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Front Suspension Wheel Bearing Problems of Oldsmobile Alero



Oldsmobile Alero owners have reported 25 problems related to front suspension wheel bearing (under the suspension category).

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 1
Failure Date: 10/03/2008

Purchased vehicle August 2003 at 29,000 miles. Front left wheel bearing bad just inside warranty time - under 36,000 miles. Shortly after, front right wheel bearing went bad - not in warranty. Now at 129,000 miles, front left wheel bearing is bad again. Not using oem equipment this time as it isn't cost effective to pay for oem equipment - when it obviously lacks quality. I'm assuming my front right wheel bearing will go bad soon - better start saving for that repair! next issue - horn blows without provocation and will not stop - 3:00 in the morning. Next issue: fuel issue, where you have to turn the key to the on position for 10 minutes then car will start. Does not happen all the time but usually when you do not have the extra 10 minutes.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 2
Failure Date: 08/31/2007

I was just informed that I will need a new wheel bearing. This is the third one in the past 5 years. What is wrong with this car?.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 3
Failure Date: 05/08/2007

Front wheel hubs. I purchased this car new in 2001 and had to replace the front hub and bearing 3 times. The most recent repair was in 5/2007 to the left hub which was just replaced in 02/2006 with under 15000 miles. Chevrolet service department stated that warranty only covers parts for 12000 or 1 y ear, and only offered a 10% discount of 40. 00 on a 410. 00 repair job.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero 4
Failure Date: 10/10/2006

When my vehicle reached 49,000 miles I had to have the front wheel bearings and brakes replaced. My car is now at 59,000 miles and the front wheel bearings need to be replaced again.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 5
Failure Date: 05/20/2006

At about 43,000 miles my 2003 olds Alero began experiencing grinding or humming noises from the front end that got louder with acceleration. After inspecting the front bakes and determining the brakes may need replacing I visited my local car dealership. After a test drive I was told the left front wheel bearings were damaged and needed replacement immediately. The entire driver side wheel bearing assembly was replaced at a cost of nearly $300.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 6
Failure Date: 05/15/2006

I bought my 2002 olds Alero in may of 2006 and have had problems ever since. I had to have the front left wheel bearing replaced 2 days after I bought the car. The dealership paid for the parts and labor that time, but I was on my own from there. Frequently I was having the problem of the engine turning over, but not starting. I had to call a tow truck 6 times in 2 months. The fuel pump was replaced and a week later I had the same problem. This time it the body module was replaced. 2 days later I was calling the tow truck again. The ignition switch was replaced this time. The next time I threatened to sue the mechanic who had worked on my car. This time the car started right up for the mechanic. He contacted gm to see what the problem could possibly be and of course they had never heard of this problem. After the car was towed to the shop a few more times the mechanic finally got a hold of another mechanic who specialized in gm repairs. That mechanic told him about the faulty security system. He passed on the info to me. If the car won't start, turn the key on for 10 min. Until the security light stops flashing, turn the key off, take it out of the ignition and try it again. This has worked every time for me, but really, who has the extra 10-15 minutes to spare every time they need to go somewhere, just in case their car won't start? I also have problems with the turning signals working only when they want to. This seems to be a common problem among Alero owners. After the nightmares I've had with this car and the disrespect shown by gm to their "valued customers", I will never buy another gm model as long as I live! buyer beware!!!.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 7
Failure Date: 03/24/2006

: the contact stated the front wheel bearings were defective. The bearings failed every 15,000-20,000 miles. There was a knocking noise that seemed to come from the front of the vehicle, and the vehicle did not steer properly. The dealership replaced the wheel bearings four times. T the wheel bearing were replaced four times, the dealer replaced them 3 times, but would not replaced them the fourth times. However manufacturer and dealer could not determine why this was happening.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 8
Failure Date: 01/04/2006

2003 olds Alero. At 35k miles, both front wheel bearings failed. Upon taking it to the dealership for work, we were told that the front rotors and brakes also needed replacing. The bearings were replaced under warranty, but we were billed $400+ for brakes and rotors. I filed a complaint with the bbb and olds (after multiple calls) reimbursed us for half of the brake work. I was later told be a mechanic at the dealership that wheel bearing, rotor and pad failures were an ongoing problem with the Alero and grand am. Apparently gm did not feel it was worth standing behind. Now we have added 15k miles since the repair, and the new factory replacement rotors are already warped and causing uneven braking and steering shimmy. Stay away from this vehicle.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 9
Failure Date: 09/18/2005

