Our alero has been having "issues" for 3 years leaving us stranded on several occassions. It drives just fine then all of a sudden it won't start even though it turns over fine. We have it towed (not cheap) to a garage. As soon as a mechanic tries to asses the problem it starts fine. The mechanics say they can't fix what isn't broken and suggest that we drive it until it won't work and bring it back. ARRRGH!!!!! My car is playing tricks on me and laughing all the way to the shop. Side notes: The car does crank over fine, just won't fire. We just noticed that the security light is flashing when it won't start. There is also some possible related computer problem in that the car won't run quite right (sluggish ect.) until three warning light come on; service engine, abs barkes, and trac off. Then it's fine.
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Feb 15, 2013 - Uploaded by carexpertandy
How to start this 2001 Oldsmobile Alero ... to let me know my car still on if i dnt make the payment they turn the car off at the lot and it wont start.
I had the exact same problem last year with my 2001 Alero 3.4L V6. It turned out to be that most of the copper strands in the multi-strand ground wire were broken, in the wiring harness passing over the transmission on the way to the fuel pump behind the fuel tank. The same ground wire is shared with several of the warning gages on the dash, causing several to remain lighted all the time. Both of the check engine lights, the brake light, the low oil light, and ABS light would all remain on all the time. Once the frayed portion of the ground wire above the transmission was repaired, the lights stayed out and the car started running normal, with the fuel now actually pumping gas under continuous high pressure to the engine.
Can you troubleshoot? Take tools with you. When it stops, open hood, check for fuel, check for sparks. Narrow it down and maybe have a chance of figuring it out. These kinds of problems are tough to figure out when mechanic walks up a car starts for him. You're left holing the bag when it leaves you stranded.
My car does the same thing. I wondered that myself, I don't think that's what it is though, I don't think you have an issue with the transmission. Your car has TWO check engine lights, and with the Alero--if there is an issue with the transmission one of the lights will come on. I am not 100% positive of this, but I had a 1999 Bravada (Olds) and it did do that when I had a tranny issue.
I notice when I drive my 2001 Alero my right leg gets SORE from pushing the pedal so hard. I think it is age, not the transmission.
READ YOUR SERVICE MANUALS. I don't get why people ignore them, honestly they have a wealth of information in them...could have saved a lot of people lots of money when people started claiming their car wouldn't start when it was a security feature that is listed in the manual that came with the book.