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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
SOURCE: head light bulb replacement
Open the hood. Look at the top edge of the headlight. About 1/3 to 1/4 of the way in from the inner edge of the housing, you'll see a rectangular clip, and about 10" outboard of that clip, you'll see a matching one. Simply pull up on those clips - they're slide locks for the headlight housing. Once you pull them up, you'll be able to pull the whole headlight housing out towards you, and from there, you can unclip and remove the bulb sockets in question.
Posted on Aug 25, 2008
In the trunk, in the rear corners, you'll see some plastic "caps" with tabs on them, similar to wing nuts. Remove those, and the taillight comes right off the back of the car. That will allow you to replace the bulbs.
Posted on Aug 25, 2008
If you just clean the switch with contact cleaner, that will fix the problem. I had my 99 aurora's head lights came on and stayed on all the time. I bought contact cleaner 2-26 from Lowes for around 8 bucks and sprayed in the small holes in the switch and blowed with compressed air. Repetead it 2-3 times the problem was gone.
Posted on Nov 09, 2009
If the previous solution doesn't work, try this:
While the key is in "on" position and your security light is blinking, it is probably your "Passlock" security device acting up. Very common in these years for GM cars. To test if this is it, simply turn your key forward (to "on" position) until light stops blinking and eventually turns off (right around 10 minutes). Then, turn key back off, and then try to restart it. My Alero did this just a few months ago and I learned this trick as I was pricing out a new fuel pump. If this was your problem, I recommend taking it to a remote starter installer and have them by-pass the passlock system permanently. This should cost anywhere from $40-$100, but is much better than a new fuel pump and filter cost.
-note: I recommend not getting it by-passed until it happens a second time (which it may not), just don't forget the temporary fix!
Posted on Jan 14, 2010
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