Security Light Flashing, Engine Turns Over Won't Start

2001 Oldsmobile Alero (Page 3 of 3)

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
101,198 miles
Total Complaints:
45 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. key in ignition for 10 minutes turn off and restart (13 reports)
  2. not sure (10 reports)
  3. turn key to ON for 10 mins, turn to OFF, then start car (7 reports)
  4. left my key in the ignition on acc (3 reports)
  5. replace passlock system (3 reports)
  6. Put the key in the ignition, and put the car back in PARK. START THE CAR. CUT THE THIN YELLOW WIRE w (2 reports)
2001 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Nov 232007

Alero GX 3400

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,274 miles


My Alero won't start most of the time. Cause is the GM Passlock 2 security system. A temporary fix is to turn the key to the run position (motor not running) for ten minutes until the security light stops flashing then it turns off. You have reset the BCM (body control module). Then turn the key off and the car will now start. In the future when you go to start the car and it don't start the first time, the second time keep turning it over until it actually starts. I have had no problem starting it since I take this approach. I have been told this is an anti-flooding feature??? This problem has left me sitting at many different places for ten minutes at a time. I think this is the reason GM put a clock in their cars so you could actually time how long ten minutes is before your car will start!!!!!! Hope this saves you a tow call and bullshit from a mechanic.

- , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

problem #4

Aug 282007

(reported on)

Alero 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

Had no problems with the car till we hit 70K. Since them it is falling apart. Windows falling out of the tracks, Plastic clips, radio changes presets on its own, Blower motor stopped working. The list goes on. I can see from this site that I'm not the only one who bought into a money pit.

- , Madison, WI, USA

problem #3

Jul 122007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

car wont start because of security system. would leave you stranded in a parking lot. it would think you're breaking in and would not start

- , Sharon, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 242007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Right before Christmas, the car would not start... it would turn over, and you could hear the fuel pump kick in and then kick off. My husband called one of our friend's who is a local mechanic and he told us how to reset the pass lock system but that only a dealer could actually fix the pass lock system. we took the car to the local dealership and got it fixed to the tune of nearly $600. Less than a month ago, my daughter got stranded at my sister's home. I went out and did the same reset trick that I did once before and it started. I took it back to the dealership the next day and the pass lock system was redone once again; then this pass weekend, the security light came on and stayed on most of the day, although it started fine. The next day when we started the car, the light had gone off. I called the dealership and was told that they do not think it's the same problem but rather that it could be a module problem or even a fluke thing! I just hope it's a fluke think and continues to run b/c my 17 yr old daughter is driving the car. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Also, I agree, there needs to be a recall on these items on this car!

- , Arkadelphia, AR, USA

problem #1

Mar 192007

(reported on)

Alero V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

When you don't lock the door every time you get out of the car and you go to restart the car the security light comes on thinking that the car is being stolen and shuts down the fuel pressure. Each time I have had it towed (three times) the tow truck driver thinks he can get it to start but fails. I took the suggestion of another posting, to put the key in the ignition and turn to the on position for about 10 minutes or so, when the security light goes off turn the key to the off and then try to start. Worked like a charm. I found a website (keyless ride) that sells remotes for half the price the dealers wanted, but the key still has to be programed by the dealer. When i called the dealer service department i told him this was going to fix my security light problem. He asked how i knew, i suggested that he as well as all gm service employees need to do research instead of trying to charge customers for unnecessary repairs. I suggest that anyone who feels robbed by your dealer contact your state deptartment of motor vehicles to complain since they typically oversee auto dealer repair complaints. good luck to everyone

- , Ventura, CA, USA

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