NHTSA — Steering Problems

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,256 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero steering problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 012014

Alero 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


I noticed during the thanksgiving holiday 2014 that my turn signals work when they want to. I was turning right and my mom was riding with me when she noticed that my turn signals was not working left or right. So we made it to our doctors appointment and when we were leaving they working. It's weird because by changing the bulbs the turn signals are still going in and out when they want too. And we noticed light fluid leakage but it was not leaking in November when I brought my very own first car for cash and I had the oil changed so I took it back to jiffy lubes and the tech could not find a problem, this week January 21, 2014 my steering wheel is making this strange whistling noise when I make a turn, and my security light has came on and will not go off. So I decided to check the safety GM recall listing for help.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #7

Sep 032014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact noticed smoke coming from the steering wheel followed by flames. There were no injuries. The contact also stated that there was a shortage with the blinkers, which activated intermittently. The contact extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Flint , MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 062012


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact was driving 10 mph when the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact was unable to turn left or right. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or a private mechanic for inspection. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 136,000.

- Milwaukie, WI, USA

problem #5

Oct 152011

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the steering brackets attached to the frame were fractured. The steering wheel was able to be turned, but the wheels would not move. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was confirmed that the rust was what caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 80,000. Updated 11/22/11 the consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 11/30/11

- Wilcott, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 162011


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated when he attempted to move the steering wheel either left or right, it would make a loud clunking noise. Also, the wheels did not move when he moved the steering wheel. The dealer inspected the vehicle and informed the contact the bracket that holds the rack and pinion together had rusted and caused it to fracture. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 135,000.

- Fremont, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 232010


  • 100,052 miles
While backing out of a parking space, steering ability had severely reduced to nil.. there was no warning in feel, just a clunk sound. After immediate stop, steering was checked again by turning steering wheel. No response in either direction. Vehicle had to be towed from area which was semi blocking traffic due to the inability to steer vehicle. Auto tech had said the sub frame holding key steering components was rusted beyond repair and had to be replaced. I had just read local news involving, a now deceased woman, hitting a school bus nearly head on while changing lanes and for some reason continued into opposite traffic while driving the same type of vehicle.

- Painesvillle, OH, USA

problem #2

May 162008


  • 48,000 miles
Horn of the car did not work after service for replacement of flasher unit. No trauma or injury to car. Inspection of car, it was found to be cracked steering wheel at the base and it damaged the horn ring. We were told that we could not drive the car until fixed as unsafe to drive. The dealer stated they had only ever seen 1 other such case in 37 years of service. Car must have had a defective steering wheel which may have caused an accident, injury or death.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 042003


  • miles
When the steering wheel was tilted, it caused the vehicle to veer left to right intermittently.

- Folson, LA, USA

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