Maria Bonilla-Henry: Would you take it somewhere then to get the security system reset?
james w: thanks for posting this.....it was extremely helpful. :)
Kevin Koch: Thanks for posting the video. Was a huge help
Devonte King: Did you have to get A new key and did you have to get it timed by GM?
Dave Unger: Thanks for the advice! This video helped a lot!!! Not being a mechanic and all, it took us about 2 hours to dismantle & replace, then 10 minutes to put back together.
Gazooo29: Wow so much work,my 98 olds is having a steering wheel lock issue and was told about that white cable unlocks everything. Didn't realize the whole car comes apart.
r suchowi: Our 2001 Alero had an issue with the instrument cluster not lighting up, the radio not coming on and windows not working for a bit after the car was started. Traced issue back to the ignition switch. The worst part is getting that cluster out of the way. It needs to come out at an angle (with the face of the cluster facing the sky) through the right side of the opening after you manage to get the harness disconnected. Thanks for the Video.
Gallows tree13: you didnt show how 2 remove radio and staple on gear shift, other than that good job and thankx for posting, world needs people like you.
SamTheNightStocker: Thanks for this video. It made it really easy to get in there and replace the ignition lock cylinder, which I had to replace because of a faulty Passlock sensor. I had to reset that thing about 5 times in the past 5 weeks, kinda got tired of it and just went ahead and replaced it.
BuckeyeBryan: I don't remember If I had to do it or not, but you may have to. I just commented on how to reset it for someone else.
BuckeyeBryan: turn the ignition to the "ON" position (without trying to start the car) and leave it for 10min, after that turn the ignition "OFF" for 10 seconds, repeat the process 2 more times. It should take 30min to complete. It should turn off the security light and the car should start.
chavezelmer81: I did on my 99 model but it dont turn on the engine....the security light is on....help
jordandoor: So do you have to reset the body control module when you replace the switch?
Cameron Long: Thank you for the helpful video. I had to replace an ignition switch on my wife's Alero, and I followed your instructions and breezed through it. I would have never been able to do it on my own. Keep up the great work!
Stephen Ricks: Great video. Just an FYI for those out there with Alero's having problems with the instrument cluster/air conditioner/power windows that shut down off an on--replacing the ignition switch may be a solution. That was the problem I was having before changing out the ignition switch. So far, it has fixed the problem. Hardest part for me was getting the ETS and the trip buttons to disconnect. Everything else went fairly smoothly. Thanks again for posting this video.
Andrea Martin: yea I agree with someone else holding the camera...
109ace: very helpful 14 minute video. Could have been done in 7 minutes if you had somebody sitting in the passenger seat holding the camera. Mental note for next time. Thanks!.
BuckeyeBryan: This maybe true for all 2001 and up Aleros, because they changed the electronics for the 2001 model year.
Traci Ruiz: By the way everyone...I had to "reset" or "reprogram" my key for the ignition. I have a 2003 model. My husband's friend works @ Napa, and if he wouldn't have told us how to do this, it would have cost us $170. If you install the ignition switch and your car still doesn't start, you have to do the following:
Turn your key to the "on" position. Leave it for EXACTLY 10 minutes, turn it off for EXACTLY 2 seconds, on for EXACTLY 10 minutes, off for EXACTLY 2 seconds, and on for EXACTLY 10 minutes.
Traci Ruiz: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS VIDEO!!!!
How to replace an ignition switch in a Oldsmobile Alero.5
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