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Hi All Pete here from England

Do chrome alloys give off more heat after a long run.

On Sunday i took my CTS to an American car show, the car drove both there and back with no issues no funny smells the car averaged over 30 MPG which i think is very good for a 3.6. On the way home for the last 20 miles on the motoway or freeway, back into London, i was stuck in traffic alot of stop starts and for the UK it was a very hot day at 31c. When i pulled onto the drive and got out of the car i noticed that the was alot of heat coming off the front wheels but no smells. I thought i may of had a sticking front brake, I jacked up the car and both front wheels turned very easy by hand, the was some brake pad dust but no more then you would expect after a long run. But the wheels were quite hot is this the norm for chrome plated wheels, my CTS is a 2007 with just 15000 miles on it and one of about 125 in England.

Many thanks Pete

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Normally I would be more concerned with tire heat than wheel heat. Were the wheels actually hot to the touch, above say the sidewalk?

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Unless excessively hot I would think the heat was just from the stop and go braking (with heat transfer from the disks to the wheels. Next time, maybe check the fronts versus the backs (also from what direction the sun was shining on which side of the vehicle).

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Thanks guy for the replys, yes the wheels were quite hot to touch, but the tyres were not hot. I had this issue on a Supra about three years back and that was a front brake sticking on that warped the disc or rota, hence why i was tad worried as parts for cadillac CTS in UK hard to come by, but i am sure my CTS brakes are not sticking as my MPG is very good at 30 + highway. I just thought that maybe the chrome rims hold the heat its my first Caddy .

Thanks Pete

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Nice car, what kind of reception does the CTS get in England? I would imagine that you have a rare vehicle to have in England, no? Tell us a little history, how did you get it, what caused you to buy it, etc. Is it a head turner? How does it perform on your roads and highways, Thanks, Mike

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I think that it's possible that high under-hood temperatures from being stuck in traffic for hours could translate to high front wheel temperatures. I don't have a CTS so I can't speak for the air flow of a hot, stationary car in a no-wind environment, but that seems to be a quite likely scenario. If both wheels were about the same temparture, that would tend to indicate that it wasn't a brake problem (other than the driver riding the brakes - but in near-stationary traffic???) leaving underhood heat the main likely source of heat.

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Are you a "one foot driver" or a two foot driver"? That can make quite a difference in brake heat if just the slightest amount of pressure is placed on the brake pedal. I see it quite often when following a car of any make.

As for my two cents, if there was no smell, the brake temps were probably normal. Aluminum, being an excellent conductor of heat, would dissipate the heat from the brake rotor into the wheel, and that is a good thing. This would tend to keep the brake rotor much cooler, and in the driving situation that you describe, I would expect the rotors to be pretty hot.

If you are REALLY concerned, you can purchase a laser temperature gun, and use it to compare rotor or wheel temperatures all around your car. That would tell you if one was a great deal hotter than the others.

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Nice car, what kind of reception does the CTS get in England? I would imagine that you have a rare vehicle to have in England, no? Tell us a little history, how did you get it, what caused you to buy it, etc. Is it a head turner? How does it perform on your roads and highways, Thanks, Mike

Hi Mike

Yes it is rare car in the UK, i think the was only about 125 right hand drive 3.6 made for the British market. i did a vin check on my car i got the site from this forum, and my CTS is one of 4 cars with the same spec and trim in right hand drive. The car was built in 2006 but only registerd in England Dec 2007. The miles is so low as the car was only sold in 2009 and was used as demo before then. I brought the CTS in march and started looking for one in November 2010 . I seen the add for it on the British auto trader site, at that time the was only 12 Cadillac CTS for sale on that site, and a total of 60 Cadillacs. which is the huge UK site. were you would see 25000 BMW for sale or the same number of Merc or Jags. . I LOVE it for the looks the ride plus she will out run most on the roads bar the V8 & V12 jags and BMW, but then they would not get a look in with a 6.0 CTSV. and yes she turns heads here. I am a member of the Cadillac owners clube of Great Britian most the Caddy in the club are classic 50s & 60s 70s cars, and only a few cars from the late 90s or 2000 on.. But we have 11 CTS. and 1 CTSV. and a fantastic looking XLR. As i said in my post i was at an American car show at the weekend, its quite a site on a British Motoway/freeway with Finned Caddys, Mustangs, Vetts Vippers on there way to a show. If you send me your email address i will send you photos of my CTS plus some of the cars in the COCGB. Hope this is of interest . Pete

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:nopicssmiley:

Post the photos here! Use Photobucket or Image Shack or some such to upload your photos, and they will generate inscrutable HTML code for you that you use here to include the photos in your posts.

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Hi all Had a go at posting photos of my UK spec CTS but without luck,

Post the photos to photobucket...

Then go to the page where the photos are...

Then move your mouse over te photo you want to post here...

A box will appear with several options...

Clock in the one that says IMG CODE...

Then come here and just right click in the new post box and click "PASTE"...

You will see a URL... but when you click on ADD REPLY.. the picture will show up...

If this is too confusing.. tell me and I will clarify it some more...

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Hi Jim

Thanks for your help, i tried to down load Photobucket, but i just keep getting error. I am running windows XP so it should run, But thanks for your help anyway.

I will find away its a shame as i have loads of Photos on my PC of both my CTS and Cadillac in England and American car shows here,

Many thanks Pete

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Hi Jim

Thanks for your help, i tried to down load Photobucket, but i just keep getting error. I am running windows XP so it should run, But thanks for your help anyway.

I will find away its a shame as i have loads of Photos on my PC of both my CTS and Cadillac in England and American car shows here,

Many thanks Pete

What error are you getting..

I am also running XP and it works fine for me.

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Hi jim have now got photobucket and started to upload some photos of last Sunday on to it, Hope it works. Cheers Pete

http://s1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa352/btx5mg/?previewTheme=79&previewCancelUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fs1193.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Faa352%2Fbtx5mg%2F&offer=y

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Hi jim have now got photobucket and started to upload some photos of last Sunday on to it, Hope it works. Cheers Pete

http://s1193.photobu...x5mg%2F&offer=y

If you have the pics uploaded tp Photobucket......

If you want to send the photobucket address where all the pics are to me by PM...

I will upload the pics for you...

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Well i dont know then, i clicked on the link i put on my last post and it took me to the photos sorry jim not sure what to do then

<a href="http://s1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa352/btx5mg/?action=view&current=PICT0753.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa352/btx5mg/PICT0753.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

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Yes jim thats what i am doing. i can send it to my own email but not to here

That's strange...

If you click on IMG CODE... then you should be able to "PASTE" it here...

That's what I do..

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Just looking at that shifter made me think-what would it be like for me to shift left handed? Any one ever tried driving a car like that? More likely I would suspect you have driven american cars, how did that go?

Mike

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