NHTSA — Equipment: Air Conditioner Problems

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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,571 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 072003

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles


The technician informed the consumer about a recall on the vehicle, but the consumer never received a notice from the manufacturer. The vehicle would not start right away. There would be several tries but the vehicle would never "crank over." The engine vibrated when the A/C was used, the fuel gauge was inoperative, the front windows would not roll down, the rear handles felt like they were sticking, there was a burnt oil smell, and after several times of starting the vehicle it would run rough. The master switch, A/C compressor, crank sensor, fuel pump, fuel tank, hazard switch, and the window regulator were replaced. The mechanics repositioned a wire harness from the crank sensor and replaced the pressure control solenoid. The turn signals stopped working in traffic in which there was almost an accident. The antenna was replaced because the radio signal would go out every time the rear defroster was used (this did not solve the problem). The back window had to be completely replaced to solve the antenna problem. The water pump was replaced because the seal for the coolant leaked.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 012003

Alero 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The heating/air conditioning fan control knob only works on the 3rd or 4th selection. It started about 6 months ago and keeps moving up a notch. This is to be true on several Alero's of this year. Will there be a recall on this?

- Leroy, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 302003


  • miles
Consumer had electrical problems since she purchased the vehicle. Some of the problems included the following; road hazard light shorted out which caused all dashboard lights and external lights to not work/ air conditioner (A/C) unit shorted out/ radio automatically reset itself at will, and blinker lights worked some times and some times not. She had this vehicle in repair shop 5-6 times for the same problem, and no one could solve the problem.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 032003

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


Electrical, tires, air conditioner.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #3

Apr 142003

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In Feb. 2003 I had surgery and did not drive my car for about a week. When I finally drove my car, my drivers side window would not roll down. A couple of days later it started working and now has a grinding noise to it. Recently my horn stopped working completely. I replaced the relay switch and it still will not work. Now, my turn signals work whenever they want to. The only way I can get them to work is to press my hazard switch and now it is getting to where it will not work. And last but not least my air conditioner is not blowing properly. On the 2 first settings it barely blows, if I press on my brakes it feels as if it completely quits. I have also noticed that when I roll down my windows the interior lights will dim and the car engine power will decline. I have had my car for 1 yr. I purchased it used with less than 25,000 miles. I feel these issues should be addressed because they can lead to safety issues. I was changing lanes and my blinkers failed and was almost hit by another car, at that time and still do not have a horn to blow to warn them that I was changing lanes also. The dealer I purchased the car from thinks that I am crazy. That I am a hypocondriac. They are uncooperative and basically refuse to help me. I feel I should not have to pay for something that apparently a lot of Alero owners are going through.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #2

May 242001


  • miles
I've had numerous problems with this car from time of purchase. I have 9 pages that lists the defects of this. I would never recommend anyone buy this car. I didn't list the electrical problems I've had from rear lights not working, dome light fell off, blinker stopped working. Windows making a crackling noise when rolling up or down, and doors jamming for no reason. I didn't want problems with my vehicle that is why I purchased a new one, but I still have major defects! the issue with the engine taking a while to finally start, has never been fixed.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 122002


  • miles
While traveling about 40mph on highway a pebble hit air conditioner condensor. Freon leak out of air conditioner which was located underneath the vehicle.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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