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  1. For the last few weeks, I have had a coolant smell, but didn't see anything. Well...... Today I had a whiff when I was driving, and when I got home I had a little steam coming out fom under the hood. The car never got above 196 degrees. The lower hose is bulging, and appears to have sprung a small leak. The radiator and surge tank were replaced 3-4 years ago as preventative maintenance. I never replaced the original hoses. Today I ordered a gates upper and a gates lower hose. Hopefully this is not caused by an overpressurized cooling system (if you know what I mean). I thought these were lifetime hoses? Do the nylon bands just break from age? I'll keep my fingers crossed with a ratchet in my hand when the parts come!!
  2. Because I like the bold look of LED indicators , I decided to convert my rear turn and brake bulbs, and I thought I would give some tips for anyone thinking the same. first is that you should purchase the color LED that fits the color of the lens. In my case, my directional bulbs are red, along with my brake bulbs, so I purchased 4 red LED's. To avoid hyper flash (LED's draw less current, so the flasher blinks fast like it does when a bulb is burned out) - at first I thought to install 1 resistor for each bulb. In my case, I replaced 4 bulbs, so I would need 4 resistors wired in to the tail light harness. I didn't want to cut or splice wires, so I thought to plug them in to the trailer wire socket that is located inside the spare tire housing. I decided to rather buy the blinker module made specifically for LED's. I simply unplug the original located under the dash, and replaced it with this smaller $2.50 LED compatible one I bought in eBay. Now my brake bulbs and my rear flashers blink nice and slow, bold red with no warm up and cool down delay. I must say that the rear is a little brighter at night, and I am still waiting for my bottom red 194 bulb that should be here any day. I accidentally ordered a white bulb, and it is so bright, that it makes the lens look washed out red. I currently have an incadescent bulb in there now, but it is inherently dim, and the tail fin is not as red at the bottom as it would be with a bright red LED. i also added 2 bulbs to my 3rd brake lamp inside the rear deck. didnt know it was possible to make my old '96 scream Cadillac any louder than what it had, but it does! - and it does from 1/4 a mile behind me too!
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    My 1996 LED taillight conversion

    I do not believe we have the can bulbs. I think that is what newer cars use. But I am really not sure. I ordered mi my make/model/year. I think you will be pleased with the bright lights. When in doubt, choose the Cree bulbs because they are the best.
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    My DeVille Got Hit

    Sorry to hear of your bad luck as well. I will keep my '96 Deville in the garage on the trickle charger for a few more months. If life is any indication of this thread, they are targeted!! Yes, might have to get 2 cheap side cameras from China on eBay. I'll have to figure out how to keep the cigarette lighters always on.
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    New Cadillac owner 97 Deville

    My rear hub went bad because my brake was hanging due to a sticking emergency brake cable. It's the only hub replaced, and under warranty, it was replaced with an oem unit. wonder if the rotor overheated and boiled the grease out the hub? when the wheel is lifted, it should not wiggle, and it should spin by hand. while driving, a bad hub sounds like you are being followed by an old crop dusting propeller airplane. While your suspect wheel is jacked up, apply the emergency brake. The wheel should not be able to be spun, and when the brake is released, the wheel should become free. find the override release for the emergency brake under the dash, so you do not have to start up the car, and put it in gear to release the emergency brake. This is not recommended if the car is jacked up or on jack stands.
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    My DeVille Got Hit

    I have cameras in my cars. They shut down, and are motion activated. All of My blackvue cameras were expensive, but well worth the security. 4 years later, and the prices came down some.
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    New Cadillac owner 97 Deville

    Just to be clear, the rear piston is not to be compressed with a c clamp. It requires the special notched tool or pliers, and the piston is screwed back to go inside the caliper. This is to support the emergency brake. The fronts can. Be pushed back in with a clamp or the caliper tool.
  8. I purchased this on eBay: its a micro module that plugs into the obd ii port. I bought it for my sons new Chevy, but It does not say it works for Cadillac. I plugged it into my daughters ATS, and it works perfectly. When you get out of the car, and hit lock, just hold it for another 2 seconds, and it rolls up the 4 Windows. Hold unlock, and hold it and all the windows roll down. during the roll up or roll down, if you hit any button, it will stop the window at that place - so it is easy to open each window just a little equally.. I tried it on my 1996, and it does not work on dinosaurs. Apparently, Gm cars enable this feature in Europe, but it is not legal for car manufactures to have it as an option in the USA. If you have young kids or grandkids in your car, I would not recommend having this btw. can someone tell me when obd ii changed? I purchased a heads up display, and it only works in new cars. My 2002 Chevy does not recognize the device, and I had to purchase a new code reader because the one I used in my 2002 does not work in a 2016 car. I tried googling, but I could not get what or when it changed. I thought basic code reading would have been backwards compatible at least. ooh, and so you all know. They do make and sell $6.00 multi ports so you can have 6 multiple devices plugged into obd ii ports. And and it's like I tell my kids : it's all fun and games till I plug in another obd ii device and deploy the air bags!!
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    New Cadillac owner 97 Deville

