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2003 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems: horn stayed on until fuse blew

Horn Stayed On Until Fuse Blew

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7.8

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$69.00
Average Mileage:
68,902 miles
Total Complaints:
17 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (8 reports)
  2. remove the fuse (3 reports)
  3. removed fuse box cover and the horn turned off (2 reports)
  4. replace air bag assembly (1 reports)
  5. replace horn fuse (1 reports)
  6. replace horn switch / air bag assy (1 reports)
2003 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #17

Dec 092009

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

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

Two years ago on a really cold night (below zero) my horn decided to randomly go off until I pulled the fuse. I replaced the fuse and a couple nights later my neighbor told be he heard my alarm going off until it died. I have no car alarm it was the horn again. I drove for two years with no horn. Last week I decided to put a new fuse in, to get the horn back, which worked. However, while camping the temperature dropped to about 50 and at 4 in the morning my car woke the whole camp ground up. Guess I will go another two years with no horn.

- , Ansonia, CT, USA

problem #16

Aug 012009

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,201 miles

The previous owner informed me that the horn would randomly go off so they took out the fuse and never replaced it. I tried to see if I bought a new one then maybe it would fix the problem, this did the trick. I went down and bought a new fuse for only 8.50 and I haven't had any problems yet.

- , Eugene, Oregon, USA

problem #15

Jun 132009

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,590 miles

I was in my home enjoying relaxation time with my family. Then, out the blue, my car was sounding off something terrible. I was shocked, puzzled, and bamboozled!!!! Then, I was like "How am I going to stop this horn"? I tried pressing the buttons on the keys to stop the alarm. Then I began pressing on the horn. It stopped. Of course, that was short lived. I was PISSED CLEAN THE HELL OFF!!!!! People outside looking at my ride and me like a damn fool. I thought I was a damn alien. I kept pressing the horn & it finally stopped. Again, same ol song. I was HEATED!!!!!!! So here it is 2am in the morning and as soon as I doze off, my damn horn decides to serenade the neighborhood. Never again, will I buy another oldsmobile and hell, an American made car!!!! I am so so so done!!!

- , Mansfield, Ohio, USA

problem #14

May 012008

Alero GL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

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

2003 Oldsmobile alero horn will not shut off I have to keep the fuse out for the problem to go away.

- , Tooele, UT, USA

problem #13

Feb 222009

Alero 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,499 miles

I just got into Houston after driving from Las Vegas 21 hours straight, I get to sleep and I am being woke up about 5 hours later that my car horn is continuously going off, we hit the horn and it shut off, about 15 min later it went back off and I had to remove the fuse. General Motors is going under, and needs a bailout so bad, why cant they service people who are going to be the only ones who are going to buy their cars and keep them afloat. If we get burned do you think we are honestly going to buy another GM car, I am seriously looking at going and getting an import just because they have better warranties and better vehicles.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #12

Dec 202008

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,901 miles

At approximately 12:01 AM our apartment maintenance manager was pounding on our door because someone reported a car alarm going off in the parking lot. Lucky me, turns out my piece of crap Alero, which I just bought 22 days ago and has been into the shop 4 times already, is the car!

Because I've had so many problems with this car and luckily already read some complaints at carcomplaints.com I remembered something about we need to unplug the fuse. My maintenance man took off the fuse box cover on the inside of the car (just inside the drivers door on the dash) and the horn stopped.

I read somewhere it can sometimes be caused by cold/hot temperatures, so I moved my car from outside into our underground heated parking garage. Now I'm PRAYING it doesn't start up inside the garage or I'll be receiving a noise complaint from my apartment complex. Can you imagine if I can't fix this problem, I can be kicked out of my apartment for this???

In my opinion the Alero needs to be junked - it should be illegal for anyone to sell them, the problems far outweigh anything good about this car!

- , Madison, WI, USA

problem #11

Jun 112008

Alero ES 2.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,900 miles

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

W.T.F. Hi, I almost killed my car last night. The horn decided to off about 5 times in the middle of the night to the early morning. My neighbors probably thought I was some A-hole blowing his horn randomly thru the night. After getting no sleep I googled the problem and realized I'm not the only victim of this sick joke. I fixed the problem by removing the fuse, which is located under the hood on the drivers side. The fuse panel is in a plastic box, after you unscrew the wingnut on the box there is a catalyst for the fuses inside the cover. I'm not sure if it's the same for every car but i just had to remove the #43 fuse which is a 15amp.This is not a permanent fix but it's better then my first idea, which was to leave it in a vacant lot till the fuse blew. I hope I don't have to pay a dime to get a real fix but that is very unlikely from what I read. Oh and if I may, F U Oldsmobile for not doing a recall.

