Last post on Feb 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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Oldsmobile Alero, Auto Repair, Engine, Sedan
#183 of 192 Re: Traction light comes on [dweb1]
May 13, 2009 (1:02 pm)
I have been having the same problem with my 03 Alero, I have replaced all 4 of the wheel bearing assemblies, the brake light switch and the wiring harness. Have you found a fix to this problem? I bought this car with 35,000 miles on it and have had it 1 1/2 years and have probably put almost $7000.00 in to it. Intake gasket, new ignition switch (due to the security problem) thermostat, coolant pipe, shall I go on?! Just recently with the ABS/Trac Off/Service vehicle soon lights on, right before they come on while pressing on the brakes and turning the wheel the brake pedal vibrates and it almost sounds like the antilock is trying to kick in for no reason, then the lights and dinging happen. Please if you or anyone else has had this problem and found a fix for it, please let me know! I thank you!!!
#184 of 192 Re: Traction light comes on [ccarel]
Jun 14, 2009 (5:09 pm)
I was wanting to know if you were able to find out what was wrong with your car, mine is acting the same way?
#185 of 192 Re: Traction light comes on [jdt1]
Jun 14, 2009 (6:54 pm)
The last thing that I just had done has somewhat fixed the problem. I had new wiring installed at the wheel area of the front of vehicle. Like I had mentioned before, I had already had a new wiring harness installed and wiring repairs, but took it to a new mechanic that suggested to replace wires leading to hub in wheel well area at front of car. That was about a month ago and only had the light come on twice in the first week, which could of been for stored codes in vehicle because I have not had any issues since. I keep my fingers crossed everyday that this fixed the problem. You might want your mechanic to try that fix, it only cost me $65.00 for this replacement which to me was pretty inexpensive considering what I have alreay put into it.
#186 of 192 Traction
Jun 15, 2009 (6:15 pm)
Did the new wiring fix the brakes from vibrating and the anti-lock problem?
#187 of 192 Traction light
Jun 16, 2009 (6:24 am)
The wiring did fix the problem, so far anyway.
I suggest that since it is such a cheap fix that you start there. When this problem first started happening, the lights and beeping would only happen from time to time and I didn't have any problem with the brakes, after awhile and through trying to fix the problem, it got worse. If the lights and beeping didn't happen when I first started driving, whenever I pressed on the brakes to turn corner or come to a complete stop, I would have the vibration and antilock sound and almost felt like I wasn't going to stop. If the lights were on, I could stop just fine. Crazy I know!
I have had all 4 hub assemblies replaced, one of them twice because it was reading open and the mechanic thought it was a faulty part, wiring harness, etc...
Since I took it to a new mechanic and he suggested this cheap fix, I was all for it. Amazingly the light came on twice in one day the first week and over a month later, it hasn't come on nor do I have ANY problems!
I know I'm a woman, and don't know much about cars...I suggest that you try this fix. One because it worked for my car and also because it is a cheap and easy way to start trying to find a fix. I could have saved a lot of money had my first mechanic suggest something like this. Live and learn I guess.
Let me know if this works for you, and if not what you found out.
#188 of 192 Re: Traction light [ccarel]
Nov 06, 2009 (8:50 pm)
I was told that when the anit-lock or abs lights are "on", the default is the abs brakes are disabled. That is why you could break better when the fault codes were active.
Mar 21, 2011 (3:44 pm)
On a 2000 Windstar SEL we have had two recalls recently- (1) 10S13 Cracked Rear AXle and (2) 11S16 Subframe recall--after both times having checked and partially repaired(awaiting Parts to be deliveded to Dealership) to complete job, we have experienced the Active Control Light coming on for a few seconds many times within a couple miles over somewhat bumpy roadways--(not that rough-but not as say Interstate or Parkway roadways)One time Dealership put in a Rear Right Speed Sensor--did not help. We understand more Speed Sensors -how many are there? Has any one have the answer and or solution to this problem?
#190 of 192 ignition completly locked up!! Help...?
Sep 05, 2011 (10:33 am)
I have a 2000 oldsmobile alero, i started having the usuall coolant issues i had for a while. Before i could get it to the shop i parked it, and the ignition completly locked up. when i say locked up i mean the key will not turn at all, as if the steering wheel was locked or the lock cylinder mechinisim went bad. I thought it had to be the lock cylinder so i changed it and the ignition switch housing where the lock cylinder fits into as well. It started up just fine with new ignition even though its said the new ignition wouldnt work until i had it programmed at dealer. it worked for about 3 or 4 starts then the ignition loked up again! Can anyone help or have any ideas what could be locking my ignition up to where the key will not move at all??? The keys are fine they came new with new lock.
#191 of 192 Re: ignition completly locked up!! Help...?uwe123]
Sep 08, 2011 (11:47 am)
I had what I think is same prob in last 2 weeks. I was working in dash to replace my radio. To do so I also had to remove the shift console cover. Finished & replaced all covers -- couldn't remove key!!!
Took it to my mech and he poked around a little. Told him I was working on radio. He immediately removed console cover, fished around inside and found a pair of eyeglasses. The had fallen in and partially blocked the shifter from going all the way into park hence could not remove key. Did anything get under the console cover???
Feb 16, 2013 (5:35 pm)
About 2 months ago, my wife was leaving work and her alero would not start. I first used my bosses car to jump start it as the battery was so dead that the engine would only partially turn. Once the battery had charged for about 20 mins, I tried to start it. It turned over great for about 4 seconds, then a dumping sound, I then removed the intake cover and tried again, turned over great, then the dumping sound. I noticed that a puff of smoke came flying from the intake. right after the dumping sound. I then let it charge back up again and again tried starting it, but this time held gas to the floor and it started. I drove about 1 and 1/2 miles and as I was slowing down for a red light, it began jerking and died, I turned off lights and pushed it to the side of the road, tried to start it again and the battery was dead.
I went home and brought my 1985 f150 back and jumped it again, same thing, wouldn't start unless I held the gas down, but now when it started, it ran very very rough, engine bouncing around like it was going to pop out. (not really).
Towed it home, replaced ignition coils, spark plugs, cat converter, and battery. Tried to start it, nothing. Just turnes over and makes the dumping sound from the intake. Only difference is now it wont even start when I hold the gas down. Bought the CP9125 OBD II Pocket Scan, ran the scan, 2 codes returned, p0107, and p0107pd. , went to Advance auto and bought map sensor and the vacuum hose for the map sensor. Installed..Same thing, no start, I pour gas into the intake and it still dont try to start, it will act like it wants to start sometimes indicated by the engine turning a bit faster from time to time, but no start at all. At this point I re ran the scanner and it returned with 0 codes. Anyone have any idea what to test,check, try?