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  1. Cool ! My only concern is the possibility of the CD unit failing. I guess I could repair it if it happens. If possible, I would like to rig a switch to the CD harness to make it think it is on, without having to use a CD. I much rather have found the audio left and right on the tuner board and tapped into that.
  2. I considered the silent CD, but I did not want any distortion on interference, so I cut them instead.
  3. The factory Bose Gold Edition stereo seemed difficult to hack. However, after studying some other GM forums, I decided the best was was through the CD audio wiring. Really, who listens to CD much anyway? The hack is dead easy. There are two plugs going to the CD (same as the tape player also). The larger plug with mostly brown wires controls the functions of the player and is left plugged in. The smaller three wire plug is the audio output from the CD player. The red is the left channel, the tan is the right and the black shielded center is the ground. I simply connected snipped the plug off and soldered my jack wires to the the wires which go the the main circuit board. A CD must be in the unit, as it fools the radio into thinking the CD is sending the music. But it is actually your MP3 player, Iphone or whatever. The radio does not know the difference. You can switch back to AM/FM by simply pressing the ST/PL button, or ejecting the CD. Works great. Cost me about an hours time and $4 for the jack. Have a nice day........
  4. Basic auto diagnosis of the mechanical components first. Rule out the starter and battery. If it clicks, even momentarily, then it may very well be the battery. Hook a voltmeter to the battery and have a helper attempt to crank. If the base voltage really drops during starting attempt, then the battery is dead. If those check out, then maybe bypass the neutral safety switch temporarily. If it then starts, then you found the culprit.
  5. No one knew this one either? Wow. Thanks , I found it myself.
  6. I have not done this, however. I'm betting there is a simple switch on the gear shift or linkage. Get a schematic and check the color coding of the wiring. Maybe disconnect it and rule out what if affected and what is not. If it is not integrated into the body control computer, and simply and electrical switch, it can simply be disconnected.
  7. Replaced them today, learned a few things. Fairly easy to do, only $39 set on Amazon, among other places. The car must be equally lifted after both wheels off; one side of the suspension cannot be "loaded" and the side unloaded. Equal tension needed on both sides of the sway bar. ALWAYS USE JACK STANDS !!!! I also chocked the rear wheels from moving. If your link boots are ripped like mine were, spray PB Blaster or other lubricant on the studs, tap around them them with a ball peen to allow penetration, and allow to soak overnight. Give them a good smack the next day and they should pop right out, as long as you have access to swing the hammer. Severe cases may need some heat. Replacing the new ones was a cake walk; nothing to it. For added security, I applied a small amount Loctite on the threads and torqued the bolts. Once the wheels are back on and lowered back off the jack stands, take off the caps on the strut towers and push down on the bumper. If there is any upward movement of the shock head bolt, secure it. It was amazing how smoother and quieter the ride is after doing all of this in one weekend. I noticed no more popping, rattling or tapping; completely quiet again. Hope this helps someone out there !!!
  8. There are hacks all over Google for adding an MP3 input jack to a factory stereo. It is quite simple, I've done it on a Ford stereo and a Sony a few years back. However, with the Bose system in my '95 Seville, it is not so easy due to lack of diagrams and info. Some Corvettes had the Bose system and there are a few blog about those, just not enough info. What I mainly want are the right and left channel and ground pins in the Bose system. Any suggestions on this one ? Anyone ever done it ? Thanks.
  9. Passing California's tough smog test is not always easy for our older Cadillac's. My '95 Seville failed three times, but passed today. On previous attempts I had done all the normal prep. New filters, new o2 sensors, plugs and wires. Seam Foamed the intake, and ran two tanks of Techron, which smoothed out the idle. It came close on the previous attempt, only failing the HC @25mph by only 6 points a few months ago. Everything else passed at each previous test. The difference today was I finally threw in the towel and replaced the cat two days ago with a CARB approved unit, $300 installed, which was not too bad. This was on the advice of the state referee. He could see the car had no mechanical problem and ran smooth, and everything I had done. His quote: "even though the NOX is low, a cat can get "weak and lazy" and not afterburn as well, resulting in high HC, even with lower than normal NOX. With everything I did, including the cat, I had about $450 into it, and well worth it. He was correct. The muffler shop said it was probably 10-12 years old and slightly heavy, indicating it was partially clogged. It passed, and the car runs better and cleaner.
  10. Just wondering if the '95 Seville has any vacuum operated HVAC or parking brake actuators, or are they electric? I have a small vacuum leak, I suspect is under the dash, as the idle is slightly high. Is there any vacuum to the transmission ? I repaired one vacuum leak at the PVC valve grommet; found it with my homemade smoke machine. Thanks.