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  • 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.
  • Darren
    Darren - 1993 Cadillac Seville - Preventive Maintenance - 3/23/2012
    How can I remove A/C - Musty Odors Emitted From (HVAC) System?
    1993 Cadillac Seville Base 4.9L SFI 8cyl How Can I Remove A/C - Musty Odors Emitted From (HVAC) System? Every time I turn on my A/C for the first 5 min I get A Musty Odors Emitted From (HVAC) System and then it goes away. What can I do to correct the problem? I had ...
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/23/2012 EG9 K20A3
      NY Giants FTW!!!!!!!!!!

      We have the same experience, in my case it happens when i spray cologne to myself inside the car before i go to work. So i usually do it outside my car, whenever i do that there is no vinegar scent.

      Now with your case. Foul odors from an auto A/C system is actually a very common problem. It's also quite simple to solve, if you know how to get to the source of the problem. Countless 'fixes' promise to remove the odor, but only mask them.

      Understand first of all, that any product you spray into your dash vents or apply from inside the car will only mask the odors. They will not solve the problem, that's for sure.

      The problem starts at your auto A/C evaporator. More specifically, it starts on what is known as the 'air side' of the evaporator. That is the side that faces the incoming air. What you may not know is that all of the air that enters into your vehicle MUST pass over the evaporator first. Regardless if you're calling for cooling or heating, all of the air entering your vehicle passes over the evaporator first.

      The typical auto A/C system (or MHVAC... mobile heating, ventilation and air conditioning system) is actually a 'series re-heat' system. That means all the air entering your vehicle passes over the evaporator first. If you're calling for cooling or A/C, the air enters directly into your vehicle passenger compartment after passing over the evaporator. If you're calling for heat, then the air is directed from the evaporator to the heater. Then it enters your car as heated air. In the event you are calling for something between full heat of full cooling, then some of the air is directed right into the car while some of it is directed over the heater. The air mix provides the comfort level that you select. The only way to resolve the problem of odors from your auto A/C system is to get directly to the root of the problem. Evaporator treatments available on the market can do just that. The reason we say 'can', is that a lot of products sold as an odor treatment are still applied through the vents. By know you understand that anything applied through the vents will not solve the problem. Therefore, getting an odor treatment that's applied directly on the face of the evaporator will help eliminate the problem.

      The A/C Evaporator Treatment does just that. It's a complete single can application kit that includes a 30" spray wand that let's you get directly to the air side of the evaporator - exactly where the problem starts. This product is easy to install. Simply locate the evaporator case from under the hood. The evaporator is usually on the passenger side of the vehicle. The spray wan has to be inserted (through any opening) between the evaporator and the blower motor. That assures you are applying the product to the air side of the evaporator. If an opening is not available, you can loosen the blower motor housing and route the application hose into the evaporator case that way. The spray wand is only 3/16" of an inch thick, so just about any opening will do.

      In alternative cases, where no opening is available, you can CAREFULLY DRILL A 1/4" HOLE into the evaporator case. CAUTION must be used as drilling into the evaporator will cause a leak that is probably not repairable. With a small 1/4" hole in the air side of the evaporator, you can easily thread the application hose into the evaporator case. Once completed, simply use a 'puddy' to cap the hole.

      From our experience, one application will usually last between 3-6 months, depending on how contaminated the A/C evaporator is. Your particular results may vary.

  • Willie C Williams
    Willie C Williams - 1996 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 3/19/2012
    I have a (1996 Cadillac Deville 4.6 V8, Ineed to recharge the (AC), Can anyone tell me where the low side port is?
     
    • yboy82
      3/19/2012 yboy82
      You should check the low pressure charging port on the refrigerant line on your car. The low pressure port will be on the larger tube, usually near or on the accumulator.
  • greg
    greg - 2003 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 3/17/2012
    Where can i find something called a retaining pin
    this helps hold a cover hard plastic over radator cap
     
    • Jimm
      3/17/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts.
    • Bill
      3/17/2012 Bill
      Also most auto part stores have a vast amount of this replacement item in stock, go in and ask.
  • mattycaddy613
    mattycaddy613 - 2004 Cadillac CTS - Preventive Maintenance - 3/15/2012
    I have a 2004 cadillac cts. Battery voltage low warning pops up. What do I need to do?
    I'm not sure what I need to do Switch battery?
     
    • Jason
      3/13/2012 Jason
      How old is the battery?
      Jason
      3/15/2012 mattycaddy613
      About a year
      Jason
      3/15/2012 mattycaddy613
      And it will die within minutes if I just leave the battery on not when it's running
    • Jason
      3/15/2012 Jason
      Have the battery and charging system checked.
  • Mark
    Mark - 1992 Cadillac DeVille - Preventive Maintenance - 3/9/2012
    The horn only works when it feels like it. We checked all the fuses and relays which appear fine.
    The security alarm on the vehicle won't operate without a working horn because they are set to work together which the book states.