately when pressing the automatically unlock. power lock switch or the lock button on the RKE transmitter.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) Instruments and Controls 5-33 SHIFT TO P (Park) (default): The ON (default): The exterior FRENCH: All messages will appear door(s) will unlock when the vehicle perimeter lighting will turn on when in French. is shifted into P (Park). the unlock button on the RKE SPANISH: All messages will See Automatic Door Locks on transmitter is pressed. appear in Spanish. page 2‑8 for more information. See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) GERMAN: All messages will To select a setting and move on to System Operation on page 2‑3 for appear in German. the next feature, press the more information. To select a setting and exit out of information button while the desired To select a setting and move on to the personalization menu mode, setting is displayed on the DIC. the next feature, press the press the information button while information button while the desired the desired setting is displayed on EXT (Exterior) LIGHTS setting is displayed on the DIC. the DIC. This feature, which allows the vehicles exterior perimeter lighting LANGUAGE Exiting Personalization Menu to turn on each time the unlock This feature allows you to select the The personalization menu will be button on the Remote Keyless Entry language in which the DIC will exited when any of the following (RKE) transmitter is pressed, can be display. When LANGUAGE appears conditions occur: enabled or disabled. When EXT on the display, press and hold the LIGHTS appears on the display, reset button for at least one second . A ten second time period has press and hold the reset button for to scroll through the available elapsed. at least one second to scroll through settings: . The ignition is turned off. the available settings: ENGLISH (default): All messages . The end of the personalization OFF: The exterior perimeter will appear in English. menu list is reached. lighting will not turn on when the unlock button on the RKE transmitter is pressed.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 5-34 Instruments and Controls 2 NOTES
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Lighting 6-1 Lighting Interior Lighting Instrument Panel Illumination Exterior Lighting Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5 Dome Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 Exterior Lamp Controls Exterior Lighting Reading Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 Exterior Lamp Controls . . . . . . . . 6-1 Exterior Lamps Off Lighting Features Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Entry/Exit Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 Headlamp High/Low-Beam Parade Dimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Battery Load Management . . . . 6-6 Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Battery Power Protection . . . . . . 6-7 Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 The band on the lever located on Automatic Headlamp the left side of the steering column, System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3 operates the exterior lamps. Delayed Headlamps . . . . . . . . . . 6-4 The exterior lamp control has the Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . . 6-4 following four positions: Turn and Lane-Change Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4 2 (Headlamps): Turns on the Fog Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5 headlamps, parking lamps, and taillamps. ; (Parking Lamps): Turns on the parking lamps and taillamps only.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 6-2 Lighting AUTO (Automatic Headlamp Headlamp Daytime Running System): Automatically turns on the Daytime Running Lamps during High/Low-Beam Changer Lamps (DRL) daytime, and the headlamps, To change the headlamps from low Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can parking lamps, and taillamps at beam to high beam, push the turn make it easier for others to see the night. signal/multifunction lever away front of your vehicle during the day. P (Off/On): Turn the band to this from you. Fully functional DRL are required on position to turn on the Automatic This instrument panel cluster all vehicles first sold in Canada. The Headlamp System. In Canada, this vehicle has a light sensor on top of light 3 comes on if the high the instrument panel that controls position only works when a vehicle beam lamps are turned on while is in the P (Park) position. the DRL. Do not cover this sensor the ignition is in ON/RUN. or the head lamps will be on when To turn on the Automatic Headlamp To change the headlamps from high they are not needed. System, turn the switch to off/on. beam to low beam, pull the turn To turn them off, turn the switch to The DRL system makes the signal lever toward you. low-beam headlamps come on at a off/on again. This is a momentary control switch that springs back reduced brightness when the when released. The Automatic Flash-to-Pass following conditions are met: Headlamp System always turns on This feature lets the high-beam . The ignition is on. at the beginning of an ignition cycle. headlamps be used to signal a . The exterior lamps control is driver in front of you that you want in AUTO. Exterior Lamps Off to pass. . The exterior lamps control is in Reminder Pull the turn signal/multifunction the parking lamps only position lever toward you until the high-beam If the drivers door is opened and the (This applies only to vehicles headlamps come on, then release ignition is turned off while leaving that are first sold in Canada). the lever to turn them off. the lamps on, a warning chime will sound.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Lighting 6-3 . The light sensor detects daytime If the vehicle is started in a dark light. garage, the automatic headlamp . The parking brake is released or system comes on immediately. the vehicle is not in P (Park). Once the vehicle leaves the garage, it takes about one minute for the When the DRL system is on, the automatic headlamp system to taillamps, sidemarker lamps, change to DRL if it is light outside. parking lamps, and instrument panel During that delay, the instrument lights are not on unless you turn the panel cluster may not be as bright exterior lamps control to the parking as usual. Make sure the instrument lamp position. The vehicle has a light sensor on top of the instrument panel that panel brightness control is in the full The regular headlamp system controls the automatic headlamp bright position. See Instrument should be turned on when they are system. Do not cover the sensor or Panel Illumination Control on needed. the automatic headlamp system will page 6‑5. turn on when it is not needed. To idle the vehicle with the Automatic Headlamp There is a delay in the transition automatic headlamp system off, turn System between the daytime and nighttime the ignition on and set the exterior operation of the DRL and the light switch to the off/on position. When it is dark enough outside, the For vehicles first sold in Canada, automatic headlamp system turns automatic headlamp systems so that driving under bridges or bright the transmission must stay in on the headlamps at the normal P (Park) for this function. brightness along with other lamps overhead street lights does not such as the taillamps, sidemarker, affect the system. The DRL and The regular headlamps should be parking lamps, and the instrument automatic headlamp systems will used when needed. panel lights. The radio lights will only be affected when the light also be dim. sensor sees a change in lighting lasting longer than this delay.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 6-4 Lighting Delayed Headlamps Hazard Warning Flashers Turn and Lane-Change The delayed headlamps feature Signals keeps the headlamps on for 20 seconds after the key is turned to LOCK/OFF, then the headlamps automatically turn off. To override the 20 second delayed headlamp feature while it is active turn the turn signal/multifunction lever up one position and then back An arrow on the instrument panel to AUTO. cluster flashes in the direction of the turn or lane change. Move the lever all the way up or down to signal a turn. | (Hazard Warning Flasher): Raise or lower the lever until the Press this button located on the arrow starts to flash to signal a lane instrument panel, to make the front change. Release the lever and the and rear turn signal lamps flash on turn signal automatically flashes and off. This warns others that you three times. If more flashes are are having trouble. desired, continue to hold the lever. Press | again to turn the The lever returns to its starting flashers off. position when it is released. If a turn signal arrow flashes rapidly or does not come on, a signal bulb may need to be replaced. See Fuses on page 10‑31.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Lighting 6-5 Fog Lamps # : Press to turn the fog lamps on Interior Lighting or off. An indicator light comes on when the fog lamps are on. Instrument Panel The parking lamps automatically Illumination Control turn on and off when the fog lamps are turned on and off. The knob for this control is located on the instrument panel to the left of The fog lamps turn off while the the steering column. high-beam headlamps are turned on. D (Instrument Panel Brightness): Turn the knob Some localities have laws that clockwise or counterclockwise to For vehicles with fog lamps, the require the headlamps to be on brighten or dim the lights. Turn the button for this feature is located on along with the fog lamps. knob completely clockwise to turn the instrument panel, to the left of on the interior lamps. the steering wheel. The ignition must be on for the fog lamps to work.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 6-6 Lighting Dome Lamps Lighting Features Battery Load The dome lamps come on when any Management door is opened. They turn off after Entry/Exit Lighting The vehicle has Electric Power all the doors are closed. The lamps inside the vehicle come Management (EPM) that estimates The dome lamps can also be turned on when any door is opened. These the batterys temperature and state on by turning the instrument panel lamps fade out about 20 seconds of charge. It then adjusts the voltage brightness knob, located on the after all of the doors have been for best performance and extended instrument panel to the left of the closed or when the ignition is turned life of the battery. steering column, clockwise to the to ON/RUN. They also come on When the batterys state of charge farthest position. In this position, the when the unlock symbol button or is low, the voltage is raised slightly dome lamps remain on whether a the horn symbol is pressed on the to quickly bring the charge back up. door is opened or closed. Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) When the state of charge is high, system transmitter. the voltage is lowered slightly to Reading Lamps The lamps inside the vehicle stay on prevent overcharging. If the vehicle For vehicles with front and rear for about 20 seconds after the key is has a voltmeter gauge or a voltage reading lamps, press the lens to removed from the ignition to provide display on the Driver Information turn the lamp on and off, while the light as you exit. Center (DIC), you may see the doors are closed. These lamps voltage move up or down. This is come on automatically when any Parade Dimming normal. If there is a problem, an door is opened. alert will be displayed. Parade dimming is a separate lighting mode that comes on while the parking lamps are turned on during the day. It prevents the display lights and indicator lights from being dim, while the parking lamps are used during the day.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Lighting 6-7 The battery can be discharged at Normally, these actions occur in To reactivate the interior lamps, do idle if the electrical loads are very steps or levels, without being one of the following: high. This is true for all vehicles. noticeable. In rare cases at the . Turn on the ignition. This is because the generator highest levels of corrective action, (alternator) may not be spinning fast this action may be noticeable to the . Turn the exterior lamp control off enough at idle to produce all of the driver. If so, a DIC message might and then on. power needed for very high be displayed, such as BATTERY . Open a door. electrical loads. SAVER ACTIVE, BATTERY VOLTAGE LOW, or LOW BATTERY. . Press any Remote Keyless A high electrical load occurs when Entry (RKE) transmitter button several of the following are on, such If one of these messages displays, it is recommended that the driver (if equipped). as: headlamps, high beams, fog lamps, rear window defogger, reduce the electrical loads as much . Press the remote trunk release climate control fan at high speed, as possible. See Driver Information button. heated seats, engine cooling fans, Center (DIC) on page 5‑22. . Press the power door lock trailer loads, and loads plugged into switch. accessory power outlets. Battery Power Protection The battery run-down feature will EPM works to prevent excessive The vehicle has a battery run-down also be activated when any door on discharge of the battery. It does this protection feature designed to the vehicle is left open and the by balancing the generators output protect the vehicles battery. ignition is in LOCK/OFF. and the vehicles electrical needs. When any interior lamp (trunk, It can increase engine idle speed to reading, or visor vanity) is left on generate more power whenever while the ignition is turned off, the needed. It can temporarily reduce battery run-down protection system the power demands of some will automatically shut the lamp(s) accessories. off after 20 minutes. This will avoid draining the battery.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 6-8 Lighting 2 NOTES
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Infotainment System 7-1 . Set up the tone, speaker Infotainment Introduction adjustments, and preset radio System Infotainment stations. For more information, see Defensive Determine which radio the vehicle Driving on page 9‑2. Introduction has and read the following pages to Notice: Contact your dealer Infotainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 become familiar with its features. before adding any equipment. Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . 7-2 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 { WARNING Adding audio or communication equipment could interfere with Radio Taking your eyes off the road for the operation of the engine, radio, AM-FM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6 extended periods could cause a or other systems, and could Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 crash resulting in injury or death damage them. Follow federal Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-12 rules covering mobile radio and to you or others. Do not give Backglass Antenna . . . . . . . . . . 7-12 telephone equipment. Satellite Radio Antenna . . . . . . 7-13 extended attention to infotainment tasks while driving. Notice: The chime signals related Audio Players to safety belts, parking brake, and CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-13 other functions of your vehicle This system provides access to Auxiliary Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-18 operate through the radio/ many audio and non‐audio listings. entertainment system. If that Phone To minimize taking your eyes off the equipment is replaced or Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-23 road while driving, do the following additional equipment is added to while the vehicle is parked: your vehicle, the chimes may not . Become familiar with the work. Make sure that replacement operation and controls of the audio system.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 7-2 Infotainment System or additional equipment is Operation compatible with your vehicle before installing it. See Accessories and Modifications on page 10‑3. The vehicle has Retained Accessory Power (RAP). With RAP, the audio system can be played even after the ignition is turned off. See Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 9‑18 for more information. Theft-Deterrent Feature TheftLock® is designed to discourage theft of the vehicles radio by learning a portion of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The radio does not operate if it is Radio with CD (Base) stolen or moved to a different vehicle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Infotainment System 7-3 4 (Information): Press to switch the display between the radio station frequency and the time. While the ignition is off, press this button to display the time. Speed Compensated Volume (SCV): Radios with the Speed Compensated Volume (SCV) feature automatically adjust the radio volume to compensate for road and wind noise as the vehicle speeds up or slows down, so that the volume level is consistent. To activate SCV: 1. Set the radio volume to the desired level. Radio with CD (MP3) and USB Port shown, Radio with CD (MP3) similar 2. Press MENU to display the radio setup menu. The vehicle has one of these radios control functions that appear on the as its infotainment system. radio display as tabs directly above 3. Press the softkey under the the softkeys. AUTO VOLUM tab on the radio Softkeys display. The Radio with CD (MP3) and USB Using the Radio 4. Press the softkey under the Port, and the Radio with CD (MP3) O (Power/Volume): Press to turn desired Speed Compensated have five softkeys located below the the system on and off. Turn to Volume setting (OFF, Low, Med, radio display. Softkeys are used to increase or decrease the volume. or High) to select the level of radio volume compensation.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 7-4 Infotainment System The display times out after Selecting MANUAL or changing 3. Adjust the setting by doing one approximately 10 seconds. Each bass or treble, returns the EQ to the of the following: higher setting allows for more manual bass and treble settings. radio volume compensation at . Turn the f knob clockwise Unique EQ settings can be saved or counterclockwise. faster vehicle speeds. for each source. Setting the Tone . Press the ¨ SEEK, Setting the Tone (Bass/Treble) Radio with CD or © SEEK button. (Bass/Midrange/Treble) To adjust the bass, or treble: Radio with CD (MP3) and USB . Press the FWD, 1. Press the f knob until Bass or Port, Radio with CD (MP3) or s REV button. Treble displays. BASS/MID/TREB (Bass, Midrange, If a stations frequency is weak or if or Treble): To adjust the bass, there is static, decrease the treble. 2. To adjust the setting, do one of midrange, or treble: the following: To quickly adjust bass, midrange, 1. Press the f knob until the tone or treble to the middle position, . Turn the f knob. control tabs display. press the softkey positioned under . Press either ¨ SEEK, 2. Highlight the desired tone the BASS, MID, or TREB tab for or © SEEK button. control tab by doing one of the more than two seconds. A beep following: sounds and the level adjusts to the . Press either FWD, middle position. or s REV button. . Pressing the f knob. To quickly adjust all tone and . Press the softkey under the speaker controls to the middle EQ (Equalization): Press this button to choose bass and treble desired tab. position, press the f knob for more equalization settings designed than two seconds until a beep for different types of music. sounds.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Infotainment System 7-5 EQ (Equalization): Press this . Press either FWD, . Press the FWD, button to choose bass and treble or s REV button. or s REV button. equalization settings designed for different types of music. Selecting Adjusting the Speakers To quickly adjust all speaker and MANUAL or changing bass or (Balance/Fade) Radio with CD tone controls to the middle position, treble, returns the EQ to the manual (MP3) and USB Port, Radio press the f knob for more than bass and treble settings. with CD (MP3) two seconds. Unique EQ settings can be saved BAL/FADE (Balance/Fade): To If the Rear Seat Audio (RSA) is for each source. adjust the balance or fade: turned on, the radio disables FADE If the radio has a Bose® audio and mutes the rear speakers. system, the EQ settings are either 1. Press the f knob until the speaker control tabs display. Radio Messages MANUAL or TALK. 2. Highlight the desired speaker Calibration Error: Displays if the Adjusting the Speakers control tab by doing one of the radio is no longer calibrated (Balance/Fade) Radio with CD following: properly for the vehicle. The vehicle To adjust the balance or fade: must be returned to your dealer for . Pressing the f knob. service. 1. Press the ` or press . Press the softkey under the Loc or Locked: Displays when the the f knob until the speaker desired tab. TheftLock® system has activated. control label displays. Take the vehicle to your dealer for 3. Adjust the setting by doing one service. 2. To adjust the setting, do one of of the following: the following: If any error occurs repeatedly or if . Turn the f knob clockwise an error cannot be corrected, . Turn the f knob. or counterclockwise. contact your dealer. . Press either ¨ SEEK, . Press the ¨ SEEK, or © SEEK button. or © SEEK button.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 7-6 Infotainment System Radio displays on the bottom line. When Finding a Station information is not available, “NO BAND: Press to choose between INFO” displays. AM-FM Radio FM1, FM2, AM, or XM™ (if Auto Text (RDS Features): If equipped) on the Radio with CD Radio Data System (RDS) additional information is available (Base). Press to choose between The radio may have RDS. The RDS for the current song being played, FM, AM, XM (if equipped) on the feature is available for use only on Auto Text will automatically page/ Radio with CD (MP3) and USB Port, FM stations that broadcast RDS scroll the information every or the Radio with CD (MP3). three seconds above the FAV information. This system relies upon presets on the radio display. By f (Tune): Turn to select radio receiving specific information from stations. these stations and only works when default, Auto Text is enabled. the information is available. While To change the Auto Text setting: © SEEK: Press to seek or scan the radio is tuned to an FM-RDS stations with a strong signal in the 1. Press MENU to display the radio selected band. station, the station name or call setup menu. letters display. In rare cases, a radio . To seek stations, press and station could broadcast incorrect 2. Press the softkey under AUTO release © SEEK to go to the information that causes the radio TXT tab on the radio display. previous station and stay there. features to work improperly. If this 3. Press the softkey under the ON . To scan stations, press and hold happens, contact the radio station. or OFF tab on the radio display. © SEEK for a few seconds until 4 (Information) (RDS Features): If 4 is pressed and the song title or the radio beeps once. The radio For vehicles with RDS features, goes to a station, plays for a few artist information is longer than what press 4 to display additional text can be displayed, the extra seconds, then goes to the next information related to the current information will page every station. Press © SEEK again to FM-RDS station. If information is three seconds when Auto Text is stop scanning. available, the song title information activated. displays on the top line of the display and artist information
