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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Turn Signal Problems

2002 Oldsmobile Alero (Page 1 of 2)

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Average Mileage:
40,934 miles

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2002 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jul 102015

Alero

  • 82,762 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the turn signal failed to operate and the hazard lights operated independently. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V327000 (exterior lighting). The approximate failure mileage was 82,762.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #22

Mar 122014

Alero 6-cyl

  • 71,165 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the audible sound that accompanies the turning signal continuously chimed after the turn was completed. The sound would increase before stopping sporadically. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 71,165. Updated 12/2/14 the vehicle was repaired by replacing the combination switch for the turn signal. Updated 10/1/2015

- St Paul, MN, USA

problem #21

Feb 142009

Alero

  • miles
My turn signal lights fail to turn on some times. I have a 2002 Alero and I see a there have been other complaints and there is a PE 05-055 where there is a recall. My car has under 50 000 km. Can I get mine changed for free?

- Delta, 00, USA

problem #20

Sep 012008

Alero

  • 110,000 miles

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

My blinkers on my 2002 Oldsmobile Alero don't work most of the time. My horn does not work.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #19

May 012003

Alero

  • miles
I have had my 2002 Oldsmobile Alero since 2002. Within six months of having this car the ignition switch went bad and was unable to start the car and it had to be repaired. This was repaired by the dealer that I purchased it from because the company that was in charge of my extended warranty went bankrupt. Since then I have had to pay to replace a gasket in the engine that keeps engine coolant and engine oil from mixing together because the gasket that was manufactured with the car was not the right thickness. (since this is a known defect by mechanics why wasn't this recalled or a service bulletin initiated?) I continue to have problems with the driver door control panel that controls the windows and the side mirrors and window locks. The windows in my car can only be controlled by the driver because the window lock is stuck in the "on" position. I have also had problems with the windows falling down into the door and have had one window replaced in December 2007 but now in September 2008 the passenger window is experiencing the same symptoms and now will have to replace this window as well. Right now the most annoying thing about this car is the turn signals. They function as they should but the clicking noise for the turn signal will not turn off when I have made a turn (it actually makes a clicking noise about 3 times as fast as the regular turn click). I have had this looked at by a mechanic and I was told that this was not part of the hazard light recall which my car falls under so it was not fixed. It is a very distracting problem and the only time I can get relief from the clicking noise is when I actually get ready to make a turn by turning on the actual turn signal. There are a number of problems that numerous owners are experiencing. I am hoping that some thing is done about the windows and the engine gasket. I don't think consumers should be responsible for poor engineering and design. GM should make things right.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

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problem #18

Jan 082008

Alero

  • 130,000 miles
We have been having trouble with our turn signals going out sporadically. We never know when they are going to not work. This is very dangerous but we were told tat only certain VIN#S had this recall. However this is happening to too many people who are having to pay out of pocket for this repair, it is ridiculous. We also like many others have had the problem with not being able to start our vehicles because of the ignition. We had to pay $700 to get it rekeyed, and we have a passenger window that has fell into the door, which still is not fixed. We should all be given the opportunity to get the signals fixed under recall not just some when its the same problem.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #17

Nov 192007

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Turn signal indicators & lamps fail erratically......then operate regularly before failing again.

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #16

Aug 182006

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Turn signals intermittently work.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #15

Apr 012006

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
I'm not for sure if your interested in this type of complaint, but I received a letter from Oldsmobile pertaining to my 2002 olds. Alero that there was a possible problem with the turning signal and/or hazards. This letter came from their recall center but it stated in the letter it wasn't a recall. Well a couple of months previously my turning signal would stop working while I was driving then it would work, stop working, work but never for too long of time. Sometimes it would be fine for weeks then it would start up again. Well, after I received this letter I was for sure that this letter probably pertained to my problem and made an appointment with the olds. Dealer in vincennes, in. When I went to pick it up, they said the turn signal never quit working, which I replied its going to be a one in a million chance that it will do it for you. I would have to leave my car there for a month for it to occur for them to catch it, I just thought this problem was what the letter was referring to. He stated if he fixed everything that could possible be wrong with the turn signal I would have a repair bill as long as his arm. My concern is I feel like I could be in a serious accident if the turn signal quits working again or getting a ticket for not using it when it actually failed. I'm kind of at a loss of what I actually can do. I know this might not be the problem they are referring to because they really didn't explain in the letter it just said contact your olds dealer, which they were of no help. I asked him if he was aware of the letter sent out and he said kind of. Any help you can give me would be appreciated.

