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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline: Belts And Associated Pulleys Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,600 miles

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2002 Oldsmobile Alero engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 122008

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,200 miles


(1) no warning -just at dealership 3 weeks before. (2) timing chain broke while on interstate causing catastrophic engine failure & had to steer car off to side of road with no power & high traffic load. Have read now of numerous failures of Oldsmobile Alero with 2.2 engine due to a defective timing chain tensioner that was apparently redesigned in 2005 to address this problem. No recalls on this defect. (3) I am having engine replaced as it is destroyed from the 70mph failure. Engine is still available if needed for investigation if you let me know real soon.

- Long Beach, MS, USA

problem #1

Jan 162007

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving at 40 mph on a very nice day the timing chain sheared off which caused the engine to lose power. The timing chain failure warped all of the rods and heads. The failure mileage was 84,000, and the current mileage was 87,363.

- Mahomet, IL, USA

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