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#2568 of 3014 Ignition switch won't turn all the way off
Apr 14, 2005 (5:52 pm)
My daughter broke the gear shift button on her 2000 Oldsmobile Alero. So, we installed a generic replacement. The new gear shift knob works, but for some reason, the ignition switch won't turn all the way to the left. It seems stuck halfway between off and A/C. The key is difficult to remove, but with a little pulling, it comes out. I don't want to twist it and have it break off in the ignition. Other than this problem, what really concerns me is that the battery, oil and parking (P) light on the dashboard remain lit after the car is turned off and the key is removed. I double checked to make sure that the car was in the Park position before turning it off and removing the key.
Any ideas of what I can do to fix this? I'm not sure if this is a major concern or if my daughter's safety is at risk. Thank you for any advice you may have.
#2569 of 3014 Removing side view mirrors
Apr 14, 2005 (6:11 pm)
Can anyone outline briefly how to remove the side view mirrors from the Alero? I have the plain black sideview mirrors, and I'm thinking of painting them to match my car color.
#2570 of 3014 Re: Service Work at 100k [mikey00]
Apr 15, 2005 (4:19 pm)
Thanks for the info.: Another question, if you don't mind:
I dont see anything in the manual about a timing belt or timing chain service.
Does this engine have a belt, or a chain? Any info on what the service interval is on this component? Don't want to ping pistons and valves with a stripped belt or chain.
#2571 of 3014 Re: Gear shift button broke off
Apr 16, 2005 (5:48 am)
This has happened twice to our Alero (seems to be some type of "plastic stress" . . . or maybe just a flawed design). The first time was while it was still under warranty, so we took it in to the local local GM Goodwrench service centre and had it replaced at no charge to us. The second time, we went ahead and took it in again, because it's a pretty inexpensive repair (less than $50 Canadian). I don't know how to solve the problems you've had since replacing the button on your own, or how serious they are. It may be that you want to avoid the cost of a service call, but if you're really concerned, I would take it in.
#2572 of 3014 2001 Alero FE3 Sport Suspension Strut Replacement
Apr 16, 2005 (2:31 pm)
I had my 2001 Alero checked because of a "clunking" sound coming from the left front of the vehicle when I was backing up and had the wheel turned to the left. They said it was the strut bearings that were bad, and had to be replaced. Since the car has 88000 miles they also suggested replacing the struts at the same time. I was given an estimate of $540.00 for after market struts made by Monroe. I do alot of my own repairs and started checking for replacement struts. Not too many aftermarket brand names, and none of them specify the FE3 Sport Suspension which my car has, they are just selling generic fit struts. I checked an Oldsmobile dealer, and for the FE3 struts and bearing, plus the strut boot and mounting plate, the price was over $500.00 PER SIDE. Has anyone replaced their FE3 struts with an after-market product and been satisfied with the ride and handling? Any information would be helpful. Thanks.
#2573 of 3014 Re: 2001 Alero FE3 Sport Suspension Strut Replacement 
Apr 17, 2005 (3:25 pm)
I can't speak specifically about your Alero sport suspension, but I can comment about a similiar situation I have with a Lexus product with a limited sport suspension. The aftermarket struts are only for the stock suspension. They are not going to make a product for a very limited number of cars. They will work but will take your ride and handling back to thye stock suspension. For me to keep my sport suspension, I have to buy the struts from the dealer at a much higher cost
#2574 of 3014 Re: 2001 Alero FE3 Sport Suspension Strut Replacement [mikey00]
Apr 18, 2005 (5:04 am)
That's what I thought when I started checking around with the after-market brands. I wouldn't mind so much putting OEM priced parts on a Lexus or other vehicle with excellent value, but if I do the OEM parts myself, saving the labor costs, I am about to put 25%-35% of my cars value into the front suspension. I could understand if the parts were something completely different such as electronic controlled or air assisted, but they are just regular struts valved differently. I have to decide if it's worth it to me to have the sport type ride or not. I am checking some web sites that sell OEM parts and may be able to save substantially. For example, the dealers want over $11.00 for the nut which bolts onto the top of the strut and I found a site selling the same AC Delco part for a little over $3.00! The dealer mark up is very evident.
Apr 23, 2005 (5:24 pm)
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove the gas tank on a 2000 olds alero? I'm trying to replace my fuel pump - I'm having NO luck.
#2576 of 3014 Re: Ignition switch won't turn all the way off [bethn]
Apr 24, 2005 (2:56 pm)
I'm having the same problem. It started today with my daughter out of town. Did you find a resolution. I've had multiple problems with this car.
#2577 of 3014 Re: Service Work at 100k [alerofan]
Apr 24, 2005 (3:49 pm)
It's a chain and does not require replacement.