I have had problems for over a year with starting my 2002 Alero & have had it towed numerous times, only to be told later that it started fine for the mechanic.
I searched on-line and saw that this was a common problem & noted nearly 20 different solutions proposed. Yet, none of them appeared to be successful, and--like many other owners--I was ready to sell the car.
Well, I have finally solved the mystery & you will be amazed at how simple (and inexpensive!) The solution turns out to be.
Simply detach your car key from all other keys. That's it! For some reason, having additional keys attached somehow interferes with ignition.
This also explains why the damn car would always start for the mechanics--I only left them the single key! (I'd begun to think that the towing process somehow fixed the problem.)
So, give it a try! I sincerely hope that this trick works for all you frustrated Alero owners out there--
Monday, April 28th, 2008 AT 2:38 PM