Engine Turns Over But Won't Start

2001 Oldsmobile Alero (Page 2 of 3)

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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
111,174 miles
Total Complaints:
49 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (25 reports)
  2. passlock problem (10 reports)
  3. turn key to on position wait ten minutes and start (7 reports)
  4. no one seems to know. maybe the security code in the key (2 reports)
  5. replace body control unit (1 reports)
  6. replace the fuel pump (1 reports)
2001 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #29

Jul 202010

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


this car is a nightmare, i got it in February and it has been sitting for a month because we could not figure the problem out. I have no money to take it to a garage so my son has been trying to fix it and he hates it, finally got a crank sensor and worked on it for days just trying to get it out. And no luck,now it broke off and still can't get the old one out. I wish I would have never got this car and I can't even sell it cause who would want it? So I'm stuck with this junk and no money to buy another car, GM sucks!!! anyone with any suggestions 4 me??

- , Risingsun, MD, USA

problem #28

Aug 102010

Alero GLS 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,352 miles

These cars are an electrical nightmare..my fuel pump has been replaced twice since I purchased the car in 2001..The wiring harness underneath the car was totally chared and had to be replaced when the car was only 2 years old...lots of switches have been replaced and now my car wont start it is the ignition switch again a wiring issue..The headliner fell apart..The knob on the shifter fell out..The strut mounts have been replaced. And believe it or not this car is driven very gently...and maintained very well...But still a PAIN in the butt.....

- , Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

problem #27

Apr 292010

Alero 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,500 miles

WTF is up w/2001 Olds Aleros? Mine ran fine since day 1 (I bought it new in 01). Recently I started hearing a clicking/chugging-type sound under the hood. Do auto mechanics ALL have their head up their asses? I've had so many diagnoses that I'm ready to throw the keys away! Initially I was told I needed new engine lifters. The damn car doesn't even have engine lifters! Then I was told it was probably the timing chain. Then I was told, "no, it's definitely the alternator." Then I was told that it's probably not engine-related at all, because the noise wasn't apparent when the car was in park idling. Now, the car is DEAD! It won't even turn over! Went to run an errand yesterday morning, and NOTHING!! Not even a little "click." NOTHING! I am SO pissed off! Can ANYONE help me resolve this problem?? Is there a resolution, or is the car trashed? If so, I will NEVER do business with GM again...EVER!!

- , Verona, WI, USA

problem #26

Mar 202010

Alero 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 186,000 miles


I bought the car in November last year and lasted only 3 to 4 months when it started sometimes it will be fixed then it will not start no more. This has happen for several months now and the guy that was fixing it can't seem to figure out what problem is and why is it keep doing that. Do you know the solution to this problem. It has got on my last nerve.

- , Millbrook, AL, US

problem #25

Mar 142010

Alero 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Thanks to the website for helping me find this solution. Just wanted to add it on here again as another tally to the problem. Turned the key to the ACC position (between off and on), the security light was flashing along with the battery and oil light being on. Kept the key in the ACC position for 10 minutes, security light stayed solid for 10 seconds and then shut off. Turned the key to off and took out of the ignition, waited about 15 seconds put back in and started right up.

Too bad I did not know what the problem was a year ago as the same exact thing happened. I got it towed and the mechanic said he had to reset the security system which he said was reprogramming the key etc. Now I find out that he probably just did the above and made an easy $75 in 10 minutes.

Luckily the problems with my Alero have been limited to the following: Racing Engine where the car goes without touching the accelerator, high idle, cruise control not working, window needs manual help to close, horn does not work. Therefore I am going to buy a new car sooner rather than later.

- , Minnetonka, MN, USA

problem #24

Feb 262010

Alero 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,440 miles

i will never buy a car like this again cause I'm so ready to put it in the street and blow it the f*ck up. I'm tired of putting money into it and it still is f*cking up. these cars are a piece of sh*t. so never buy a Oldsmobile Alero. i have put in over 1400 in this piece of sh*t and won't put in any more.

- , New Iberia, LA, US

problem #23

Oct 242009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,633 miles


I had my 01 Alero fixed at a dealership because they said it had a "security issue" so i forked out $500 to get 2 sensors changed and 3 months later, it wont start again! I had my mechanic hook it up to a diagnostics machine and it read that it needs a new fuel pump. If this is not the issue im really going to snap! I am a 20 year old student and bought this car for a reliable means of transportation!! Never again will I buy an Alero as much as i loved it. Tooooo many issues!

- , Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

problem #22

Sep 102009

Alero 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

This website is great. I turned the key on for 10 mins and then turned the key off. Then the car started. Great!!!!

I repIaced the key assemble which has the key sensor. Cost was $273.00 ( with a new key ) Reprogram took ten minutes. Some vehicles can take up to 30 minutes to reprogram. The replacement of the assemble took alittle over a hour...

This website is awesome.

Update from Sep 21, 2009: The security light flashed and the service engine soon was on. The car would crank and not start.

This website is great. I turned the key on for 10 mins and then turned the key off. Then the car started. Great!!!!

I repIaced the key assemble which has the key sensor. Cost was $273.00 ( with a new key ) Reprogram took ten minutes. Some vehicles can take up to 30 minutes to reprogram. The replacement of the assemble took alittle over a hour...