- Vincennes, IN, USA

problem #14

Dec 142005

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Turn signal lights flicker but fail to come on in back of vehicle, or they just don't work at all. This is an intermittent problem. I may start out driving and they are fine, then they completely stop working, and by the end of the trip they work again. Sometimes they work the whole trip, sometimes none at all. There is no rhyme or reason to it. I replaced the fuse for the signal lights and this did not remedy the problem. This has been an ongoing problem for the past few months.

- Parish, NY, USA

problem #13

Sep 012005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The turn signal is flashing in and out of use. Sometimes it works when you turn the signal on, and other times it does not work. Sometimes it stops working after it has started working, and it goes out before the turn is completed. There has been no crash yet, but I do not feel safe when making a turn and the signal stops working. I have not had the vehicle serviced at this time, because I thought a recall had been issued and I was waiting on the letter from the manufacturer.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #12

Jul 012005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact stated that the turn signals worked intermittently. He had not taken the vehicle to a dealer at this time. No repairs or corrections have been made. There was a recall on an earlier model year, however, this vehicle experienced the same defect as indicated in the recall.

- Springhill, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 152005

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact stated that the turn signals as well as the hazard warning lights worked intermittently. The vehicle is currently at a dealership for repairs. The dealer offered no diagnosis to the problem. There is a NHTSA recall 03V327000 on earlier model years. Yet his vehicle experienced the same problem as indicated in the recall, but was not included in the recall.

- Succasunna, NJ, USA

problem #10

Sep 152005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
I discovered my turn signals weren't working while driving recently. Since then I've discovered that the problem is intermittent; sometimes they work with no problems, sometimes not. Generally I can monkey with the hazard light button after I've turned the car on but before I start driving to ensure that they're in working condition. But it's no guarantee they'll be working at the end of the trip. While researching this problem online I see that a number of people are experiencing it and that the NHTSA is investigating. I plan on having it repaired as soon as I get a chance, but it'd be nice if there was a recall outstanding already.

- St. Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #9

Oct 062005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The turn signals at times can be working, then they stop completely while operating the vehicle.....after all while will begin working again.

- Gaston, SC, USA

problem #8

Oct 062005

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In the past two weeks my turn signals quit working without any warning and just as mysteriously start working again. I have not taken it to a dealer as it has only occurred twice. I seen a report about this problem on the news.

- Delong, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 012005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
2002 Oldsmobile Alero - turn signal only works intermittently.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 152005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,600 miles
Consumer complained about a turn signal problem. The turn signals worke D intermittently. The problem first started on August 15, 2005. The consumer was in the process of getting the repair done. Manufacturer's recall 03043 was issued for earlier year models.

- Wellington, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 092005

Alero 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,000 miles
2002 Oldsmobile Alero. The consumer stated the turn signals failed. The vehicle has not been to the dealership. The consumer stated he had the same problem with another vehicle, and it was the hazard switch which failed. This problem has been occurring for approximately 6 months. The consumer has done nothing to correct the problem. Oldsmobile was contacted, and they stated there was no recall for that model year.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 102005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
I have a 2002 olds Alero gls. The 2001 olds Alero has this recall: Hazard warning switches that may experience solder joint cracking caused by rapid temperature transitions and the soldering process. If solder joint cracking occurs and results in an open circuit, the turn signals/hazard lamps become intermittent or inoperative. My car has the exact same problem but is not included in the recall. GM was the wost help ever. They hung up on me. In the past two weeks they have quit working more times than I can reamber. I have also have a problem with my gage cluster. About 2-3 times a month it dosent opperate. No check engine lights ect or spedo RPM ect work there just "dead" until U restart the car. The olds Bravada has a recall for it. What I dont understan is how an 01 Alero have recalls and a 03 have recalls but not an 02. I was on the interstate when my turn signals quit. I dont know how long they were out before I they werent working. I did have a frind of mine look at the car who is a certified GM tech and said it was a losse wire up in the dash.

- Billings, MT, USA

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