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#509 of 896 Re: DEFECTIVE CENTER BRAKE LIGHT ON 2006 DTS [bremertong]
Jul 07, 2007 (9:47 am)
brem - the center brake light is an LED array - the LED "bulbs" are soldered to a circuit board in a way that is not serviceable in the field.
My '06 DTS still has all of the LEDs lighting up, but I see a lot of older Cadillac models with some LEDs that no longer light up.
I would not worry, if I am not mistaken, as long as your car is still under warranty, and there is no physical damage to the light assembly, this is a warranty item.
#510 of 896 Re: DEFECTIVE CENTER BRAKE LIGHT ON 2006 DTS [lanzz]
Jul 07, 2007 (8:15 pm)
Thanks very much for your reply, so far as I know you are correct in all respects in this issue. I have called the dealership and the part has been ordered. You are also correct that it is a warranty item. I am suspecting that the car was sold to me that way (new). It is the fourth 130+ mile trip to the dealership in just a little over two months. It takes most of a day in that when I get there I have to wait
to have the work done. I am suspecting that one of the reasons that people are turning to the Japanese builders is initial build quality, don't think the service departments are any better than GM, Ford or Chrysler. This is my third Cadillac and I like the DTS very much but hope this will be the last glitch for a while. Will share the results and outcome when the work is done.
#511 of 896 Re: Tapping Sound in Exhaust? System [geezer408]
Jul 09, 2007 (9:01 am)
There is a fix for the KNOCKING sound. Cadillac has a TSB out on this. They replaced my EVAP Canister Part Number 15941577 under warranty. Too early to tell if the replacement corrected the problem - will have to wait till the weather cools off to test.
After reading the other posts on this condition I had pretty much resolved my self to accept it, as it was so common and there did not appear to be a fix. I had my car (2006 DTS Performance) in for an oil change and while waiting I mentioned the KNOCKING sound to the service writer. He knew immediately what the problem was and he told me of the TSB.
Still no replacement for the clock that I am aware of.
#512 of 896 Re: DEFECTIVE CENTER BRAKE LIGHT ON 2006 DTS [by bremertong]
Jul 09, 2007 (9:12 am)
I can understand you being annoyed or frustrated after making several trips back to the dealer, but this is a small problem IMO.
Hardly worth a special 130 mile trip to the dealer, plus gas and your personal time.
I would do it at the next oil change or service need (before your warranty expires).
I can tell from your posts you are a perfectionist though!
Just my opinion.
#513 of 896 Re: DEFECTIVE CENTER BRAKE LIGHT ON 2006 DTS [jasper60103]
Jul 09, 2007 (8:44 pm)
Yes, your reply makes sense. I have ordered the part through
the dealership and will see when they get back to me on it.
Have also put a record of the defect with Cadillac via a case number. If this car had been bought even slightly used
rather than new I would not be so disappointed. I was surprised at how little interest the Cadillac Representative showed in the discussion of initial build quality. You are also correct that I am a bit of a perfectionist which is not a healthy trait. My warranty will not expire until early 2011 so I have plenty of time to get it repaired. I have appreciated your posts and like your viewpoint on these issues.
#514 of 896 Re: DTS On Star Turn-by-Turn Nav [robw64]
Jul 10, 2007 (6:12 am)
True, with On-Star turn by turn you do not have to type your destination. That is the only advantage. Just before my free subscription expired I called for directions to a very well known destination just to test the system. At the same time I set up my built-in system for the same destination
I purposely passed the destination. On Star asked if I wanted new directions by reconnecting to an advisor. This would mean waiting for a down load of new directions.
Meanwhile the built-in system had already re-calculated and was redirecting me to my destination. Also, you can see an actual map to clarify where you are with the built-in system.
I will not be renewing On Star unless they lower their prices.
#515 of 896 Re: DEFECTIVE CENTER BRAKE LIGHT ON 2006 DTS [bremertong]
Jul 10, 2007 (6:23 am)
I also had to replace my high-rise brake light due to stress cracks. By your post I am guessing that either you have the 2007 DTS with 5 year warranty or if you have a 2006 that you purchased an extended warranty. Be careful here and read which ever you have. If itís the 5 year than it is a power train warranty after the first 3 years and MAY not cover brake lights. If itís an extended warranty (GMPP or 3rd party) read the fine print. Just make sure you get it replaced before the 3 years are up.
Is there a Caddy dealer closer that you can go to? You donít have to take it where you purchased it for repair work. Some items can even be repaired at a Chev dealer etc.
#516 of 896 Re: DEFECTIVE CENTER BRAKE LIGHT ON 2006 DTS [fmoeller]
Jul 10, 2007 (10:36 pm)
I purchased a 2006 DTS, new, left over inventory. Cadillac records confirmed this, I have a 4 year 50,000 new car warranty also confirmed by Cadillac,ending in early 2011. Am suspecting that the car was delivered new with the defect in the center on trunk lid brake light, there are no visible cracks or stress marks on the red plastic housing just about three bulbs that don't light when brake pedal is pushed. Dealer tells me that entire cluster must be replaced
rather than individual bulbs. Many thanks for sharing information about your experience with this light cluster.
#518 of 896 Re: how's the 2004 deville? [jasper60103]
Jul 13, 2007 (4:31 pm)
With a Cadillac I'd buy an extended warranty that would cover you for 100k miles -a GM Protection Plan. Cadillac, unlike Chevrolet. Buick etc. supports its warranty customers. Where you would get an argument from Chevrolet on things like wind noise you get no argument whatsoever from Cadillac. The various computers and all the electronic stuff on Cadillacs are very expensive to repair or replace. I wouldn't dream of buying a Cadillac without an extended warranty. That's why I buy "Certified" used Cadillacs from GM dealers - not from private owners.