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Infotainment System 7-7 . To scan preset stations in the until a double beep sounds. The Radios that do not have a FAV selected band, press and radio goes to a stored preset, button store radio stations as hold © SEEK for four seconds plays for a few seconds, then presets, up to 18 stations (six FM1, until a double beep sounds. The goes to the next stored preset. six FM2, and six AM), can be radio goes to a stored preset, Press ¨ SEEK again to stop programmed on the six numbered plays for a few seconds, then scanning preset stations. pushbuttons. goes to the next stored preset. Storing Radio Stations Storing a Radio Station as a Press © SEEK again to stop Preset scanning preset stations. Drivers are encouraged to store radio station while the vehicle is Radios that have numbered ¨ SEEK: Press to seek or scan pushbuttons store radio stations as stations with a strong signal in the parked, see Defensive Driving on page 9‑2. Tune to stored radio presets. selected band. stations using the presets, favorites Up to 18 stations (six FM1, six FM2, . To seek stations, press and button, and steering wheel controls, and six AM), can be programmed on release ¨ SEEK to go to the if the vehicle has this feature. the six numbered buttons. next station and stay there. Radios that have a FAV button store To store preset stations: . To scan stations, press and hold radio stations as favorites, up to 1. Tune to a radio station. ¨ SEEK for a few seconds until 36 stations can be programmed as the radio beeps once. The radio favorites using the six softkeys 2. Press and hold one of the goes to a station, plays for a few below the radio station frequency six numbered pushbuttons for seconds, then goes to the next tabs and by using the FAV button. three seconds until a beep Press the FAV button to go through sounds. station. Press ¨ SEEK again to stop scanning. up to six pages of favorites, each 3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to store having six favorite stations available additional radio stations. . To scan preset stations in the per page. Each page of favorites selected band, press and can contain any combination of AM, hold ¨ SEEK for four seconds FM, or XM, if equipped, stations.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 7-8 Infotainment System Storing a Radio Station as a 4. Press the FAV button, or let the 4 (Information) (XM Satellite Radio Favorite menu time out, to return to the Service): For vehicles with XM, Radio that have a FAV button store original main radio screen press 4 to display additional text radio stations as favorites. showing the radio station information related to the current frequency tabs and to begin the To store a station as a favorite: XM channel. If information is process of programming available, the song title information 1. Tune to a radio station. favorites. displays on the top line of the 2. Press the FAV button to display display and artist information the page where the station will Satellite Radio displays on the bottom line. When be stored. XM™ Satellite Radio Service information is not available, “NO INFO” displays. 3. Press and hold one of the XM is a satellite radio service that is six softkeys until a beep sounds. based in the 48 contiguous United Auto Text (Satellite Radio States and 10 Canadian provinces. Service): If additional information is 4. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 to available for the current song being store additional radio stations. XM Satellite Radio has a wide variety of programming and played, Auto Text will automatically The number of favorites pages can commercial-free music, page/scroll the information every be setup using the MENU button. To coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality three seconds above the FAV setup the number of favorites sound. A service fee is required to presets on the radio display. By pages: receive the XM service. If XM default, Auto Text is enabled. 1. Press the MENU button. Service needs to be reactivated, the To change the Auto Text setting: radio will display "No Subscription 2. Press the softkey located below 1. Press MENU to display the radio Please Renew" on channel XM1. the FAV 1-6 tab. setup menu. For more information, contact XM at 3. Select the number of favorites www.xmradio.com or call 2. Press the softkey under AUTO pages by pressing the softkey 1-800-929-2100 in the U.S. and TXT tab on the radio display. located below the displayed www.xmradio.ca or call 3. Press the softkey under the ON page numbers. 1-877-438-9677 in Canada. or OFF tab on the radio display.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Infotainment System 7-9 If 4 is pressed and the song title goes to a station, plays for a few To go to the previous or next XM or artist information is longer than seconds, then goes to the next station in the selected category, what can be displayed, the extra station. Press ¨ SEEK again to do one of the following: information will page every stop scanning. . Turn the f knob. three seconds when Auto Text is s REV: Press to go to the activated. . Press the softkey below the previous XM category. right or left arrows in the Finding an XM Channel FWD: Press to go to the next category tab. BAND: Press to switch between XM category. AM, FM, or XM™, if equipped. . Press © SEEK or ¨ SEEK. Finding a Category (CAT) 3. To exit the category search f (Tune):Turn to manually select Channel mode, press the FAV button or an XM channel. To find XM channels in a category: BAND button to display the © SEEK: Press to go to the 1. Press the CAT button to display favorites again. previous XM channel. the category tabs. Continue Adding and Removing Categories . To scan stations, press and hold pressing the CAT button until the © SEEK for a few seconds until Categories cannot be added or desired category name displays. the radio beeps once. The radio removed while the vehicle is moving . Radios with CD and DVD faster than 8 km/h (5 mph). goes to a cahnnel, plays for a can also navigate the few seconds, then goes to the To add or remove a category: category list by pressing the next station. Press © SEEK FWD or the s REV 1. Press the MENU button. again to stop scanning. button. 2. Press the softkey located below ¨ SEEK: Press to go to the next 2. Press either of the two softkeys the XM CAT tab. XM channel. below the desired category tab to immediately tune to the first 3. Turn the f knob to display the . To scan stations, press and hold category you want to add or ¨ SEEK for a few seconds until XM station in that category. remove. the radio beeps once. The radio
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 7-10 Infotainment System 4. Press the softkey located under Storing an XM Channel as a 4. Press the FAV button, or let the the Add or Remove tab. Favorite menu time out, to return to the To restore all removed To store a station as a favorite: original main radio screen categories, press the softkey showing the radio station 1. Tune to an XM channel. frequency tabs and to begin the under the Restore All tab. 2. Press the FAV button to display process of programming 5. Repeat the steps to remove the page where the station will favorites. more categories. be stored. XM Radio Messages Storing XM Channels 3. Press and hold one of the XL (Explicit Language Drivers are encouraged to store six softkeys until a beep sounds. Channels): These channels, or radio station while the vehicle is 4. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 to any others, can be blocked at a parked, see Defensive Driving on store additional radio stations. customers request, by calling page 9‑2. Tune to stored radio 1-800-929-2100 in the U.S. and stations using the presets, favorites The number of favorites pages can be setup using the MENU button. To 1-877-438-9677 in Canada. button, and steering wheel controls, if the vehicle has this feature. setup the number of favorites XM Updating: The encryption code pages: in the receiver is being updated, and Up to 36 stations can be no action is required. This process programmed as favorites using the 1. Press the MENU button. should take no longer than six softkeys below the radio station 2. Press the softkey located below 30 seconds. frequency tabs and by using the the FAV 1-6 tab. FAV button. Press the FAV button to No XM Signal: The system is 3. Select the number of favorites functioning correctly, but the vehicle go through up to six pages of pages by pressing the softkey favorites, each having six favorite is in a location that is blocking the located below the displayed XM™ signal. When the vehicle is stations available per page. Each page numbers. moved into an open area, the signal page of favorites can contain any combination of AM, FM, or XM, should return. if equipped, stations.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Infotainment System 7-11 Loading XM: The audio system is No CAT Info: No category message is received after having acquiring and processing audio and information is available at this time the vehicle serviced, check with text data. No action is needed. This on this channel. The system is your dealer. message should disappear shortly. working properly. XM Radio ID: If tuned to channel 0, Channel Off Air: This channel is No Information: No text or this message alternates with the not currently in service. Tune in to informational messages are XM™ Radio 8 digit radio ID label. another channel. available at this time on this This label is needed to activate the Channel Unauth: This channel is channel. The system is working service. blocked or cannot be received with properly. Unknown: If this message is your XM Subscription package. No Subscription Please Renew: received when tuned to channel 0, Channel Unavail: This previously XM subscription needs to be there could be a receiver fault. assigned channel is no longer reactivated. Contact XM at Consult with your dealer. assigned. Tune to another station. www.xmradio.com or call Check Antenna: If this message If this station was one of the 1-800-929-2100 in the U.S. and does not clear within a short period presets, choose another station for www.xmradio.ca or call of time, the receiver or antenna that preset button. 1-877-438-9677 in Canada. could have a fault. Consult with your No Artist Info: No artist CAT Not Found: There are no dealer. information is available at this time channels available for the selected Check XM Receivr: If this on this channel. The system is category. The system is working message does not clear within a working properly. properly. short period of time, the receiver No Title Info: No song title XM Theftlocked: The XM receiver could have a fault. Consult with your information is available at this time in the vehicle could have previously dealer. on this channel. The system is been in another vehicle. For security XM Not Available: If this message working properly. purposes, XM receivers cannot be does not clear within a short period swapped between vehicles. If this of time, the receiver could have a fault. Consult with your dealer.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 7-12 Infotainment System Radio Reception AM Cellular Phone Usage Frequency interference and static The range for most AM stations is Cellular phone usage may cause can occur during normal radio greater than for FM, especially at interference with the vehicles radio. reception if items such as cell phone night. The longer range can cause This interference may occur when chargers, vehicle convenience station frequencies to interfere making or receiving phone calls, accessories, and external electronic with each other. For better radio charging the phones battery, devices are plugged into the reception, most AM radio stations or simply having the phone on. This accessory power outlet. If there is boost the power levels during the interference can cause an increased interference or static, unplug the day, and then reduce these levels level of static while listening to the item from the accessory power during the night. Static can also radio. If static is received while outlet. occur when things like storms and listening to the radio, unplug the power lines interfere with radio cellular phone and turn it off. FM reception. When this happens, try FM signals only reach about 16 to reducing the treble on the radio. Backglass Antenna 65 km (10 to 40 mi). Although the XM™ Satellite Radio Service The AM-FM antenna is integrated radio has a built-in electronic circuit with the rear window defogger, that automatically works to reduce XM Satellite Radio Service gives digital radio reception from coast to located in the rear window. Make interference, some static can occur, sure that the inside surface of the especially around tall buildings or coast in the 48 contiguous United rear window is not scratched and hills, causing the sound to fade in States, and in Canada. Just as that the lines on the glass are not and out. with FM, tall buildings or hills can interfere with satellite radio signals, damaged. If the inside surface is causing the sound to fade in and damaged, it could interfere with radio reception. For proper radio out. In addition, traveling or standing reception, the antenna connector under heavy foliage, bridges, garages, or tunnels may cause loss needs to be properly attached to the post on the glass. of the XM signal for a period of time.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Infotainment System 7-13 If a cellular telephone antenna Notice: Do not apply aftermarket Audio Players needs to be attached to the glass, glass tinting with metallic film. make sure that the grid lines for the The metallic film in some tinting AM-FM antenna are not damaged. materials will interfere with or CD Player There is enough space between the distort the incoming radio Some CD players can play MP3 grid lines to attach a cellular reception. Any damage caused to CD-R or CD-RW discs, see “MP3” telephone antenna without your backglass antenna due to later in this section for more interfering with radio reception. metallic tinting materials will not information. Notice: Using a razor blade or be covered by the vehicle warranty. The CD player can play the smaller sharp object to clear the inside 8 cm (3 in) single discs with an rear window can damage the rear adapter ring. window antenna and/or the rear Satellite Radio Antenna window defogger. Repairs would For vehicles with XM satellite radio Care of the CD Player not be covered by the vehicle service, the antenna is located on Do not add labels to a disc, it could warranty. Do not clear the inside the roof of the vehicle. Keep the get caught in the CD player. Use a rear window with sharp objects. antenna clear of obstructions for marking pen to write on the top of clear radio reception. the disc if a description is needed. Do not use CD lens cleaners, they could damage the CD player. Notice: If a label is added to a CD, more than one CD is inserted into the slot at a time, or an attempt is made to play scratched or damaged CDs, the CD player could be damaged. While using the CD player, use only CDs in good condition without any label,
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 7-14 Infotainment System load one CD at a time, and keep Inserting a Disc the player, the CD starts to play the CD player and the loading slot where it stopped, if it was the last Insert the disc partway into the slot, free of foreign materials, liquids, selected audio source. label side up. The player pulls it in and debris. and the disc begins playing. Buttons and Knobs If an error displays, see “CD Use an adapter ring when playing The buttons and knobs on the radio Messages” later in this section. the smaller 8 cm (3 in) discs. control the following features. Care of CDs Smaller discs with the adapter ring are loaded the same way as a f (Tune): Turn to select tracks on Store a disc in its original case or a the CD. full-size disc. protective case and away from © SEEK: Press to go to the start of direct sunlight and dust. If the Ejecting a Disc the current track, if more than ten bottom of a disc is damaged it may not play properly or at all. Do not Z EJECT: Press to eject the disc. seconds have played. Press and If the disc is not removed after hold or press multiple times to touch the bottom of a disc while continue moving backward through several seconds, the CD player handling it, pick it up by grasping the tracks on the CD. automatically pulls the disc back in. the outer edges or the edge of the hole and the outer edge. Playing a CD ¨ SEEK: Press to go to the next track. Press and hold or press If the surface of a disc is dirty, take When a CD is inserted into the multiple times to continue moving a soft, lint free cloth or dampen a player the CD symbol displays, and forward through the tracks on clean, soft cloth in a mild, neutral as each new track starts to play the the CD. detergent solution mixed with water, track number displays. and clean it. Make sure the wiping s REV (Reverse): Press and hold process starts from the center to If the ignition or radio is turned off to reverse playback quickly within a the edge. when a CD is in the player, the CD track. Sound is heard at a reduced stays in the player. If the ignition or volume and the elapsed time of the radio is turned on when a CD is in track displays. Release to resume playing the track.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Infotainment System 7-15 FWD (Fast Forward): Press Softkeys contains both types of audio, the CD and hold to advance playback The five softkeys below the radio player reads all MP3 files first, then quickly within a track. Sound is display are used to control functions the uncompressed CD audio files. heard at a reduced volume and the that display as tabs. Supported File and Folder elapsed time of the track displays. Structure Release to resume playing the The softkeys below the radio display track. control the following features. The radio supports: 4 (Information): Press to display RDM (Random): Tracks can be . Up to 50 folders. available additional information listened to in random, rather than sequential order. . Up to eight folders in depth. about the current track. To use random: . Up to 50 playlists. BAND: Press to listen to the radio while a CD is playing. The CD 1. Press the softkey below RDM . Up to 255 files. remains inside the CD player. tab until Random Current Disc . Playlists with an .m3u or .wpl CD/AUX (CD/Auxiliary): Press to displays. extension. play a CD while listening to the 2. Press the softkey again to turn . Files with an .mp3 or .cda file radio or a portable audio device. off random play. extension. Press this button again and the system automatically searches for MP3 Supported Files Root Directory an auxiliary input device, such as a The Radio with CD (MP3), Radio The root directory is treated as a portable audio player. If a portable with USB and CD (MP3), have the folder. Files are stored in the root audio player is not connected, No capability of playing an MP3 CD-R directory when the disc or storage Aux Input Device Found may or CD-RW disc. device does not contain folders. display. Files accessed from the root The radio can also play discs that directory of a disc display as contain both uncompressed CD F1 ROOT. audio and MP3 files. When a disc
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 7-16 Infotainment System Empty Folder Playing an MP3 Buttons and Knobs Folders that do not contain files are Order of Play The buttons and knobs on the radio skipped, and the player advances to control the following features. the next folder that contains files. Tracks are played in the following order: f (Tune): Turn to select MP3 files File Naming on the disc. . Play begins from the first track in The song name that displays is the the first playlist and continues © SEEK: Press to go to the start of song name that is contained in the sequentially through all tracks in the track, if more than ten seconds ID3 tag. If the song name is not each playlist. When the last have played. Press and hold or present in the ID3 tag, then the track of the last playlist has press multiple times to continue radio displays the file name without played, play continues from the moving backward through tracks. the file extension as the track name. first track of the first playlist. ¨ SEEK: Press to go to the next Track names longer than . Play begins from the first track in track. Press and hold or press 32 characters or four pages are the first folder and continues multiple times to continue moving shortened. The display does not sequentially through all tracks in forward through tracks. show parts of words on the last each folder. When the last track s REV (Reverse): Press and hold page of text and the extension of of the last folder has played, to reverse playback quickly. Sound the filename is not displayed. play continues from the first is heard at a reduced volume and track of the first folder. the elapsed time of the track Playlists When playback starts from a new displays. Release s REV to Discs that have playlists that folder, the new track name displays resume playing. were created using WinAmp™, unless folder mode has been MusicMatch™, or Real Jukebox™ chosen as the default display, then FWD (Fast Forward): Press software can be accessed, however, and hold to advance playback the new folder name displays. there is no playlist editing capability quickly. Sound is heard at a reduced using the radio. These playlists are treated as special folders containing compressed audio song files.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Infotainment System 7-17 volume and the elapsed time of the S c (Previous Folder): Press on the number of files on the disc. track displays. Release FWD to the softkey below S c to go to the The radio may begin playing while it resume playing. is scanning in the background. first track in the previous folder. 4 (Information): When the scan is finished, the disc Press to display c T (Next Folder): Press the begins playing files in order by available additional information softkey below c T to go to the first about the current track. artist. The current artist playing is track in the next folder. shown on the second line of the BAND: Press to listen to the radio display. Once all songs by that artist RDM (Random): MP3 files can be while an MP3 disc is playing. The are played, the player moves to the listened to on a CD in random, MP3 disc remains inside the CD next artist in alphabetical order and rather than sequential order. To use player. begins playing files by that artist. random: CD/AUX (CD/Auxiliary): Press to To listen to files by another artist, 1. Press the softkey under the play an MP3 disc while listening to press the softkey located below RDM tab until Random Current the radio or a portable audio device. either arrow tab. The disc goes to Disc displays to play songs from Press this button again and the the next or previous artist in the current CD in random order. system automatically searches for alphabetical order. Continue an auxiliary input device, such as a 2. Press the same softkey again to pressing either softkey below the portable audio player. If a portable turn off random play. arrow tab until the desired artist audio player is not connected, No h (Music Navigator): Press the displays. Aux Input Device Found may display. softkey below h to have the files To change from playback by artist to played in order by artist or album. playback by album: Softkeys The player scans the disc to sort the 1. Press the softkey located below The five softkeys below the radio files by artist and album ID3 tag the Sort By tab. display are used to control functions information. It can take several that display as tabs. minutes to scan the disc depending 2. Press one of the softkeys below the album tab from the sort The softkeys below the radio display screen. control the following features.