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  • phil thee 1
    phil thee 1 - 1997 Cadillac DeVille - Brakes - 6/22/2011
    What tool removes the rear calipers
     
    • Spoon Sports
      6/22/2011 Spoon Sports
      Did you try to lightly tap the caliper loose.On my friends seville he removed the lower caliper bolt and it swung upwards on the upper caliper bolt. Sometimes it takes some extra help to loosen the caliper. Try to bleed the line first then tap it upward. Once the caliper swings upward you can slide the top off the hinge.
  • linda
    linda - 1989 Cadillac Seville - Brakes - 6/18/2011
    How to fix the brakes if there is no power goin to the pump/
     
    • Jimm
      6/18/2011 Jimm
      Need more information; is this regarding the power brakes not working, brakes not applying, or.....?
      Please reply with additional details to allow someone to diagnose the problem, and try the 'Diagnose' tab on this page.
  • frenchivory
    frenchivory - 2005 Cadillac Escalade - Brakes - 6/15/2011
    I know I need tie rod both wheels are wobbly. May sound silly, but to confirm I will need two (2) tie rods for front ?
    do i need tie rid 'outer' one for right side and 1 for left to attach to steering knuckle?
     
    • rmax
      6/13/2011 rmax
      this is a very serious situation. if the wheels are wobbly have it towed to repair shop for repairs, or do not drive it until repaired. this vehicle should have 4 tie rods 2 inner 2 outter.
      rmax
      6/13/2011 frenchivory
      yeah it 'feels serious'...tech told me i need new 'tie rod' weeks ago, while i've been saving $ for fixing that and coolant issue/labor i kept driving like idiot. hoping i didnt ruin inner tie rod linkage and boots also. i know bearings or ball joints needed. So for total vehicle 4 tie rods 2 inner 2 outer. Just so I know is that for each pair of wheels, if not does inner attach to steering knuckle and outer to both wheels on each side? sorry I'm ignorant to this issue never had b4.will towAAA
    • cadieman
      6/15/2011 cadieman
      have the frontend checked you dont them all just replace the bad ones.
  • Phistandantilus
    Phistandantilus - 1995 Cadillac Seville - Brakes - 6/11/2011
    Why do my car's brakes feel stiff and unresponsive? is there a problem with the Power Brake Booster?
    the brakes are stiff and the pedal is difficult to push down. pressing the brake pedal is accompanied by the hissing of air leaking, it sounds as though its just in front of the steering wheel, above my feet in the drivers seat.. this started very suddenly this ...
     
    • Spoon Sports
      6/10/2011 Spoon Sports
      Sounds like the booster is done. But since the the ABS light is on, a scan will be able to assist you on where to look
    • cadieman
      6/11/2011 cadieman
      check for vacum at the booster hose with a vacum gauge.low vacum can cause this.if the vacum is in the green on the gauge replace the booster.
  • nick
    nick - 1991 Cadillac DeVille - Brakes - 6/9/2011
    Which brake system does this car have? the jm4 or teh j55 ?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/6/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Find the service parts decal on your Caddy and see which code is present on the decal. The hardest part will be locating the decal. Places to check are the trunk lid, the spare tire cardboard cover under the mat in the trunk, one of the front door jams or inside the glove compartment or console, but it is in plain site so you can see it. Here is what it typically looks like >> http://www.google.com/imgres
    • kjuntech
      6/9/2011 kjuntech
      look at the service parts sticker located in the trunk on the spare tire cover
      2nd paragraph of numbers and letters on the sticker

      that will give you the brake info you need for the vehicle
      The 9 inch rear brake shoes are probably what you have but check the sticker to be sure
      My car has the jm4 setup 9inch rear shoes w/the heavy duty fronts
      If you are not sure remember to take your old pads and shoes to the parts house to be sure you get what you need and save your self a trip back.

      If you are going the GM route thru a dealer they will check the sticker
  • anna
    anna - 1999 Cadillac DeVille - Brakes - 6/5/2011
    My brakes went out and when I pulled back into car port there was a puddle of green liquid under the
    front passenger side of the car. I drove to thestore about 7 miles and about 1 mile on way back home the brakes were VERY low. I just checkd and it is still leaking green liquid = front passenger side.
     
    • Jimm
      6/4/2011 Jimm
      Appears as the brake line, brake caliper or wheel cylinder has leaked. Get the vehicle towed or transported to a trustworthy repair shop.
    • mopar
      6/5/2011 mopar
      check resevoir under hoood. green liquid would be antifreeze
  • anna
     
    • Jimm
      6/4/2011 Jimm
      I would not take any chances - have it towed or transported to reputable and trustworthy repair shop. To find you in your area, check the 'Find A Shop' tab on this page.
  • dave
    dave - 1997 Cadillac Seville - Brakes - 5/31/2011
    How to remove emergency brake cable
     
  • caddi mom
    caddi mom - 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood - Brakes - 5/29/2011
    Having brake problems on my 86 caddi; with the engine off tight brake peddle, but when i start it it goes down?
    also hear whooshing air sound when ipush brake peddle
     
