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  • greg
    greg - 2003 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 5/10/2012
    How much does it cost to replace power window regulator
     
    • CVO
      5/9/2012 CVO
      See these links and fill it in all data required to request an auto repair quote, the AutoMD staff will call the local shops and negotiate for you so you won't over pay for auto repair......

      http://www.automd.com/negotiator/start/

      http://www.automd.com/repaircost/
      CVO
      5/10/2012 greg
      i have tryed this was not working for last couple of days
    • CVO
      5/10/2012 CVO
      3 Cadillac DeVille DHS 8 Cyl 4.6L
      Dealer Costs
      $180.41
      Time 0.9 hrs
      Rate $114.00
      Labor $102.60
      Parts $77.81
      Shop Costs
      $239.02
      Time 0.9 hrs
      Rate $99.00
      Labor $89.10
      Parts $149.92
      DIY Costs
      $125.45
      Time 1.1 hrs
      Rate NA
      Labor NA
      Parts $125.45
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      JOBS QTY / HRS DEALER SHOP
      1Window Regulator Motor Replacement
      Parts Power Window Motor - Front, Driver Side
      1 $77.81 $149.92
      Labor 0.9 hrs $102.60 $89.10

      PART COSTS 1 $77.81 $149.92
      LABOR TIME 0.9 hrs ($114/hr) $102.60 ($99/hr) $89.10
      PARTS $77.81 $149.92
      LABOR $102.60 $89.10
      Total
      $180.41
      $239.02

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  • don criss
    don criss - 1991 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 5/5/2012
    Service engine light is on,how do i turn it off?
    it stays on all the time
     
    • CVO
      5/5/2012 CVO
      Remove the negative battery for a few minutes and it will reset the service engine light. Some car radio models have a code ( anti-thief ) and it will need to re-enter the code in order to run the radio.
  • Richard
    Richard - 1981 Cadillac Eldorado - Preventive Maintenance - 5/2/2012
    Brake Lights not working
    Turn signals work, Hazard light work, but no light when brakes applied. I suspect the sending switch, Where is that located, or do I need to buy a Chilton manual
     
    • jdl
      5/2/2012 jdl
      Your brake switch should be activated by the brake pedal arm, look under the dash. At the brake switch the orange wire voltage, should be hot all the time. When the switch is activated, the white wire becomes hot. Use a jumper wire between the two wires, the brake lites should work. If the brake lites work, I think the brake switch is faulty. If it still doesn't work, the problem is elsewhere. The brake lite is wired through the turn signal switch.
  • Richard
     
    • Richard
      5/2/2012 Richard
      I found the owners manual and located them high on the firewall
  • Wyley Strickland
    Wyley Strickland - 1999 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 4/28/2012
    How do I add freon to my a/c system. I have an indication it's low and the a/c dosen't work. Thanks.
     
    • mopar
      4/22/2011 mopar
      u can head to your auto parts store and buy a ac recharge kit preferably one with a color bar guage, so you don't overcharge the system...for under 30 bucks...and they are consumer friendly.
    • Bobbaron
      2/6/2012 Bobbaron
      also think you have to disconnect battery and reset
    • cadillacluke
      4/28/2012 cadillacluke
      turn the key to on do not start the car then hold the off button and fan up buttons for ur ac this will bring up the codes on your dash erase the low refridgerent code this will allow your compressoer to run again dont run your ac though until you get the ac recharge kit then run ac and fill the unit with the compressor running
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Cadillac Seville - Preventive Maintenance - 4/27/2012
    Why does coolant leak from my coolant reservoir cap?
    I just recently had the alternator replaced which is a watered cooled alt, and the coolant flushed and coolant reservoir cap replaced. I have noticed after the car warms up to the right temp and i park and turn off the car coolant is leaking threw the coolant ...
     
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  • taj
    taj - 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood - Preventive Maintenance - 4/25/2012
    MY BLOWER MOTOR WILL NOT SHUT OFF EVEN IF I TAKE THE KEY OUT
     
    • jdl
      4/25/2012 jdl
      Pull the hvac module fuse, that should kill the blower motor. Any applicable hvac trouble codes?
  • tina
    tina - 1991 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 4/18/2012
    The dash lights come on when turning the key but when turn all the way over it does nothing, will not start.
    starter replaced, makes no sound at all .checked battery and its good.
     
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  • Diana
    Diana - 2001 Cadillac Seville - Preventive Maintenance - 4/15/2012
    HID Headlight Low Beam Out
    Low beam light went out on driver side, checked bulb on passengers side bulb still good. Checked fuese under hood they are still good. Replaced ballast, but bulb still will not come on. What else can I check or what else could be cause of problem?
     
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  • lee Williams
    lee Williams - 2006 Cadillac STS - Preventive Maintenance - 4/12/2012
    What is usually the problem when their is no audio
    All functions on radio/video appears to work just fine but no audio. All fuses have been checked and are functioning properly
     
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  • Janice
    Janice - 2011 Cadillac CTS - Preventive Maintenance - 4/9/2012
    Sept. 19 2010 there was a quote in a Sunday newspaper stating that independent repair shops can save comsumers $300.00
    Can you give me the latest figures how an independent shop can save customers ????how much money vs. going to the dealer. Can you tell me how to get more of this info. Thanks
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/9/2012 EG9 K20A3
      In all car repairs, there are always 2 major factors

      1. Part Price
      2. Labor

      They always go hand in hand. Now, with that in mind, ALL dealerships (AKA Stealership) always has a 50% mark up across the board, i cant give you the exact price but you will notice that stealerships always offer a much higher rate compared to the competition.