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 7-18 Infotainment System 3. Press the softkey below the . The disc is dirty, scratched, wet, devices such as iPods®, MP3 back tab to return to the main or upside down. players, and USB storage devices music navigator screen. . The air is very humid. If so, wait can be connected to the vehicle The album name displays on the about an hour and try again. using a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) cable or a second line between the arrows USB cable. . A problem may have occurred and songs from the current album while burning the disc. Drivers are encouraged to set up begins to play. Once all songs from any auxiliary device while the that album have played, the player . The label could be caught in the vehicle is in P (Park). See moves to the next album in CD player. Defensive Driving on page 9‑2 for alphabetical order on the disc and If the disc is not playing correctly for more information on driver begins playing MP3 files from that any other reason, try a known distraction. album. good disc. Using the 3.5 mm (1/8 in) To exit music navigator mode, press If any error occurs repeatedly or if Auxiliary Input Jack the softkey below the Back tab to an error cannot be corrected, return to normal MP3 playback. contact your dealer. If the radio The radio system may have a displays an error message, write it 3.5 mm (1/8 in) auxiliary input jack CD Player Messages down and provide it to your dealer located on the lower right or left side CHECK DISC: If an error message when reporting the problem. of the faceplate. This is not an audio displays and/or the disc comes out, output; do not plug the headphone it could be for one of the following Auxiliary Devices set into the front auxiliary input jack. reasons: An external audio device such as an This vehicle may have a 3.5 mm iPod®, laptop computer, MP3 player, . The CD player is very hot. When (1/8 in) auxiliary input jack and a CD changer, etc. can be connected the temperature returns to USB port, located on the audio to the auxiliary input jack for use as normal, the disc should play. faceplate. Some portable audio another audio source. . The road is very rough. When the road becomes smoother, the disc should play.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Infotainment System 7-19 To use a portable audio player, Using the USB Port Root Directory connect a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) cable to The root directory is treated as a The radio may have a USB port the auxiliary input jack. When a folder. Files are stored in the root located on the lower right side of the device is connected, press the CD/ directory when the disc or storage faceplate. Radios that have a USB AUX button to begin playing audio device does not contain folders. port can play .mp3 and .wma files from the device over the vehicle Files accessed from the root that are stored on a USB storage speakers. directory of a USB device display device as well as tracks that are O (Power/Volume): Turn to adjust stored on an iPod®. as F1 ROOT. the volume. Additional volume adjustments may have to be made USB Supported File and Folder Empty Folder from the portable device if the Structure Folders that do not contain files are volume is too quiet or not loud. The radio supports: skipped, and the player advances to BAND: Press to listen to the radio the next folder that contains files. . Up to 700 folders. while a portable audio device is File Naming . Up to eight folders in depth. connected to the auxiliary input. The . Up to 65,535 files. The song name that displays is the portable audio device continues song name that is contained in the playing until it is stopped or . Folder and file names up to ID3 tag. If the song name is not turned off. 64 bytes. present in the ID3 tag, then the CD/AUX (CD/Auxiliary): Press to . Files with an .mp3 or .wma file radio displays the file name without play a CD while a portable audio extension. the file extension as the track name. device is connected to the auxiliary . AAC files stored on an iPod. Track names longer than input. Press again and the system 32 characters or four pages are begins playing audio from the . FAT16 shortened. The display does not connected portable audio player. . FAT32 show parts of words on the last If a portable audio player is not page of text and the extension of connected, No Aux Input Device the filename is not displayed. may display.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 7-20 Infotainment System Preprogrammed Playlists folder mode has been chosen as ignition is turned OFF, the iPod Playlists that have an .m3u or .pls the default display. The new track automatically powers off and will not file extension and are stored on a name displays. charge or draw power from the USB device may be supported by vehicles battery. Connecting a USB Storage the radio with a USB port. Device or iPod Older iPods that are not supported can still be used by connecting it to Order of Play The radio buttons, knobs and the 3.5 mm (1/8 in) auxiliary input Tracks are played in the following softkeys are used to control a USB jack using a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) cable. order: storage device or an iPod when it is connected to the USB port. Using a USB Storage Device . Play begins from the first track in or iPod the first playlist and continues To connect a USB storage device, sequentially through all tracks in connect the device to the USB port The buttons and knobs on the radio each playlist. When the last located on the front of the radio. and the softkeys below the radio track of the last playlist has To connect an iPod, connect one display are used to control a USB played, play continues from the end of the USB cable that came storage device or an iPod. first track of the first playlist. with the iPod to the iPod’s dock Buttons and Knobs . Play begins from the first track in connector and connect the other end to the USB port located on the The buttons and knobs on the radio the first folder and continues control the following features. sequentially through all tracks in front of the radio. If the vehicle is on each folder. When the last track and the USB connection works, “OK f (Tune): Turn to select files. of the last folder has played, to disconnect” and a GM logo may © SEEK: Press to go to the start play continues from the first appear on the iPod and iPod of the track, if more than ten track of the first folder. appears on the radios display. seconds have played. Press and When play enters a new folder, the The iPod charges while it is hold © SEEK or press it multiple display does not automatically show connected to the USB port if the times to continue moving backward the new folder name unless the ingition is in the ACC/ACCESSORY through tracks. or ON/RUN position. When the
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Infotainment System 7-21 ¨ SEEK: Press to go to the next The softkeys below the radio display 4. Turn f to scroll through the files track. Press and hold ¨ SEEK or control the following features. in the selected folder. press it multiple times to continue j (Pause): Press the softkey 5. Press f to select the desired file moving forward through tracks. below j to pause the track. The to be played. s REV (Reverse): Press and hold tab appears raised when pause is being used. Press the softkey To skip through large lists, the five to reverse playback quickly. Sound softkeys can be used to navigate in is heard at a reduced volume. below j again to resume playback. the following order: Release s REV to resume playing. Back: Press the softkey below the . First softkey, first item in the list. FWD (Fast Forward): Press back tab to go back to the main and hold to advance playback display screen on an iPod, or the . Second softkey, 1% through the quickly. Sound is heard at a reduced root directory on a USB storage list each time the softkey is device. pressed. volume. Release FWD to resume playing. c (Folder View): Press the . Third softkey, 5% through the list softkey below c to view the each time the softkey is pressed. 4 (Information): Press to display . additional information about the contents of the current folder on the Fourth softkey, 10% through the selected track. USB drive. list each time the softkey is To browse and select files: pressed. Softkeys . Fifth softkey, end of the list. The five softkeys below the radio 1. Press the softkey below c. display are used to control functions h (Music Navigator): Press the that display as tabs. 2. Turn f to scroll through the list softkey below h to view and of folders. select a track on an iPod. Files are To use the softkeys, press a softkey 3. Press f to select the desired sorted by: below any tab that is displayed, or if no tabs are displayed, press the first folder. If there is more then one . Playlists or last softkey below the radio folder, repeat Steps 1 and 2 until . Artists display to display the tabs. the desired folder is reached.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 7-22 Infotainment System . Albums . Third softkey, 5% through the list each time the softkey is pressed. > (Shuffle Off): Press the . Genres softkey below 2 to turn shuffle . Fourth softkey, 10% through the . Songs off. This is the default mode when a list each time the softkey is USB storage device or iPod is first . Composers pressed. connected. To select tracks: . Fifth softkey, end of the list. 2 (Shuffle All Songs / Shuffle 1. Press the softkey below h. " (Repeat All): Press the softkey Songs): Press the softkey below below " to repeat all tracks. The = or C to shuffle all songs on 2. Turn f to scroll through the list the USB storage device or iPod. tab appears lowered when Repeat of menus. All is being used. This is the default C (Shuffle Album): Press the 3. Press f to select the mode when a USB storage device softkey below > to shuffle all desired menu. or iPod is first connected. songs in the current album on 4. Turn f to scroll through the (Repeat Track): Press the an iPod. folders or files in the softkey below to repeat one = (Shuffle Folder): Press the selected menu. track. The tab appears raised when softkey below > to shuffle all Repeat Track is being used. songs in the current folder on a USB 5. Press f to select the track. storage device. Press the softkey below >, 2, To skip through large lists, the five C or = to select between softkeys can be used to navigate in Shuffle Off, Shuffle All Songs/ the following order: Shuffle Songs, Shuffle Album, . First softkey, first item in the list. or Shuffle Folder. . Second softkey, 1% through the list each time the softkey is pressed.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Infotainment System 7-23 . Pair cell phone(s) to the vehicle. A Bluetooth system can use a Phone The system may not work with Bluetooth‐capable cell phone with a all cell phones. See “Pairing a Hands Free Profile to make and Bluetooth Phone” in this section for more receive phone calls. The system For vehicles equipped with information. can be used while the key is in ON/ Bluetooth capability, the system can . If the cell phone has voice RUN or ACC/ACCESSORY position. interact with many cell phones, dialing capability, learn to use The range of the Bluetooth system allowing: that feature to access the can be up to 9.1 m (30 ft). Not all address book or contact list. See phones support all functions, and . Placement and receipt of calls in not all phones work with the a hands-free mode. “Voice Pass-Thru” in this section for more information. in-vehicle Bluetooth system. See . Sharing of the cell phone’s www.gm.com/bluetooth for more address book or contact list with . See “Storing and Deleting Phone information on compatible phones. the vehicle. Numbers” in this section for more information. Voice Recognition To minimize driver distraction, The Bluetooth system uses voice before driving, and with the vehicle parked: { WARNING recognition to interpret voice commands to dial phone numbers . Become familiar with the When using a cell phone, it can and name tags. features of the cell phone. be distracting to look too long or Organize the phone book and too often at the screen of the For additional information, say contact lists clearly and delete phone or the infotainment “Help” while you are in a voice duplicate or rarely used entries. (navigation) system. Taking your recognition menu. If possible, program speed dial eyes off the road too long or too Noise: Keep interior noise levels to or other shortcuts. often could cause a crash a minimum. The system may not . Review the controls and resulting in injury or death. Focus recognize voice commands if there operation of the infotainment your attention on driving. is too much background noise. system.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 7-24 Infotainment System . Up to five cell phones can be When to Speak: A short tone b / g (Push To Talk): Press to paired to the Bluetooth system. sounds after the system responds answer incoming calls, to confirm indicating when it is waiting for a system information, and to start . The pairing process is disabled voice command. Wait until the tone speech recognition. when the vehicle is moving. and then speak. x / c (Mute/End Call): Press to . Pairing only needs to be How to Speak: Speak clearly in a end a call, reject a call, or to cancel completed once, unless the calm and natural voice. an operation. pairing information on the cell phone changes or the cell phone Audio System Pairing is deleted from the system. When using the in‐vehicle Bluetooth A Bluetooth cell phone must be . Only one paired cell phone can system, sound comes through the paired to the Bluetooth system and be connected to the Bluetooth vehicles front audio system then connected to the vehicle before system at a time. speakers and overrides the audio it can be used. See your cell phone system. Use the audio system manufacturers user guide for . If multiple paired cell phones are volume knob, during a call, to Bluetooth functions before pairing within range of the system, the change the volume level. The the cell phone. If a Bluetooth phone system connects to the first adjusted volume level remains in is not connected, calls will be made available paired cell phone in the memory for later calls. To prevent using OnStar® Hands‐Free Calling, order that they were first paired missed calls, a minimum volume if available. See OnStar Overview to the system. To link to a level is used if the volume is turned on page 14‑1 for more information. different paired phone, see down too low. “Connecting to a Different Pairing Information Phone” later in this section. Bluetooth Controls . A Bluetooth phone with MP3 Pairing a Phone Use the buttons located on the capability cannot be paired to steering wheel to operate the the vehicle as a phone and an 1. Press and hold b / g for in‐vehicle Bluetooth system. See MP3 player at the same time. two seconds. Steering Wheel Controls on page 5‑2 for more information.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Infotainment System 7-25 2. Say “Bluetooth.” This command 6. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 to pair 4. Say the name of the phone you can be skipped. additional phones. want to delete. 3. Say “Pair.” The system responds Listing All Paired and Connected Connecting to a Different Phone with instructions and a four‐digit Phones PIN number. The PIN number is To connect to a different cell phone, The system can list all cell phones the Bluetooth system looks for the used in Step 5. paired to it. If a paired cell phone is next available cell phone in the 4. Start the pairing process on the also connected to the vehicle, the order in which all the available cell cell phone that you want to pair. system responds with “is connected” phones were paired. Depending on For help with this process, see after that phone name. which cell phone you want to your cell phone manufacturers connect to, you may have to use user guide. 1. Press and hold b / g for this command several times. two seconds. 5. Locate the device named “Your 1. Press and hold b / g for Vehicle” in the list on the cell 2. Say “Bluetooth.” two seconds. phone. Follow the instructions 3. Say “List.” on the cell phone to enter the 2. Say “Bluetooth.” PIN that was provided in Step 3. Deleting a Paired Phone 3. Say “Change phone.” After the PIN is successfully If the phone name you want to . If another cell phone is entered, the system prompts you delete is unknown, see “Listing All to provide a name for the paired found, the response will be Paired and Connected Phones.” “<Phone name> is now cell phone. This name will be used to indicate which phones 1. Press and hold b / g for connected.” are paired and connected to the two seconds. . If another cell phone is not vehicle. The system responds 2. Say “Bluetooth.” found, the original phone with “<phone name> has been remains connected. successfully paired” after the 3. Say “Delete.” The system asks pairing process is complete. for which phone to delete.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 7-26 Infotainment System Storing and Deleting Phone Using the “Store” Command repeats back the digit it heard Numbers followed by a tone. After the last 1. Press and hold b / g for digit has been entered, say The system can store up to two seconds. “Store,” and then follow the 30 phone numbers as name tags in directions given by the system to 2. Say “Store.” the Hands Free Directory that is save a name tag for this number. shared between the Bluetooth and 3. Say the phone number or group OnStar systems. of numbers you want to store all Using the “Delete” Command at once with no pauses, then The following commands are used follow the directions given by the 1. Press and hold b / g for delete and store phone numbers. two seconds. system to save a name tag for Store: This command will store a this number. 2. Say “Delete.” phone number, or a group of numbers as a name tag. Using the “Digit Store” Command 3. Say the name tag you want to If an unwanted number is delete. Digit Store: This command allows a phone number to be stored as a recognized by the system, say Using the “Delete All Name Tags” name tag by entering the digits one “Clear” at any time to clear the last Command at a time. number. This command deletes all stored Delete: This command is used to To hear all of the numbers name tags in the Hands‐Free delete individual name tags. recognized by the system, say Calling Directory and the OnStar “Verify” at any time. Turn‐by‐Turn Destinations Directory, Delete All Name Tags: This if equipped. command deletes all stored 1. Press and hold b / g for name tags in the Hands Free two seconds. To delete all name tags: Calling Directory and the OnStar 2. Say “Digit Store.” 1. Press and hold b / g for Turn‐by‐Turn Destinations Directory. 3. Say each digit, one at a time, two seconds. that you want to store. After 2. Say “Delete all name tags.” each digit is entered, the system
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Infotainment System 7-27 Listing Stored Numbers Using the “Dial” or “Call” To hear all of the numbers Command recognized by the system, say The list command will list all the “Verify” at any time. stored numbers and name tags. 1. Press and hold b / g for Using the “List” Command two seconds. 1. Press and hold b / g for 2. Say “Dial” or “Call.” two seconds. 1. Press and hold b / g for 2. Say “Digit Dial.” two seconds. 3. Say the entire number without pausing or say the name tag. 3. Say each digit, one at a time, 2. Say “Directory.” that you want to dial. After each Once connected, the person called 3. Say “Hands Free Calling.” will be heard through the audio digit is entered, the system speakers. repeats back the digit it heard 4. Say “List.” followed by a tone. After the last Making a Call Using the “Digit Dial” Command digit has been entered, The digit dial command allows a say “Dial.” Calls can be made using the following commands. phone number to be dialed by Once connected, the person called entering the digits one at a time. will be heard through the audio Dial or Call: The dial or call After each digit is entered, the speakers. command can be used system repeats back the digit it interchangeably to dial a phone heard followed by a tone. Using the “Re‐dial” Command number or a stored name tag. If an unwanted number is 1. Press and hold b / g for Digit Dial: This command allows a recognized by the system, say two seconds. phone number to be dialed by “Clear” at any time to clear the last entering the digits one at a time. 2. After the tone, say “Re‐dial.” number. Re‐dial: This command is used to Once connected, the person called dial the last number used on the cell will be heard through the audio phone. speakers.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 7-28 Infotainment System Receiving a Call Three‐Way Calling To mute a call, press b / g , and When an incoming call is received, Three‐way calling must be then say “Mute Call.” the audio system mutes and a ring supported on the cell phone and To cancel mute, press b / g , and tone is heard in the vehicle. enabled by the wireless service then say “Un‐mute Call.” carrier. . Press b / g to answer the call. Transferring a Call 1. While on a call, press b / g. . Press x / c to ignore a call. Audio can be transferred between 2. Say “Three‐way call.” the Bluetooth system and the cell Call Waiting 3. Use the dial or call command to phone. Call waiting must be supported on dial the number of the third party The cell phone must be paired and the cell phone and enabled by the to be called. connected with the Bluetooth wireless service carrier. 4. Once the call is connected, system before a call can be . Press b / g to answer an press b / g to link all the callers transferred. The connection process incoming call when another call together. can take up to two minutes after the is active. The original call is ignition is turned to ON/RUN. placed on hold. Ending a Call Transferring Audio from the . Press b / g again to return to Press x / c to end a call. Bluetooth System to a Cell Phone the original call. Muting a Call To transfer a call with the audio in . To ignore the incoming call, no the vehicle: During a call, all sounds from inside action is required. the vehicle can be muted so that the 1. Press b / g. . Press x / c to disconnect the person on the other end of the call 2. Say “Transfer Call.” current call and switch to the call cannot hear them. on hold.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Infotainment System 7-29 Transferring Audio to the 3. Say “Voice.” The system Clearing the System Bluetooth System from a Cell responds “OK, accessing Unless information is deleted out of Phone <phone name>.” the in‐vehicle Bluetooth system, it During a call with the audio on the The cell phones normal prompt will be retained indefinitely. This cell phone, press b / g. The audio messages will go through its cycle includes all saved name tags in the transfers to the vehicle. If the audio according to the phones operating phone book and phone pairing does not transfer to the vehicle, use instructions. information. For information on how the audio transfer feature on the cell to delete this information, see the Dual Tone Multi-Frequency previous sections on Deleting a phone. See your cell phone (DTMF) Tones Paired Phone and Deleting manufacturers user guide for more information. The Bluetooth system can send Name Tags. numbers and the numbers stored as Voice Pass-Thru name tags during a call. You can Other Information Voice pass‐thru allows access to the use this feature when calling a The Bluetooth® word mark and voice recognition commands on the menu driven phone system. Account logos are owned by the Bluetooth® cell phone. See your cell phone numbers can also be stored for use. SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks manufacturers user guide to see if by General Motors is under license. Sending a Number or Name Tag Other trademarks and trade names the cell phone supports this feature. During a Call are those of their respective owners. To access contacts stored in the cell phone: 1. Press b / g. The system See Radio Frequency Statement on responds “Ready,” followed by page 13‑20 for information 1. Press and hold b / g for a tone. regarding Part 15 of the Federal two seconds. 2. Say “Dial.” Communications Commission (FCC) 2. Say “Bluetooth.” This command rules and Industry Canada 3. Say the number or name tag Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310. can be skipped. to send.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 7-30 Infotainment System 2 NOTES
