NHTSA — Electrical System: Alternator/Generator/Regulator Problems

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,000 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 252006

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


Service vehicle soon, trac off light, and ABS light took to dealer, out of warranty, private repair shop, cost-$500, grinding noise before lights turned on, dinging, lights went on, it was sensor in left front wheel bearing. Also have replaced front rotors, alternator at 65,000 miles. Key fob doesn''t lock drivers door. Hood on car replaced in 2006 under warranty because of blistering 2002-water leak onto drivers floor, 5 times to dealer, replaced side door gasket, problem had to be solved by replacing windshield gasket. I'm afraid of all these complaints about turn signal failure and hazard light failure and the car just quitting. Trading in this piece of **** as soon as paid off.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 112003

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Problem with brakes, had to have new front brakes and front rotors put on car, still have dragging problem underneath car.now car having problems in starting and low tire pressure lights comes on even when tire pressure has been checked and corrected.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the ABS rotors were making a grinding noise although rotors and the pads were still new, dealer replaced rotors and pads, but vehicle was still making the grinding noise. Also the alternator went out, wheels and tires were replaced due to the air pressure light illuminating, a front wheel alignment was performed, battery light and ABS light was coming on.

- Alexander City, AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 312001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Alternator failed, consumer was told this was normal because alternator was located above engine. Brakes make noise due to rotor and pad failure. Air pressure light comes on due to front tire air leak.

- Alexander City, AL, USA

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