Last year I had a rubbing type sound coming from my front end, upon taking it to tuffy I learned that I needed a left wheel bearing. I replaced the wheel bearing and 7 months later I had to replace the right wheel bearing. Currently I am being told that the wheel bearings still needs to be replaced. My abs lights are on and there is a popping sound when my car turns. I have a new tie rod so that rules the noise coming from it. The bearings are expensive to replace and I only had the car three years and I had to replace bearings, the manifold intake, a tie rod, and hoses.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 10
Failure Date: 05/21/2005

The right passenger side wheel bearing failed. There were only 37,811 miles on the car when it failed. The vehicle was having problems for about a week. The owner noticed problems while driving. The problem was evident as soon as vehicle picked up speed vehicle was making a noise, a humming sound. Owner had the wheel bearing replaced. General motors did reimburse the owner for the repairs. Owner has been in contact with gm and his local dealership. The owner was aware of other people with similar problems with the same vehicle.


 
car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 11
Failure Date: 12/29/2004

About 2 1/2 years ago I had to replace both front wheel bearing hubs. On 12/29/04 I had to have the right bearing hub replaced for the second time. I do not recall the mileage the first time. I had about 129,000 on this time.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 12
Failure Date: 11/26/2004

Consumer complained that front wheel bearing had to be replaced three times with less then 59,000 miles on vehicle. Dealer was notified.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero 13
Failure Date: 10/04/2004

The brake light kept coming on. After having the brakes serviced the brake fluid remained low. Then ,the rotors and the brake line were replaced three times. Vehicle started to make noise, and currently the wheel bearings were defective.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero 14
Failure Date: 09/09/2004

Front bearing hubs failure. Front suspension failure, front break system failure.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 15
Failure Date: 10/15/2003

Replaced the front drivers side wheel bearing in June of 2002. Wheel bearing is going out again and needs to be replaced after only 30,000 miles. My brother-in-law had an Oldsmobile intrigue that he also had to replace the front drivers wheel bearing on twice before getting rid of the car.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 16
Failure Date: 08/01/2003

Bad vibration at highway speeds. Had wheels aligned,tires balanced, tie rods ,both front axles, both front bearings, front disc brakes(rotors and pads), both front struts replaced. Vibration at times gets bad enough to lose control. None of the above solutions fixed the problem.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 17
Failure Date: 07/10/2003

Without warning caller hears a noise ,and at the same time, the bell sounds , and the dash lights come on. The lights that come on are the anti lock brake lights. The track off light, and the service engine light. For only a few seconds the brakes will not work. Has had wheel bearings replaced in the front, and is about to get it done again.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero 18
Failure Date: 05/10/2003

Front tire area was making lots of noise. Took it to dealer for service to check it out - thought it might be power steering problem. They told me it was the brakes. I did not believe this was the problem. Took the car to a transmission shop to check that. He heard the noise and thought it might be the wheel bearings. We took it to another mechanic and he found that it was the wheel bearings and said that it should not have needed to be replaced - that they usually last over 100,000 miles (I only had around 60,000 miles on the car). The other problem is that the heater/air conditioning fan switch does not work on the first two speeds - only on the middle and higher speeds. I work with a man who has the same problem on the same make/model/year as my car.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 19
Failure Date: 09/15/2002

We have replaced both front wheel bearings, and I think this might be a defective product.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero 20
Failure Date: 09/14/2002

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.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 21
Failure Date: 05/01/2002

Braking is not working properly, pads and calipers will easily wear down and there is a grinding nosie at low speeds, consumer has replaced the parts several times. Contacted dealer and they were not willing to do anything. . Also the driver side window chatters, there was a noise in the left front wheel bearing.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 22
Failure Date: 12/18/2001

While driving at any speed consumer heard a rattling sound coming from the front end of the vehicle. Dealer examined the vehicle and replaced the front hubs and wheel bearings. Also, vehicle used an excessive amount of oil and coolant.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 23
Failure Date: 06/10/2001

Rotors and pads replaced 5 times, please recall. Also, front wheel bearings wore out causing excessive tire wear and vague steering feel.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 24
Failure Date: 05/01/2001

There is no response when braking. Dealer replaced worn out front wheel bearings. At this time front wheel bearings need to be replaced again.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero 25

Front wheel bearing and hub assembly was replaced.


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