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Climate Controls 8-1 Climate Controls Climate Control Systems The heating, cooling and ventilation for the vehicle can be controlled with Climate Control Systems this system. Climate Control Systems . . . . . . 8-1 Automatic Climate Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5 Air Vents Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 A. Fan Control E. Air Delivery Mode Control B. Recirculation F. Air Conditioning C. Temperature Control G. Rear Window Defogger D. Outside Air
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 8-2 Climate Controls Operation Select from the following: air-conditioning button is pressed H (Vent): Air is directed to the while in defog mode, the indicator Temperature Control: Turn instrument panel outlets. light will turn on. If the button is clockwise or counterclockwise pressed again, the light will turn off. to increase or decrease the ) (Bi-Level): Air is divided The recirculation mode cannot be temperature inside the vehicle. between the instrument panel selected while in the defog mode. When it is cold outside −18°C (0°F) and floor outlets. Some air will be Do not drive the vehicle until all the or lower, use the engine coolant directed toward the side windows. windows are clear. heater, if vehicle has one, to provide 6 (Floor): warmer air faster to the vehicle. Air is directed to the 1 (Defrost): This mode quickly floor outlets with some air directed clears the windshield of fog or frost. An engine coolant heater warms to the windshield and side window Air is directed to the windshield with the coolant the engine uses that outlets. some air directed to the floor vents. provides heat to warm the inside of - (Defog): This mode clears the In this mode, outside air is pulled the vehicle. For more information, windows of fog or moisture. Air is into the vehicle. The air-conditioning see Engine Heater on page 9‑18. directed to the windshield and floor compressor will not run unless the 9 (Fan Control): Turn clockwise outlets, with some air directed to the outside temperature is at or below or counterclockwise to increase side windows. When this mode is freezing. The air-conditioning or decrease the fan speed. selected, the system automatically compressor operates although the The fan must be on to run the turns off recirculation and runs the indicator light is not on. The air-conditioning compressor. air-conditioning compressor unless air-conditioning indicator light turns Air Delivery Mode Control: Turn the outside temperature is at or off when defrost is selected. If the clockwise or counterclockwise to below freezing. The air-conditioning air-conditioning button is pressed change the current airflow mode. compressor operates although while in defrost mode, the indicator the indicator light is not on. The light turns on. If the button is air-conditioning indicator light turns pressed again, the light turns off. off when defog is selected. If the Recirculation cannot be selected while in the defrost mode.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Climate Controls 8-3 To help clear the windshield quickly, For quick cool down on hot days, do cannot be used with the do the following: the following: recirculation mode. Press : to 1. Select 0. 1. Select the C vent mode. cancel the recirculation mode. 2. Select the highest temperature. 2. Select the highest fan speed. ? (Recirculation): Press to turn the recirculation mode on. An 3. Select the highest fan speed. 3. Select # air conditioning. indicator light comes on to show # (Air Conditioning): Press to that it is on. This mode recirculates 4. Select the ? and helps to quickly cool the air turn the air conditioning system on or off. An indicator light comes on to recirculation mode. inside the vehicle. It can be used show it is on. 5. Select the coolest temperature. to prevent outside air and odors from entering the vehicle. The The air-conditioning system Using these settings together for recirculation indicator light blinks removes moisture from the air, so a long periods of time can cause the three times if you try to use small amount of water might drip air inside of the vehicle to become recirculation in a mode in which it under the vehicle while it is idling or too dry. To prevent this from cannot function. after the engine is turned off is happening, after the air in the normal. vehicle has cooled, turn the Pressing this button cancels the recirculation mode off. outside air mode. When switching to Maximum Air Conditioning the defog or defrost modes the : (Outside Air): Press to turn system automatically moves from On hot days, open the windows to the outside air mode on. An let hot inside air escape; then close recirculation to outside air. When indicator light comes on to show the vehicle or fan is turned off and them. This helps reduce the time it that it is on. Air from outside the takes for the vehicle to cool down. back on, the system defaults to vehicle will circulate throughout the outside air automatically. Only use It also helps the air conditioning vehicle. The outside air mode can system operate more efficiently. recirculation mode when it is be used with all modes, but it needed for comfort, since window fogging can occur.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 8-4 Climate Controls To improve fuel efficiency and to If the vehicles speed is maintained Remote Start Climate Control cool the vehicle faster, recirculation above 80 km/h (50 mph), the rear Operation may be automatically selected in window defogger remains on once For vehicles with the remote start warm weather. The recirculation the button is pressed. feature, when it is activated the light will not come on. To override If the vehicle has heated outside climate control system heats or this feature, select outside air. mirrors, the surface of the outside cools the inside of the vehicle using Rear Window Defogger mirrors heat when the rear window the modes that were set before the defogger is activated. See Heated vehicle was turned off. The climate The rear window defogger uses a Mirrors on page 2‑14. control knobs will remain active warming grid to remove fog or frost during a remote start. However, the from the rear window. Notice: Do not use anything sharp on the inside of the rear climate control buttons will be 1 REAR: Press to turn the rear window. If you do, you could cut inactive until the ignition is turned window defogger on or off. An or damage the warming grid, and on by the key. If the fan is off, the indicator light comes on to show the repairs would not be covered climate control system will not that the rear window defogger is on. by the vehicle warranty. Do not operate during remote start. See Be sure to clear as much snow from attach a temporary vehicle Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) the rear window as possible. license, tape, a decal, or anything System Operation on page 2‑3. If driving below 80 km/h (50 mph), similar to the defogger grid. the rear window defogger turns off about 15 minutes after the button is pressed. If turned on again, the defogger only runs for about seven minutes before turning off. The defogger can also be turned off by turning off the engine.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Climate Controls 8-5 Automatic Climate Control System Automatic Operation For vehicles with this system, the heating, cooling, and ventilation can be AUTO (Automatic): Select AUTO automatically controlled. on both the fan speed control and the air delivery mode control knobs to activate the automatic system. When automatic operation is active the system controls the inside temperature and air delivery. To place the system in automatic mode do the following: 1. Turn the fan knob and the mode knob to the AUTO position. The current set temperature displays. When AUTO is selected, the air conditioning operation and air inlet is A. Fan Control E. Rear Window Defogger automatically controlled. The air conditioning compressor runs B. Air Conditioning F. Air Delivery Mode Control while the outside temperature is C. Recirculation G. Display over about 40°F (4°C). The air D. Outside Air H. Temperature Control inlet will normally be set to outside air. If it is hot outside, the air inlet may automatically switch to recirculate inside air to help quickly cool down the vehicle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 8-6 Climate Controls 2. Set the temperature. To avoid blowing cold air at Air Delivery Mode Control: Turn An initial setting of 73°F (23°C) engine start-up in cold weather, clockwise or counterclockwise to is recommended. Allow about the system delays turning on the change the direction of the airflow in 20 minutes for the system to fan until warm air is available. the vehicle. The length of delay depends on regulate. Press w or x to the engine coolant temperature. Select from the following: adjust the temperature setting as Turning the fan knob overrides H (Vent): Air is directed to the necessary. If the temperature is this delay and changes the fan instrument panel outlets. set at 60°F (15°C) the system to the selected speed. remains at the maximum cooling ) (Bi-Level): Air is divided setting. If the temperature is Manual Operation between the instrument panel set at 90°F (32°C) the system outlets and the floor outlets. o (Off): Select this position on the remains at the maximum heat fan knob to turn off the entire 6 (Floor): Air is directed to the setting. Choosing either climate control system. Outside air floor outlets with some air directed maximum setting does not still enters the vehicle. The airflow to the side window outlets. cause the vehicle to heat or direction and temperature can be - (Defog): This mode clears the cool any faster. adjusted. windows of fog or moisture. Air is Do not to cover the sensor x / w Temperature Control: directed to the floor and windshield located on the top of the Press the arrows to increase or outlets. instrument panel near the decrease the temperature inside the 0 (Defrost): This mode clears the windshield. This sensor vehicle. windows of fog or frost more quickly. regulates air temperature based The system automatically controls on the intensity of the sun. 9 (Fan Control): Turn clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or the fan speed if defrost is selected Also do not cover the sensor decrease the fan speed. from the AUTO mode. If the outside grille on the lower right side of temperature is 4°C (40°F) or the climate control faceplate, as warmer, the air conditioning this regulates the inside compressor automatically runs to temperature. help dehumidify the air and dry the
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Climate Controls 8-7 windshield. The air conditioning In AUTO mode the system cools h (Recirculation): Press to turn indicator light blinks three times if and dehumidifies the air inside the recirculation mode on. An the compressor is turned off while in the vehicle. Also while in AUTO indicator light above the button this mode. mode, the system maximizes its comes on to show it is on. This # (Air Conditioning): Press turn performance by using recirculation mode recirculates and helps to the air conditioning on and off. An as necessary. quickly cool the air inside the indicator light turns on to show the Heating: On cold days when using vehicle. It can be used to help air conditioning is on. manual operation of the automatic prevent outside air and odors system, use floor mode to deliver air from entering the vehicle. The When air conditioning is selected or recirculation indicator light blinks is in AUTO mode, the system runs to the floor outlets. To warm or cool the air delivered, press x or w to three times if you try to use the air conditioning automatically to recirculation in a mode in which it cool and dehumidify the air entering the desired temperature setting. cannot function. the vehicle. To use the automatic mode, turn the Pressing this button cancels the On hot days, open the windows long knob to AUTO and press x or w to auto recirculation feature. Each time enough to let hot inside air escape. adjust the temperature. the vehicle is started, the system This reduces the time it takes for reverts to the auto recirculation the vehicle to cool down. Then : (Outside Air): Press to turn the outside air mode on. An function. keep the windows closed for the air conditioner to work its best. indicator light comes on to show it is The recirculation mode cannot be on. Air from outside the vehicle will used with the floor, defrost, or defog On cool, but sunny days while using circulate throughout the vehicle. The modes. If recirculation is selected in manual operation of the automatic outside air mode can be used with these modes, the indicator flashes system, use bi-level to deliver warm all modes, but it cannot be used three times and turns off to indicate air to the floor and cooler air to the with the recirculation mode. that this is not allowed. This is to instrument panel outlets. To warm or Pressing this button cancels the prevent window fogging. cool the air delivered, press the recirculation mode. temperature buttons to the desired setting.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 8-8 Climate Controls When the weather is cool or damp, If driving below 80 km/h (50 mph), Remote Start Climate Control operating the system in recirculation the rear window defogger turns off Operation for extended periods of time can about 15 minutes after the button is For vehicles with remote start, when cause fogging of the vehicles pressed. If additional warming time it is activated the climate control windows. To clear the fog, select is needed, press the button again. system heats and cools the inside either defog or defrost. Make sure If the vehicles speed is maintained of the vehicle using the previous the air conditioning is on. Allow the above 80 km/h (50 mph), the rear system settings before the vehicle air conditioning to run automatically window defogger remains on once was turned off. The climate control to help dehumidify the air. the button is pressed. knobs will remain active during a To improve fuel efficiency and to For vehicles with heated outside remote start. However, the climate cool the vehicle faster, recirculation mirrors, the surface of the outside control buttons will be inactive until may be automatically selected in mirrors will also heat when the rear the ignition is turned on by the key. warm weather. The recirculation window defogger is activated. See If the fan is off, the climate control light will not come on. To override Heated Mirrors on page 2‑14. system will not operate during this feature, select outside air. remote start. Notice: Do not use a razor blade Rear Window Defogger or sharp object to clear the inside With the automatic climate control rear window. Do not adhere system, the climate control displays The rear window defogger uses a “RS” in place of the temperature warming grid to remove fog from the anything to the defogger grid lines in the rear glass. These to indicate that remote start is rear window. activated. For best performance, actions may damage the rear 1 (Rear): Press to turn the rear defogger. Repairs would not be turn both the fan and mode knobs to window defogger on or off. An covered by your warranty. AUTO. If the temperature is cold indicator light comes on to show enough and the mode knob is set to that the rear window defogger is on. AUTO, the system begins in defrost to clear the windows. See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation on page 2‑3.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Climate Controls 8-9 . Keep the path under the front Air Vents seats clear of objects to help Use the lever located in the center circulate the air inside of the of each outlet by moving it either up vehicle more effectively. and down or side-to-side, to change . When an objectionable odor the direction and amount of airflow outside the vehicle is in the vehicle. encountered, use the Operation Tips recirculation mode, with the temperature knob at a . Clear away any ice, snow, comfortable setting to prevent or leaves from the air inlets at the odor from entering the the base of the windshield that vehicle through the ventilation may block the flow of air into the system. This can be helpful vehicle. when driving through a long . Do not use non-GM approved tunnel with poor ventilation. hood deflectors as they could However, extended usage of this adversely affect the performance mode in cold or cool weather of the system. can cause window fogging.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 8-10 Climate Controls 2 NOTES
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Driving and Operating 9-1 Driving and Shifting Into Park . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19 Shifting out of Park . . . . . . . . . . 9-20 Fuel Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-33 Operating Parking over Things That Burn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-20 Recommended Fuel . . . . . . . . . 9-34 Gasoline Specifications (U.S. and Canada Only) . . . . . . . . . . 9-34 Engine Exhaust California Fuel Driving Information Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21 Distracted Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2 Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-34 Running the Vehicle While Fuels in Foreign Countries . . . 9-35 Defensive Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2 Parked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21 Drunk Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3 Fuel Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-35 Control of a Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3 Automatic Transmission Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . 9-36 Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3 Automatic Transmission . . . . . 9-22 Filling the Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-37 Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3 Manual Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-23 Filling a Portable Fuel Off-Road Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5 Container . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-38 Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5 Brakes Antilock Brake Towing Driving on Wet Roads . . . . . . . . . 9-6 System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-25 General Towing Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26 Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-39 Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . 9-7 Driving Characteristics and Winter Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-8 Brake Assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26 Towing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-39 If the Vehicle Is Stuck . . . . . . . . . 9-9 Ride Control Systems Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-42 Vehicle Load Limits . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 Traction Control Towing Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . 9-44 Starting and Operating System (TCS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-27 Electronic Stability Conversions and Add-Ons New Vehicle Break-In . . . . . . . . 9-14 Add-On Electrical Ignition Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-15 Control (ESC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-29 Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-45 Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . 9-17 Cruise Control Engine Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18 Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-31 Retained Accessory Power (RAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 9-2 Driving and Operating . Designate a front seat Driving Information passenger to handle potential { WARNING distractions. Distracted Driving . Become familiar with vehicle Taking your eyes off the road too long or too often could cause a Distraction comes in many forms features before driving, such as and can take your focus from the crash resulting in injury or death. programming favorite radio task of driving. Exercise good stations and adjusting climate Focus your attention on driving. judgment and do not let other control and seat settings. activities divert your attention Program all trip information into Refer to the Infotainment section for away from the road. Many local any navigation device prior to more information on using that governments have enacted laws driving. system, including pairing and using regarding driver distraction. Become a cell phone. . Wait until the vehicle is parked familiar with the local laws in to retrieve items that have fallen your area. Defensive Driving to the floor. To avoid distracted driving, always Defensive driving means “always . Stop or park the vehicle to tend keep your eyes on the road, hands expect the unexpected.” The first to children. on the wheel, and mind on the drive. step in driving defensively is to wear . Keep pets in an appropriate the safety belt. See Safety Belts on . Do not use a phone in carrier or restraint. page 3‑8. demanding driving situations. Use a hands-free method to . Avoid stressful conversations . Assume that other road users place or receive necessary while driving, whether with a (pedestrians, bicyclists, and phone calls. passenger or on a cell phone. other drivers) are going to be . Watch the road. Do not read, careless and make mistakes. take notes, or look up Anticipate what they might do information on phones or and be ready. other electronic devices.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Driving and Operating 9-3 . Allow enough following distance between you and the driver in Control of a Vehicle If the engine ever stops while the vehicle is being driven, brake front of you. Braking, steering, and accelerating normally but do not pump the are important factors in helping to brakes. Doing so could make the . Focus on the task of driving. control a vehicle while driving. pedal harder to push down. If the Drunk Driving engine stops, there will be some Braking power brake assist but it will be Death and injury associated with used when the brake is applied. Braking action involves perception drinking and driving is a global Once the power assist is used up, it time and reaction time. Deciding to tragedy. can take longer to stop and the push the brake pedal is perception time. Actually doing it is brake pedal will be harder to push. { WARNING reaction time. Steering Drinking and then driving is Average driver reaction time is very dangerous. Your reflexes, about three-quarters of a second. Electric Power Steering perceptions, attentiveness, and In that time, a vehicle moving at If your vehicle has electric power judgment can be affected by even 100 km/h (60 mph) travels 20 m steering it does not have power a small amount of alcohol. You (66 ft), which could be a lot of steering fluid. Regular maintenance can have a serious— or even distance in an emergency. is not required. fatal— collision if you drive after Helpful braking tips to keep in mind If power steering assist is lost due drinking. include: to a system malfunction, the vehicle Do not drink and drive or ride with . Keep enough distance between can be steered, but may require a driver who has been drinking. you and the vehicle in front increased effort. Ride home in a cab; or if you are of you. with a group, designate a driver . Avoid needless heavy braking. who will not drink. . Keep pace with traffic.