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Oldsmobile Alero, Sedan
#2605 of 3014 car paid off and preventive maintenance
Jun 29, 2005 (12:46 pm)
Well we made our last payment on our Alero (3.4L, 2000, bought used in 2001) in May. At 123,000km we gave the car a "treat" with a transmission flush (CDN$160.95), coolant flush (CDN$100.45), replaced the thermostat while they were at it (CDN$162.85, mostly labor) and oil & filter change (CDN$26.38). I put in a new air filter on my own for about CDN$15.
We're planning to keep the car for several years (I've kept past cars to around 220,000km, so at least another 4 years) so it's probably a worthwhile. We'll never know for sure, maybe it was a waste of 500 bucks. But when I consider the cost of an engine or transmission rebuild and/or payments on a newer car... This is one of the last few years of Oldsmobile production, so I might actually want to keep this car for even longer than that.
Brockville, ON, Canada
#2606 of 3014 "The MPG in this car rocks my socks!!!"
Jun 29, 2005 (12:53 pm)
Highway mileage on the 3.4L V6, with its quite tall gearing (about 2000rpm at 70mph) and in a relatively light car (around 3050kg) is really pretty impressive. I know some Ford Focus owners who get this kind of mileage in the real world, and often even less.
Actually, you have to look pretty far and wide to find cars that actually get 32-34mpg (U.S. gallons) highway or better, and few are as responsive - steering, braking, acceleration, handling.
#2607 of 3014 Fuel Guage Sending Unit
Jul 01, 2005 (9:15 am)
Hey Guy's I found out what the electrical problem was, the previous owner installed one of those K-mart alarm systems and just didn't wire it correctly. So i pulled it out and the Alero is once again happy.
Could anyone please tell me how to access the Fuel Sending Unit, thanks for all you help
#2609 of 3014 fuel level sending unit
Jul 02, 2005 (7:37 am)
Well, according to my Haynes manual at least, you would have to remove the gas cap to depressurize the gas tank, then unfasten the straps on the gas tank so that you can drop the gas tank. The fuel level sending unit appears to be part of a larger module, that also includes the fuel pump and the float. This module is removed from the gas tank from the top, and you would have to then disassemble the module to replace the fuel level sending unit alone.
If you're going to tackle this yourself you will want to have as empty a gas tank as possible as this would be very heavy and unwieldy when even partially full. You'd want to look at this job carefully to be sure you can SAFELY support the weight of the gas tank while you're underneath the car unfastening the straps. You'll definitely want somebody else there "spotting" you.
It would probably be worthwhile to have a shop manual of some kind so you can see the photos of the steps and module disassembly. There's some diagnostic information (i.e. which leads to measure using an ohmeter while moving the float up and down) for the fuel level sensor too.
#2610 of 3014 Fuel Tank Meter Sender/Connector
Jul 02, 2005 (7:39 am)
Hey Guys.... I have the fuel gauge thats jumps around. I was told that it is the sending unit. Is this item it? Fuel Tank Meter Sender/Connector
Jul 02, 2005 (1:01 pm)
Was post 2610 supposed to contain a link to the fuel tank meter sender/connector ? I just see the item listed in bold text and there's no link.
#2612 of 3014 Re: Fuel Tank Meter Sender/Connector [1989wrangler]
Jul 02, 2005 (3:55 pm)
This is the wife Sue replying; my husband is the one who posted the detailed reply (far better than anything I could've come up with) on steps for replacing the fuel level sending unit. I don't know if the name you've posted is the same part; all I can tell you is that, at least according to our Haynes Repair Manual (for the Malibu, Alero, Cutlass and Grand Am), it's called the fuel level sending unit. Here's the Amazon.com link to that book; if you really want to do this repair yourself, it's something you might want to have on hand: Haynes Repair Manual
#2613 of 3014 Anyone ever had a problem with driver power seat?
Jul 03, 2005 (7:27 pm)
Still searching for anyone who's done this before....looking at making this a DIY task this summer.
#2614 of 3014 Re: Anyone ever had a problem with driver power seat? [hopkins007]
Jul 04, 2005 (7:05 am)
Neither my husband nor I have ever done this, but it is detailed in the Haynes Repair Manual I cited in another reply. It's better to have the book, because it provides photos showing the different steps, along with the instructions. But under "Seats - removal and installation" and "Front seat" it says:
1. At the front of each front seat, remove the two bolts securing the seat tracks to the floor. The plastic covers around the ends of the seat tracks can stay in place. Note: The main airbag module is beneath the carpeting under the right front seat. Refer to the Warning above and disable the airbag system before removing the passenger front seat.
2. Tilt the seat up and toward the instrument panel, unplug any electrical connectors underneath and remove the seat. The front plastic track covers can remain in place while the seat track tabs are lifted out of the slots in the floor.
3. If you want to replace the seat adjuster assembly, or you need to remove the adjuster to remove or replace the carpet, unbolt the adjuster from the seat assembly.
4. Installation is the reverse of removal. Be sure to tighten all bolts securely.