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  • '08 Cadi
    '08 Cadi - 2008 Cadillac Escalade - Steering & Suspension - 2/4/2012
    Occasional Grinding noise in front left steer when in right hand turn. Hub is tight. Possible CV failure?
    Only happens when in right turn or into the throttle a bit Hard - seems to happen when the all wheel kicks in.
     
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  • jp
    jp - 1998 Cadillac Eldorado - Steering & Suspension - 2/3/2012
    Level ride suspension doesnt work airpump doesnt turn on and message on dash says service suspension
    I have more fuses to locate possibly? Not. Sure as to how many or where they are all located
     
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  • gary
    gary - 2002 Cadillac Escalade - Steering & Suspension - 2/2/2012
    Where is the steering sensor on a 2002 escalade?
    Light comes on dash.
     
    • Spoon Sports
      2/2/2012 Spoon Sports

      You must disable the SIR system when working on something like this.


      •Set the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.

      Set the steering wheel in the LOCKED position.

      •Disable the supplemental inflatable restraint (SIR).


      Remove the nut and the bolt (1) from the upper intermediate shaft connection and slide the intermediate steering shaft down.


      •Remove the position sensor connector by using a suitable tool in order to pull the connector down around the right side of the steering column for accessibility.
      Important: Do not apply force to the sensor and the bearing in a sideways direction.

      •Remove the position sensor and bearing assembly from the steering column jacket by pulling the assembly straight out.
      •Remove the position sensor from the clips in the bearing assembly


      •Install the position sensor into the bearing assembly.
      Important: Do not apply force to the sensor and the bearing in a sideways direction.

      •Install the bearing into the steering column jacket. 2.1. Align the notches on the bearing and the column jacket.
      2.2. Seat the bearing fulling into the jacket.

      •Connect the position sensor connector.
      Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems


      •Slide the shaft up to install the bolt and the nut (1) to the upper intermediate shaft to steering column connection.
      Tighten
      Tighten the upper intermediate shaft connection to 47 N·m (35 lb ft).

      •Enable the SIR system.
  • Troy S. Manning
     
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  • greg
    greg - 2003 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/31/2012
    Why would front end ride lower then back end
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/25/2012 Spoon Sports
      Not too much detail, it can be because of bad shock absorbers. Do you have the air or regular suspension, either that or you have a compressor leak.
      Spoon Sports
      1/26/2012 greg
      i'm not sure what is under there .i had my car 6 month it has aways been low to me .it does not ride bad yet
    • Spoon Sports
      1/27/2012 Spoon Sports
      Im just thinking its bad shocks.

      Hold on, i had my car 6 month, you mean when you bought it (used obviously) it was like this?
      Spoon Sports
      1/27/2012 greg
      it semed low but this is my first cadillac so i was not sure
    • Spoon Sports
      1/31/2012 Spoon Sports
      Ill get my shocks checked, i doubt cadillac designed their cars that way.
  • greg
    greg - 2003 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/31/2012
    Why is the service stability system light on
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/24/2012 Spoon Sports

      There are a number of different reasons why this light/message will come on from faulty sensors,wiring issues or even internal control unit failure.

      The first step is to have the fault codes checked with a scan tool that can communicate with this vehicle.Once the code has been read out it can be diagnosed as to what is at fault and what needs done to correct it.Most shops and or dealers can check this.You can also have fault codes read from a local parts store as I have heard and most will check the code free of charge.

      Most common to cause this is usually the steering wheel position sensor at the base of the steering column,

      Diagnosis can usually run about an hours charge or around $100,if it needs this sensor this can cost around $80.00 for the part and about 2.5 hours labor to have replaced or around $250 depending on shop/dealer pricing.
      Spoon Sports
      1/25/2012 greg
      thanks for your answer. can you recamend a shop
      Spoon Sports
      1/30/2012 greg
      after having a diagnosis test at the cadillac dealer done. you were on point it was a steering angle sessor . cost was 262.46
    • yboy82
      1/25/2012 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( http://www.automd.com/negotiator/) feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
    • Spoon Sports
      1/26/2012 Spoon Sports
      You can try what yboy recommended, if you wanna do it by yourself, click "find a shop" tab above.

      Sorry i wont be able to recommend a particular shop, but in general, i go to those Class A-B repair shops, rarely do i go to a hole in the wall repair shop
      Spoon Sports
      1/27/2012 greg
      i only go to those that stand by there work anyway
    • Spoon Sports
      1/31/2012 Spoon Sports
      What area are you from, i recommend using the Find a shop tab above, it has ratings. Unless youre my neighbor i cant recommend a shop sorry
  • archie
    archie - 2002 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/26/2012
    I got a wheel alignment, 4 new tires and I still have little shaking @ 55 to 65 mph
    This was done about two weeks ago
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/26/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Ok, you had a shake before, right? You got new tires and alignment. Most of the shake is gone but there still is a little shake still, am I correct with that explanation? That being agreed to, rotate the tires and see if the shake remains the same or goes away. If it goes away it means that maybe one of the wheels is bent or maybe one tire is a defect. Those tires would now be on the rear.
  • greg
    greg - 2003 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/25/2012
    Service stability system light is comming on timeto time
     
    • yboy82
      1/25/2012 yboy82
      You have to diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool/code reader to determine what the stored troublecode is. The extracted troublecode will help you identify the fault of your service stability light to come on.
  • cadillac
    cadillac - 2004 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/20/2012
    I get an alert"service suspension system speed limited to 90. any ideas??
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/17/2012 Spoon Sports
      Without codes, it's hard to point to a specific cause, or otherwise created a problem with one of the suspension sensors by the passenger side front wheel. You got any work done with your car?

