Chevy Malibu Bluetooth Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 05/18/23 •  3 min read

Chevy Malibu Bluetooth Not Working

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Chevrolet has been in the business of manufacturing cars for a long time. One of the popular models that they have is Chevy Malibu. Chevy Malibu is known for its good looks, high quality performance, and best reliability.

There are a lot of people who have purchased this model and love it very much. There are also many people who have issues with their Chevy Malibu Bluetooth not working properly, or just does not work at all.

For example, some people complain that their Bluetooth has stopped working. They try to reset it, but it does not help at all.

There are also many Chevy Malibu owners who have issues with the volume of their car stereo system not working. This can be a real problem if you want to enjoy your music in the highest possible quality.

There is no need to worry though as we will show you how to fix the Chevy Malibu Bluetooth not working issue easily with a few simple steps.

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Check the Bluetooth

You can check if Bluetooth is installed in your car by looking for the code UPF (sometimes UWE) on the part identification plate inside the glove box or under the spare tire cover on 2009-2012 models.

The code UPF or UWE means Bluetooth was factory installed in Malibu as part of an optional package. If the code does not exist, it is not installed and cannot be retrofitted.

If you get the code and it doesn’t work, check if you are pressing the button correctly. Press and hold the rightmost button on the steering wheel (OnStar/Bluetooth) for 2 seconds.

The system should respond with “Ready”. Then say “Bluetooth” and respond with “Bluetooth Ready”. Say “Pair” and follow the rest of the instructions to connect your Bluetooth device to your car.

Also, please make sure that you have enabled the Bluetooth feature on your phone. Make sure that your phone is in good condition.

If you have problems with your phone’s performance or battery life, then it may not be able to connect to the car stereo system correctly.

If you are trying to connect your phone to OnStar or any other device that has a bluetooth feature and it is not working, then try another device until it connects properly.

It may be that your phone does not work properly with OnStar or any other device because of the fact that they are different devices with different requirements for connecting them together.

In such a case, try connecting them using a USB cable instead of Bluetooth.

Update the Software

If everything has worked fine, it is possible that you need to get your car in for a service and get the software upgraded. Sometimes this can actually break the Bluetooth pairing, but it is not rare.

This is a reminder for people who use their phones for Bluetooth, but are experiencing problems with their phone connecting to the internet using old devices. You now have the option to upgrade your software by calling OnStar, instead of calling the dealer.

Re-pairing

If you press the radio button while driving, and it mutes the radio and switches between various radio stations, you might want to try this.

You can do this by putting the car in Park, and then set the ignition to On/Run. Press and hold the OnStar/Bluetooth button on the steering wheel for two seconds. Follow the directions given previously to pair the car.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.