Engine Turns Over But Won't Start

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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
120,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Oldsmobile Alero engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 052011

Alero 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


I was driving the car when it died out and wouldn't restart. Replaced the coil pack and ignition modulator again as there was no spark from it. (still under warranty from last time replaced, 9 months ago, which does cause the car not to start, this runs about 110.00). Car still will not turn over, possible problem crank shaft sensor, but can't find where it is under the car.

- , Titusville, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 022011

Alero 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

No problems since we have owned our 2004 Alero until one day, the wife drives home from the store and parks in the drive, next morning, the engine will crank but car will not start. She thought it might be the fuel pump, I got home, turned the key on to listen for the fuel pump to prime the lines and heard nothing. I thought she was right. Bought a $270.00 fuel pump for the parts store and put it in myself. Turn the key on to listen for the fuel pump and still nothing. Checked all the relays and all the fuses in all three blocks and everything is good. Discovered that the wipers don't work now or the turn signals. Must be electrical is what I am thinking or maybe one of the computers is loosing it's mind like my 2000 grand am did a few years ago. The BCM flaked out and I lost AC, Instruments cluster, interior lights, turn signals, cruise control and a few other things while driving down the road but the car continued to run fine. For that, I had to have the BCM memory flashed at the dealership for $75.00. Everything works after that. Please note from my experience that you cannot use a computer from a salvage to replace yours, they are programmed specifically for the car that they are in.....I learned this the hard way! Back to the Alero, I can't trace the fuel pump, turn signals and wipers to a single computer so I enrolled in the "Just Answer" website. Not much help here so far as this has cost me another $118.00 for a new ignition switch that the expert said was the problem.

Things I know don't work (for no good reason): Fuel pump Turn signals Wipers

Things I have checked: (and eliminated as a possible cause) All the fuses (good) All the relays (good) All the ground clusters I could find, (under the dash and hood) Fuel Pump (new) Ignition switch (new) Checked for loose wires as best I could

If I locate the problem or have a shop find it, I will be back to post and update on what the heck it is. I know it may not be the solution for everyone's problem but I will post a solution to help.

- , Centerton, AR, USA

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