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #21

Jul 082009

Alero LX 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

okay! i have discovered the much expensive problem with the Alero!!!!! I have a 2001, replaced fuel pump for no reason! car cranked but wouldn't start! replaced fuel pump and 6 weeks later it did the same thing, but i noticed the replacement fuel pump was still turning, after 2 days of chasing problems and checking sensors and control modules and coil packs, i have discovered the much aggravating problem! i put a fuel pressure gauge on the injector rail! it has a damn bleeder valve built into these gauges! i hit the bleeder button, and air came out, i turned the car off and back on, the fuel pump turned, i bleed the air out again! and it started! ive done this one other time since! somehow it gets air bubbles in the fuel line/ fuel rail when u run it too low on fuel! this is the problem, probly a design flaw! so just push ur bleeder valve a few times, when it wont start, and ur good to go!!

- , Mcminnville, TN, USA

problem #20

Mar 112009

Alero LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

I'm still not sure why this continues to happen (it seems like it only happens when it's raining outside) But, it has something to do with the security system. It won't turn over. I have to have the car towed to my mechanic and they have to reset the security system for the car to start! It's a TOTAL pain in my ASS!!! OMG!!!!

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #19

Jun 162009

Alero 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


Changed both crank & cam sensors and car still won't start. If any one out there had this same problem and got it corrected please contact me via email with solution please. contact: margeboy@hotmail.com

- , Freeport, FPO, Bahamas

problem #18

May 262009

Alero ES 3400

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I purchased this car in January. The first issues I started experiencing was with the hazard lights clicking while I am driving. The second problem was the car shaking at 60 mph. The third issue was the evap system and solenoid purge piece I replaced underneath the back of the car. The fourth issue is now both of the hub bearings on the front. The fifth issue is the battery disconnecting itself. Now the car won't start I tried the 10 sec rule several times and nothing I've only had the car for four months and me and my fiance have had to miss work and school due to this, not to mention the cab money alone today. I am so tired of these dealers getting away with this its so sad. No wonder they don't sell Oldsmobile because they only created lemons. I have to miss work and school tomorrow to try to fix this problem please Help if anyone has answers.

- , Harvey, IL, USA

problem #17

Dec 212006

(reported on)

Alero 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

It's very interseting to see how many people are having the same trouble as me. Initially I was just driving and my car stopped running. Now it just cranks but won't turn over. I replaced the fuel filter, and that didn't help. Now from reading all of these, I think it's either my fuel pump or the stupid security system. I disconnected my fuel line, and tried starting the car to see if the fuel pump would squirt out gas. It didn't, but i'm still not sure if it needs replacing because I think the cars theft system might prevent it from giving the necessary amout of gas. (just a side note: the fuel gages are pretty jacked up on these things, so always try putting gas in your tank before spending to much money because this happened to my friend with the same car. She only needed gas).

- , GJ, CO, MESA

problem #16

Mar 062009

Alero V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,398 miles

2001 Oldsmobile Alero isnt starting.Tried jumping it and 2weeks before installed new battery and alternator. i followed the instructions in the owners manual on page 2-20 of leaving key in ignition on,on for 10 minutes than turning it offf than starting the car 5 seconds after still didn't work! I try using my alarm buttons nothing happens and even when turning the key in my ignition i get no noise or reaction from my car like its completely dead..Help me,what can i do??

- , Levittown, PA, USA

problem #15

Jan 072009

(reported on)

Alero GS 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,542 miles

I wish I'd found this site before I bought it! I checked Edwards, recall notices, Carfax, nothing.

The car wouldn't start when it was hot out. Here in So Fla that's a problem. Got a quote for $1200 & 'bout croaked! Parked it for a few months, then we had to have it. Got a different mech. & a better price. Changed the body control unit & that seems to have done it.....for now.

- , Fort Myers, Fl., USA

problem #14

Dec 102008

Alero 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 191,000 miles

This is a very common complaint listed on this web site, thanks for all the help. Beats what the dealership wanted to fix it.

- , Toledo, OH, USA

problem #13

Jan 102008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,546 miles


Got stranded at a gas station in the middle of a snowstorm. Called AAA and waited nearly two hours. Had the car towed to a dealership/mechanic. They did diagnostic...which showed no problem. They thought it had something to do with the fuel pump, but the pump itself was OK. My cost was a little more than $135, plus the inconvenience of having no car that weekend. That lasted 1 week...same problem, different dealer/mechanic. They told me about the "10 minute" wait fix...


- , London, OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 132008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,800 miles


This is now the fifth time this has happened since getting the car in December 2007. In April, after having it towed to the mechanic and being told nothing was wrong...even though it wouldn't start when I went to pick up the car and paying more than $100 for the diagnostic test...I broke down and bought another car. My nephew (who is not a mechanic) replaced the fuse (even though it tested OK) for the fuel pump and the car started (and the security light went off). The car worked fine until yesterday (less than 6 months) and it happened again...security light blinking, car cranking but not starting. I replaced the fuel pump fuse and the car started right up.


- , London, OH, USA

problem #11

Sep 182008


  • Manual transmission
  • 90,099 miles

Most annoying thing in the world. It's been happening for at least a year now, but the kicker is you never know when it's gonna happen.

Plan to leave for any appointment at least 10 minutes early because it's a hit or miss whether your car will start.

I called GM about this, they said they had no reported problems like mine... BULL... went to a local mechanic and they had seen it before. Said it would be a few hundred to fix...

Thanks GM, I know what kind of car I WON'T be buying next time!

- , Blind River, Ontario, Canada

problem #10

Apr 252008

Alero CL 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles

I found this site when looking for fuel pump info,after I had my car towed to a repair shop on Thursday they were going to do the diagnosing on monday for $100.which would have been fuel related and wouldn't have found the problem.Friday after I was on this site I went back to the repair shop got my car key started the car and drove home saving $100.,if there is a class suit count me in.

- , Pleasanton, CA, USA

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