    • cadieman
      5/29/2011 cadieman
      if you have a pedal and it goes to the floor u need need a master cylinder.if the pedal is hard and u have a hard time stopping check for a vacum leak.just because u hear that noise doesnt condem the booster.u would hear it leaking without touching the pedal.
  • Tony
    Tony - 2000 Cadillac DeVille - Brakes - 5/28/2011
    Traction Control Light comes on, no pattern, nothing else happens, Always Resets with Re-start
    Seems to just be random, no pattern, maybe more often at higher temp's. ABS not affected
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      This suggest a malfunction in the traction control module or its circuit. Traction Control (TCS) is an option that is often found on vehicles equipped with antilock brake systems (ABS). Traction control is essentially an "add-on" feature to ABS that improves traction when the vehicle is accelerating on a wet or slick surface, or is accelerating too quickly for the tires to maintain their grip. Traction control prevents wheel spin by applying the brakes on the drive wheel that is losing traction, and/or momentarily reducing engine torque by various methods. The main difference between ABS and TCS, therefore, is that ABS only comes into play when braking while TCS only comes into play while accelerating. Better to have the dealer check with the problem.
    • cadieman
      5/28/2011 cadieman
      your setting a code but it is not staying current that why it resets.obd2 codes are checked with a scanner. google cadillac obd2 codes good info.gl
  • eddie
    eddie - 2007 Cadillac DTS - Brakes - 5/12/2011
    Why isn't the third brakelight included in your list of parts or how to repair?
    Also, why the huge disparty in the cost of headlight bulbs?
     
  • exp.devilleman
     
    • cadieman
      5/12/2011 cadieman
      u have 11 in. also check the rear wheel cylinders they leaked.
      cadieman
      5/13/2011 exp.devilleman
      allready fixed that part last year, are you sure they are 11" brakes because i think j55 are 11" drum brakes
  • cadman59
    cadman59 - 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood - Brakes - 5/8/2011
    Is there a cutout relay to the starter that wud cause it to spin but not engage the flywheel?Lower volts maybe?
    I was adding speakers in the trunk and had the key turned on to run the radio and ran battery dead. Charged up battery with charger for about an hour then hooked up jumper cables to a running vehicle and tried to start it. Starter spins but wont engage flywheel. Had ...
     
    • cadieman
      5/7/2011 cadieman
      the starter selinoid isnt operateing properly.they tested it but did they make sure the selinoid was kicking in and out.i would replace the starter if old if newer replace the selinoid.gl
    • judd0081
    • clkconv
      5/8/2011 clkconv
      this starter is operated by a centrifical spring loaded engagment gear , if its spinning but not engaging the starter motor is good , the starter drive has to be replaced and it is a replaceable part
    • cadieman
      5/8/2011 cadieman
      guys the starter is spining, problem is the selinoid is not engauging the fly wheel.
    • HouseCallAuto
      5/8/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Yes of course I agree with all the answers here. I think that our poster also needs to know why this happened after just having the key on to run the radio while he worked on speakers in the trunk. Cadman59, i have no clue why. Just your luck maybe.
    • cadieman
      5/8/2011 cadieman
      if it was the security light.the starter wouldnt do anything and if the engagment gear is controlled buy the selinoid. i agree with hca just bad luck.the seloniod is a funny thing.some times it works and sometimes it doesnt.you can try to tap test it with small hammer it may engauge.gl
    • mopar
      5/8/2011 mopar
      depends on which position the key was on also.....acc....or run
  • peter
    peter - 2008 Cadillac CTS - Brakes - 4/4/2011
    Does the price which you folks gave me cover all four wheels. In other words, I need to have all four brake pads replace
    I also need to have all four rotors replaced. Apparently mine can not be just ground down according to a cadillac dealer who has inspected them. The car has 41000 miles on it. I was told the rotors still have about 2mm left. Does that make sense?
     
    • Bill
      4/4/2011 Bill
      I wasn't privy to former answers. Sorry.
    • yboy82
      4/4/2011 yboy82
      Try to navigate to this link for the parts http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/search/ and use the Find a Shop feature of AutoMD ( http://www.automd.com/shops/) to see a list of shops near you with their address telephone # and labor rate per hour. You can call a couple of them to compare prices in labor cost when you bought the needed parts online.
      yboy82
      4/4/2011 yboy82
      You really need to replace your rotor the thickness is just 2mm it is below specification.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/4/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Unless you have a shimmy when applying the brakes just replace the brake pads. I am doing this 35 years. Your CTS is an '08 and this is likely the first brake pad change. Unless that you went too far with the brake pad wear and started grinding the rotors, you do not have to replace the rotors. At the dealer, this add on will probably amount to $400 more easily and you don't need em. Forget what they said about 2mm left (that is likely BS). I know how rotors hold up and an '08 CTS cannot have rusted the rotors too badly in 3 years, no way. I say pads only, replace.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/4/2011 Bill
      You must have read my mind HCA. I generally with something like this go to a place called Just Brakes whom advertize lifetime pads and rotors turned for 99 bucks. Tell them when they ask me what's wrong, I say it' was just time to change them. They call up wanting to do this or that to up the price and I tell them to write down problems since my vehicle is still under warranty. You know what they say? A dealer won't find these problems. Yeh, sure. There work suprisingly is pretty good unless y
    • Bill
      4/4/2011 Bill
      Uless you let them ream you! (:
  • sixbuck
    sixbuck - 2000 Cadillac Escalade - Brakes - 4/3/2011
    If I have a have a brake booster replaced by a mechanic, do I also have to have them bleed the brakes? Cost included?
    Is the cost of bleeding the brakes already factored into the labor for the booster replacement?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/3/2011 HouseCallAuto
      The labor guide makes no mention of that detail, but in th realm of things, if I did a booster on a vehicle for X amount of dollars and I found out afterwards that I also had to bleed the brakes, I would not increase the cost for such a relatively small thing that adds nothing but 10 minutes of added labor. If someone added add'l ? dollars for brake bleeding then all I can say is that they shot themselves in the foot.
 
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