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Oldsmobile Alero Electrical/Lighting

htinninhtinnin Posts: 5
edited March 2014 in Oldsmobile
:sick: Ok, I have a 2003 Alero with 106,000 miles on it, got in it this afternoon, it wouldn't start. About 30 minutes later, it started but the radio wouldn't come on. I had not left any lights on, I got a new battery about 1 1/2 months ago, the key fob does not work. After I let it run for awhile, the battery light came on, the lights come on and they are bright, (normal). I shut it off, it wouldn't start again. Got it started a little while later, still no radio and all the lights come on like they should on the dashboard when you start the car up, but the fuel gage, tach, speedomoeter, and temp. gauge does not work. This is very aggravating. Any ideas what it could be?


  • wayn2wayn2 Posts: 1
    If you have intermittent problems with flasher or directionals, easily replace it by removing the schroud over the instrument cluster, two screws on top and 2 pull out clips on bottom, you can see the flasher assembly amd remove it by shoving through the dash. Costs $24.00 at dealer.
  • I have a 1999 Olds Alero and the hand on the speedometer just quit. It went all the way over to the right hand side and will not move. Has anyone else had this problem and how hard is it to fix?

  • Ok, the fun continues, I turned the key to the "on" position and left it there for about 20 mintues, came back on and the radio was on and it STARTED, but then as I took it for a drive around the block, it said I was in PARK the whole time, still no gauges working, so I got it back, shut it off, turned it back on, all the dash lights lit up, after a pause, then the "service vehicle soon", oil light, security light and battery light stayed on. Ugh. :mad: Also, once I put it in gear, the radio would then shut off.
  • Knowles4, the same thing just happened to me tonight. I was hit an run a few weeks ago, took my car into a dealership to get the body work done, get it back, and the speedometer is behaving exactly as you describe. I plan to return to the dealership Monday, 11/06/06, to see what they can do. Did you ever find a solution? I'll post what happens next week.
  • My Alero has a clicking noise that sounds like the turn signal or hazard lights are on, only at a faster pace. It stops the fast sound when you put a turn signal on. Does anyone know what this is?
  • We had the same problem about 6 months ago on our 2002 3.4 V6. Sadly, we had to have the turn signal unit replaced at a cost of $250. It would have cost more i think at a GM dealership.
    I tried to claim it back from GM, as they are re-imbursing for certain turn signal/hazard warning problems, but had no success, even after an official appeal.

    Sorry it's not better news.
  • Ok after happening multiple time, finally figured out what was going on, the drains for the sunroof had somehow gotten clogged, causing them to leak into my fuse box and short it out. Problem fixed, and crossing fingers that it stays that way. :D
  • Yesterday something strange happened..... I tried to roll down my windom to pay toll and the thing didn't work. Not only does the driver window not work, but the passenger front window didn't work. The back windows work fine.

    This morning when I got in the car, the back windows and the passenger front windw worked, but the driver's window still doesn't work. What is the deal? Can anybody give me insight on what to do?

