scivi92: Great Video I love how you realized you had swapped the switches at the end
Dwayne Jordan: After installing the new ignition switch cylinder, reinstall all the
components to the original preset, when you try to start your car it may
not start due to a security feature. On most GM cars you must turn ignition
key to one cycle or the on position and wait 10 minutes until the flashing
security light turns off. When the light turns off you must shut the car
off then start the car, it should be working. keep in mind while the
security light is flashing your car will not start, the radio and all the
electrical components will be operating but you will not be able to turn
the car over until you do the following: above. Keep in mind that your car
will be on battery so make sure all lights are off and the radio is off
because if your car battery dies while the security feature is resetting
you will have to do it over.
KINGJAMESAKA007: i did it in 30 min ....man thank u cause the lock smith tried to tax me
junk yard 85.00
did the job myself $34.00 a great used ignition and it work perfect till
thanks my dude
Robert Franchini: many thanks! this worked!. i have a 99 Alero. although it seems alittle
temperamental when i try to start it now. sometimes i go to start it and
power cuts out almost immediately. then i can't get any power to anything.
i have to disconnect and reconnect the batter to get it to start again.
Benjamin McMellen: just bought 99 alero have power everywhere aqnd when i go to turn the key i
hear somenoise yet no ignition so i believe its the switch is bad cant get
it out need help
kbkchooch: Great video guy, just did my Alero after watching, works like a charm!
The Bones: For some reason I'm not able to get the ignition switch cable to lock back
into place. I have the key in the on position but when I turn it off the
cable just slides right back out. Anyone have any tips for getting it back
Zhane Davis: What mounting kit did you use for your radio? I know it's completely
random, but I've been wanting to put an aftermarket radio in.
duke97d: i have a 2000 oldsmobile alero and it has all the same symptoms as the ones
on the video and i change the ignition switch and the car still will not
start can anyone help me out ?
Brett Howard: I meant that the key wont turn. It will go into the cylinder but will not
turn, that was my problem to begin with. As a result, I'm not able to
release the cable or the two wire conection. guess i'm going to have to
call a lock smith.
sidka666: Would the ignition switch cause the tachometer to do this?
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!.
camren: do i have to that if im switching the whole ignotion... on the 4 oclock
turn to get key lock out
jordandoor: So do you have to reset the body control module when you replace the switch?
camren: this guy inspired me, i did it, and no more security issues thanks alot
BuckeyeBDH: The 12 years that I've owned the Alero it went to the dealership 1 once
under warranty for the turn signal switch, which was a recall item anyway
and would have been fixed for free. I decided to replace the LIM gasket as
a precaution, The front driver spring broke and the starter died, both of
which I consider maintenance items. I think most people have trouble with
cars like the Alero because kids bought them and abused them and didn't
maintain them correctly.
BuckeyeBDH: To be fair, wheel hubs, struts and springs are normal wear and tear,
maintenance items. All cars eventually need to replace them. Head gasket
not so much, I'm guessing you had the 2.4L 4 cylinder. If it blew twice I'd
think it was either a really cheap replacement gasket, wasn't installed
properly or the head was warped.
Okibono44: Thanks! I did the same exact replacement, but the security light still
remains on. Thoughts?
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.
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
NRe47: Hello, can you tell me how I change the radio? I mean the Radio in the
Alero is bigger than normal radios... Thank you
audittman810: About 6 months ago my Alero started shutting off randomly while I was
driving. When I would try to start it the fuel pump would refuse to kick
on. Every time I would have to dig in the dash and fiddle around in there
until magically the fuel pump would turn on. Its kind of a pain but I tore
the ignition switch apart to find that GM only put 4 of the 5 springs that
are supposed to be under the pins. Made my own spring, problem solved
BuckeyeBDH: This maybe true for all 2001 and up Aleros, because they changed the
electronics for the 2001 model year.
chavezelmer81: I did on my 99 model but it dont turn on the engine....the security light
RAGENBUQUE: if u can PLEASE email me ..thank you
BuckeyeBDH: 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.
