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#310 of 446 Car Won't Start.
Aug 24, 2010 (4:43 am)
I bought my 2000 Oldsmobile Alero as of a week and two days ago. It has been legally on the road for maybe five days. Yesterday, it wouldn't start. I turned the key but there was no noise, no nothing. The lights inside would come on, but there was no clicking, knocking, humming, coughing, anything. After about an hour, we went back to the car and with a little trick that I don't know, my father-in-law got it started so that we could go somewhere. He said something about moving it so that the brushes were in the moving position. (I'm a chick that is passable in figuring out basic, major things wrong with a car so I don't know WHAT he was talking about.)
Anyway, I went out to start my car later that night and after some cranking, it turned on. This morning, no go. It's cranking like it wants to start but it's not going the full distance. I don't know what is going on and it's so frustrating after not having a car for six months, getting one, and only using it a handful of times before it cuts out on me.
#311 of 446 Re: in the same boat..pretty much [mamabetty77]
Aug 24, 2010 (6:07 am)
To check the fuel supply the pressure needs to tested with a gauge and the flow measured by volume pumped in a specified time.
If you mean changing the fuel pump, it's in the tank. The tank needs to be removed for access.
#312 of 446 Re: Car Won't Start. [ataylor3]
Aug 31, 2010 (9:00 pm)
I am in the same situation as you. I started driving my 04 Alero one week ago today. Went in the grocery store for less than 19 minutes and came out to a car that will not start. All the lights worked, radio, horn everything. It just would not make an attempt to start. I live in a small town so 3 mechanics I knew actually stopped by to help but were all puzzled by the situation. My uncle (a mechanic) took the starter off and had it tested. It was lock up and had no power, totally shot! So I spend $140 on the starter and stood through the embrassment of having my car worked on in the grocery store parking lot. And still that did not work. So everyone is now thinking it must be the security system. I had a new battery installed 4 days ago. Did it reset the system or something. I need some ideas.
#313 of 446 Re: Car Won't Start. [needanewcar6]
Sep 01, 2010 (3:37 am)
My problem was the battery. Something was on and it had drained it down to half its voltage.
The mechanic we took it to to be sure it was the battery informed us about a little snick in the security system: For whatever reason, the starter chip in your key won't be recognized and the car won't start. The mechanic said that you had to leave the key in the starter for like ten to fifteen minutes before the problem corrects itself. Hope that might help.
#314 of 446 Car Won't Start
Sep 01, 2010 (4:39 am)
I learned this trick from this site, and it has been working for 2 years. I drive a 2003 Alero 2-door. Turn the key to ACC leave it there in the ignition for at least 25 minutes. When the time has elapsed, try starting it. If it starts it is the security passlock system locking up and not recognizing your key. Doing this resets it and reprograms your key. It is the only starting problem I've ever had with my car. Thank goodness mine is paid for now. So, I'll just drive it until it dies, and then will get something else. Am tucking monies away and hoping nothing major goes out. A mechanic told me that this usually starts happening between 75,000 and 85,000 miles, not sure how many miles are on your car, but the previous owner could have been nice enough to let you know. Hmmmm?! Hope this is it, as this is an easy fix. Good luck!
#315 of 446 Re: Car Won't Start. [needanewcar6]
Sep 01, 2010 (6:46 am)
1. "It just would not make an attempt to start". Do you mean it would do nothing? The engine wouldn't spin when you turned the key to the start position?
2. "My uncle (a mechanic) took the starter off and had it tested. It was lock up and had no power, totally shot! So I spend $140 on the starter and stood through the embrassment of having my car worked on in the grocery store parking lot. And still that did not work". So I guess it's safe to say the starter wasn't the problem?
3. "So everyone is now thinking it must be the security system". Did the "security" light come on and flash when you tried to start it?
Your Alero has Passlock II. The key deosn't have anything to do with it like in the "Passkey" security systems used in the past.
If the "security" light is coming on and flashing when you try to start it then turn it to the "on" position, wait 10 minutes and see if the light goes out. If so, then try to start it (this is in the owners manual for reference).
If there's been no security light, and the engine spins when you try to start, then the first place I would look is the fuel supply (pump/filter) and then the ignition switch.
If nothing happens when you turn the key to "start", I would look at the ignition switch & battery cables first (would say battery, but it's new, make sure it's not dead or rundown). Also check that the power to the solenoid on the starter is present when the key is turned to the "start" position. Unless the solenoid on the starter engages when you try to start it the starter will never turn.
Sep 06, 2010 (7:21 pm)
I have 2003 alero and I have same issue where everything generates on car but there is no sound period. It has happened to me twice this year once in March, and most recent 2 weeks ago. I had to get car towed to an auto repair shop so they could reset my keys both times. Is there anyway this issue can be resolved w/o the expenses?
#317 of 446 Re: in the same boat..pretty much [mamabetty77]
Sep 09, 2010 (6:47 pm)
I had problems with my Alero not wanting to start and then when it did it would stall. My mechanic figured out that it was the Ignition switch. I had it replaced yesterday and now it starts and runs great. I hope this helps you out.
#318 of 446 Re: Security Light [cateyez86]
Sep 10, 2010 (5:40 am)
I can't figure out what you mean by "everything generates on car but there is no sound period".
Also, what does "reset my keys both times" mean? The keys in a Passlock II car don't have anything to do with the security system.
Is the security light coming on and flashing when you try to start it?
#319 of 446 Warm Starting/Won't Idle at Start
Sep 28, 2010 (5:10 am)
I have a 99 Alero with a V-6. When it's cold, it starts and idles fine. When it's warm, I have to give it some gas to get it to start and I have to hold the gas pedal partially down after it starts or else it dies. Once it's running for 5 or 10 seconds, I can release the gas pedal and it idles on its own, but it isn't a stable idle. Once I put it in gear, it idles and runs fine. Any ideas of where to start looking?