    I heard that running repeated hot to cold a few times followed by repeated heat to defrost gets the vent doors free by working them to extremes. It makes sense, but I never tried it myself. Sorry for stepping in, but it might be worth a try.
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    Remote window controller

    Thanks. I guess there are no revisions, or backwards compatibility standards. Looks like I'll have to find out the particulars a little more. Devices made today are for the newer obd ii, and for the older cars, we need to go used, or nos.
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    My dead Seville

    I am going to go out on a limb and say that after 10 years, the battery went bad and quickly drained itself dead. I am curious if you had alternator issues on that car? I was taught that a battery past its prime places a heavy load on the charging system. In either case, I am glad it's ok so far. What battery did you get? My garage queen has an optima.
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    My DeVille Got Hit

    To properly match/blend the paint, the front passenger door will need to be partially painted to blend the color. I do not believe the old technique of painting just a single panel is practiced anymore. The eye is focused on comparing the color match between two panels, but once they are blended within a panel, it is not noticeable. The paint shop / dealership should also give a lifetime guarantee on the repair work.
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    Front caliper rubber

    I had a really bad shimmy when I applied the brakes. I inspected the slide pins, and on the drivers side, one glide pin was having a tough time moving in the rubber. The top was fine, but the bottom pin/sleeve is binding. Does anyone know if I can replace the rubber, or if a shop can do it? Are there caliper rebuilders around? Not sure how to proceed, but I know I don't want a remanufactured caliper, or an after market. Thanks!!
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    Front caliper rubber

    Thanks oldcaltech yep, I think I might have finally solved my mild to really bad brake vibration I had with this car for some time. Based on the picture, I found that the rubber sleeves are easy to remove, and do not need any special machine. I took it out, and found rust inside where the rubber sits snug in the caliper. That little bit of rust was causing the rubber to bulge in there, thus making it hard for the pin to glide smoothly. I used my dremmel to lightly grind and sand out the rust. Now the pin glides nice and smooth. I scored a new set of brembo rotors on eBay for $89 shipped to my home. I agree that the old rotors probably needed a cut, but new was easier for me. i just greased the pins, and verified it's good. I will finish putting it together tomorrow, then do the other side then also. ive been doing brakes for many years, and I am very particular, and this is the first time I heard let alone experienced this. Also, I find it odd that on this car, when the two bolts holding the caliper on are removed, the rotor comes right off too. I always had a separate bracket there that would prevent the rotor from being removed. So there is no additional labor installing a new rotor on this car because the rotor comes off with the same labor to change the pads. So a tip to you all is that if you have a pulsation or vibration in the brakes, the rubber guide pin sleeve/bushings can be getting crushed by rust.
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    My DeVille Got Hit

    Sorry this happened to your car. you might have to put your boxing mitts on to fight with the insurance company, but believe me when I tell you that paint technology, and color matching and blending has come a long way. Your initial check from the insurance will be a lowball figure. bringing it to the right restoration/ custom paint shop will help. The shop will dictate how to properly repair the vehicle. Google around to see a local shop that specializes in custom paint, and see how they can help. GOOD LUCK
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    Remote starter fob

    I can purchase a pair of new oem fobs with the remote start option for as little as $60 on eBay. The remote start kit which is 2 fobs with the remote start button in a box along with what I understand is a code costs $225 on eBay. My question is what exactly is on that piece of paper that makes the fobs so expensive? Is it the same code for all cars, or is it a paper unique to the fobs in the box? I bought my ats new, and at the time of sale the remote start option was verbally $175 which I agreed to, but when I went back a month later, the salesman who I bought the car from had left, and the price ballooned to $450 i am thinking of buying a single fob on eBay for $30, and programming the car to accept the fob, and see if the remote option was already programmed into my car. Maybe that's why it was supposed to be so cheap at the time of purchase - that is it was already programmed for the option. I understand that the car is delivered with the option turned off, but maybe the dealer already programmed it. My car was shipped from another out of state dealer because of the unique color, and options on the ats4 2.0t
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    Another Battery Drain