- , Nashua, NH, USA

problem #10

Jun 042007

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

To repair a horn switch - the dealer says you have to buy a new airbag assy. the part cost over $700.00.

I bought a used airbag assy for $100.00 and just changed the actual horn contacts.

The horn works just fine now.

- , South Range, WI, USA

problem #9

May 302008

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

While driving the horn just went of with a constant beep! I didn't know what to do i stopped the car and was pressing the alarm button then finally i pushed on the horn then it stopped and i lifted the airbag part of the steering wheel slightly and it stopped for awhile. 3 a.m I was awoken by the horn again and I eventually had to unhook my battery! And early today i had a friend unhook the horn fuse until my appt. Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Warren, Ohio, USA

problem #8

Nov 022006

(reported on)

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

At 4:30 this morning I was woke up by my horn. It sounded like someone was just holding the horn down but no one was in the car, it wasn't the alarm because it sounds different and the lights flash. It was very loud and went on for about 20 minutes til my father in law finally got it off. He said he thought it might be a short and he also said he thought he smelled gas when he was trying to get the horn to go off. The car would start just fine and the gas pedal was never pushed. So what could cause the gas smell and the horn just going off like that for no reason??The mechanics around here can't figure it out. They've never heard of it before. Please help. Thanks

- , Howe, OK, Afghanistan

problem #7

Dec 102007

Alero GL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

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

One morning my horn went off and stayed on. Pressed horn and it stopped but went to start the car later and it was dead. Next morning same thing happed but I started car right away and ran it for a little while. Two weeks later it happened again, twice in one morning. Started to assure that it would start, it did. Read other people's complaints here and man is this aggravating. I thought Oldsmobile had such a good history, they were ending there product line but I thought that was just a business decision on GM's part, not because they were making them like crap. Replacing air bag assemblies, and other stuff just seems awkward.

- , Duluth, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 142007

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,250 miles

Cannot buy the horn switch, have to buy complete airbag assembly.

Costs over $700.00 at the dealer.

Bought used airbag and just used the horn switch.

- , South Range, WI, USA

problem #5

Jul 182007

(reported on)

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

Yep - Same as other peoples problem. First the friggin' horn wasn't working, then it was intermittent but would cut in and out if you played with the contacts on the steering wheel pad. Then it went off in the middle of the night. My son went out and pulled the fuse (because he's not a lame ass like the GM people). The dealership is telling us that the horn contacts are integral to the air bag assembly ????????? and that the whole air bag assembly has to be replaced for $800.00 !!!!!!!!!! or $400.00 if we can find one in a bone yard. You mean to tell me that GM designed the car with the horn contacts integral to air bag ??????????? !!!!!!!!! Who the !@#%! in their right right mind would do something so &$%!&#%!in' stupid ?????????

- , Warminster, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 052007

(reported on)

Alero V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

At about 70,000 miles our alero's horn stuck on until the fuse blew. We have tried changing the fuse and it just blows again. We also changed the actual horn-still no luck. And recently we changed the horn relay and still no horn. We haven't taken it to a dealer, but we think we have done all we can. It sucks to sit behind someone at a red light who doesn't see the light go green and you can't let them know to move it!!

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 122007

(reported on)

Alero 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

A problem in the wiring is causing the horn to stay on constantly and blow the fuse. I have had to replace the fuse three times in the last month. I have the vehicle checked out at the dealer and they don't know what the problem is. Have been told that they can not duplicate the problem. This vehicle has been nothing but a royal pain. It is the only American made car in our family and it is the worst one.

- , Stafford, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 302006

(reported on)

Alero 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Very odd that this morning I get up and my car horn is on at a constant rate. So, we go outside try all the buttons on the key chain, nothing. Tried to start the car, nothing. Finally, I guess it just blew itself out and quit. Now it won't work at all. I have no clue why the horn just randomly went off. I also find it pretty funny that some other guy on here had the same problem a few days ago with his car with same mileage in same state. hmmm... Anyways, that's what I get for buying a vehicle right before a company went out of business.

- , Redlands, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152006

(reported on)

Alero GL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Car still ran, but the horn stopped working and alarm system went out. Its not so much the horn going out. We got this car in 2004, its a 03. After a while the cooling system went out. Something about GM radiator coolant is synthetic and corrodes the engine. Whats the killer is you cant change out fluids once its been in the car without a complete Engine flush of everything. Now my car has a electrical problem with starting. It will start sometimes and other times just wont turn over like its out of gas. Its well and good to "buy American" and I love my country I served 6 yrs in Military. But you cant beat the reliability of the Toyota's and Honda's.

- , Apple Valley, CA, USA

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