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2004 Oldsmobile Alero GL1 2dr Coupe

2004 Oldsmobile Alero
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Compact
24 mpg city / 34 mpg hwy
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June 2, 2012, 5:01 pm

Dearien H

Question: Steering problem 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 98,000 miles

Recently I heard a pop, or crack noise, and my steering wheel no longer made my wheels turn. After having a friend, who is a mechanic look at it, he tells me the rack and pinion completely busted off the subframe, which is something that should NEVER happen. What would cause this to break?? He said he saw some rotting or rusting, but this just seems a little extreme to me.

June 6, 2012, 6:03 pm

Elizabeth K

That does sound extreme and also unusual. Mechanics are good at figuring out how to fix broken things, but our training is not structural engineering, so to get at the bottom of the cause, you would need to consult the manufacturer. I suggest contacting your local dealership and let them know your vehicle has broken structurally in a very odd and potentially dangerous way. The goal is to get them to inspect it to see if it is a known defect or if could become more prevalent with other Aleros. Recalls result from customers bringing matters like this to the dealer--though usually there is a lot of friction and time involved in the process.

Here is a link with some other customer complaints, they sound similar to yours. It is useful info to provide to the dealership:

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