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#36 of 158 Vibration issue in CTS?
Dec 10, 2008 (1:08 pm)
Has anyone heard about or experienced this issue with the 2008-2009 CTS? I was about to buy one but now I am not so sure.
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-cts-forum-2008-beyond/119196-have-- - we-solved-steering-vibration-freeway-37.html
48 page thread discussing a mysterious shimmy problem. Apparently Cadillac knows about the issue and has issued a tech bulletin but has not solved the problem yet. See Post # 369 on page 37 of the thread for the bulletin.
Has anyone who has recently purchased a CTS run into this problem?
#37 of 158 Re: Vibration issue in CTS? [gator5000e]
Dec 11, 2008 (4:58 pm)
09 CTS here in Sept with 18 inch wheel package with FE2 suspension...yes a member of that forum as well.....have not had the problem....beleive most that have had it had it resolved with a proper wheel balance using a road force balancer.....assuming the tech knows how to properly operate the balancer
Dec 12, 2008 (11:17 am)
#39 of 158 Re: CTS-V motor oil question [aaseegs]
Dec 18, 2008 (8:01 pm)
So, you were listenting to a lecture the other day from a crackhead and loved it.
V series is the CORVETTE engine
Corvette comes from factory with synthetic
Synthetic is superior to natural (dino) oil...put it in anything and it's better.
Why in the F would Synthetic make an engine "explode"?
Do you own a V series? If so, read your owners manual and see if it says that.
99.9% you do NOT own Vseries, so why in the H are you wasting our time and bandwidth?
#40 of 158 Re: oil life monitor [fscarano]
Jan 11, 2009 (6:13 pm)
Sounds like a similar issue here....2005 CTS 3.6L bought used from Carmax with 18.5K miles. I changed the oil (Mobil 1 synthetic) and filter at one year and 28K miles (10K miles since last oil change) with 20% oil life left. At 35K miles and 32% oil life remaining, it started making a ratcheting noise, then the engine light went on. Long story short, I took it to the dealer, and he said the oil was low by 2.5 qts. I asked him why the low oil idiot light didn't go on and he had no answer. He said the ratcheting noise was likely an indication of damaged timing chains. Indeed they had to replace the stretched timing chains, about a $2K job, which was covered under warrantee. He said you can't trust the Oil Life Monitor and need to change oil at least every 5K miles. He said you can't go by what the owner's manual says. Any thoughts???
#41 of 158 Re: oil life monitor [lionkooch]
Jan 12, 2009 (6:41 am)
well first I personally check oil levels at each gas fill up....so to me..driving a car that is 2.5 quarts low is an ownership issue and not a dealership issue.....I have seen where the early CTSs seem to use oil up to a quart between 3K oil changes.....you can probably do a search for the issue here
as far as not trusting the GMOL......I have three GM cars with it...and use it to the point of 25%, then do a change...using mobil 1 syn in the three cars....usually averaging about 6-7K between changes...which usually ends up being a change around 5-6 months.....
a statement that you cant trust the GMOL or cant by the owners manual to me is a travesty.......wondering what GM customer service...would say...or even the service manager at that particular dealership would say?...who specifically made this statement...the service writer, the tech or the service manager?...you only refer to "he" at the dealership
#42 of 158 2008 CTS Brake Issues
Jan 13, 2009 (7:23 am)
Have a 2008 CTS purchased on Sept 1, 2008 with approx. 6500 miles on it. About a month and a half ago, the rear brakes started squealing loudly when approaching a stop. There is no squeal on hard stops. It is only occurring when approaching a stop (under 20 mph) and applying soft pressure on the brakes. I heard that there was possibly an issue with the brake caliper spring. Has been checked out by one dealer, and the mechanic noted no unusual noise on the ticket (obviously hearing impaired). When I take the car back in, I plan to demonstrate the squealing as it is quite loud. I can replicate the squealing under any conditions. Anybody having the same problems, and if so, what was done to correct?
#43 of 158 Re: 2008 CTS Brake Issues [jmorg48]
Jan 14, 2009 (5:24 am)
09 CTS here..with the same problem..there is a TSB out to replace the brake pads and the caliper brackets......had the warranty work done this past Monday and corrected the problem...
#08-05-23-009 by replacing rear disc brakes and caliper brackets
Pad Kit part number 25997338 1 each
Bracket part number 25997457 2 each
#44 of 158 Re: 2008 CTS Brake Issues [pao]
Jan 14, 2009 (8:08 am)
Thanks for the info. Discussed with service advisor. Apparently this is a fairly big problem as he said that the parts are on national back-order. He also said that the replacement pads are much softer pads that would wear faster than the OEM pads. Also said that when these pads wear out and need replacing, they would not be covered by warranty. Seems to me that GM/Cadillac is refusing to accept full responsibility for the problem. None of my other vehicles, current or former, ever had problems with squealing brakes.
#45 of 158 Re: 2008 CTS Brake Issues [jmorg48]
Jan 14, 2009 (11:33 am)
not sure I agree that GM is avoiding the problem....they admit the problem...came up with the engineering fix..and repairing under warranty....pads...softer or not...is relative to me..depends if they are ceramic, partial, or basic pads....not sure what the material is as I didnt ask....
my CTS no long squeals...Im happy....service department very proactive in ordering parts.......pads are a wear and tear item...I honestly wouldnt expect GM to give me a second set because they wear out.....now..lets see how long they last...my average brake job lasts me between 50-60K on my other vehicles..