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Remanufactured Chevy Malibu Transmissions

  • Learn about common Chevy Malibu transmission problems
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Chevy Malibu transmission for sale
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Chevy Malibu transmission
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Chevrolet Malibu Transmission Problems & Solutions

Originally, the Malibu name was used to denote the top trim level of the 1964-1977 Chevrolet Chevelle. It became a standalone model in 1978, but was replaced by the famous Chevy Celebrity for 1982. That well-known midsizer retired from public life in 1989, making room for the radiant new Chevy Lumina. By the mid-1990s, that car’s appeal had started to fade, so GM re-introduced the Malibu to legions of adoring fleet managers for 1997.

The styling and driving manners were never very exciting, but commercial customers made Malibu sales as predictable as the incoming tide on a California beach. Brilliant puns aside, the Chevy Malibu is a capable and reliable midsize sedan that has provided millions of buyers with…capable and reliable transportation. So if you want to keep the beach party going, let’s see if we can’t solve your Chevrolet Malibu transmission problems.

Common Problems with the Chevrolet Malibu 4T40E / 4T45E / 4T65E Transmission

The Chevrolet Malibu 4T40EChevrolet Malibu 4T45E & Chevrolet Malibu 4T65E, are all electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmissions that were used in certain versions of the 1997-2010 Chevy Malibu. Since all three gearboxes use a similar design, owners can suffer from the same Chevy Malibu transmission problems. Including slipping, delayed shifts, harsh shifts, no reverse, no forward gears, loss of 4th gear, and the loss of overdrive. These issues can stem from numerous design flaws with the solenoids, a Torque Convertor Control (TCC) element, or other vital components. To rectify these common Malibu transmission problems, Street Smart Transmission installs the following upgrades in every remanufactured 4T40E / remanufactured 4T45E / remanufactured 4T65E transmission:

Every solenoid is completely remanufactured and bench tested prior to installation
New EPC solenoid
New Actuator Feed Limit Valve
Remanufactured valve body with a full recalibration kit
Redesigned TCC Control Valve
Redesigned TCC Regulator Apply Valve
Redesigned Torque Signal Regulator Valve
Remanufactured & bench tested torque convertor
New torque converter support bearing
Remanufactured pump
Redesigned pump slide pivot pin
A solid Teflon pump driveshaft seal
Redesigned Reverse Boost Valve
A more durable hardened 4th clutch shaft
Tru-Flat qualification process used on the channel plate, transmission case, pump and valve body

These upgrades can solve most common 4T40E transmission problems / 4T45E transmission problems / 4T65E transmission problems, and greatly extend the service life of your 1997-2010 Chevrolet Malibu.

Common Problems with the Chevrolet Malibu 6T40 / 6T70 Transmission

These 6-speed automatic gearboxes were used in the 2008-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and design flaws can lead to numerous 6T40 transmission problems & 6T70 transmission problems. Including erratic shifting behavior, slipping between the gears, hard shifts, delayed shifts, and loss of forward and/or reverse gears. Instead of returning each Chevy Malibu transmission back to the failure-prone factory specification, Street Smart Transmission makes the following modifications to each remanufactured 6T40E transmission & remanufactured 6T70E transmission:

Every solenoid is completely remanufactured and bench tested prior to installation
Remanufactured valve body with a full recalibration kit
Remanufactured & bench tested torque convertor
New torque converter support bearing
Remanufactured pump with polished mating surfaces
Transmission Control Module (TCM) is tested and updated with the latest calibrations
Clutch clearances set to custom-specs
Stronger bushings used throughout
All bushings and machined surfaces are polished to a mirror-like finish of 15 RA or less

How to Solve Chevrolet Malibu Transmission Problems

Option A: Buy a Used Chevrolet Malibu 4T40E / Used Chevrolet Malibu 4T45E / Used Chevrolet Malibu 4T65E / Used Chevrolet Malibu 6T40E / Used Chevrolet Malibu 6T70E Transmission

Given the sheer number of possible Chevy Malibu transmission problems, buying a used 4T40E / used 4T45E / used 4T65E / used 6T40E / used 6T70E from your local salvage yard really isn’t a good idea. You may get a 30-90 day warranty, but that only covers the gearbox itself. Not the labor cost to install a replacement. Plus, those OE transmission parts could fail at any time, so who’s to say how long that used Chevy Malibu transmission will even last?

Option B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevrolet Malibu 4T40E / Rebuilt Chevrolet Malibu 4T45E / Rebuilt Chevrolet Malibu 4T65E / Rebuilt Chevrolet Malibu 6T40E / Rebuilt Chevrolet Malibu 6T70E Transmission

Obviously, getting a rebuilt 4T40E / rebuilt 4T45E / rebuilt 4T65E / rebuilt 6T40E / rebuilt 6T70E from your local mechanic or transmission repair shop would be a better option. However, that rebuilt Chevy Malibu transmission will likely be built with an OE transmission rebuild kit, so all of the above problems could return at any time. And, that rebuilt transmission warranty is only going to be good at certain shops, in certain areas. Which might leave you unprotected from transmission repair costs when you travel.

Option C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevrolet Malibu 4T40E / Remanufactured Chevrolet Malibu 4T45E / Remanufactured Chevrolet Malibu 4T65E / Remanufactured Chevrolet Malibu 6T40E / Remanufactured Chevrolet Malibu 6T70E Transmission

Although we may have made a few jokes about this Chevy’s “excitement factor”, it can actually be a very reliable car. So investing in a remanufactured 4T40E / remanufactured 4T45E / remanufactured 4T65E / remanufactured 6T40E / remanufactured 6T70E from Street Smart Transmission is really your smartest option. Each one is built in a state-of-the-art factory, where it has to pass multiple quality inspections, as well as hot & cold testing on specially adapted dyno machines. This ensures a properly tuned and functioning transmission right out of the box. You also get our 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty, which will pay for both parts and labor on any necessary transmission repairs, performed by any licensed repair shop in the United States. This coverage is linked to your VIN number, so it can be transferred to a new owner if you decide to move from Malibu to (a Dodge) Daytona beach. And last but not least, every remanufactured Chevrolet Malibu transmission ships for Free.

So if you want to put an end to all your Chevrolet Malibu transmission problems, then breakout your beach towel, and give us a call at 1-866-812-7560.