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In the video above, we show you how to fix minor oil leaks in your 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. We will show you specifically how to determine if the fluid leaking from your Malibu is oil, check your oil level and fix the oil leak using stop leak. Extremely low oil levels can critically damage your engine, so it is important to be proactive about oil leaks, however small. Oil leaks in the 2004 Malibus with the 3.5 liter engine are often due to a bad seal in the drain plug - the metal washer in your drain plug can only be tightened a few times before it loses its ability to seal and should be replaced periodically to prevent leaking. Replacing the metal washer should only be done when you change the oil in your Malibu, fortunately the video above shows how to fix the minor leak in the interim.
Fixing minor oil leaks is fairly straightforward, but first, make sure that your engine is cold and that your Malibu is parked on a level surface when you check the oil level as both of these things can cause the oil level to read low. Check our What is Leaking? video to see what type of fluid is leaking from your Malibu if you are unsure.
Leaking coolant is usually a sign that your water pump needs to be replaced. This video shows you how to quickly plug it2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5L V6
Did you know that heat is worse for your battery than cold? Replace it every 4 years2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5L V6
If your transmission is running low on fluid, be sure to add some - find out how to do this here!2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5L V6
Cars burn, leak and otherwise dispense of their oil. Check your level frequently and top up when necessary2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5L V6
Flushing the coolant in your car is not that hard and will extend the life of your engine tremendously - learn how here!2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5L V6
If your brake fluid is a little low, learn how to add some here. Ignoring a low level leads to big problems2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5L V6