The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is a popular midsize sedan that offers the driver and passengers a spacious cabin, attractive styling, and a lower price tag than many rivals. To ensure your Malibu’s long-term reliability, bring it in for routine maintenance at Flagstaff Chevrolet, the area’s best Winslow Chevrolet dealership. In this article, we’ll examine the Malibu’s recommended maintenance schedule.
Certain services need to be performed every 7,500 miles. According to Winslow Chevrolet, regular oil changes are very important. Over time, motor oil gradually begins to break down, causing premature engine wear. The 7,500-mile service includes an oil and oil filter change. Chevrolet provides the Malibu with an oil life monitor that tracks the driving conditions and your vehicle’s mileage to determine when to bring your car in for an oil change. If the change oil light comes on, bring your Malibu for service within the next 500 miles.
When you take your car to the Flagstaff Chevrolet Service Center, our service technicians will also rotate the tires. This will ensure that all four tires wear evenly. Making sure the tires are rotated regularly can help extend tire life by thousands of miles, which will save you money in the long run. If the technicians notice abnormal tire wear, your Malibu may need a wheel alignment.
During the 7,500-mile service, the technicians will inspect the brakes. While brake pads typically last for a long time, they should be checked periodically.
In addition to the services performed every 7,500 miles, this is the time to replace the wiper blades. Most blades aren’t designed to last for more than a year.
At the 22,500-mile mark, it will be time to replace the passenger compartment air filter. This filter collects pollen and dust. Making sure this filter is replaced regularly will allow the HVAC system to perform optimally.
In addition to changing the oil, rotating the tires, and replacing the passenger compartment air filter, your Malibu will need its evaporative control system inspected. The service technicians will also replace the engine air cleaner filter. Remember to do this again when you reach 90,000 miles.
If your Malibu isn’t equipped with a 2.0-liter engine, this is the time to have the spark plugs inspected and replaced. Rough idling, hard starts and hesitation are the most common signs of spark plug failure. To prevent unexpected trouble, replace the spark plugs every 97,500 miles.
At 150,000 miles, the engine's cooling system will need to be drained and refilled. Coolant helps to prevent overheating during the summer and freezing in the winter. This fluid is also formulated with anti-rust inhibitors to deter corrosion.
At this mileage milestone, the service technicians will also inspect the condition of the drive belts. Some of the signs of wear include cracking, fraying and stretching. Failing to replace a worn drive belt puts you at a greater risk of experiencing a sudden breakdown. If the belt snaps while you’re on the road, you’ll be forced to call for roadside assistance.