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About growe3

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  • Birthday April 1

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  • Car Model and Year
    2004 DTS and 1993 STS
  • Engine
    Northstar 4.6L V8 (LD8/L37)

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    Cameron Park, CA
  • Interests
    High performance and classic cars, structural engineering, boating.
    Previous cars I have owned and self maintained:
    2004 Cadillac DTS Black/Black & Sunroof (current)
    1993 Cadillac STS, 4.6 L, Northstar (current)
    1968 Dodge Charger, 383 Magnum, automatic
    1967 Plymouth GTX, custom 392 Hemi, 4 speed, positraction
    1965 Pontiac 2+2, 421, 4 speed, positraction
    1964 Plymouth Sport Fury,426 wedge,4 speed
    1964 Plymouth Sport Fury 426 wedge, automatic
    1955 Chrysler 300, 331 Hemi, 2-4 carb, automatic (still have)

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  1. Thanks Jim. This sounds like the information that I was looking for. Mostly I was not sure of just how much fluid I could pump out, and I want to be sure to have a large enough container to catch it all without a mess. I appreciate you taking the time for a good explanation of the process. -George PS I tried as you suggested to reply to my initial note, and it was clear and easy to reply. It my be just the browser, or reading mode your are in when replying. Any way all's well. -G
  2. I am not sure what you mean by "fancy formatting". I listed what I intend to do in a clear listed manner. You mentioned that you may have a "cleaner neater method". What is this method? -George
  3. I am going cross country again (California - the UP in Michigan) and I wanted to refresh the transmission fluid before I go. This car is a 2004 DTS, with just over 100k miles. I know that I don't have to do this, but I would like to. I was planning to: Detach the transmission line at the cooler. Attach a piece of fuel line to the metal cooler line. Put the end of the fuel line into a container to catch the fluid Start the engine to pump out the fluid; stopping the engine when the fluid does not readily come out. Then replace the fluid with whatever amount necessary. My questions: A
  4. Just my two cents here. What you described is almost exactly what I had to do to a couple of my rims. They are 1997 rims on my 1993 STS, Bought new! They started leaking after about 5 years after I had them installed. For whatever reason the inner bead area had several spots that were corroding heavily. I did some wire wheel buffing to get the surface stuff off, then very coarse emery cloth to finish the job. No more leaks. As these rims have never seen snow or salt, I suspect a defective chrome job, or possibly when the tires were mounted the tire "soap" may have been contaminated with so
  5. First, thanks for all of the replies and ideas. I am sorry for my delayed response, got caught up in a number of "gotta get done now" things. I tried to reprogram a few Features to see if setting and resetting something might get it out of this "stuck" position; no joy. The dash readout at Feature Programming is locked in the "OFF" mode. The Exit functions still work fine, but I just can't get the Feature Programming to go to the "ON" mode. It may be that a Tech II could reset it, as a last resort I may go to the dealer, and have them see if they can reset it. -George
  6. Well I have been stuck on this issue for awhile. I do have the manuals, but at this time they have not helped resolve the problem Symptoms: I unlock, enter the car,insert the key,turn the ignition on, and start the car. The readout message reads "Driver 1 Settings". This is normal, but.....the settings are not applied. I also tried my other key set for my wife, and it also acknowledges her settings as "Driver 2 Settings", but the settings are not applied. However....when either of us turns the ignition off, it will apply the Exit settings correctly. I am puzzled as to why only part of
  7. Perhaps the most important thing is to retrieve any diagnostic codes. I am not sure if your Deville accesses them the same as a Seville, but you can try. With the ignition turned on, hold down the Heater OFF button and the Auto button (it is like booting a computer). Within about 3-5 seconds all of the indicator lights will come on. Release the buttons and let the system retrieve the codes. As the codes are displayed, write them down, and then post here. To get out of the diagnostic mode press the Heater Auto button, or turn off the key. Another important thing to check are the fuses.
  8. jimD, I agree about getting it clean.... It will be done ASAP...was gonna do it today, but I spent all day at the hospital with my Brother. He had back surgery today. I made it a point not to get in any hurry today. As far as the temps...It never over halfway between 12 o'clock and the next mark that is labeled 235. Maybe just a hair less than halfway... It was worrying me, because it has "NEVER" gone past 12 o'clock, even driving across the Arizona desert in mid summer at 100+ for an hour or two straight. Thank you for the picture. Based on that... it was probably around 225....but n
  9. If you are fast there is a set on e-bay, bid closing soon. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1998-SERVICE-MANUALS-DEVILLE-EL-DORADO-SET-3-VG-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem58895e4f2eQQitemZ380261781294QQptZMotorsQ5fManualsQ5fLiterature
  10. This is one project that you must have the manuals for. It involves many different special ways of removing and fastening parts. Torques, and turns after certain torque values are reached, must be observed; or your efforts will be wasted. There are subtle differences in some engine parts, and how they are fastened, you must be sure to use the values for your year car. That being said, I highly recommend getting the Helms manuals, they are the factory manuals. Try e-bay, or an Internet search. The link below shows what you are looking for. Currently at $135, money well spent! These manua
  11. Ttrying the attachment that did not make it the first time. -George Cadillac 1993 STS Timesert Repair.pdf
  12. I have done two complete head gasket repairs. The Timesert portion is not that difficult, but it does take time. You must follow the Timesert directions; no shortcuts or sloppy work. It is technically possible to do the repair in the car, BUT it is highly recommended to remove the engine to do this work. It is also highly recommended to do both heads, if one side is bad, the other is; or will be soon, There are many reasons to do this repair with the engine out of the car: . Leaning over the car to do the drilling, tapping, cleaning, necessary for the Timeserts, is a back breaking job. .
  13. The phone button on the steering wheel, and the mirror buttons are On Star controls. If you want On Star, the car will need to be converted from the original analog type computer module, to digital. It is usually a $200 job, done by the dealer, which includes a one year subscription to On Star. -George
  14. Send copies of your letters to the local GM/Cadillac technical support and marketing offices, George. Documentation of diagnostic results and service recommendations will be important (critical). GM (the NEW GM, that is) should want to know about dealers that are staining Cadillac's reputation and possibly putting their franchise in jeopardy. Let the sun shine brightly on your experience. Don't overlook sending copies to consumer protection agencies in Sacramento. And I would certainly send copies to the management/owners of the offending dealership along with the list of all parties/agenci
  15. Jim, Don't hold it in, just say what you feel. -George
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