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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Turn Signal Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,188 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #16

Sep 162013

Alero 6-cyl

  • 270,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the turn signals failed to activate. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 03V327000 exterior lighting. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 270,000.....updated 01/23/15 the consumer stated while sitting at a traffic light or driving 60 mph, the turn signals would not operate. It was an intermittent problem but when it happened, pressing the hazard button caused the turned signals to work. The vehicle was to a local repair shop, but the turn signals worked at the time. Updated 02/18/15.

- Sanatoga, PA, USA

problem #15

Sep 012010

Alero 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
Turning signals work intermittently and with no apparent reason (no bulbs burned out). Driver's side electric window also works intermittently.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #14

Dec 122006

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car turns over but will not start. It has left me stranded 3 times so far. I have spend over a thousand dollars on parts alone, and now it is in the shop for I new fuel pump.(another $450) I have read many reports of the something happening to other people and no recall. It would really help to have a recall to save people their hard earn money on a problem that should have been fixed before the car was sold. I have been late to work many times, had to catch buses, and walk many miles because of this car. I have paid over $300 on rides to and from work just so I can pay for parts for the car to only run for a week. So please can you have a recall issued so me and countless other can have the good running car we all pay for in the first place. Thank you jarvis joyner.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #13

Nov 132006

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My turn signals and hazard lights have intermittently been completely ceasing to work. This comes and goes, but sometimes will be temporarily remedied if I push the hazard button and then release it. In researching NHTSA, I found NHTSA recall 03V327000 which perfectly mirrors the symptoms I am having. Unfortunately, when I contacted GM regarding the recall, they said my VIN does not fall within the range. I feel this failure is related. My VIN is [xxx]. the file number with [xxx]. at this point, they say they can't help me since my VIN doesn't fall within their range associated with this recall. Updated 07/12/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Chandler, IN, USA

problem #12

Nov 242002

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dt the contact stated there was a loud ticking sound. First noticed this problem on November 24, 2002. Contact stated they received a recall for the hazard button. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, and they did recall repairs, but dealer stated the loud ticking sound was from the turn signal area. As soon as starting the vehicle one could hear the ticking sound just as if had put turn signal on, but it was an even faster ticking sound. Contact contacted the manufacturer, they were of no assistance.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

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problem #11

Jan 052001

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This car is the worst car I have ever owned. Turn signals worked intermittently. Taken to dealer and garage who could not find anything wrong. Researched the problem on my own and found that there were many complaints regarding this problem. Obtained information to correctly repair. Turn signals were repaired in 2003. It took until March, 2004 to receive a recall notice regarding this problem. Since repair of my turn signals, my fan does not work on the one or two marking. My low tire pressure light comes on at random even though the tire pressure is adequate. Brakes and rotors repaired every year. My car is difficult to start on many occasions and fails to start on the first try. Wheel bearings and sensors had to be replaced in both of my front tires. At times, when I turn the ignition off, you can hear a low grinding noise. Air comes in on the driver door where the electrical switches are located to operate the window. I have never had to deal with so many problems. What can be done to take care of the customers and to correct these problems? gas mileage is terrible. Our van gets better gas mileage than this vehicle.

- Auburn, PA, USA

problem #10

Oct 172003

Alero

  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving on the highway turn signal malfunctioned while in use. Dealer was contacted, but the problem has not been resolved.

- Aztec, NM, USA

problem #9

Sep 082003

(reported on)

Alero

  • 39,000 miles
The turn signals failed intermittently. Sometimes they came on when engaged sometimes they didn't.

- Nesa, AZ, USA

problem #8

Sep 052003

(reported on)

Alero

  • 30,000 miles
Turn signals may operate or may not operate when switch is turn on. However, if hazard lights are turned on and off the signal lights work properly. Cause is unknown.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #7

May 202003

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Turn signals cut out or dont work at all.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #6

May 102003

Alero

  • 32,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The turn signals intermittently quit working. I pulled and replaced the fuse thinking it could be burned out, but it still happens.

- Grafton, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 212003

(reported on)

Alero

  • miles
For the last two months turn signal randomly goes out. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the ignition switch. Vehicle has also been to other dealers, who could not fix the problem.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #4

Jun 102003

(reported on)

Alero

  • miles
Signal lights are not functioning properly.

- Morrisvale, WV, USA

problem #3

May 012003

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Several problems on the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero that other owners seem to be having as well. Turn signals went out/ gas gauge went out/ coolant gasket broke, and horn would sound randomly (had to eventually pull the fuse).

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 212003

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
(1)my car refused to start one Friday while I was trying to leave work. Everything worked (lights, radio), but the engine wouldn't "turn over." Couldn't start Saturday, tow-truck driver couldn't start Monday. Call from service center Tuesday, car started when tech tried, put through diagnostic tests, nothing found wrong. Three weeks later, same thing happened. Car starts again at service center. Technician tells me the theft deterrent module needs replacing. Car "thinks" its being stolen, so it cuts off the fuel pump. Motion of being put on tow truck probably causes shortage. Cost $400+ (2)signal lights some times stop working for several hours.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 022002

Alero

  • miles
Turning signal is not working properly.also, when putting key into ignition and then taking the key back out key will be really hot. Contacted dealer, and dealer is not willing to do anything.

- Wheatlin, IN, USA

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