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 9-4 Driving and Operating If the steering wheel is turned in At faster speeds, the steering effort Curve Tips either direction several times until increases to provide a sport-like feel . Take curves at a reasonable it stops, or it is held until it is to the steering. This provides speed. stopped for an extended time, maximum control and stability. power steering assist should return . Reduce speed before entering a If the vehicle seems harder to steer shortly after a few normal steering curve. than normal when parking or driving movements. slowly, there may be a problem with . Maintain a reasonable steady See specific vehicle steering the system. You will still have power speed through the curve messages under Vehicle Messages steering, but steering will be stiffer . Wait until the vehicle is out of on page 5‑25. than normal at slow speeds. See the curve before accelerating See your dealer if there is a your dealer for service. gently into the straightaway. problem. Hydraulic Power Steering Steering in Emergencies Variable Effort Steering If your vehicle has hydraulic . There are some situations when Some vehicles have a steering power steering, it may require steering around a problem may system that varies the amount of maintenance. See Power Steering be more effective than braking. effort required to steer the vehicle in Fluid on page 10‑19. . Holding both sides of the relation to the speed of the vehicle. If power steering assist is lost steering wheel allows you to turn The amount of steering effort because the engine stops or the 180 degrees without removing required is less at slower speeds power steering system is not a hand. to make the vehicle more functioning, the vehicle can be steered but may require increased . Antilock Brake System (ABS) maneuverable and easier to park. allows steering while braking. effort. See your dealer if there is a problem.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Driving and Operating 9-5 Off-Road Recovery 2. Turn the steering wheel about Defensive drivers avoid most skids one-eighth of a turn, until the by taking reasonable care suited to right front tire contacts the existing conditions, and by not pavement edge. overdriving those conditions. But 3. Then turn the steering wheel to skids are always possible. go straight down the roadway. If the vehicle starts to slide, follow these suggestions: Loss of Control . Ease your foot off the Skidding accelerator pedal and quickly steer the way you want the There are three types of skids that vehicle to go. The vehicle may correspond to the vehicles three straighten out. Be ready for a control systems: second skid if it occurs. . Braking Skid — wheels are not . Slow down and adjust your The vehicles right wheels can drop rolling. driving according to weather off the edge of a road onto the conditions. Stopping distance shoulder while driving. Follow . Steering or Cornering Skid — too much speed or can be longer and vehicle these tips: control can be affected when steering in a curve causes tires 1. Ease off the accelerator and to slip and lose cornering force. traction is reduced by water, then, if there is nothing in the snow, ice, gravel, or other way, steer the vehicle so that it . Acceleration Skid — too much material on the road. Learn to straddles the edge of the throttle causes the driving recognize warning clues — such pavement. wheels to spin. as enough water, ice, or packed snow on the road to make a mirrored surface — and slow down when you have any doubt.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 9-6 Driving and Operating . Try to avoid sudden steering, Hydroplaning acceleration, or braking, { WARNING Hydroplaning is dangerous. Water including reducing vehicle speed by shifting to a lower gear. Any Wet brakes can cause crashes. can build up under the vehicles sudden changes could cause They might not work as well in a tires so they actually ride on the the tires to slide. quick stop and could cause water. This can happen if the road is pulling to one side. You could wet enough and you are going fast Remember: Antilock brakes help enough. When the vehicle is avoid only the braking skid. lose control of the vehicle. hydroplaning, it has little or no After driving through a large contact with the road. Driving on Wet Roads puddle of water or a car/vehicle wash, lightly apply the brake There is no hard and fast rule about Rain and wet roads can reduce hydroplaning. The best advice is to vehicle traction and affect your pedal until the brakes work slow down when the road is wet. ability to stop and accelerate. normally. Always drive slower in these types Flowing or rushing water creates Other Rainy Weather Tips of driving conditions and avoid strong forces. Driving through Besides slowing down, other wet driving through large puddles and flowing water could cause the weather driving tips include: deep‐standing or flowing water. vehicle to be carried away. If this . Allow extra following distance. happens, you and other vehicle occupants could drown. Do not . Pass with caution. ignore police warnings and be . Keep windshield wiping very cautious about trying to drive equipment in good shape. through flowing water.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Driving and Operating 9-7 . Keep the windshield washer fluid Hill and Mountain Roads reservoir filled. { WARNING . Driving on steep hills or through Have good tires with proper Coasting downhill in N (Neutral) mountains is different than driving tread depth. See Tires on on flat or rolling terrain. Tips for or with the ignition off is page 10‑38. driving in these conditions include: dangerous. The brakes will have . Turn off cruise control. to do all the work of slowing down . Keep the vehicle serviced and in good shape. and they could get so hot that Highway Hypnosis they would not work well. You . Check all fluid levels and brakes, would then have poor braking or Always be alert and pay attention to tires, cooling system, and your surroundings while driving. even none going down a hill. You transmission. could crash. Always have the If you become tired or sleepy, find a . Shift to a lower gear when going engine running and the vehicle in safe place to park the vehicle and rest. down steep or long hills. gear when going downhill. Other driving tips include: . Keep the vehicle well ventilated. { WARNING . Stay in your own lane. Do not swing wide or cut across the . Keep the interior If you do not shift down, the center of the road. Drive at temperature cool. brakes could get so hot that they speeds that let you stay in your would not work well. You would own lane. . Keep your eyes moving — scan then have poor braking or even the road ahead and to the sides. none going down a hill. You could . Be alert on top of hills; . Check the rearview mirror and crash. Shift down to let the engine something could be in your lane vehicle instruments often. assist the brakes on a steep (stalled car, accident). downhill slope.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 9-8 Driving and Operating . Pay attention to special road Try not to break the fragile traction. Blizzard Conditions signs (falling rocks area, winding If you accelerate too fast, the drive roads, long grades, passing or Being stuck in snow can be a wheels will spin and polish the no-passing zones) and take serious situation. Stay with the surface under the tires even more. appropriate action. vehicle unless there is help nearby. The Antilock Brake System (ABS) If possible, use the Roadside on page 9‑25 improves vehicle Assistance Program (U.S. and Winter Driving stability during hard stops on Canada) on page 13‑7 or Roadside Driving on Snow or Ice slippery roads, but apply the brakes Assistance Program (Mexico) on sooner than when on dry pavement. page 13‑9. To get help and keep Drive carefully when there is snow everyone in the vehicle safe: or ice between the tires and the Allow greater following distance on road, creating less traction or grip. any slippery road and watch for . Turn on the hazard warning Wet ice can occur at about 0°C slippery spots. Icy patches can flashers. (32°F) when freezing rain begins to occur on otherwise clear roads in . Tie a red cloth to an outside fall, resulting in even less traction. shaded areas. The surface of a mirror. Avoid driving on wet ice or in curve or an overpass can remain icy freezing rain until roads can be when the surrounding roads are treated with salt or sand. clear. Avoid sudden steering maneuvers and braking while Drive with caution, whatever the on ice. condition. Accelerate gently so traction is not lost. Accelerating too Turn off cruise control on slippery quickly causes the wheels to spin surfaces. and makes the surface under the tires slick, so there is even less traction.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Driving and Operating 9-9 feel really uncomfortable from the { WARNING WARNING (Continued) cold. Moving about to keep warm also helps. Snow can trap engine exhaust . Fully open the air outlets on under the vehicle. This may or under the instrument If it takes some time for help to cause exhaust gases to get panel. arrive, now and then when you run inside. Engine exhaust contains the engine, push the accelerator . Adjust the climate control pedal slightly so the engine runs carbon monoxide (CO) which system to a setting that cannot be seen or smelled. It can faster than the idle speed. This circulates the air inside the keeps the battery charged to restart cause unconsciousness and even vehicle and set the fan speed the vehicle and to signal for help death. to the highest setting. See with the headlamps. Do this as little If the vehicle is stuck in the snow: “Climate Control Systems” in as possible to save fuel. the Index. . Clear away snow from around the base of your vehicle, For more information about If the Vehicle Is Stuck especially any that is blocking carbon monoxide, see Engine Slowly and cautiously spin the the exhaust pipe. Exhaust on page 9‑21. wheels to free the vehicle when . Check again from time to stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow. time to be sure snow does Run the engine for short periods If the vehicle has a traction system, not collect there. only as needed to keep warm, but it can often help to free a stuck be careful. vehicle. Refer to the vehicles . Open a window about 5 cm (2 in) on the side of the To save fuel, run the engine for only traction system in the Index. If stuck vehicle that is away from the short periods as needed to warm too severely for the traction system wind to bring in fresh air. the vehicle and then shut the engine to free the vehicle, turn the traction off and close the window most of system off and use the rocking (Continued) the way to save heat. Repeat this method. until help arrives but only when you
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 9-10 Driving and Operating Release the accelerator pedal while { WARNING shifting, and press lightly on the { WARNING accelerator pedal when the If the vehicles tires spin at high transmission is in gear. Slowly Do not load the vehicle any speed, they can explode, and you spinning the wheels in the forward heavier than the Gross or others could be injured. The and reverse directions causes a Vehicle Weight Rating vehicle can overheat, causing an rocking motion that could free the (GVWR), or either the engine compartment fire or other vehicle. If that does not get the maximum front or rear Gross damage. Spin the wheels as little vehicle out after a few tries, it might Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). as possible and avoid going need to be towed out. If the vehicle This can cause systems to above 55 km/h (35 mph). does need to be towed out, see break and change the way the Towing the Vehicle on page 10‑79. vehicle handles. This could For information about using tire cause loss of control and a chains on the vehicle, see Tire Vehicle Load Limits crash. Overloading can also Chains on page 10‑58. It is very important to know how shorten the life of the vehicle. Rocking the Vehicle to Get much weight the vehicle can It Out carry. This weight is called the vehicle capacity weight and Turn the steering wheel left and includes the weight of all right to clear the area around the front wheels. Turn off any traction or occupants, cargo and all stability system. Shift back and forth nonfactory‐installed options. between R (Reverse) and a forward Two labels on the vehicle show gear, spinning the wheels as little as how much weight it may possible. To prevent transmission properly carry, the Tire and wear, wait until the wheels stop Loading Information label and spinning before shifting gears. the Certification label.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Driving and Operating 9-11 Tire and Loading Information positions (A), and the maximum Steps for Determining Correct Label vehicle capacity weight (B) in Load Limit kilograms and pounds. 1. Locate the statement “The The Tire and Loading combined weight of Information label also shows the occupants and cargo should tire size of the original never exceed XXX kg or equipment tires (C) and the XXX lbs” on your vehicles recommended cold tire inflation placard. pressures (D). For more 2. Determine the combined information on tires and inflation weight of the driver and see Tires on page 10‑38 and passengers that will be riding Tire Pressure on page 10‑45. in your vehicle. There is also important loading 3. Subtract the combined Label Example information on the Certification weight of the driver and A vehicle-specific Tire and label. It tells you the Gross passengers from XXX kg or Loading Information label is Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) XXX lbs. attached to the vehicles center and the Gross Axle Weight pillar (B-pillar). With the drivers Rating (GAWR) for the front and 4. The resulting figure equals door open, you will find the label rear axle. See “Certification the available amount of cargo attached below the door lock Label” later in this section. and luggage load capacity. post. The Tire and Loading For example, if the “XXX” Information label shows the amount equals 1400 lbs and number of occupant seating there will be five 150 lb passengers in your vehicle,
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 9-12 Driving and Operating the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs (1400 − 750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs). 5. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in Step 4. Example 1 Example 2 6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, the load from your A. Vehicle Capacity Weight for A. Vehicle Capacity Weight for trailer will be transferred to Example 1 = 453 kg Example 2 = 453 kg your vehicle. Consult this (1,000 lbs). (1,000 lbs). manual to determine how this B. Subtract Occupant Weight B. Subtract Occupant Weight reduces the available cargo @ 68 kg (150 lbs) × 2 = @ 68 kg (150 lbs) × 5 = and luggage load capacity of 136 kg (300 lbs). 340 kg (750 lbs). your vehicle. C. Available Occupant and C. Available Cargo Weight = See Trailer Towing on page 9‑42 Cargo Weight = 317 kg 113 kg (250 lbs). for important information on (700 lbs). towing a trailer, towing safety rules, and trailering tips.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Driving and Operating 9-13 seating positions. The combined occupants, fuel, and cargo. weight of the driver, passengers, Never exceed the GVWR for and cargo should never exceed the vehicle, or the Gross Axle the vehicles capacity weight. Weight Rating (GAWR) for either the front or rear axle. Certification Label And, if there is a heavy load, it should be spread out. See “Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit” earlier in this section. Example 3 { WARNING A. Vehicle Capacity Weight for Example 3 = 453 kg Do not load the vehicle any (1,000 lbs). heavier than the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating B. Subtract Occupant Weight (GVWR), or either the @ 91 kg (200 lbs) × 5 = Label Example maximum front or rear Gross 453 kg (1,000 lbs). A vehicle-specific Certification Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). C. Available Cargo Weight = label is attached to the driver This can cause systems to 0 kg (0 lbs). side center pillar (B-pillar). The break and change the way the label tells the gross weight vehicle handles. This could Refer to the vehicles Tire and cause loss of control and a Loading Information label for capacity of the vehicle, called the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating crash. Overloading can also specific information about the shorten the life of the vehicle. vehicles capacity weight and (GVWR). The GVWR includes the weight of the vehicle, all
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 9-14 Driving and Operating If you put things inside the Starting and vehicle — like suitcases, tools, WARNING (Continued) packages, or anything Operating . Never stack heavier else — they will go as fast as the things, like suitcases, vehicle goes. If you have to stop New Vehicle Break-In inside the vehicle so that or turn quickly, or if there is a some of them are above Notice: The vehicle does not crash, they will keep going. the tops of the seats. need an elaborate break-in. But it will perform better in the long run { WARNING . Do not leave an unsecured child restraint if you follow these guidelines: . Do not drive at any one Things inside the vehicle can in the vehicle. constant speed, fast or strike and injure people in a . Secure loose items in the slow, for the first 805 km sudden stop or turn, or in a vehicle. (500 miles). Do not make crash. full-throttle starts. Avoid . Do not leave a seat folded downshifting to brake or . Put things in the cargo down unless needed. slow the vehicle. area of the vehicle. In the cargo area, put them as far forward as possible. Try to spread the weight evenly. (Continued)
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Driving and Operating 9-15 . Avoid making hard stops for the first 322 km (200 miles) or Ignition Positions Notice: Using a tool to force the key to turn in the ignition could so. During this time the new cause damage to the switch or brake linings are not yet break the key. Use the correct broken in. Hard stops with key, make sure it is all the way in, new linings can mean and turn it only with your hand. premature wear and earlier If the key cannot be turned by replacement. Follow this hand, see your dealer. breaking-in guideline every time you get new brake 9 (STOPPING THE ENGINE/ linings. LOCK/OFF): When the vehicle is stopped, turn the ignition switch to . Do not tow a trailer during LOCK/OFF to turn the engine off. break-in. See Trailer Towing Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 9‑42 for the trailer will remain active. See Retained towing capabilities of the Accessory Power (RAP) on vehicle and more The ignition switch has four different page 9‑18. information. positions. This position locks the ignition. Following break‐in, engine speed To shift out of P (Park), the ignition It also locks the transmission. The and load can be gradually must be in ON/RUN or ACC/ key can only be removed in increased. ACCESSORY and the brake pedal LOCK/OFF. must be applied. Do not turn the engine off when the vehicle is moving. This will cause a loss of power assist in the brake and steering systems and disable the airbags.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 9-16 Driving and Operating If the vehicle must be shut off in an R (ON/RUN): This position can be emergency: { WARNING used to operate the electrical 1. Brake using a firm and steady accessories and to display some Turning off the vehicle while instrument panel warning lights. The pressure. Do not pump the moving may cause loss of power brakes repeatedly. This may switch will stay in this position while assist in the brake and steering the engine is running. This position deplete power assist, requiring systems and disable the airbags. increased brake pedal force. can also be used for service and While driving, only shut the diagnostics, and to verify the proper 2. Shift the vehicle to N (Neutral). vehicle off in an emergency. operation of the malfunction This can be done while the indicator lamp as may be required vehicle is moving. After shifting for emission inspection purposes. If the vehicle cannot be pulled over, to N (Neutral), firmly apply the and must be shut off while driving, If you leave the key in the ACC/ brakes and steer the vehicle to a turn the ignition to ACC/ ACCESSORY or ON/RUN position safe location. ACCESSORY. with the engine off, the battery could 3. Come to a complete stop, shift be drained. You may not be able to The steering can bind with the to P (Park), and turn the ignition start the vehicle if the battery is wheels turned off center. If this to LOCK/OFF. On vehicles with allowed to drain for an extended happens, move the steering wheel an automatic transmission, the period of time. from right to left while turning the shift lever must be in P (Park) to turn the ignition switch to the key to ACC/ACCESSORY. If this / (START): This position starts doesnt work, the vehicle needs the engine. When the engine starts, LOCK/OFF position. service. release the key. The ignition switch 4. Set the parking brake. See will return to the ON/RUN position ACC (ACC/ACCESSORY): This Parking Brake on page 9‑26. for driving. position lets you use things like the radio and windshield wipers while A warning tone will sound when the the engine is not running. driver door is opened, the ignition is in ACC/ACCESSORY or LOCK/OFF and the key is in the ignition.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Driving and Operating 9-17 Starting the Engine components. If the ignition key is 2. If the engine does not start after turned to the START position, 5 to 10 seconds, especially in Move the shift lever to P (Park) or and then released when the very cold weather (below −18°C N (Neutral). The engine will not start engine begins cranking, the or 0°F), it could be flooded with in any other position. To restart the engine will continue cranking for too much gasoline. Try pushing engine when the vehicle is already a few seconds or until the the accelerator pedal all the way moving, use N (Neutral) only. vehicle starts. If the engine does to the floor and holding it there Notice: Do not try to shift to not start and the key is held in as you hold the key in START P (Park) if the vehicle is moving. START, cranking will be stopped for up to a maximum of If you do, you could damage the after 15 seconds to prevent 15 seconds. Wait at least transmission. Shift to P (Park) cranking motor damage. To 15 seconds between each try, to only when the vehicle is stopped. prevent gear damage, this allow the cranking motor to cool system also prevents cranking if down. When the engine starts, Starting Procedure the engine is already running. let go of the key and accelerator. 