      This is common knowledge actually.

      Know you are asking how to get this info, you can easily find out about it by using the AutoMD's ESTIMATE COST tab above, it will give you an IDEA on how much independent shops charge vis-a-vis stealerships when you give them a call.

      Of course, stealerships will give you their typical sales pitch that "we have the best work quality, warranties" nanananana the list goes on.

      But the reality is, for the price difference, its not worth it.

      I cannot give you a breakdown of all possible jobs and price discrepancy, just follow this rule of thumb.

      "Dealerships are 50% more expensive"

      I have yet to see a dealership that beats the pricing of independent shops, specially those mom and pop shops.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/9/2012 HouseCallAuto
      However, I'd like to add here in some defense of the dealers. Granted, If you needed new front brakes and rotors you can easily compare price between dealer and independent shop and the job is usually straightforward. Some jobs, however, especially the newer and more exotic. example 2011 CTS, if you have some issue with the computer or the climate control or some system in the car I would venture to say that many of independent shops are not equipped to handle the diagnostics involved which when they try to carry out the job "anyway" the result is usually a mess for the bill charged and the problem not solved or even diagnosed properly. Dealers usually charge 20% more hourly labor compared to independent shops. Example, in New York, typical independent shop is at $90 per hour while the dealer is at about $105 to $115 per hour. What would be good to stay on top of is the number of hours being billed. So, if a water pump on a 96 Toyota Camry is 3.6 hours in the Motors or Chilton labor guide, pay attention to what you are being billed. Most typical everyday repairs have an assigned labor in industry accepted labor guides like AllData, Mitchell, Motor and Chilton. So, it's not so much the amount per hour as much as someone can run away with the number of hours billed. There is a limit to how far you can push an issue at a dealer. Everyone is going to make the money they need to get and you can not completely "outsmart" them, but you can keep it within established norms if you do you homework after you are given an estimate. Also keep in mind, diagnostic time is also billable, it's not free. When you bring in your car anywhere with a check engine light on for example and then they call you and say that you need two oxygen sensors, you can look up the labor for the O2 sensors in a labor guide but remember that they also spent time diagnosing this BEFORE they called you. Sometimes an hour, sometimes more.
  • nancysheffield
    nancysheffield - 2000 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 4/2/2012
    How do you service an airbag?
    car is a 2000 cadillac deville dts. Service air abg light is own.
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/27/2012 EG9 K20A3
      This requires a scan. This more then likely means there is a problem with the air bag or one of the sensors. There is a recall on the side airbags on this vehicle and if you have not had this work done it is to replace the module for the side airbags. If you have not had this done it could be related or would be a good time to get it done. Here is some information on that. Hope fully you can get it repaired free or very reasonable at the dealer. Airbags are one thing I always suggest having done at a dealer. I can do the work but will not risk the liability that maybe involved.

      NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 00V217000
      EA00004
      NHTSA Action Number: EA00004
      Component: AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
      Potential Number Of Units Affected : 215293
      Summary:
      VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. SOME OF THE SIDE IMPACT SENSOR MODULES HAVE QUALITY PROBLEMS THAT CAN CAUSE AN INADVERTENT DEPLOYMENT OF THE DRIVER OR PASSENGER SIDE IMPACT AIR BAGS. THESE SIDE AIR BAGS DEPLOY WITH LESS FORCE THAN A FRONTAL AIR BAG AND ARE DESIGNED TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY.
      Consequence:
      HOWEVER, AN OCCUPANT CAN RECEIVE SOME INJURY FROM A DEPLOYMENT.
      Remedy:
      DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER SIDE IMPACT SENSING MODULES. IF THE VEHICLE HAS HAD THE SIDE AIR BAGS TEMPORARILY DISCONECTED, THE TEMPORARY DISCONNECT WILL BE REMOVED BEFORE REPLACING THE SIDE IMPACT SENSING MODULES.
      Notes:
      OWNER NOTIFICATION FOR THIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE CONDUCTED IN PHASES. THE FIRST PHASE OF MAILING BEGAN JUNE 1, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-800-458-8006. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

      EG9 K20A3
      3/29/2012 nancysheffield
      Thank you for your help . we live in a small town in south georgia. there isn't a cadillac dealership near us that i know of. again, thank you. Have a blessed day!
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/2/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.
  • cpgriffin
    cpgriffin - 2000 Cadillac Escalade - Preventive Maintenance - 3/29/2012
    My night time lights will not come on when i turn the knob.
    i changed the spark plugs and it didnt fix the problem.
     
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  • vl longstreet
    vl longstreet - 1994 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 3/26/2012
    What is causing my serpintine belt to brake.
    i replaced the one that broke with a clean cut and the new one did the same thing.the car only has been driving a few times by me. its a one owner bought it from a older person
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/26/2012 HouseCallAuto
      You have to remove the belt and look for the component that is seizing up and causing the belt to break. There is no big mystery here. This belt turns several things. Power steering pump, water pump, alternator, belt tensioner, ac compressor ** . Notice the two asterisks on ac compressor? That would be my #1 suspicion. It is not the fault of the belt. Something is no good. Find which something.
 
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