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  1. My car still has roughly the same 141,000 miles on it give or take a few from last year. It has a oil pressure problem, and I've been reluctant to do anything with it even after putting some lucas oil stablizer in it which has helped. I've noticed that while it has been sitting in the garage it does have a oil leak and it appears to be coming from the oil pan or possibly where the oil pressure sensor is seated. The car holds sentimental value to me and the body, interior and transmission are in excellent shape, but the motor is pooping on me where sometimes i just wanna be done with it and call up a local wrecking yard company and have it hauled away. I dont know exactly what i want to do.
  2. My 97 caddy deville is starting to get up there in miles and I'm thinking about having another northstar installed so I was searching the net for good deals and I came across this motor from Marshal engines http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/details/QQCadillacQQDeVilleQQMarshall_EnginesQQEngine_Long_BlockQQ19961997QQMEIG2813CW.html?apwcid=P1135867996W43b3f85c7ab9e&gan=1&apwid6Ykw2LV#desc . I was wondering if anyone had any experience with them. I also came across this one and these are far cheaper than what GM is charging. http://www.accurateengines.com/remanufactured-engines/cadillac/northstar-46-liter-engine/
  3. I tried using a jack to move this strut and it DESTROYED the jack so my only option was to buy a new strut replacement. Thanx guys for the suggestions
  4. I'm installing some new Arnott passive struts on the front of my Deville and I was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice before i jump into the task. Also I would like to know if installing the front struts at this time would make my rear end appear to sag down any lower or should i install the rear struts this month and install the front struts next month instead when i get the money. Also on my passenger side rear I can hear a click whenever I push down on that side, what might that be? Should I install new sway bar bushings along with springs as well? Advice anybody????
  5. I hope some body shop guys are present on this forum and can help me out! Yesterday while cruising in the Caddy, I come to a stop light and the light turns green I'm thinking the guy ahead of me was about to procede but he slammed on his breaks because some idiot ran the red light and me not reacting fast enough ran into his rear. We both got out to check on our vehicles and after determining that his car had no damage done to it we said our goodbyes. My 97 Deville on the other hand has the bumper pushed in about 3 inches on the passenger side which causes the bumper cover to scrape against the tire when turning. I removed the bumper cover and found my impact absorber bumper strut to be pressed in, and I attempted to remove it so I could pull it back out by removing the two bolts i found holding it to the frame but I was unable to remove it. Does anyone know how I can remove it from the frame of the car OR simply pull it out so my bumper will no longer have a pushed in look. I no longer have full coverage on the car so I dont want to take it to the body shop for something I can do myself if possible. Any help I get will be greatly appreciated!! This is an example of the Impact Absorber Bumper strut http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cadillac-Im...bayphotohosting
  6. I found a decent business that sells Northstar motors for a very reasonable price http://www.actionsalvage.com/northstar-eng...lle_Used_Engine
  7. GM Owners Still Steaming Over Dex-Cool Corrosion, Engine Damage Blamed on Coolant August 29, 2006 Dex-Cool Dex-Cool • Dex-Cool Class Action Deadline Nears • California Court to Rule on Dex-Cool Settlement • GM Owners Still Steaming Over Dex-Cool • Consumer Complaints Ten years after General Motors began using Dex-Cool as an antifreeze in most of its cars and light trucks, GM car and truck owners continue to complain that the coolant corrodes and clogs radiators and radiator caps, erodes water pumps, rots radiator hoses, causes chronic overheating and engine damage while leading to leaky engine gaskets. Patricia in Barberton, Ohio, feels cheated by the automaker. "I have had 2 intake gaskets replaced on my 1997 Pontiac Grand Am. The gaskets cost me close to $1,000 and they told me there is no guarantee it won't happen again," she wrote in a complaint to ConsumerAffairs.com. "I just recently saw about the Dex-Cool problems and that is what I have been using in my vehicle since that is the kind that is required from the automakers," Patricia said. Dex-Cool is now used in almost 40 million vehicles sold by GM since 1996. On its website, GM claims Dex-Cool will last 5 years or 150,000 miles but a steady stream of consumers insist the product is defective and has damaged their vehicles. GM is quick to clarify its confidence in the antifreeze by stating that the GM owner's manual recommended 150,000-mile service interval is not a warranty guarantee. On its website, the company now also warns owners to consult their vehicle "owner's manual for the type of coolant right for your vehicle" and never "mix one type of coolant with the other." Lawsuits Pending At last count there were 14 lawsuits filed in state and federal courts throughout the country by GM vehicle owners angered over their experience with Dex-Cool. A Missouri judge may soon grant class-action status to suits in his state -- and that would mean that millions of GM customers could become involved in the lawsuit. The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from GM challenging class-action