1. With your foot off the accelerator Engine cranking can be stopped If the vehicle starts briefly but pedal, turn the ignition to START. by turning the ignition switch to then stops again, repeat these When the engine starts, let go of the ACC/ACCESSORY or steps. This clears the extra the key. The idle speed will slow LOCK/OFF position. gasoline from the engine. Do not down as the engine warms. Do Notice: Cranking the engine for race the engine immediately not race the engine immediately long periods of time, by returning after starting it. Operate the after starting it. Operate the the key to the START position engine and transmission gently engine and transmission gently immediately after cranking has until the oil warms up and to allow the oil to warm up and ended, can overheat and damage lubricates all moving parts. lubricate all moving parts. the cranking motor, and drain the Notice: The engine is designed to The vehicle has a battery. Wait at least 15 seconds work with the electronics in the Computer-Controlled Cranking between each try, to let the vehicle. If you add electrical parts System. This feature assists in cranking motor cool down. or accessories, you could change starting the engine and protects the way the engine operates.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 9-18 Driving and Operating Before adding electrical heater cord is located near the 4. Before starting the engine, be equipment, check with your air cleaner box on the passenger sure to unplug and store the dealer. If you do not, the engine side of the engine compartment. cord as it was before to keep it might not perform properly. Any With a V6 engine, the engine away from moving engine parts resulting damage would not be coolant heater cord is located on and prevent damage. covered by the vehicle warranty. the driver side around the The length of time the heater should battery box. See Engine remain plugged in depends on Engine Heater Compartment Overview on several factors. Ask a dealer in the page 10‑5 for more information area where you will be parking the The engine coolant heater can on location. provide easier starting and better vehicle for the best advice on this. fuel economy during engine warm‐ up in cold weather conditions at or { WARNING Retained Accessory below −18°C (0°F). Vehicles with an Power (RAP) Plugging the cord into an engine coolant heater should be ungrounded outlet could cause an These vehicle accessories can be plugged in at least four hours before electrical shock. Also, the wrong used for up to 10 minutes after the starting the vehicle. An internal thermostat in the plug-end of the kind of extension cord could engine is turned off: cord may exist which will prevent overheat and cause a fire. You . Audio System engine coolant heater operation at could be seriously injured. Plug temperatures above −18°C (0°F). the cord into a properly grounded . Power Windows three-prong 110-volt AC outlet. . Heated Seats (if equipped) To Use the Engine Coolant If the cord will not reach, use a Heater heavy-duty three-prong extension . Sunroof (if equipped) 1. Turn off the engine. cord rated for at least 15 amps. These features continue to work up to 10 minutes after the ignition is 2. Open the hood and unwrap the turned to LOCK/OFF. electrical cord. With a 4 cylinder 3. Plug the cord into a normal, engine, the engine coolant grounded 110-volt AC outlet.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Driving and Operating 9-19 The power windows, heated seats, 1. Hold the brake pedal down and and sunroof will work until any door set the parking brake. See WARNING (Continued) is opened. Parking Brake on page 9‑26 for more information. firmly set. And, if you leave the The radio continues to work until the vehicle with the engine running, it driver door is opened. 2. Move the shift lever into P (Park) could overheat and even catch All these features operate when the by holding in the button on the fire. You or others could be key is in the ON/RUN or ACC/ shift lever and pushing the shift injured. Do not leave the vehicle ACCESSORY. lever all the way toward the front with the engine running. of the vehicle. Shifting Into Park 3. Turn the ignition key to If you have to leave the vehicle with LOCK/OFF. the engine running, be sure the { WARNING 4. Remove the key and take it with vehicle is in P (Park) and the you. If you can leave the vehicle parking brake is firmly set before It can be dangerous to get out of with the ignition key in your you leave it. After you have moved the vehicle if the shift lever is not hand, the vehicle is in P (Park). the shift lever into P (Park), hold the fully in P (Park) with the parking regular brake pedal down. Then, brake firmly set. The vehicle can Leaving the Vehicle with the see if you can move the shift lever roll. If you have left the engine Engine Running away from P (Park) without first running, the vehicle can move pushing the button. suddenly. You or others could be { WARNING If you can, it means that the shift injured. To be sure the vehicle will lever was not fully locked in not move, even when you are on It can be dangerous to leave the vehicle with the engine running. P (Park). fairly level ground, use the steps that follow. If you are pulling a The vehicle could move suddenly trailer, see Driving Characteristics if the shift lever is not fully in and Towing Tips on page 9‑39. P (Park) with the parking brake (Continued)
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 9-20 Driving and Operating Torque Lock Shifting out of Park 2. Press the shift lever button. Torque lock is when the weight of This vehicle is equipped with an 3. Move the shift lever to the the vehicle puts too much force on electronic shift lock release system. desired position. the parking pawl in the The shift lock release is If still unable to shift out of P (Park): transmission. This happens when designed to: parking on a hill and shifting the 1. Fully release the shift lever transmission into P (Park) is not . Prevent ignition key removal button. done properly and then it is difficult unless the shift lever is in P (Park) with the shift lever 2. Hold the brake pedal down and to shift out of P (Park). To prevent press the shift lever button torque lock, set the parking brake button fully released. again. and then shift into P (Park). To find . Prevent movement of the shift out how, see “Shifting Into Park” 3. Move the shift lever to the lever out of P (Park), unless the listed previously. ignition is in ON/RUN or ACC/ desired position. If torque lock does occur, your ACCESSORY and the brake If you are still having a problem vehicle may need to be pushed pedal is applied. shifting, see your dealer. uphill by another vehicle to relieve The shift lock release is always the parking pawl pressure, so you functional except in the case of an Parking over Things can shift out of P (Park). uncharged or low voltage (less than That Burn 9 volt) battery. If the vehicle has an uncharged { WARNING battery or a battery with low voltage, try charging or jump starting the Things that can burn could touch battery. See Jump Starting on hot exhaust parts under the page 10‑76 vehicle and ignite. Do not park over papers, leaves, dry grass, To shift out of P (Park): or other things that can burn. 1. Apply the brake pedal.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Driving and Operating 9-21 Engine Exhaust WARNING (Continued) Running the Vehicle While Parked { WARNING . There are holes or openings in the vehicle body from It is better not to park with the engine running. But if you ever have Engine exhaust contains carbon damage or aftermarket to, here are some things to know. monoxide (CO) which cannot be modifications that are not seen or smelled. Exposure to CO completely sealed. can cause unconsciousness and If unusual fumes are detected or { WARNING even death. if it is suspected that exhaust is Idling a vehicle in an enclosed Exhaust may enter the vehicle if: coming into the vehicle: area with poor ventilation is . Drive it only with the windows dangerous. Engine exhaust may . The vehicle idles in areas with poor ventilation (parking completely down. enter the vehicle. Engine exhaust garages, tunnels, deep snow contains Carbon Monoxide (CO) . Have the vehicle repaired which cannot be seen or smelled. that may block underbody immediately. airflow or tail pipes). It can cause unconsciousness Never park the vehicle with the and even death. Never run the . The exhaust smells or engine running in an enclosed engine in an enclosed area that sounds strange or different. area such as a garage or a has no fresh air ventilation. For . The exhaust system leaks building that has no fresh air more information, see Engine due to corrosion or damage. ventilation. Exhaust on page 9‑21. . The vehicle exhaust system has been modified, damaged or improperly repaired. (Continued)
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 9-22 Driving and Operating { WARNING Automatic { WARNING It can be dangerous to get out of Transmission It is dangerous to get out of the the vehicle if the automatic vehicle if the shift lever is not fully transmission shift lever is not fully in P (Park) with the parking brake in P (Park) with the parking brake firmly set. The vehicle can roll. firmly set. The vehicle can roll. Do Do not leave the vehicle when the not leave the vehicle when the engine is running unless you engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the have to. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure the could be injured. To be sure the vehicle will not move, even when vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, you are on fairly level ground, always set the parking brake and always set the parking brake and The automatic transmission has a move the shift lever to P (Park). move the shift lever to P (Park). shift lever located on the console See Shifting Into Park on between the seats. page 9‑19. If you are pulling a Follow the proper steps to be sure P (Park): This position locks the trailer, see Trailer Towing on the vehicle will not move. See front wheels. It is the best position page 9‑42. Shifting Into Park on page 9‑19. to use when you start the engine If parking on a hill and pulling a because the vehicle cannot move Make sure the shift lever is fully in trailer, see Driving Characteristics easily. P (Park) before starting the engine. and Towing Tips on page 9‑39. The vehicle has an automatic transmission shift lock control
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Driving and Operating 9-23 system. You must fully apply the N (Neutral): In this position, the D (Drive): This position is for brake pedal then press the shift engine does not connect with the normal driving. It provides the best lever button before you can shift wheels. To restart the engine when fuel economy. If you need more from P (Park) while the ignition key the vehicle is already moving, use power for passing, and you are: is in ON/RUN. If you cannot shift out N (Neutral) only. Also, use . Going less than 56 km/h of P (Park), ease pressure on the N (Neutral) when the vehicle is (35 mph), push the accelerator shift lever and push the shift lever being towed. pedal about halfway down. all the way into P (Park) as you maintain brake application. Then move the shift lever into another { WARNING . Going about 56 km/h (35 mph) or more, push the accelerator all gear. See Shifting out of Park on Shifting into a drive gear while the the way down. page 9‑20. engine is running at high speed is M (Manual Mode): This position, R (Reverse): Use this gear to dangerous. Unless your foot is allows you to change gears similar back up. firmly on the brake pedal, the to a manual transmission. If the vehicle could move very rapidly. vehicle has this feature, see Driver Notice: Shifting to R (Reverse) Shift Control (DSC). You could lose control and hit while the vehicle is moving people or objects. Do not shift forward could damage the transmission. The repairs would into a drive gear while the engine Manual Mode not be covered by the vehicle is running at high speed. Driver Shift Control (DSC) warranty. Shift to R (Reverse) only after the vehicle is stopped. Notice: Shifting out of P (Park) or To use this feature, do the following: To rock the vehicle back and forth to N (Neutral) with the engine 1. Move the shift lever from get out of snow, ice, or sand without running at high speed may D (Drive) rearward to damaging the transmission, see If damage the transmission. The M (Manual). the Vehicle Is Stuck on page 9‑9. repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Be sure the engine is not running at high speed when shifting the vehicle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 9-24 Driving and Operating While driving in manual mode, The Driver Information Center (DIC) Second or Third Gear Start the transmission will remain in in the instrument cluster will change Feature the driver selected gear. When from the currently displayed When accelerating the vehicle from coming to a stop in the manual message to the letter “M,” for a stop in snowy and icy conditions, position, the vehicle will Manual position, and a number you may want to shift into automatically shift into indicating the requested gear. 2 (Second) or 3 (Third) gear. 2 (Second) gear. While using the DSC feature the A higher gear allows you to gain transmission will have firmer shifting more traction on slippery surfaces. and sportier performance. You can With the DSC feature, the vehicle use this for sport driving or when can be set to pull away in Second or climbing hills to stay in gear longer Third gear. or to downshift for more power or engine braking. 1. Move the shift lever from D (Drive) into the The transmission will only allow M (Manual Mode). you to shift into gears appropriate for the vehicle speed and engine 2. With the vehicle stopped, revolutions per minute (rpm): press (+) end of the button to select 2 (Second) or 3 (Third) . The transmission will not gear. The vehicle will start from automatically shift to the next a stop position in 2 (Second) or 2. Press the + (plus) end of the higher gear if the vehicle speed 3 (Third) gear. button on the side of the shifter or engine rpm is too low. 3. Once moving select the desired to upshift, or push the − (minus) . The transmission will not allow drive gear. end of the button to downshift. shifting to the next lower gear if the vehicle speed or engine rpm is too high.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Driving and Operating 9-25 Brakes If driving safely on a wet road and it there will not be enough time to becomes necessary to slam on the apply the brakes if that vehicle brakes and continue braking to suddenly slows or stops. Always Antilock Brake avoid a sudden obstacle, a leave enough room up ahead to System (ABS) computer senses that the wheels stop, even with ABS. are slowing down. If one of the This vehicle has the Antilock Brake Using ABS wheels is about to stop rolling, the System (ABS), an advanced computer will separately work the Do not pump the brakes. Just hold electronic braking system that helps brakes at each wheel. the brake pedal down firmly and let prevent a braking skid. ABS can change the brake pressure ABS work. You might hear the ABS When the engine is started and the pump or motor operating and feel to each wheel, as required, faster vehicle begins to drive away, ABS the brake pedal pulsate, but this is than any driver could. This can help checks itself. A momentary motor or normal. the driver steer around the obstacle clicking noise might be heard while while braking hard. Braking in Emergencies this test is going on, and it might even be noticed that the brake As the brakes are applied, the ABS allows the driver to steer and pedal moves a little. This is normal. computer keeps receiving updates brake at the same time. In many on wheel speed and controls emergencies, steering can help braking pressure accordingly. more than even the very best Remember: ABS does not change braking. the time needed to get a foot up to the brake pedal or always decrease stopping distance. If you get too close to the vehicle in front of you, If there is a problem with ABS, this warning light stays on. See Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light on page 5‑17.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 9-26 Driving and Operating Parking Brake feel the pedal release. If the parking Brake Assist brake is not released when you begin to drive, the brake system This vehicle has a brake assist warning light comes on and a chime feature designed to assist the driver sounds as a warning that the in stopping or decreasing vehicle parking brake is still on. speed in emergency driving conditions. This feature uses the The PUSH PARK PEDAL message stability system hydraulic brake will also display in the Driver control module to supplement the Information Center (DIC) as a power brake system under reminder to release the parking conditions where the driver has brake. See Brake System Messages quickly and forcefully applied the on page 5‑25. brake pedal in an attempt to quickly Notice: Driving with the parking stop or slow down the vehicle. The brake on can overheat the brake stability system hydraulic brake To set the parking brake, push down system and cause premature control module increases brake the parking brake pedal with your wear or damage to brake system pressure at each corner of the left foot. If the ignition is on, the parts. Make sure that the parking vehicle until the ABS activates. brake system warning light will brake is fully released and the Minor brake pedal pulsation or come on. See Brake System brake warning light is off before pedal movement during this time is Warning Light on page 5‑17. driving. normal and the driver should continue to apply the brake To release the parking brake, hold If you are towing a trailer and are pedal as the driving situation the regular brake pedal down with parking on a hill, see Driving dictates. The brake assist feature your right foot. Push down Characteristics and Towing Tips on will automatically disengage when momentarily on the parking brake page 9‑39. the brake pedal is released or pedal with your left foot until you brake pedal pressure is quickly decreased.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Driving and Operating 9-27 Ride Control Systems The system may be heard or felt Adjust your driving accordingly. See while it is working, but this is Ride Control System Messages on normal. page 5‑26 for more information. Traction Control If the vehicle is in cruise control The Traction Control System is System (TCS) when TCS begins to limit wheel automatically enabled whenever the The vehicle may have a Traction spin, the cruise control will vehicle is started. To limit wheel Control System (TCS) that limits automatically disengage. The cruise spin, especially in slippery road wheel spin. This is especially useful control may be re-engaged when conditions, always leave the system in slippery road conditions. The road conditions allow. See Cruise enabled. TCS can be turned off if system operates only if it senses Control on page 9‑31. needed. that the front wheels are spinning It is recommended to leave the too much or are beginning to lose system on for normal driving traction. When this happens, the conditions, but it may be necessary system works the front brakes and to turn the system off if the vehicle reduces engine power by closing is stuck in sand, mud, ice or snow, the throttle and managing engine and you want to “rock” the vehicle to spark to limit wheel spin. attempt to free it. It may also be When this light is on solid and either necessary to turn off the system the SERVICE TRACTION or when driving in extreme off-road TRACTION OFF message is conditions where high wheel spin is displayed, the system will not limit required. See If the Vehicle Is Stuck wheel spin. on page 9‑9. This light will flash when the traction control system is limiting wheel spin.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 9-28 Driving and Operating The traction control system is with the front wheels spinning enabled automatically when the with a loss of traction, it is vehicle is started, and it will activate possible to cause damage to the and flash the ESC/TCS light and transmission. Do not attempt to display the LOW TRACTION shift when the front wheels do not message if it senses either of the have traction. Damage caused by To turn the system off or on, press front wheels are spinning or misuse of the vehicle is not and release this button located on beginning to lose traction while covered. See your warranty book the center console. driving. For more information on the for additional information. LOW TRACTION message, see The traction control system may Ride Control System Messages on activate on dry or rough roads or page 5‑26. under conditions such as heavy Notice: If the wheel(s) of one axle acceleration while turning or abrupt are allowed to spin excessively upshifts/downshifts of the while the ESC/TCS, ABS and transmission. When this happens, a Brake warning lights and the reduction in acceleration may be The traction off light comes on and SERVICE ESC and/or SERVICE noticed, or a noise or vibration may the DIC will display the appropriate TRACTION messages are be heard. This is normal. message as described previously displayed, the differential could If the vehicle is in cruise control when the button is pressed. be damaged. The repairs would when the system activates, the not be covered by the vehicle ESC/TCS light will flash and the Traction Control Operation warranty. Reduce engine power cruise control will automatically Traction control limits wheel spin by and do not spin the wheel(s) disengage. The cruise control may reducing engine power to the excessively while these lights and be re-engaged when road wheels (engine speed management) this message are displayed. conditions allow. See Cruise Control and by applying brakes to each Notice: When traction control is on page 9‑31. individual wheel (brake-traction turned off, it is possible to lose control) as necessary. traction. If you attempt to shift
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Driving and Operating 9-29 Adding non‐dealer accessories can If the system fails to turn on or The system may be heard or felt affect the vehicles performance. activate, the ESC/TCS light will be while it is working; this is normal. See Accessories and Modifications on solid, and the ESC OFF or When the light is on solid and either on page 10‑3 for more information. SERVICE ESC message will be the SERVICE ESC or ESC OFF displayed. message is displayed, the system Electronic Stability For more information, see Ride will not assist the driver in Control (ESC) Control System Messages on maintaining directional control page 5‑26. of the vehicle. Adjust your driving The vehicle has an Electronic accordingly. See Ride Control Stability Control (ESC) system System Messages on page 5‑26. which combines antilock brake, traction and stability control systems The Electronic Stability Control and helps the driver maintain (ESC) system is automatically directional control of the vehicle in enabled whenever the vehicle is most driving conditions. started. To assist the driver with vehicle directional control, When you first start the vehicle and This light will flash on the instrument especially in slippery road begin to drive away, the system panel cluster when the ESC system conditions, the system should performs several diagnostic checks is both on and activated. always be left on. But, ESC can be to ensure there are no problems. turned off if needed. The system may be heard or felt while it is working. This is normal and does not mean there is a problem with the vehicle. The system should initialize before the vehicle reaches 32 km/h (20 mph).
