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Weather related electrical problems

Occasionally, and it seems after a rain, the cruise control and radio on my `03 Alero stop working. The radio turns on but there is no sound. After a day or so they start working again.
Yesterday I spent about 30 minutes driving in a very heavy rain. Several hours after the rain stopped I left a store and after starting the car, I turned on the AC to cool my dog. It didn't work. Although the indicator light was on, the compressor apparently wasn't engaged. Then I saw that all dash gauges had stopped working. This condition continued during my 30 minute drive home. Three hours after getting home I started the car and everything worked.
It seem that some connector is getting wet, but where is it?

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I gave my 2001 alero to my brother for x-mas....all of a sudden alot of the things that were electric which is everything in this car,just stopped working!! windshield wipers, radio, the all dash lights came on and then off...then all of a sudden he couldnt start the car..it was like it was DEAD!! your going to need a new computer system for the car... his as well leaked water on the passenger side and sometimes on driver side.. car washes arent the main problem, it is that oldsmobile needs to make the seals better on these cars!! other than that, aleros are great cars! especially when there loaded:)
his computer system cost him around $600 at chevy! maybe people with this problem can look and see if theres a recall on any seals etc...
hope this helps everyone out!

Posted on Mar 22, 2009

I had this problem with mine. Do not ever use a automated car wash on your ALERO----it destroys the seal around the window. Then, when you drive in rain, water leaks into the fuse box, shorting it out. I had to replace the fuse box ($500). Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

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