certification. The Missouri suit was filed in April 2003 alleging GM vehicles with Dex-Cool in their cooling systems developed a rusty sludge. The plaintiffs claim that GM refused to repair their vehicles or pay for the repairs and the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for breach of warranty under the federal Magnuson-Moss Act and the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. Samuel in Bellville, Ohio experienced a similar problem with sludge in the cooling system of his car. "I have sludge in my coolant caused by Dex-Cool,' he wrote. "GM demands that the coolant be used. So far it's just the gasket that has to be replaced. I will see if further damage was caused," he told ConsumerAffairs.com. GM Is Mum GM will not comment on the pending lawsuits but continues to claim that Dex-Cool represents an improvement over traditional coolants. Nevertheless, the automaker has alerted mechanics that vehicles operated for 15,000 to 20,000 miles with low coolant levels "may be susceptible to the formation of a rust like material in the cooling system." Deborah in Hornell, New York faced similar news from her mechanic when she took her 2002 Buick Century in for a maintenance check. Deborah was told the Dex-Cool needed to be flushed and refilled even though the owner's manual stated the coolant ought to be good for 100,000 miles. "My car has only 48,000 miles," she wrote. "The Dex-Cool had corroded the engine and the mechanic also advised that the plastic manifold would need to be replaced since the Dex-Cool had literally eaten through it." Deborah blames the costly repairs on GM because in her view the automaker "installed what they knew as faulty equipment, namely a plastic item in an engine unit and Dex-Cool antifreeze that does not work." In Madison County, Illinois, a lawsuit claims Dex-Cool "began to turn into sludge which then accumulated in the vehicle's engine cooling system and radiator." Clear As Mud The bright orange coolant often changes into a muddy colored liquid and when the change occurs automobile mechanics blame Dex-Cool for expensive cooling system flushes, gasket replacements, and even new radiators and heater cores. "You'll see heater cores leaking. You'll see frost plugs leaking. You'll see water pump failures. You'll see overheating problems. You'll see air conditioners not cooling very good. You'll see transmissions burning up at 100,000 miles if the coolant systems are not working right," said one mechanic who works on GM cars and trucks. Ronald in Downey, California told ConsumerAffairs.com the Dex-Cool has almost destroyed the engine in his car. "The product in vehicles coolant systems deteriorates aluminum parts in the engine," Ronald said. "The intake manifold, cylinder heads and timing chain cover are all made out of aluminum. My vehicle needs all these parts replaced." His problems worsened. "The motor has coolant in the oil and oil in coolant," indicating that the head gasket is leaking. "This is the second time this problem has occurred." The repairs to his damaged engine have now cost Ronald more than $4,000 "because all the aluminum parts have to be replaced." What To Do As lawyers continue to collect names for potential class action lawsuits from people claiming Dex-Cool damaged their car or truck, automobile mechanics are advising that if you have Dex-Cool as a coolant in your vehicle, you should not replace it with another form of antifreeze. If your car or truck came from the factory with Dex-Cool, you should continue to use that coolant both as replacement and to top off the radiator, the mechanics say. Last but not least, if your car came from the factory with standard "green" antifreeze, don't switch to Dex-Cool.
  8. Thanx for the plug but it seems kinda ricerish to throw after market chrome on a Caddy. Might work for you but its not my thing.
  9. My 97 Deville is my first Cadillac, I bought it in 2001 from the Cadi dealership for $13,000 with 59,000 miles and I havent had many problems with it besides the recent oil pressure issues. I LOVE this car and it holds real sentimental value with me so I dont see myself getting rid of it in the near or distant future, matter of fact I've been thinking about an engine rebuild for my old girl and finding myself a 2002-03 Seville.
  10. Glad to hear you got what you wanted
  11. My Deville has 140,000 miles on it and it has never had the head gasket or head bolt issue and i acquired the car with 59,000 miles on it, but I have had the low oil pressure problem.
  12. I had a 84 Cavalier that had the drivers side door stuck so I got inside the car and kicked the door until it opened (lots of rust flew) and then applied some WD40 to the door catches. I probably wouldnt do that for a Cadi, but thats a remedy that worked for me.
  13. On my 97 Deville the drivers side dimming mirror had the bubbles with the fluid underneath begin to come up about 4 yrs ago, and I really didnt pay it any mind because i didnt think it was too serious and i could live without the auto dimming. Well one day it burst and began to leak from the mirror on to my paint, so i removed the mirror and took the frame off of it to get to the layer underneath and removed it then cleaned up the fluid substance that gives the mirror the dimming effect. My mirror looked like new after reinstalling it only it no longer dims, so if you dont mind living without auto dimming thats an option for you. Personally I wouldnt pay that bloated price to replace it just for the purpose of dimming it.
  14. Soooo harsh!! But he's telling the truth, sorry about your luck. Will these cars EVER be worth anything???
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