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  • cher guinan
    cher guinan - 2000 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 9/13/2011
    Car is overheating off and on and will over heat on the interstate but not in town.
    We had all electrical checked and is fine. There is no warning lights on.
    0 answer
  • Stephanie
    Stephanie - 1990 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 9/12/2011
    Can you replace a water pump yourself?
    according to my husband you can't change a water pump yourself because of where it sits in the engine?
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/12/2011 HouseCallAuto
      This water pump on your 4.5 Cadillac is not for a novice. It is in a very tight and hard to get to area that will require more than the average socket wrench set to do. I say no don't try it.
      9/12/2011 Stephanie
      yeah my husband said it's cause its front wheel drive and the water pump is in a weird place on my car
  • jamere
    jamere - 2004 Cadillac SRX - Preventive Maintenance - 9/10/2011
    Had hit something head on my radiator fluids leaked out how much to repair
    Car is overheating
    • Jimm
      9/10/2011 Jimm
      Try the 'Estimate Cost' feature on this website to gain a rough cost estimate for the repairs from local repair shops in your area.
  • bigphil
    bigphil - 2006 Cadillac CTS - Preventive Maintenance - 8/26/2011
    • yboy82
      8/26/2011 yboy82
      Try to check on the underside of your engine, it is a cylinder about as as tall as it is wide.
  • Johnny
    Johnny - 1998 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 8/21/2011
    What can be wrong, having problem pumping gas, nozzle keeps clicking off
    also,wouldnt pass inspection, mechanic said it was emissions, he changed a code and told me to drive around, the following week it passed inspection.,still having trouble gasing up-he also said the cannisters need to replace the cannisters, what cannisters is he ...
    • Jimm
      8/21/2011 Jimm
      Msot likely the mechanic is referring to the evaporative charcoal canister - it traps fuel vapors from the fuel tank - and is part of the emission system. Periodically, these charcoal canisters get used up over time and should be replaced. Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement canister.
  • greg
    greg - 2005 Cadillac CTS - Preventive Maintenance - 8/14/2011
    How do you change the two trunk gas filled lift supprot arms?
    • Jimm
      8/14/2011 Jimm
      Fairly simple task. The gas-springs (lift supports) simply unsnap and then snap into place. Lift the trunk lid, and support - maybe using length of wood - as necessary. Then, simply unsnap (pull off) the existing lift spring from the attachment points. The new spring just snaps over the attachment point at the top and at the bottom.
  • randy rediculous
    randy rediculous - 1990 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 8/9/2011
    Im trying to figure out how to remove key cylinder that appears to be stuck in between slots. the key wont go in now
    i was trying to rack the key nubs when i thought i lost the key now the original key wont go in the buzzer buzs al the time its my wifes car an i need help
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Replace the ignition switch. Below is the procedure.
      Removing the Ignition Switch

      * Set the ignition to the "Off" position and remove the key.

      * Open the hood and disconnect the battery using a wrench.

      * Remove the fuse panel door from under the instrument panel by pushing the snap tap by hand. Look for fuse number 3 on the inside of the door panel diagram and remove the fuse with a pair of nose pliers.

      * Remove the underside panel from under the steering column using a Phillips screwdriver.

      * Locate the 2 two-way yellow connectors at the base of the steering column and near the base column. Pull out the plastic lock pin from the two-way connectors and unplug the two-way yellow connectors. This will disable the air bag system.

      * Detach the steering column from under the instrument panel frame using a ratchet, ratchet extension and socket. Carefully lower the column.

      * Unfasten the screw and stud retaining nut from the dimmer-switch mounting bracket slots. Use a ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

      * Lift the ground wire from the mounting stud.

      * Work the dimmer switch off the connecting rod and off the steering column.

      * Unfasten the dimmer and ignition switch mounting stud using a ratchet, ratchet extension and deep socket.

      * Work the ignition switch off the actuator rod.

      * Unplug the ignition switch electrical connectors and remove the switch.

      Installing the New Ignition Switch

      * Plug the new ignition switch electrical connector.

      * Install the ignition switch on the actuator rod and set it on its mounting position the steering column.

      * Install the dimmer and ignition switch mounting stud using the ratchet, ratchet extension and deep socket. Then remove the plastic pin securing the new ignition switch in the "Off" position.

      * Work the connector rod into the dimmer switch and position the switch on the ignition switch and dimmer switch mounting stud.

      * Install the ground wire on the mounting stud. Then install the screw and stud retaining nut on the dimmer switch finger-tight.