BuckeyeBDH: No I don't regret buying it, it's been the best car I've owned. I bought it
with only 248 miles on the odometer. I've owned a Toyota Corolla and a
Honda Civic before the Olds. And I've had less trouble with the Alero than
compared to the Corolla or Civic. The Corolla was rusting out, the cooling
system was always acting up, the Civic burned through exhaust, brakes and
tires like they were going out of style and I had to replace the head
NRe47: Thank you for the very fast answer :)
RAGENBUQUE: liked your video , the problem im having is that my key would not work ,got
everything except that the cylinder would not come out..frustrated i pryed
the switch apart just to unlock the tranny.,so i could push the car back
into parked position an out of the middle of lot,i would appreciate any
ideas as to how i would be able to pull it out and not cut wires that go to
BuckeyeBDH: I'm not sure if I understand you, The car doesn't have to start you just
turn the key so it's in the "ON" position and push the button on the key
cylinder and pull it out. If the key won't turn at all, I don't know if it
would be a problem with the cylinder or the switch. You may have to try to
cut the cylinder out somehow. Hope that helps.
deke909: nice vid.shows how things go when ur felling ur way through a repair.
William Chapman: Thank you for this video I was looking every where to learn how to put the
ignition starter switch in my 2000 Oldsmobile Alero.
BuckeyeBDH: 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.
Patrick Query: Great video man, I had to have this done and the dealer charged me $900! It
was a ridiculous price, and then it broke again. Luckily it was under
warranty. Too bad this video wasn't out at the time, I could have just
replaced it myself.
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.
BuckeyeBDH: @aricpelt I bought my Alero new with only 248 miles on it. It just past
120000 miles, this is the first time the switch was replaced. Sorry to hear
you've had so much trouble with your car. I would guess either you or your
wife have a lot of keys or other things on your key rings. I know a lot of
people talk crap about the Alero but in my experience the Alero has been
the best car I've owned. Hopefully the 4th time will be the charm. :)
BuckeyeBDH: Yes you still have to remove the key cylinder, to undo a wiring connection
for the ignition.
AGE8700: thanks but what if my key lock is what is broken not the switch so that i
cannot turn the key to the on position, or at all to the right?
BWaustinTX: QUESTION: I have 1998 INTRIGUE... and it is dead in a parking lot now. Need
to replace the ignition switch. Think this is similar to the Alero? Great
video. Hoping your skills and teaching will save me some money.
BuckeyeBDH: You could try turning the key to the ON position for 10 min, then turn back
to off and try to start it. It may be a bad sensor or other part. Google or
Bing "alero security light stays on" and you'll find several links to help
you. It's a very common problem with GM cars. Good luck.
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.
BuckeyeBDH: I really couldn't say, it's possible. I'd try checking for a intrigue forum
and searching if someone else had the same issue.
Brett Howard: Well you were correct again. I punched out the cylinder and was then able
to release the cable and the 3wire plug. Now it's off to buy a new
ignition. Just so you know, I looked high and low and could not find any
other videos that covered this project. Thank you so much, you saved me a
bunch of money. Good Work.
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!
Jorge Ramirez: Thanks a lot I changed my ignition switch, problem solved I got it changed
before and I got charge 600 dls Again thank you
MikeHenderson: Thanks, this video provided me the guidance to do it on my 2000 Oldsmobile
Intrigue....! Job took about 1.4-2 hours. I did not have to remove trim
around shifter just around radio. Please note people you must access to
remove the bolts holding the cylinder framing from inside the radio
opening, once this is done you can get at the ignition switch from the
gauge panel opening. I bought the cheaper brand because that was what was
on the shelf and I had to make a slight shave to clip opening.
BuckeyeBDH: I couldn't find anything that had step by step instructions on how to
replace the switch, I thought this would help someone. Thanks for viewing.
Mark1944089: Good Job!!!
Dylan Gilbertson: On my intrigue, what happens is sometimes my car starts perfectly fine, but
then on some random days i get nothing! all i get are dash lights and thats
it, no starting of the engine! would this be my ignition to?