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I was driving my 2001 Alero when all of a sudden the fan turned on full blast, and my car filled with smoke on the inside so bad I could barely breath. After I pulled over and the smoke went away, I w

I was driving my 2001 Alero when all of a sudden the fan turned on full blast, and my car filled with smoke on the inside so bad I could barely breath. After I pulled over and the smoke went away, I was left with no dashboard lights. Does anybody know what happened?

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From your description I would guess it was most likely an electrical short and subsequent melting of wire insulation. But that is assuming you mean the blower fan came on full blast. Did the smoke smell like something was burning? The loss of your dash lights is probably just a blown fuse, probably related to the electrical fire you somehow avoided. Either way, I would take it to a professional repair shop so they can find out where the short is. This is not something to be taken lightly, nor should you try to fix it yourself.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014


What is happening-- is your going to have it
towed to a dealer or local repair shop, to find
the problem

Posted on Nov 21, 2014


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SOURCE: 2001 Olds Alero Wouldn't Start

I had a problem similar recently, just wouldn't stay on. Found out that there is a flaw with the sensors on those cars for the ignition "talking" to the computer's Passlock II thing. The car thinks it's getting stolen so it engages the anti-theft which turns off the fuel injection. You just have to reset the Passlock. Turn the key to the first On position where you have radio but no windows, leave it for 10 minutes until the little Security light turns off. Turn off the key then start it.
Don't know if it was your problem, but just so you know, the sensor part will eventually start failing with this car.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

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SOURCE: Electrical issues

Ignition switches on Aleros are notorious for going bad and causing the exact problem you describe. The next time it happens, try turning the ignition key back and forth slightly. If everything starts working again, then have the ignition switch replaced.

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Service engine soon light 2004 Alero

if it truly set code for "loose fuel cap" or po455 large leak, then tightening the cap and driving a couple days should reset on its own. if not then get it checked for free at autozone and report back with code # and can help from there. they'll ck for free but are not allowed to reset.

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SOURCE: Security System on 2002 Oldsmobile Alero

the most common cause of this is the key, to check this use another working key, if the problem persists the ignition lock cylinder sensor is defective and the lock cylinder must be replaced, the dealer will need to do this as the security system must be re-programed to accept the new key code.

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SOURCE: 2001 Oldsmobile Alero will not start

you can also try pulling the fuel pump relay under the hood and put it back in. works on my 2000 alero. and yes if the security light is on, you need to turn the key on and wait about 10 min. until it stops flashing, then turn off, then start car.

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

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