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Problem starting I have a 2001 Alero and in the last month it has been giving me problems in starting. It all started when the fuse for the cooling fan went. I replaced that but have had problems with starting since then (not sure if the two are related). I usually need to give it a shot a gas to get it started - I know you're not supposed to do this but it seems to work. I tried putting fuel injector cleaner in it but haven't noticed any improvement. Sometimes it starts perfectly and other times I have to try a couple of times. The check engine light is on but the dealer scanned it and said that was a hole (rust) in the fuel fill pipe. Any suggestions are welcomed.

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  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    01 olds, alero...wont start but will start briefly after spraying it with starter fluid, replaced fuel pump last year,??

  • angi73 Feb 12, 2009

    I have the same problem and like someone else has said I go under the passenger side back door and hit the fuel tank a few times and it starts everytime. I don't really know what is the cause but with as many problems as these cars seem to have you might as well continue doing this until it won't work anymore and then get something else. These cars are junk and will drain you of money quickly!

  • JGray69 Feb 13, 2009

    I have a 2001 Alero that has been getting diffrent codes for the last month. First I got a 305 and 404. Misfire on cyl 5 and egr valve. I replaced the plugs and egr. I also replaced the auto trans filter, gasket and fluid. All of which were fun. Now I have replaced the Mass Air Flow sensor and now I am getting a P0300 with is random diffrent cyl misfires. So now what????? I have seen two things. Drop the catalycic converter out and see if that helps and a possible computer issue. Any suggestions??? Car had 65K miles on it and was doing fine then suddenly started having issues.

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My 2001 HAD the same problem. Whenever it doesn't start, I go underneath my car and hi the gas tank about 5 times in 5 diff places. Starts up every time for the past 2 years. I only have to do this once a month or so.

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I replaced the coil pack, crank sensor, and the fuel pump and none of those helped. But when I replaced the ignition that seemed to cure the problem. It has been 5 weeks since I replaced it and it has been starting great since then. Knock wood. However, I do think Alero's are not dependable cars and I plan to sell mine as soon as I can afford to buy another car.

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Solution #3 says: I read on another site that this is usually caused by a security measure in the keypack. the simple way to deal with it is to turn the key to the "ON" possition for 10 minutes, turn it off for 5 seconds, then start again. seem to work for everyone.

I AGREE. I just had my GMC Dealer try to "code" the radio and they said the ignition switch & all those electrical things that have to do with clock/radio/EBS/ trac/check engine light - everything, has a "short in it!" Evidently this part on most Aleros have that problem. The 'in a pinch' solution from what THEY told me was the same as GUEST. "Turn key ON - wait 10-15 min to 'reset' then try to start car".
I don't have a long term solution yet but it's a big problem although it happens sporadically!

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

I read on another site that this is usually caused by a security measure in the keypack. the simple way to deal with it is to turn the key to the "ON" possition for 10 minutes, turn it off for 5 seconds, then start again. seem to work for everyone

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My 01 Alero is having the same problems..... right now it wont start at all and i am afraid of burning out the starter by trying to start it..... my car has done this b4 and i replaced the coil packs and the housing as well as the ignition module.... seemed to work for aboutn 6 months but still having the same problem....

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