      Unless you get it scanned or looked at a shop, one can only guess what the problem is...

      If you want me to guess it can be a compressor problem...like what i said you need to do what the alert tells you to do...
      Spoon Sports
      1/18/2012 cadillac
      I had new tires put on and alignment. could this be a cause?
    • Spoon Sports
      1/20/2012 Spoon Sports
      Hmmmm...I dont think so, i mean new tires are balanced before replacement and it has nothing to do with the suspension. Alignment, i dont think so unless the guy hit some connections but i find that highly unlikely.

      The codes could reeally help a lot at this point.

      Just so you know, my friend had the same problem he got C1286 (steering/lateral accelerometer sensor bias malfunction) and C1287 (steering sensor rate malfunction). Pretty sure from all that I've read that it is the Steering Position Sensor.

      Right now, we cannot confirm if you got the same error, we need to scan it. Tech II scanner

  • cadillac
    cadillac - 2004 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/17/2012
    Got a alert "service suspension system speed limited to 90. any ideas?
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/17/2012 Spoon Sports
      Without codes, it's hard to point to a specific cause, or otherwise created a problem with one of the suspension sensors by the passenger side front wheel. You got any work done with your car?

      Unless you get it scanned or looked at a shop, one can only guess what the problem is...

      If you want me to guess it can be a compressor problem...like what i said you need to do what the alert tells you to do...
  • RWH
    RWH - 1989 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/14/2012
    What millimeter and depth socket removes axle nut
    front axle
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/14/2012 Spoon Sports


      34mm if I remember correctly.

      Spoon Sports
      1/14/2012 RWH
      Thank you very much. I never thought I'd get an answer so soon. Have a great day!
      Spoon Sports
      1/18/2012 Spoon Sports
      Hope its the correct size though, my memory can be a bit hazy, side effects of being a hippie back in the 70's i guess hehehehe
  • SAIF Ilyas
    SAIF Ilyas - 1998 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/14/2012
    SHOCK ABSORBER .I need to replace my AIR shock Absorber with any good normal coil shock Absorber
    I need to replace my AIR shock Absorber with any good normal coil shock Absorber . Please kindly Advise the part number or manufacture details. thanks Kindly Email at silyas@jeraisy.com
  • Lawrence Tinsley
    Lawrence Tinsley - 1998 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/4/2012
    My vehicle shimmies (wheel and steering wheel) only when i ease my car to the right as in changing lanes
    mileage-130 k happens at any speed is this a broken belt in the tire?
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/4/2012 Spoon Sports


      A high speed shimmy is usually caused by a wheel that's out of balance or a bent wheel.

      The first thing to check for would be a bent wheel. Raise the front of the vehicle off the ground and rotate each wheel by hand. If you see any sideways or in and out movement of the wheel, it is bent and needs to be replaced.

      WARNING: Although some people claim they can straighten bent wheels, doing so is risky -- especially with aluminum alloy wheels. Replacement is the safest option (but also expensive).

      If you don't see any sideways movement in the wheel, it doesn't necessarily mean the wheel is straight. There may be just enough sideways runout to cause a shimmy, but not enough to see. To find this kind of problem, you'll need a dial indicator. More than about .050 inch of sideways runout can be enough to cause a problem.

      If the wheels seem to be straight, have the balance of both wheels checked (or rebalanced). If that fails to cure the shimmy, you may have some kind of tire problem due to defective belt alignment or tire construction. Other causes may include loose or improperly adjusted wheel bearings, insufficient caster alignment (check and readjust alignment as needed), or a worn steering damper (on trucks or other vehicles equipped with a steering stabilizer).
  • sleeperacres
    sleeperacres - 1996 Cadillac DeVille - Steering & Suspension - 1/2/2012
    How difficult is it for a laymen to replace the load leveler system on my Cadillac?
    Is there a way to check the condition of the air shocks with the load leveler compressor broken?
     
    • caddyman
      1/2/2012 caddyman
      did you replace the rear air shocks? that is usually what it takes, if you dont wait too long and burn out your air pump. should be able to buy a pair for $100 apiece with lifetime warranty.
  • jessi
    jessi - 1995 Cadillac Seville - Steering & Suspension - 12/31/2011
    Is there A make/model the parts interchange?
    lower control arm
     
    • Jimm
      12/31/2011 Jimm
      Not sure of the exact interchange part for other GM applications. Try the following auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com, wwwgearheadpartsstore.com, or www.autopartswarehouse.com to compare the part numbers.