Oldsmobile Alero 2000 - Steering



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Oldsmobile Alero 2000 bulletins
BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
STEERING
03023600208/01/200310012577Revised steering wheel position sensor or steering shaft lower bearing replacement procedure and steering wheel position sensor centering procedure. *eh2005-03-07
STEERING - COLUMN
06023501909/01/200610020731Revised tilt steering wheel and column fastener tightening specifications. *kb2007-01-04
STEERING - LINKAGES - TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
03023204911/01/200310004765Release of new outer tie rod ends for service. *tt2004-01-06
Oldsmobile Alero 2000 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
STEERING
09/14/2011189000
 Tl* the contact owns a 2000 oldsmobile alero. the contact stated that while entering a residential driveway, there was an abnormal popping sound heard from the vehicle. the vehicle was inspected by a certified mechanic who advised that the steering column was fractured and the fuel lines were cracked which caused fuel to be spilled. the dealer was not contacted and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 189,000.
09/14/2011189000
 Tl* the contact owns a 2000 oldsmobile alero. the contact stated that while entering a residential driveway, there was an abnormal popping sound heard from the vehicle. the vehicle was inspected by a certified mechanic who advised that the steering column was fractured and the fuel lines were cracked which caused fuel to be spilled. the dealer was not contacted and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 189,000.
09/14/2011189000
 Tl* the contact owns a 2000 oldsmobile alero. the contact stated that while entering a residential driveway, there was an abnormal popping sound heard from the vehicle. the vehicle was inspected by a certified mechanic who advised that the steering column was fractured and the fuel lines were cracked which caused fuel to be spilled. the dealer was not contacted and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 189,000.
09/14/2011189000
 Tl - the contact owns a 2000 oldsmobile alero. the contact stated that while entering a residential driveway, there was an abnormal popping sound heard from the vehicle. the vehicle was inspected by a certified mechanic who advised that the steering column was fractured and the fuel lines were cracked which caused fuel to be spilled. the dealer was not contacted and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 189,000. kmj
09/14/2011189000
 Tl - the contact owns a 2000 oldsmobile alero. the contact stated that while pulling in to her drive way she heard a loud popping noise. the vehicle was inspected my a certified mechanic who stated that the steering column broke and the fuel gas lines cracked which caused fuel to be spew all over. the dealer was not contacted. the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 189,000. pm
05/30/20081100001
 We have owned this car for less than 5 years and the rack and pinion steering has failed twice. this time my wife experienced complete steering failure and the car had to be towed. this is a very hazardous problem. i have had cars which were 25-30 years old which do not have steering failure in this manner. *tr
1
 Steering shaft and the power steering gear failed. *jg
STEERING - GEAR BOX (OTHER THAN RACK AND PINION)
08/01/200448000202/12/2004
 1. i started to get loud popping noises when turning my steering wheel in either direction. . coolant leak getting progresssively worse and i am smelling ethylene glycol in the interior of the vehicle.*ak i have looked up both items and found them to be inherent problems with my 2000 alero. the first is related to the steering arm/gear problems and the second is to the plastic intake manifold gasket defect. i am facing nearly $1600.00 in repairs. i wish i would have researched these items before buying this car used even with 35,000 miles on it. it has just turned 60,000 miles.
STEERING - HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST - HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
08/15/2002102/01/2000
 Since the original dealer is no longer with oldsmobile, oldsmobile contacted, but has not responded to letter objecting to the issue not being handled as a warranty issue. the hose clearly showed it had been installed less than half way into the crimp fitting. thus allowing the hose to slide out during normal use. photos had been provided to oldsmobile on 8/26/2002. can you help me get a respomse? the loss of the hose disabled the power steering and disabled the car, which had to be towed to a gm repair shop. nlm
STEERING - HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST - PUMP
09/14/20021006/15/2002
 I purchased a 2000 oldsmobile alero in june of 2002, since the purchase i have had nothing but mechanical issues. the first being brakes/rotors being replaced twice a year, then my head gasket went, tires wear too quickly, and now my service engine light, abs light, no traction light (which does not work), change oil light is on, and now i am having problems with my wheel bearings, and cv joints, the car actually makes grinding noises when turning to the left and often sounds and feels as if i have a flat tire. i have had all of these repairs done and the car was fine for 1 week and now all of the problems are back except for the head gasket. did i mention i also had to have the power steering pump replaced as well, i feel that for the price i paid and the research i have done, there are many others that are having the same difficulty as me, when i read others problems, i feel like i am reading about my car. this was my first car i had ever purchased and feel that mine and my family's safety is at risk because you never know when something is going to happen and i am about out of money replacing parts. please look into anyone who owns a oldsmobile alero and give me some advice. thank you. *nm
STEERING - HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
01/24/200468000107/09/2003
 Power steering malfunction on 2000 alero with 67,000 miles. *la
07/13/2002106/01/2000
 While stopping to get gas at night i pulled up to the pump, my change oil light went, on and the power steering assist failed. close to home, so no danger, and drove to change oil next day at station. they said that it wasn't a loss of power steering fluid , and to bring the car to dealer. drove mostly straight , slowly, on city streets to dealer repair shop.the car is currently in the dealers shop.*ak
07/28/200007/01/2000
 I have had multiple problems with this car from the day i purchased it, 3 wks after purchase is when the pwr steering went out and i was 400 miles from home w/o assistance. crefuses to recognize any of these problems and i feel this car is a lemon and safety hazard to me and my family.
STEERING - RACK AND PINION
09/01/200367000106/08/2003
 I bought a 2000 oldsmobile alero in july of 2003. within 2 months of purchase my power steering started to leak fluid. since that date i have taken it to various shops to check the problem. two mechanics state that it's the rack and pinion that needs to be replaced, while two others changed out a hose and the power steering reservoir itself. after having these two problems were fixed i am still putting in power steering fluid on a daily basis. this is an extreme fire hazard and i am tired of putting out money when it it obvious that i am not the only person out there that is experience problems with the rack and pinion on their alero. *ak
07/09/200368000106/11/2003
 My problem is with the power steering. my power steering is leaking enough fluid that i have to add fluid on a daily basis. i have taken my 2000 alero into the shop and found that it is the rack and pinion. this problem started only one month after purchasing this car used. i would never recommend a person to purchase this type of car as this seems to be a problem for everyone not just me. *jb
06/05/2003323001
 The rack and pinion malfunctioned. as a result when turning the steering wheel a knocking noise was produced. *ak
07/14/200363300105/10/2001
 Regarding 2000 oldsmobile alero: experienced steering failure when making right turns. steering would completely lock when making right turns at slow speeds and when making slight steering adjustments to the right even at high speeds. car was not drivable. i have seen recalls on several other gm vehicles (different model years) for the same problem. i had to replace the rack and pinion unit, costing over $950. if this is a common problem in gm vehicles, then why is there not a recall? *la