    I am driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero - 4 dr.
  • My turn signals decide they want to work sometimes and not others. I got a flasher replacment for it and I HAVE NO IDEA where it goes can someone help me?
  • how can i disable the factory installed alarm system on my 1999 alero. Just pull a fuse? i do not want to use the keyless remote any more. I cheched with the delearship to replace the remote. $71.00 for the remote and $95.00 to program it. To much money. Appreciate any help.
  • As far as I can tell there is no way to disable it! I have begged the dealer to do so because I am having problems with the security system. Finally after 3 visits they told me how to fix it, without having to bring it in. But if you ever figure out how to do it let me know!!
  • The keyless entry pad is messed up how do I turn the alarm off once I have started the car? found some sort of switch under dash not sure how it works though.
  • i had something like that after I had a boost start. next day I dissconnected and reconnected the minus (black) cable from the battery a few times. Now everything is fine. Pawel
  • Hi, I have a problem with alero 2004. taillights + lowbeam lights dont work, however they blink poperly when I lock/unlock the car with the remote key. Is it a fuse problem? how can I open the fuse box to have look at the fuses? Thanks.
  • I don't know if you got this fixed yet, but replace the hazard signal switch. I had the same problem and had to slap the dash board right above the hazards and my turn signal would work. So after replacing it I found out there was a recall on it and could of gotten it done for free. But that is what it is.
  • i have a 2001 olds alero. when i idle at a red light, it gets real low. lower than 500, and the lights dim and it seems like it is going to stall out. it hasnt yet. but it scares me. its the 4 cylander engine. help. i had so many problems with this car. i cant take it. and also, the steerin is rough when the car gets warm. and i had the rac and pinion replaced about a year ago....
  • I too am having a similar problem...just started today, to be honest. I have the 3.5L V6 model, and am wondering what to do. If anyone has any thoughts or has had a similar problem, I'll gladly welcome any responses. Thanks!
  • trkstrks Posts: 1
    Please help! When I take the key out of my ignition of my 2001 Olds Alero the door chimes like the key is still in the ignition. The Cd player shows error also, but the radio works. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I've had to take the fuse out from under the hood to stop the chime...Any help or insight is greatly apprectiated.
  • I have a 1999 alero and my low tire pressure, anti brake, ebs, and i dont know how to get to go off. At times my securty lite comes on and at that time my car will not start can you tell me why, my car has 103, miles
  • when your security lite is on can you start your car that is my big promblem. Does anyone know what to do
  • Your turn signal switch is faulty, it happens in almost all Aleros, and Grand AM that I know of.
  • clemoncmclemoncm Posts: 1
    This morning upon starting my Alero I received 3 alerts "Vehicle Service Soon" "Trac Off" and "Anit-Lock" - is this common? I've seen a few posts, and I'm starting to believe it is... I have an appt today to get it checked out.

    On an unrelated note my Alero (which has 48k miles) also has starting issues. Whenever I take a short drive - 10 miles or less, the next time I go to start it hesitate quite a bit before turning over. Sometimes I have to start over and just turn the key again until it starts...Has anyone experienced this as well? I have brought it up to the dealership MANY times and they can't duplicate it and claim to know nothing about the problem.

    Of course my 5yr warranty expired TEN days ago. Figures.

    Thanks for any input!
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    I would have the battery condition checked.
  • jprocjproc Posts: 135
    I had an 03 Alero and had so many problems with it-I traded it in.Had 33k miles -left me stranded more times than I can remember.Shame because the car drove nice (when it ran) and I liked the big back seat and storeage but car had gremlins
  • Want to replace my factory Alero CD/Casette stereo with JVC unit, but notice several 'addional' wires present in the factory wiring harness not found in typical setups (not present in my 99 Grand Am). Does anyone have the wiring harness diagram or color coding handy so I can figure out what goes to what? I think it might be the 'extra' speakers (tweeters?) in the doors and rear speakers grilles, but I want to make sure. Thanks, all!
  • sd10sd10 Posts: 1
    For some reason My car will not start I got a jump assumed it was my battery.Replaced the battery it drove good for a day then died out agian. When it dies it leaves my gas gage at how ever much gas I have. Which it should go down to E once the car is turned off. Its not turning over or anything. Any ideas?
  • sam104sam104 Posts: 2
    my parking lights wont turn off
  • leeannaleeanna Posts: 1
    Hi there, not sure if you have had your problem corrected yet or not, but it's NOT a battery problem, lol. When those lights come on at the same time, you either have a problem with a wheel bearing, or the wheel speed sensor, which is attached to the wheel bearing. You cannot purchase the sensor by itself, unfortunately. You will need to have the vehicle scanned to determine which one it is. good luck. :blush:
  • :) After reading an article on how to stop the clicking noise in the dash, it's like the sound of signalling only faster, I did some investigating and expiramenting. The cheapest way to fix this is to remove the switch itself, Take out the black part around the gauge cluster, two screws, take three screws out of bottom of column plastic, remove screw from center of signal and intermittent switches. Unplug all electrical, pop it out, Clean it thouroghly, remove the little silver screws and take apart. Watch for grease from the steering column bridging electrical contacts.Clean this up, Turns out the grease for the steering column actually conducts electricity, when this bridging occurs you get your clicking. Put it back together, and relish in the fact that you just saved yourself about two hundred bucks at a dealer. (This is the price I was quoted by a dealer to replace switch including labour.) Thanks to the other post that I read. I hope someone finds this useful and again, thanks.
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