    A few years ago, we had a member here diagnose the drain to a bad battery cable. A tiny pin hole in the shielding caused the copper wire to corrode, turn green, and cause battery drain. Not sure how. My suggestion is to check both the + and -. Cables for damage.
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    Try opening up the hood at night, and look under the hood for any flashes. I agree that this might all be solved with new plugs and wires. Did the problem go away when it was dry out, then it rained, and the problem came back?
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    Remote starter fob

    I purchased a new fob with the remote start button for $23 on eBay. Unlike the ones that came with the new car, this one is painted black aluminum, and not plastic. I followed the procedure of turning the emergency door key 5 times to bring up the key programming menu to add fob 3. Although the fob now works to open doors, and start the car, the remote start button does not function. At least I have a replacement fob.
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    Dreading oil leakage

    I don't think mine leaks, but it either seeps or consumes the ~quart every 1000mi. I drive it very little, and it has been parked mostly inside a garage bay since 2004. The garage floor is still pretty clean under there and I am glad because it was a new house. I think whatever does leak ends up in the alternator though. Although I was able to charge up my AC recently, replacing the seal is purposly being put off till I feel better. I figure adding a fresh quart or three between oil changes has its benefits. I drive about 2000 miles a year except when I took the fl trip, I drove 3000 or 4000 miles that year. I might try a bottle of snake oil next topping off. I would never think of having the engine torn apart to fix my mild issue, as I believe an oil supplement will work. The cam seal will have to wait for me though, but maybe the snake oil will help there a little.
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    Dreading oil leakage

    I get 1000 miles per quart. I am not sure if it is mostly leaking or burning out. I perform only mild WOT's due to engine age. I might have a leak at the cam shaft bearing? Behind the harmonic balance?. I believe it was mentioned that it is also a common leak point. in either case, in NOV 2015 with about 110k, I drove nonstop from NY to Miami FL without any issue. I must admit that I do a slight pressure wash on the underside of the engine every 2 years or so. I do not like the smell or thought of bringing a oily engine into the garage bay.
  22. My 1996 deville is about to get its first ac service ever. The last 3 years or so, the system required 1 can of 134a to get running again. I have the tools to vacuum out the system to 0, and all the gauges to perform a refill to specs. Do any of the ac experts on here have any advice or anything else I should do? I take a while to do things, but I like to have lots of time to plan and order any additional parts, etc. btw, what are the specs? How many small cans do I need? Any oil? Should I put dye in just in case I developed a leak? Replace any known parts that break after 20 years of use? (Sensors and not compressors). THANKS?
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    1996 deville ac service

    The 36 degrees is for a short bit on a really hot sunny day with the fan speed on low. Most of the time it is about 42 degrees with the fan on low. With the fan speed on auto, the temp is in the mid lower 40's. I understand that sun sensor on the dash controls how cold to set the air. But it's good to know that it can get that cold if it gets hot outside. I recall hearing that charging up an AC is an art. The investment in this set of low end but good quality tools was well worth the money.
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    1996 deville ac service

    Back in April, I used my vaccum pump and gauges to pull -30 on the system. I let it sit overnight, and no leaks. I then added dye to the system, and as KHE mentioned added 2lbs of 134a. I also used my thermometer probe to monitor the temperature from the vents. So far, the system is working great, and On a hot day, I see temps blowing out of the vents at 36 degrees. I have not connected the gauges up to check the levels of refrigerant, or checked for leaks with my uv flashlight, as I didn't realize how hidden up in the engine the ac compressor was! vaccuum pump and gauges from eBay $79 with free shipping digital ac vent thermometer from eBay $2.00 uv flashlight from eBay $3.00 the dye I got from advanced auto, and it was the can with the ac charge adapter $9.00 the 3 cans of refrigerant cost me ~$18.00 hopefully this charge lasts me 20 years, but with a 20 year old system that was never serviced, I am doubtful. But at least I have the tools to keep it in service.
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    04 Dts blows only cold air

    I am looking at this as an engine concern. Is there coolant in the radiator surge tank (coolant should be about 2 or 3 inches from the top) Does your engine temperature needle ever move? Did this happen suddenly? I am thinking an air pocket from a clogged purge line? One of the symptoms when air is in the coolant is no heat. I just do not understand why the engine temp gauge is at noon from a cold car start. btw, making sure you know to only open the surge tank cap when cold because that is pressurized from the radiator.