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#2934 of 3012 Re: how many is "too many" hub assemblies ? [rdeschene]
Jan 07, 2008 (7:14 am)
In my opinion, one hub is too many. We have two Aleros in our family. My daughters was bought new in 2001 and has low mileage on it (42,000 miles). It has had the front right hub replaced, a few brake jobs, and the bubbling door panels.
Her boyfriends has had the lower manifold gasket replaced at the cost of almost $700 from the local Pontiac dealer. Talking to anyone in Oldsmobile is a waste of time. I understand there has been a settlement on the gasket issue that will be announced in February. Hope they will come up with a partial refund, because I don't want any discounts on future purchases. I have four GM products sitting in my driveway, and will not be buying another. The 2003 Grand Prix with less than 20,000 miles has the common problem of not being able to remove the key from the ignition after shut off. Traced it back to a broken wire on the shifter solenoid, and that was easy enough to fix, but when GM is making crap, they shouldn't be surprised when Toyota and Honda out sell them.
#2935 of 3012 Re: Cigarette Chargers [geografer]
Jan 07, 2008 (7:18 am)
I don't have the owners manual in front of me, but there has to be a fuse for that outlet. There is a fuse panel on the drivers side of the dash, and also one under the hood. The stuff under the hood is more for engine electronics, so it's more likely on the drivers side dash.
#2936 of 3012 Olds Alero (2001) wheel hub assembly question
Jan 07, 2008 (7:55 pm)
I have a 2001 Olds Alero that's had the front wheel bearing hub assembles replaced twice. Unfortunately all the dashboard lights (ABS, Trac Off, Service Engine Soon) continue to come on/go off intermittently. Can anyone tell me if the ABS wheel speed sensors in the wheel hubs can be purchased separately from the bearing assembly or do they always come together. I'm trying to determine if my mechanic replaced the sensors when he replaced the hubs.
Thanks in advance for your expertise!
#2937 of 3012 Re: Olds Alero (2001) wheel hub assembly question [terryz7]
Jan 08, 2008 (5:27 pm)
I am having the same problem with my 2001 Olds Alero. The ABS, Trac Off, Service Engine Soon lights came on so I took it to a dealer that said my left front wheel hub needed to be replaced. Before I'm taken to the cleaners, I wanted to see if anyone knew if this was a proven fix to this problem. Prior to that, a shop I use regularly told me I should get my front left wheel bearing fixed over the next few months. Any help would be appreciated!
#2938 of 3012 saga continues
Jan 08, 2008 (10:31 pm)
alerogal: I could hear the hubs vibrating for many miles before they were replaced each time but the dash warning lights and presumably the loss of ABS and tracking functions have been and continue to be a persistent problem. The car is going back into the shop again, probably Friday. I'll let you know the results or you can write me at phaon5-temp1yahoo.com
#2939 of 3012 Re: Olds Alero (2001) wheel hub assembly question [alerogal]
Jan 08, 2008 (10:41 pm)
I would listen to your regular shop w a y b e f o r e a dealer...Good Luck
#2940 of 3012 Re: saga continues [terryz7]
Jan 12, 2008 (8:44 am)
Problem fixed? The ABS wheel speed sensors are integrated into the hubs...and apparently these cars like to eat hubs. After having the hubs replaced last week for the second time (supposed the first set of hubs were defective....which I doubt because the were installed a month apart..September & October '07 ) the car went back to the shop yesterday because the dash lights were coming on intermittently. The shop owner said the mechanic had failed to reset the computer so supposedly all is now well. We'll see in the next few days if the repair holds.
#2941 of 3012 Re: saga continues [terryz7]
Jan 14, 2008 (6:35 pm)
Reseting a computer will keep the dash lights from failing? I don't get it. That sounds more like an electrical problem than a computer problem. I really don't understand GM. They had a good looking car that was fun to drive at a reasonable price. I see many younger people, college and high school kids, driving Aleros.
If they had produced a dependable car, these up and coming car buyers would have a favorable opinion of GM and may make a purchase in the future when they land the first job. With the Alero track record, I bet a lot of them look to Honda or Toyota. GM cut corners and used cheap parts, and it will come back to haunt them.
BTW, did you get any type of warranty with the replaced hubs?
#2942 of 3012 Re: saga continues [dlc2]
Jan 14, 2008 (8:40 pm)
While I certainly agree with you regarding the poor performance of the US auto manufacturers, I can't complain too much being that my wife got over 150K mostly highway miles on her Alero before the original hubs wore out. Her mechanic friend replaced the left hub in September '07 and then the right hub the following month. Then all the lights came back on. The mechanic said "the hubs were bad" and replaced both under warranty but we had to pay for the labor a second time. Then all the lights came back on again, but only intermittently. That's when the mechanic said he reset the computer. Makes no sense to me either but the ligts have stayed off so far. Now we're shopping for a new car and gues what she looking at....a Honda, Toyota and even a Hyundai....
#2943 of 3012 Re: Cigarette Chargers [geografer]
Feb 13, 2008 (10:02 am)
I have this problem in my 01 Alero as well- haven't fixed it yet (tools still boxed up from moving), but pretty sure it is just a short in the wiring. The fuse box for the aux chargers is under the hood of the car. I have replaced it three times to make sure the fuse itself wasn't bad. As soon as I connect the charger, the fuse blows. You would be better off, as far as cost, to fix it yourself if you can.