      * Adjust the dimmer switch by inserting a 3/32-inch diameter drill bit through the hole in the lower side of the dimmer switch. Push the dimmer switch flat against the steering column and slide the switch down to remove any play. Pull the drill bit off the dimmer switch and tighten the mounting nut and screw with the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

      * Raise the steering column and attach it to the instrument panel frame using the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

      * Connect the two 2-way connectors and install the plastic lock pins on the connectors.

      * Install the underside panel using the Phillips screwdriver.

      * Replace fuse number 3 in the fuse panel and panel door.

      * Connect the battery using the wrench.

      * Stand outside the car next to the steering wheel and out of the way of the air bag on the steering column. Turn the ignition key to the "Run" position and see that the "Inflatable Restraint" indicator light on the instrument panel flashes between 7 and 9 times and then stays off. If the indicator light keeps flashing, take your vehicle to a service station to erase any trouble codes from the computer memory that might have been set when disarming the air bag system.

      Try also the link below.
  • ulysses
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/7/2011 HouseCallAuto
      A faulty blower control module.
      8/8/2011 ulysses
      where is the blower control module located?
      8/8/2011 ulysses
      is there a photo of the blower control module that you can send me to identify?
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/8/2011 HouseCallAuto
      It is called the ECC power module and it is located on the top of the evaporator case accessible from the engine compartment to the left of the blower motor and up. 3 screws attach it.
  • Tangie
    Tangie - 1994 Cadillac Seville - Preventive Maintenance - 8/4/2011
    A/c problem and service light on
    100022 miles and what i want to know is when putting the R134 in at home it won't go so what i am saying is the syster blower comes on and i can hear its i was told to unhook the battery and rehook it to reset the system and then put it in but it still will not go ...
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  • jondoesc
    jondoesc - 1998 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 7/21/2011
    Is there another model vehicle fuel pump that'll fit 1998 Cadillac deville d'Elegance?
    • Jimm
      7/21/2011 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or and compare the fuel pump part numbers from both your vehicle. Look for any other fuel pump applications from other vehicles; for example the same body style large GM car; Pontiac, Buick, or Oldsmobile, etc. for 1998 model year.
  • Rod
    Rod - 1991 Cadillac Eldorado - Preventive Maintenance - 7/20/2011
    Where is the fuel filter located?
    • Spoon Sports
      7/19/2011 Spoon Sports
      It should be located in-line under the driver side door towards the back if you look under there it is easy to spot then it is just a matter of using wrenches the loosen the bolts i can't remember exactly what size but they are between 13mm and 15mm bolts
      also remember that the fuel line remains pressurized even when the engine is off so be prepared to get a alittle gas on you hope this helps
    • chinasinoy
      7/20/2011 chinasinoy
      this is a picture showing the fuel filter location, hope help.
  • Ron
    Ron - 2008 Cadillac STS - Preventive Maintenance - 7/19/2011
    What is the torque spec. for wheels for a cadillac
    • Spoon Sports
      7/19/2011 Spoon Sports
      Just tighten them good. No big deal for the wheels, i even step on the crossbar when i am tightening them, just make sure you do it in a tar shaped pattern
    • Jimm
      7/19/2011 Jimm
      Torque the wheel lug nuts to 100 foot - lbs. in a star pattern.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 7/15/2011
    My power lock system will come and go, when it goes it takes the interior lites and the rear trunk systems with it.
    the car has a remote starting system connected to the alarm, someone suggested this mite be the cause, also my sunroof is having the same issue, recently it was working fine, now it wont open at all
    0 answer
  • Jerry
    Jerry - 1994 Cadillac Seville - Preventive Maintenance - 7/8/2011
    Can't add gas to tank. Only take a small amount and it fills the neck all the way to the top. Tank is all most eempty. W
    Tank is all most empty. Will not seep down slowly.
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/6/2011 HouseCallAuto
      You will have to attempt to remove the rubber fill hose behind the fill neck and try to determine what obstruction is preventing the fuel from entering the tank.
      7/8/2011 Jerry
      Thanks, Is there anyway of doing that without dropping the tank. Thanks again
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/8/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Yes, I believe that this can be done without removing the tank. might be a bit tight if you have to remove a clamp where the hose attaches to the tank but it can be done. Don'y get too scared to loosen the tank supports and let the tank drop down an inch if that helps get some clearance, just don't run the bolts all the way out or put a floor jack under the tank with the right sized piece of wood for added balance and weight distribution. let the tank come down a few inches or more. You will see what your limits are, no worry. And remember, the tank is almost empty so should not be a heavy burden.