Author Archives: Mark Gittelman

About Mark Gittelman

Mark Gittelman is an ASE Certified Automotive Master Technician With more than 26 years experience in the auto repair field. See Mark's Car Repair Credentials and Work History on Google+.

Infiniti Chrome Pillar Upgrade Kit

Infiniti M37 with Chrome Pillars

Infiniti M37 with Chrome Pillars

I believe in keeping a car in factory original condition. However, the InfinitI chrome pillar upgrade kit is a commonly installed dealer option. Since I purchased my M37 used I didn’t have the opportunity to select the dress-up accessory before delivery.

This turned out to be a good thing and in this short article I’ll explain why. I’ll also provide some tips for the installation of the chrome pillar upgrade kit and talk about what can go wrong. Finally I’ll show you some before and after pictures of my Infiniti M37x. This way you can see if the look is something you’re interested in for your own car. Continue reading

Is it Time to Get Rid of Your Cadillac

2009 Cadillac SRX

My Clean 2009 SRX

I traded in my 2009 Cadillac SRX for an Infiniti M37x. This is not something I wanted to do, because I took a huge financial hit on the deal.

In this post I’ll explain why I bailed out even though it was costly. We’ll also discuss how things can get ugly when a good Cadillac turns bad. At the end I’ll explain why I chose the Infiniti over another GM automobile. Finally, I’ll share a picture of my new ride. Today marks the end of the Cadillac era on the certified master tech blog.

Cadillac Problems Piling Up

The reasoning behind my decision to get rid of my first generation SRX boiled down to the timing chain issues these cars suffer from. Cadillac had sent me a special policy letter covering the timing chain for an additional period of time and miles. They also sent me a special policy letter for throttle body issues.

As I explained in a previous post, just because you receive one of these letters doesn’t automatically mean you can get the dealer to perform the operation. Continue reading

GM Throttle Body Problems

GM Throttle Body Special Policy Letters

GM Cadillac 3.6L V6

GM Cadillac 3.6L V6

GM throttle body and throttle position sensor problems are an increasingly common issue. You can tell you’re having this problem when you see a check engine light, the engine runs rough, or if the engine reduced power message comes on. Here we’ll discuss the problem specifically for the Cadillac version of the 3.6 L V-6 engines.

However, the throttle body used in this engine is similar to the model used on a massive amount of General Motors cars and trucks. Therefore, even if you don’t have a Cadillac or a 3.6L V-6 you might benefit from the information contained in this article. Here we’ll talk about the problem, extended coverage under the manufacturers warranty, tips for getting it covered or how to fix it yourself if all else fails. Continue reading

Replacing the Original Car Battery on a Cadillac

Original Equipment Delco Battery Label

Original Equipment Delco Battery Label

Although this article is motivated by the Cadillac SRX battery problems I’ve experienced, I believe that all Cadillac owners will benefit from reading it. When my 2009 Cadillac SRX started to push beyond its six birthday I started wondering how long the original equipment battery would last. The model number on the OE unit is 48–7YR. In General Motors speak this translates to a 48 series battery intended to last seven years from the build date on the door jam.

This was intriguing to me, because I’ve never had a battery last more than about five years. The thought of getting seven years out of a car battery was amazing to me. Since the mighty Delco was now about 76 months old, yet experiencing no signs of a problem I decided to try and get a little more out of it. Continue reading