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 9-30 Driving and Operating If the vehicle is in cruise control It is recommended to leave the when the system begins to assist system on for normal driving the driver maintain directional conditions, but it may be necessary control of the vehicle, the ESC/TCS to turn the system off if the vehicle light will flash and the cruise control is stuck in sand, mud, ice or snow, will automatically disengage. The and you want to “rock” the vehicle to cruise control system may be attempt to free it. It may also be re-engaged when road conditions necessary to turn off the system allow. See Cruise Control on when driving in extreme off-road page 9‑31. conditions where high wheel spin is required. See If the Vehicle Is Stuck on page 9‑9. ESC may also turn off automatically When the ESC system is turned off, if it determines that a problem exists the traction off light and the ESC off with the system. The ESC OFF and light will be on to warn the driver SERVICE ESC messages and the that both traction control and ESC ESC/TCS light will be on solid to The ESC/TCS button is located on are disabled. The TRACTION OFF warn the driver that ESC is disabled the instrument panel. and ESC OFF messages will appear and requires service. If the problem on the DIC, does not clear after restarting the The traction control system can be turned off or back on by pressing vehicle, see your dealer for service. the ESC/TCS button. To disable See Ride Control System Messages both traction control and ESC, press on page 5‑26 for more information. and hold the button briefly. Adding non‐dealer accessories can affect the vehicles performance. See Accessories and Modifications on page 10‑3 for more information.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) Driving and Operating 9-31 Cruise Control { WARNING Cruise control lets a speed of about 40 km/h (25 mph) or more be Cruise control can be dangerous maintained without keeping your where you cannot drive safely at foot on the accelerator. This can a steady speed. So, do not use really help on long trips. Cruise the cruise control on winding control does not work at speeds roads or in heavy traffic. below 40 km/h (25 mph). Cruise control can be dangerous When the brakes are applied, the on slippery roads. On such roads, cruise control shuts off. fast changes in tire traction can If the vehicle is in cruise control and cause excessive wheel slip, and the Traction Control System (TCS) you could lose control. Do not use The cruise control buttons are or Enhanced Traction System (ETS) cruise control on slippery roads. located on the steering wheel. begins to limit wheel spin, the cruise I (On/Off): Press to turn the control automatically disengages. cruise control system on and off. See Traction Control System (TCS) on page 9‑27 and Electronic RES+ (Resume): Press briefly to Stability Control (ESC) on make the vehicle resume a page 9‑29. When road conditions previously set speed or press and allow, the cruise control can be used hold to accelerate. again. SET− (Set): Press to set the speed and activate cruise control or make the vehicle decelerate.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 9-32 Driving and Operating Setting Cruise Control Resuming a Set Speed . To increase the vehicle speed in small amounts, press the RES+ If the cruise button is on when not in If the cruise control is set at a button briefly. Each time this is use, it could get bumped and go into desired speed and then the brakes done, the vehicle goes about cruise when not desired. Keep the are applied, the cruise control is 1.6 km/h (1 mph) faster. cruise control switch off when cruise disengaged without erasing the set is not being used. speed from memory. The cruise Reducing Speed While Using symbol in the instrument panel Cruise Control 1. Press I to turn cruise control cluster also goes out indicating on. The indicator light on the If the cruise control system is cruise is no longer engaged. Once already activated, button comes on. the vehicle speed is 40 km/h 2. Get up to the desired speed. (25 mph) or greater, press the RES+ . Press and hold the SET− on the button on the steering wheel. The steering wheel until the lower 3. Press the SET− and release it. vehicle returns to the previously set speed desired is reached, then The cruise symbol displays in speed and stays there. release it. the instrument panel cluster to show the system is engaged. Increasing Speed While Using . To slow down in small amounts, Cruise Control press the SET− button briefly. 4. Take your foot off the accelerator Each time this is done, the pedal. If the cruise control system is vehicle goes about 1.6 km/h already activated, (1 mph) slower. . Press and hold the RES+ button Passing Another Vehicle While on the steering wheel until the Using Cruise Control desired speed is reached, then release it. Use the accelerator pedal to increase the vehicle speed. When you take your foot off the pedal, the vehicle will slow down to the previously set cruise control speed.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) Driving and Operating 9-33 Using Cruise Control on Hills Fuel How well the cruise control works Use of the recommended fuel is on hills depends upon the vehicle an important part of the proper speed, load, and the steepness of maintenance of this vehicle. To help the hills. When going up steep hills, keep the engine clean and maintain you might have to step on the optimum vehicle performance, we accelerator pedal to maintain the recommend the use of gasoline vehicle speed. When going advertised as TOP TIER Detergent downhill, you might have to brake or Gasoline. shift to a lower gear to keep the vehicle at a lower speed. When the Look for the TOP TIER label on the brakes are applied this ends the fuel pump to ensure gasoline meets cruise control. enhanced detergency standards The eighth digit of the Vehicle developed by auto companies. A list Identification Number (VIN) shows Ending Cruise Control of marketers providing TOP TIER the code letter or number that There are two ways to end cruise Detergent Gasoline can be found at identifies the vehicles engine. control: www.toptiergas.com. The VIN is at the top left of the . To disengage the cruise control, instrument panel. See Vehicle step lightly on the brake pedal. Identification Number (VIN) on . page 12‑1. To turn off cruise control, press Vehicles that have a FlexFuel badge the I button. and a yellow fuel cap can use either Erasing Speed Memory unleaded gasoline or ethanol fuel containing up to 85% ethanol (E85). The cruise control set speed is erased from memory, by pressing the I button or if the ignition is turned off.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 9-34 Driving and Operating See Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) on could choose to use middle grade California Fuel page 9‑36. For all other vehicles, 89 octane unleaded gasoline. If the use only the unleaded gasoline octane rating is less than 87, an Requirements described under Recommended audible knocking noise, commonly If the vehicle is certified to meet Fuel on page 9‑34. referred to as spark knock, might be California Emissions Standards, it is heard when driving. If this occurs, designed to operate on fuels that Recommended Fuel use a gasoline rated at 87 octane or meet California specifications. See higher as soon as possible. If heavy the underhood emission control If the vehicle has the 2.4L L4 engine knocking is heard when using label. If this fuel is not available in (VIN Code 1) or the 2.4L L4 engine gasoline rated at 87 octane or states adopting California Emissions (VIN Code U), use regular unleaded higher, the engine needs service. Standards, the vehicle will operate gasoline with a posted octane rating satisfactorily on fuels meeting of 87 or higher. If the octane rating is less than 87, an audible knocking Gasoline Specifications federal specifications, but emission (U.S. and Canada Only) control system performance might noise, commonly referred to as be affected. The malfunction spark knock, might be heard when At a minimum, gasoline should indicator lamp could turn on and the driving. If this occurs, use a meet ASTM specification vehicle might fail a smog‐check test. gasoline rated at 87 octane or D 4814 in the United States or See Malfunction Indicator Lamp on higher as soon as possible. If heavy CAN/CGSB‐3.5 or 3.511 in page 5‑14. If this occurs, return to knocking is heard when using Canada. Some gasolines contain an your authorized dealer for diagnosis. gasoline rated at 87 octane or octane-enhancing additive called If it is determined that the condition higher, the engine needs service. methylcyclopentadienyl manganese is caused by the type of fuel used, If the vehicle has the 3.6L V6 engine tricarbonyl (MMT). We recommend repairs might not be covered by the (VIN Code 7), use regular unleaded against the use of gasolines vehicle warranty. gasoline with a posted octane containing MMT. See Fuel Additives rating of 87 or higher. For best on page 9‑35 for additional performance or trailer towing, you information.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (35,1) Driving and Operating 9-35 Fuels in Foreign regulations. To help keep fuel We recommend that you use these injectors and intake valves clean gasolines, if they comply with the Countries and avoid problems due to dirty specifications described earlier. Never use leaded gasoline or any injectors or valves, look for gasoline However, E85 (85% ethanol) and other fuel not recommended in the that is advertised as TOP TIER other fuels containing more than previous text on fuel. Costly repairs Detergent Gasoline. Look for the 15% ethanol must not be used in caused by use of improper fuel TOP TIER label on the fuel pump to vehicles that were not designed for would not be covered by the vehicle ensure gasoline meets enhanced those fuels. warranty. detergency standards developed by Notice: This vehicle was not the auto companies. A list of designed for fuel that contains To check the fuel availability, ask an marketers providing TOP TIER methanol. Do not use fuel auto club, or contact a major oil Detergent Gasoline can be found at containing methanol. It can company that does business in the www.toptiergas.com. corrode metal parts in the fuel country where you will be driving. For customers who do not use TOP system and also damage plastic Fuel Additives TIER Detergent Gasoline regularly, and rubber parts. That damage one bottle of GM Fuel System would not be covered under the To provide cleaner air, all gasolines Treatment PLUS, added to the fuel vehicle warranty. in the United States are now tank at every engine oil change, can required to contain additives that Some gasolines that are help clean deposits from fuel not reformulated for low help prevent engine and fuel system injectors and intake valves. GM Fuel deposits from forming, allowing the emissions can contain an System Treatment PLUS is the only octane-enhancing additive called emission control system to work gasoline additive recommended by properly. In most cases, nothing methylcyclopentadienyl manganese General Motors. It is available at tricarbonyl (MMT); ask the attendant should have to be added to the fuel. your dealer. However, some gasolines contain where you buy gasoline whether the only the minimum amount of Gasolines containing oxygenates, fuel contains MMT. We recommend additive required to meet U.S. such as ethers and ethanol, and against the use of such gasolines. Environmental Protection Agency reformulated gasolines might be available in your area.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (36,1) 9-36 Driving and Operating Fuels containing MMT can reduce website (www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/ after refueling for at least 11 km spark plug life and affect emission locator/stations/) that can help you (7 mi) to allow the vehicle to control system performance. The find E85 fuel. Those stations that do adapt to the change in ethanol malfunction indicator lamp might have E85 should have a label concentration. turn on. If this occurs, return to your indicating ethanol content. Do not E85 has less energy per liter dealer for service. use the fuel if the ethanol content is (gallon) than gasoline, so you will greater than 85%. need to refill the fuel tank more Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) At a minimum, E85 should meet often when using E85 than when Vehicles that have a FlexFuel badge ASTM Specification D 5798 or you are using gasoline. See Filling and a yellow fuel cap can use either CGSB Specification 3.512. Filling the Tank on page 9‑37. unleaded gasoline or ethanol fuel the tank with fuel mixtures that do Notice: Some additives are not containing up to 85% ethanol (E85). not meet ASTM or CGSB compatible with E85 fuel and can For all other vehicles, use only the specifications can affect driveability harm the vehicles fuel system. unleaded gasoline described under and could cause the malfunction Do not add anything to E85. Recommended Fuel on page 9‑34. indicator lamp to come on. As the Damage caused by additives outside temperature approaches would not be covered by the We encourage the use of E85 in freezing, ethanol fuel distributors vehicles that are designed to use it. vehicle warranty. should supply winter grade ethanol, The ethanol in E85 is a “renewable” the same as with unleaded Notice: This vehicle was not fuel, meaning it is made from gasoline. designed for fuel that contains renewable sources such as corn methanol. Do not use fuel and other crops. It is best not to alternate repeatedly containing methanol. It can between gasoline and E85. If you corrode metal parts in the fuel Many service stations will not have do switch fuels, it is recommended an 85% ethanol fuel (E85) pump system and also damage plastic that you add as much fuel as and rubber parts. That damage available. The U.S. Department of possible — do not add less than Energy has an alternative fuels would not be covered under the 11 L (3 gal) when refueling. You vehicle warranty. should drive the vehicle immediately
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (37,1) Driving and Operating 9-37 Filling the Tank If the cap is not properly installed, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp come on. See Malfunction Indicator { WARNING Lamp on page 5‑14 for more Fuel vapor burns violently and a information. fuel fire can cause bad injuries. To help avoid injuries to you and { WARNING others, read and follow all the Fuel can spray out on you if you instructions on the fuel pump open the fuel cap too quickly. island. Turn off the engine when If you spill fuel and then refueling. Do not smoke near fuel something ignites it, you could be or when refueling the vehicle. Do The fuel cap is behind the fuel door badly burned. This spray can not use cellular phones. Keep on the vehicles passenger side. happen if the tank is nearly full, sparks, flames, and smoking To open the fuel door, push the and is more likely in hot weather. materials away from fuel. Do not rearward center edge in and release Open the fuel cap slowly and wait leave the fuel pump unattended and it will open. for any hiss noise to stop. Then when refueling the vehicle. This is unscrew the cap all the way. against the law in some places. Turn the tethered fuel cap Do not re-enter the vehicle while counterclockwise to remove. If the pumping fuel. Keep children away vehicle has E85 fuel capability, Do not top off or overfill the tank and from the fuel pump; never let the fuel cap will be yellow and state wait a few seconds before removing children pump fuel. that E85 or gasoline can be used. the nozzle. Clean fuel from painted See Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) on surfaces as soon as possible. See page 9‑36. While refueling, hang the Exterior Care on page 10‑82. tethered fuel cap from the hook on the fuel door. Reinstall the cap by turning it clockwise until it clicks.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (38,1) 9-38 Driving and Operating Filling a Portable Fuel { WARNING Container WARNING (Continued) If a fire starts while you are . Do not fill a container while it refueling, do not remove the nozzle. Shut off the flow of fuel by { WARNING is inside a vehicle, in a shutting off the pump or by Never fill a portable fuel container vehicles trunk, pickup bed, notifying the station attendant. while it is in the vehicle. Static or on any surface other than Leave the area immediately. electricity discharge from the the ground. container can ignite the fuel . Bring the fill nozzle in contact Notice: If a new fuel cap is vapor. You can be badly burned with the inside of the fill needed, be sure to get the right and the vehicle damaged if this opening before operating the type of cap from your dealer. The occurs. To help avoid injury to you nozzle. Contact should be wrong type of fuel cap might not and others: maintained until the filling is fit properly, might cause the complete. . Dispense fuel only into malfunction indicator lamp to approved containers. . Do not smoke while light, and could damage the fuel pumping fuel. (Continued) tank and emissions system. See . Do not use a cellular phone Malfunction Indicator Lamp on while pumping fuel. page 5‑14.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (39,1) Driving and Operating 9-39 Towing vehicle such as a motor home, see The vehicle can tow a trailer when Recreational Vehicle Towing on equipped with the proper trailer page 10‑80. towing equipment. For trailering General Towing capacity, see Trailer Towing on Information Driving Characteristics page 9‑42. Trailering changes handling, acceleration, braking, Only use towing equipment that has and Towing Tips durability and fuel economy. With been designed for the vehicle. the added weight, the engine, Contact your dealer or trailering dealer for assistance with preparing { WARNING transmission, wheel assemblies and tires are forced to work harder and the vehicle for towing a trailer. The driver can lose control when under greater loads. The trailer also See the following trailer towing pulling a trailer if the correct adds wind resistance, increasing the information in this section: equipment is not used or the pulling requirements. For safe . vehicle is not driven properly. For trailering, correctly use the proper For information on driving while example, if the trailer is too trailering equipment. towing a trailer, see “Driving Characteristics and heavy, the brakes may not work The following information has Towing Tips.” well — or even at all. The driver important trailering tips and rules for and passengers could be your safety and that of your . For maximum vehicle and trailer seriously injured. The vehicle may weights, see “Trailer Towing.” passengers. Read this section also be damaged; the resulting carefully before pulling a trailer. . For information on equipment to repairs would not be covered by tow a trailer, see “Towing the vehicle warranty. Pull a trailer Equipment.” only if all the steps in this section For information on towing a disabled have been followed. Ask your vehicle, see Towing the Vehicle on dealer for advice and information page 10‑79. For information on about towing a trailer with the towing the vehicle behind another vehicle.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (40,1) 9-40 Driving and Operating Pulling a Trailer . Obey speed limit restrictions. Towing with a Stability Control Do not drive faster than the System Here are some important points: maximum posted speed for . There are many laws, including trailers, or no more than 90 km/h When towing, the sound of the speed limit restrictions that apply (55 mph), to reduce wear on the stability control system might be to trailering. Check for legal vehicle. heard. The system is reacting to the requirements with state or vehicle movement caused by the Driving with a Trailer trailer, which mainly occurs during provincial police. Towing a trailer requires experience. cornering. This is normal when . Do not tow a trailer at all during towing heavier trailers. Get familiar with handling and the first 1 600 km (1,000 miles) braking with the added trailer Following Distance the new vehicle is driven. The weight. The vehicle is now longer engine, axle or other parts could Stay at least twice as far behind the and not as responsive as the be damaged. vehicle ahead as you would when vehicle is by itself. . During the first 800 km driving the vehicle without a trailer. Check all trailer hitch parts and This can help to avoid situations (500 miles) that a trailer is attachments, safety chains, that require heavy braking and towed, do not drive over 80 km/h electrical connectors, lamps, tires sudden turns. (50 mph) and do not make starts and mirror adjustments. If the trailer at full throttle. This reduces wear has electric brakes, start the vehicle Passing on the vehicle. and trailer moving and then apply . The vehicle can tow in D (Drive). More passing distance is needed the trailer brake controller by hand Use a lower gear if the when towing a trailer. Because the to be sure the brakes are working. transmission shifts too often. rig is longer, it is necessary to go During the trip, check regularly to be farther beyond the passed vehicle sure that the load is secure, and the before returning to the lane. lamps and trailer brakes are working properly.