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Old 07-10-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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2014 Malibu toad

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Is anyone towing a newer Malibu? The FMCA towing guide says you have to pull 2-3 fuses when towing. Is that true? If so, seems like a big hassle.
Can you get a fuse switch to turn off the circuit from inside the car vice pulling the fuses? That'd make it easier.

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Old 07-11-2014, 06:35 AM   #2
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You can download the owners manual for the 2014 Malibu from the Chevy website. Recreational towing is covered on pages 10-94 to 10-96. According to that information, you do have to pull 3 fuses. It should be noted that vehicles with eAssist (a feature that automatically shuts off the engine to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped) can NOT be dinghy towed.

Yes, you can install a switch under the dash so you don't have to pull all the fuses. I did it on the Saturn Vue we used to have.
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how did you wire in the switch to bypass your fuses?

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Old 07-11-2014, 04:12 PM   #4
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We have a 2014 Malibu as our Toad. We do not pull fuses or have a fuse switch. Instead, we have a charge line from the MH battery to the Malibu battery with a 20 amp fuse to make sure there is no feedback from the car to the MH. We have not had any issues. The Malibu tows great!
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You can download the owners manual for the 2014 Malibu from the Chevy website. Recreational towing is covered on pages 10-94 to 10-96. According to that information, you do have to pull 3 fuses. It should be noted that vehicles with eAssist (a feature that automatically shuts off the engine to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped) can NOT be dinghy towed.

Yes, you can install a switch under the dash so you don't have to pull all the fuses. I did it on the Saturn Vue we used to have.
You are correct about the e-assist. I bought a 2014 and learned this after I purchased the vehicle. something the salesman forgot to tell me. I had a 2011 malibu that towed nicely so didn't give e-assist a second thought.
that was my fault. I did get a 2014 chev sonic LS which is towable four down, Need to remove one fuse which I replaced with the roadmaster tow fuse. If anyone considers the sonic,ONLY the LS with 1.8 liter engine is flat towable. NOT the turbo. Hope this helps.
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how did you wire in the switch to bypass your fuses?

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I removed the fuse, attached a wire to each fuse terminal (be sure to use a big enough wire to handle the current the fuse is rated for - my fuse was 30 amp), put an in-line fuse fuse holder in the wire attached to the hot side of the fuse terminal (with a fuse the same rating as the original fuse I removed), and then ran the wires to a switch mounted under the dash. There are switches for this purpose commercially available, but you can make your own a lot cheaper. Just make sure the wires, fuse and switch are all rated to carry the same amount of current as the original fuse.
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e-assist has been discontinued for the 2014 Malibu.
Chevrolet Malibu eAssist Hybrid Going Away for 2014, Could Return – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
The 2014 has stop/start engine but does nto have e-assist. e-assist included an electric hybrid.

eAssist | GM Technology | GM Fleet
eAssist

eAssist technology uses a variety of new technology to deliver excellent fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance. eAssist uses both Stop-Start engine capability and a state-of-the art 115V lithium-ion battery to power a 15-kW electric motor-generator. In certain conditions when the vehicle is stopped the engine will stop running to save fuel. All vehicle functions for steering, radio, and interior. When the brake pedal is released the engine restarts seamlessly and the vehicle accelerates smoothly. Under hard acceleration or when at cruising speed the eAssist system can engage the electric motor-generator to help accelerate the vehicle using the power stored in the 115V lithium-ion battery mounted in the trunk. Using battery power for 15 horse power for additional acceleration and helps keep engine rpm's low and assists in getting great highway fuel economy. The lithium-ion battery is recharged through regenerative braking, that takes place anytime the driver is coasting or stopping by using the generator-motor to send power back to the battery.

Other eAssist enhancements include underbody aerodynamics, wheels and tires optimized for performance and fuel efficiency, and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille.

An ECO gauge on the instrument panel helps the driver attain maximum efficiency.

eAssist is available on the 2013 Buick Regal , the 2014 Buick LaCrosse and the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.1



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Allyred - Do you accumulate miles when you tow with the fuses in place? I also charge the toad battery from the MH, but I have also been removing both fuses, #s 8 and 24 I believe. Thanks...
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Allyred - Do you accumulate miles when you tow with the fuses in place? I also charge the toad battery from the MH, but I have also been removing both fuses, #s 8 and 24 I believe. Thanks...
Some vehicles don't have a steering lock and are towed with the ignition switch off. If that's the case, mileage will not register.

If the Malibu has a steering lock, then you probably need to tow with the ignition switch in ACC. In that case, I would say mileage probably does not register.
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Streamcamper - The mileage doesn't increase when in Accessory mode and the fuses are not pulled on our 2014 Malibu LTZ.
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