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#2936 of 3014 Olds Alero (2001) wheel hub assembly question
Jan 07, 2008 (6:55 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 3014 Re: Olds Alero (2001) wheel hub assembly question [terryz7]
Jan 08, 2008 (4:27 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 3014 saga continues
Jan 08, 2008 (9:31 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 3014 Re: Olds Alero (2001) wheel hub assembly question [alerogal]
Jan 08, 2008 (9:41 pm)
I would listen to your regular shop w a y b e f o r e a dealer...Good Luck
#2940 of 3014 Re: saga continues [terryz7]
Jan 12, 2008 (7:44 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 3014 Re: saga continues [terryz7]
Jan 14, 2008 (5:35 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 3014 Re: saga continues [dlc2]
Jan 14, 2008 (7:40 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 3014 Re: Cigarette Chargers [geografer]
Feb 13, 2008 (9:02 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.
#2944 of 3014 Re: how many is "too many" hub assemblies ? [rdeschene]
Mar 15, 2008 (9:49 am)
I have a 2001 Olds Alero, 4dr., V6, 3.4L with about 104,000 miles. My mechanic has replaced the hub/wheel bearing only to have the lights you mentioned come on. He couldn't understand why? I then paid to have an Olds dealer take a look at it only to tell me it's the hub/wheel bearing that needs to be replaced.....again in a 1 month time span. ahhhhh
Also, Temp gauge wasn't working. I noticed coolant was low but no leaking on ground. It was mixing with my oil. I had my mechanic replace the intake manifold gaskets, coolant sensor, thermostat & he did a flush. Temp gauge seemed to be fixed....for about 2 weeks. It's not working again. I advised my mechanic and like above.......he has no clue as to whats going on, so he contacted an olds dealer & spoke to a technician who said the temp gauage may not be working due to a pinched wire grounding out or possibly the PCM needs to be "flashed" or reprogrammed. So I take it into the olds dealer to look at it & they say I need intake manifold gaskets......again.
Have you heard anything else re: the settlement for the gasket issue you posted in your 12/29/07 blog?? I've tried researching this and have found that GM's been slapped w/ a gasket class action lawsuit in Canada for vehicles built b/w 1995-2003. This started back in 04/06??? They stated a similar lawsuit in the U.S. was granted class-action status in 1/07 but I can't find any info on it????
I just paid off my vehicle and don't want another car payment but I'm thinking about shopping.
#2945 of 3014 dashboard lights
Mar 17, 2008 (6:10 pm)
I have a 1999 Alero and love it all for one thing: Can someone please tell me how to get my "low tire pressure" and "change oil" lights to go off?? I have had all of this taken care of, but am unable to find an owners manual to tell me how to make to problem go away - I am finding this highly irritating since I drive a lot for work. Any info would be great! Thanks!