It is showing 8.0 hours labor to replace it, and does not include toe adjustment. It may need transmission removal. In either aspect the side cover needs to be removed. Most of the time to do that, the sub-frame needs to be removed for access. The power-train may be able to be lowered enough to weasel the side pan out, so an engine support fixture would be also needed. I have not done one on a Malibu, but a Cutlass or Alero would be similar. I will look on GM service information, and if there is any specifics I will reply. Often times factory service procedure may call for transmission removal, but it is not always the golden rule.
Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:25 PM