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (41,1) Driving and Operating 9-41 Backing Up Turn Signals When Towing a The vehicle can tow in D (Drive). Trailer Use a lower gear if the transmission Hold the bottom of the steering shifts too often. wheel with one hand. To move the The turn signal indicators on the trailer to the left, move that hand to instrument panel flash whenever When towing at high altitude on the left. To move the trailer to the signaling a turn or lane change. steep uphill grades, engine coolant right, move your hand to the right. Properly hooked up, the trailer boils at a lower temperature than at Always back up slowly and, lamps also flash, telling other normal altitudes. If the engine is if possible, have someone drivers the vehicle is turning, turned off immediately after towing guide you. changing lanes or stopping. at high altitude on steep uphill grades, the vehicle could show Making Turns When towing a trailer, the arrows on signs similar to engine overheating. the instrument panel flash for turns To avoid this, let the engine run Notice: Making very sharp turns even if the bulbs on the trailer are while trailering could cause the while parked, preferably on level burned out. Check occasionally to ground, with the transmission in trailer to come in contact with the be sure the trailer bulbs are still vehicle. The vehicle could be P (Park) for a few minutes before working. turning the engine off. If the damaged. Avoid making very sharp turns while trailering. Driving on Grades overheat warning comes on, see Engine Overheating on page 10‑17. When turning with a trailer, make Reduce speed and shift to a wider turns than normal so the lower gear before starting down a trailer will not strike soft shoulders, long or steep downgrade. If the curbs, road signs, trees or other transmission is not shifted down, the objects. Use the turn signal well in brakes might have to be used so advance and avoid jerky or sudden much that they would get hot and no maneuvers. longer work well.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (42,1) 9-42 Driving and Operating Parking on Hills 4. Reapply the brake pedal. Then trailer operation are automatic apply the parking brake and shift transmission fluid, engine oil, axle { WARNING into P (Park). lubricant, belts, cooling system and brake system. Inspect these before 5. Release the brake pedal. Parking the vehicle on a hill with and during the trip. the trailer attached can be Leaving After Parking on a Hill Check periodically to see that all dangerous. If something goes 1. Apply and hold the brake pedal. hitch nuts and bolts are tight. wrong, the rig could start to move. People can be injured, and both 2. Start the engine. Engine Cooling When Trailer the vehicle and the trailer can be 3. Shift into a gear. Towing damaged. When possible, always 4. Release the parking brake. The cooling system may temporarily park the rig on a flat surface. overheat during severe operating 5. Let up on the brake pedal. conditions. See Engine Overheating If parking the rig on a hill: 6. Drive slowly until the trailer is on page 10‑17. clear of the chocks. 1. Press the brake pedal, but do Trailer Towing not shift into P (Park) yet. Turn 7. Stop and have someone pick up the wheels into the curb if facing and store the chocks. Before pulling a trailer, there are downhill or into traffic if facing three important considerations that Maintenance When Trailer uphill. have to do with weight: Towing 2. Have someone place chocks . The weight of the trailer. The vehicle needs service more under the trailer wheels. often when pulling a trailer. See this . The weight of the trailer tongue. 3. When the wheel chocks are in manuals Maintenance Schedule or . The total weight on your place, release the brake pedal Index for more information. Things vehicles tires. until the chocks absorb the load. that are especially important in
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (43,1) Driving and Operating 9-43 Weight of the Trailer Ask your dealer for trailering the tongue load must be added to information or advice, or write us at the GVW because the vehicle will How heavy can a trailer safely be? our Customer Assistance Offices. be carrying that weight, too. See It should never weigh more than See Customer Assistance Offices Vehicle Load Limits on page 9‑10 454 kg (1,000 lbs). But even that (U.S. and Canada) on page 13‑4 or for more information. can be too heavy. Customer Assistance Offices It depends on how the rig is used. (Mexico) on page 13‑5 for more For example, speed, altitude, road information. grades, outside temperature, and Weight of the Trailer Tongue how much the vehicle is used to pull a trailer are all important. It can The tongue load (A) of any trailer is depend on any special equipment an important weight to measure on the vehicle, and the amount of because it affects the total gross tongue weight the vehicle can carry. weight of the vehicle. The Gross See “Weight of the Trailer Tongue” Vehicle Weight (GVW) includes the later in this section for more curb weight of the vehicle, any information. cargo carried in it, and the people who will be riding in the vehicle. Maximum trailer weight is calculated If there are a lot of options, assuming only the driver is in the The trailer tongue (A) should weigh equipment, passengers or cargo in tow vehicle and it has all the 10–15 percent of the total loaded the vehicle, it will reduce the tongue required trailering equipment. The trailer weight (B). weight the vehicle can carry, which weight of additional optional will also reduce the trailer weight the equipment, passengers, and vehicle can tow. If towing a trailer, cargo in the tow vehicle must be subtracted from the maximum trailer weight.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (44,1) 9-44 Driving and Operating After loading the trailer, weigh the Towing Equipment Safety Chains trailer and then the tongue, Hitches Always attach chains between the separately, to see if the weights are vehicle and the trailer. Cross the proper. If they are not, adjustments Use the correct hitch equipment. safety chains under the tongue of might be made by moving some See your dealer or a hitch dealer for the trailer to help prevent the tongue items around in the trailer. assistance. from contacting the road if it Total Weight on Your Vehicles . The rear bumper on the vehicle becomes separated from the hitch. Tires is not intended for hitches. Do Leave enough slack so the rig can not attach rental hitches or other turn. Never allow safety chains to Be sure the vehicles tires are drag on the ground. inflated to the upper limit for cold bumper-type hitches to it. Use tires. These numbers can be found only a frame-mounted hitch that Trailer Brakes on the Tire and Loading Information does not attach to the bumper. Does the trailer have its own label. See Vehicle Load Limits on . Will any holes be made in the brakes? Be sure to read and follow page 9‑10. Make sure not to go over body of the vehicle when the the instructions for the trailer brakes the GVW limit for the vehicle, trailer hitch is installed? If there so they are installed, adjusted, and including the weight of the trailer are, seal the holes when the maintained properly. tongue. hitch is removed. If the holes are not sealed, dirt, water, and Because the vehicle has antilock deadly carbon monoxide (CO) brakes, do not tap into the vehicles from the exhaust can get into the brake system. If this is done, both vehicle. See Engine Exhaust on brake systems will not work well, page 9‑21. or at all.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (45,1) Driving and Operating 9-45 Conversions and Add-on equipment can drain the vehicles 12‐volt battery, even if the Add-Ons vehicle is not operating. The vehicle has an airbag system. Add-On Electrical Before attempting to add anything Equipment electrical to the vehicle, see Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Notice: Do not add anything Vehicle on page 3‑28 and Adding electrical to the vehicle unless Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped you check with your dealer first. Vehicle on page 3‑28. Some electrical equipment can damage the vehicle and the damage would not be covered by the vehicles warranty. Some add-on electrical equipment can keep other components from working as they should.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (46,1) 9-46 Driving and Operating 2 NOTES
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Vehicle Care 10-1 Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . 10-19 Vehicle Care Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-19 Electrical System Electrical System Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-20 Overload . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-30 Brake Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-21 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31 General Information Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-22 Engine Compartment Fuse General Information . . . . . . . . . . 10-2 Starter Switch Check . . . . . . . 10-23 Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31 California Proposition Automatic Transmission Shift Instrument Panel Fuse 65 Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-3 Lock Control Function Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-34 California Perchlorate Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23 Rear Compartment Fuse Materials Requirements . . . . 10-3 Ignition Transmission Lock Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36 Accessories and Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24 Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-3 Park Brake and P (Park) Wheels and Tires Vehicle Checks Mechanism Check . . . . . . . . 10-24 Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-38 Doing Your Own Wiper Blade Winter Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-39 Service Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4 Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24 Low-Profile Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-39 Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4 Tire Sidewall Labeling . . . . . . 10-39 Headlamp Aiming Tire Designations . . . . . . . . . . . 10-42 Engine Compartment Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . 10-25 Tire Terminology and Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-5 Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-42 Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-8 Bulb Replacement Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45 Engine Oil Life System . . . . . 10-11 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-25 Tire Pressure for High-Speed Automatic Transmission Halogen Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-25 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-46 Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12 Taillamps, Turn Signal, and Tire Pressure Monitor Engine Air Cleaner/Filter . . . . 10-12 Stoplamps (LS and LT) . . . . 10-26 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-47 Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-13 Taillamps, Turn Signal, and Tire Pressure Monitor Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-14 Stoplamps (LTZ) . . . . . . . . . . 10-27 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-48 Engine Overheating . . . . . . . . 10-17 Back-Up Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-28 Tire Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-51 Overheated Engine License Plate Lamp . . . . . . . . 10-29 Tire Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-51 Protection Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . 10-30 Operating Mode . . . . . . . . . . . 10-18
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 10-2 Vehicle Care When It Is Time for New Jump Starting General Information Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-52 Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-76 Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-53 For service and parts needs, visit Different Size Tires and Towing your dealer. You will receive Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-55 Towing the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . 10-79 genuine GM parts and GM-trained Uniform Tire Quality Recreational Vehicle and supported service people. Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-55 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-80 Genuine GM parts have one of Wheel Alignment and Tire Appearance Care these marks: Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-57 Exterior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-82 Wheel Replacement . . . . . . . . 10-57 Interior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-85 Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58 Floor Mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-87 If a Tire Goes Flat . . . . . . . . . . 10-58 Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit . . . . . . . . . . . 10-60 Storing the Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit . . . . . . . . . . . 10-66 Tire Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-66 Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . 10-75
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Vehicle Care 10-3 California Proposition Accessories and Damage to vehicle components resulting from modifications or the 65 Warning Modifications installation or use of non‐GM Most motor vehicles, including this Adding non‐dealer accessories or certified parts, including control one, contain and/or emit chemicals making modifications to the vehicle module or software modifications, is known to the State of California to can affect vehicle performance and not covered under the terms of the cause cancer and birth defects or safety, including such things as vehicle warranty and may affect other reproductive harm. Engine airbags, braking, stability, ride and remaining warranty coverage for exhaust, many parts and systems, handling, emissions systems, affected parts. many fluids, and some component aerodynamics, durability, and GM Accessories are designed to wear by-products contain and/or electronic systems like antilock complement and function with other emit these chemicals. brakes, traction control, and stability systems on the vehicle. See your control. These accessories or dealer to accessorize the vehicle California Perchlorate modifications could even cause using genuine GM Accessories malfunction or damage not covered Materials Requirements by the vehicle warranty. installed by a dealer technician. Certain types of automotive Also, see Adding Equipment to the applications, such as airbag Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on initiators, safety belt pretensioners, page 3‑28. and lithium batteries contained in Remote Keyless Entry transmitters, may contain perchlorate materials. Special handling may be necessary. For additional information, see www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/ perchlorate.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 10-4 Vehicle Care Vehicle Checks This vehicle has an airbag system. Before attempting to do your own service work, see Servicing the Doing Your Own Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on Service Work page 3‑28. Keep a record with all parts receipts { WARNING and list the mileage and the date of any service work performed. See It can be dangerous to work on Maintenance Records on your vehicle if you do not have page 11‑13. the proper knowledge, service manual, tools, or parts. Always Hood 2. Then go to the front of the follow owner manual procedures vehicle and push the secondary and consult the service manual To open the hood: hood release handle toward the for your vehicle before doing any driver side of the vehicle. service work. 3. Lift the hood. 4. After the hood is slightly lifted, it If doing some of your own service will continue to open to the full work, use the proper service position. Before closing the manual. It tells you much more hood, be sure all the filler caps about how to service the vehicle 1. Pull the hood release handle are on properly. Lower the hood than this manual can. To order the with this symbol on it. It is until the lifting force of the strut proper service manual, see Service located inside the vehicle to the is reduced, then release the Publications Ordering Information left of the steering column. hood to latch fully. Check to on page 13‑16. make sure the hood is closed and repeat the process if necessary.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Vehicle Care 10-5 Engine Compartment Overview 2.4 L L4 Engine
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 10-6 Vehicle Care A. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on F. Pressure Cap. See Cooling page 10‑12. System on page 10‑13. B. Engine Cooling Fan (Out of G. Brake Master Cylinder View). See Cooling System on Reservoir. See “Brake Fluid” page 10‑13. under Brakes on page 10‑20. C. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See “When H. Battery on page 10‑22. to Add Engine Oil” under I. Windshield Washer Fluid Engine Oil on page 10‑8. Reservoir. See “Adding Washer D. Engine Oil Dipstick (Out of Fluid” under Washer Fluid on View). See “Checking Engine page 10‑19. Oil” under Engine Oil on J. See Engine Compartment Fuse page 10‑8. Block on page 10‑31. E. Engine Coolant Surge Tank. See Engine Coolant on page 10‑14.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Vehicle Care 10-7 3.6 L V6 Engine
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 10-8 Vehicle Care A. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on F. Engine Coolant Surge Tank. Engine Oil page 10‑12. See Engine Coolant on page 10‑14. To ensure proper engine B. Power Steering Fluid Reservoir. performance and long life, careful See Power Steering Fluid on G. Pressure Cap. See Cooling attention must be paid to engine oil. page 10‑19. System on page 10‑13. Following these simple, but C. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See “When H. Brake Master Cylinder important steps will help protect to Add Engine Oil” under Reservoir. See “Brake Fluid” your investment: Engine Oil on page 10‑8. under Brakes on page 10‑20. . Always use engine oil approved D. Engine Oil Dipstick. See I. Automatic Transmission Fluid to the proper specification and of “Checking Engine Oil” under Dipstick (Out of View). See the proper viscosity grade. See Engine Oil on page 10‑8. “Checking the Fluid Level” “Selecting the Right Engine Oil” under Automatic Transmission in this section. E. Electric Engine Cooling Fans (Out of View). See Cooling Fluid on page 10‑12. . Check the engine oil level System on page 10‑13. J. See Battery on page 10‑22. regularly and maintain the proper oil level. See “Checking K. Engine Compartment Fuse Engine Oil” and “When to Add Block on page 10‑31. Engine Oil” in this section. L. Windshield Washer Fluid . Change the engine oil at the Reservoir. See “Adding Washer appropriate time. See Engine Oil Fluid” under Washer Fluid on Life System on page 10‑11. page 10‑19. . Always dispose of engine oil properly. See “What to Do with Used Oil” in this section.
    • Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Vehicle Care 10-9 Checking Engine Oil When to Add Engine Oil Notice: Do not add too much oil. Oil levels above or below the It is a good idea to check the engine acceptable operating range oil level at each fuel fill. In order to shown on the dipstick are harmful get an accurate reading, the vehicle to the engine. If you find that you must be on level ground. The have an oil level above the engine oil dipstick handle is a yellow operating range, i.e., the engine loop. See Engine Compartment has so much oil that the oil level Overview on page 10‑5 for the L4 Engine gets above the upper mark that location of the engine oil dipstick. shows the proper operating Obtaining an accurate oil level range, the engine could be reading is essential: damaged. You should drain out 1. If the engine has been running the excess oil or limit driving of recently, turn off the engine and the vehicle and seek a service allow several minutesfor the oil professional to remove the to drain back into the oil pan. excess amount of oil. V6 Engine Checking the oil level too soon See Engine Compartment Overview after engine shutoff will not If the oil is below the MIN on page 10‑5 for the location of the provide an accurate oil level (minimum) mark for the L4 engine or engine oil fill cap. reading. below the cross‐hatched area at the tip of the dipstick for the V6 engine, Add enough oil to put the level 2. Pull out the dipstick and clean it add 1 L (1 qt) of the recommended somewhere in the proper operating with a paper towel or cloth, then oil and then recheck the level. See range. Push the dipstick all the way push it back in