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+.

First-generation Cadillac SRX Tire Problems

OE Goodyear Eagle RSA

OE Goodyear Eagle RSA

Those owning a first-generation Cadillac SRX know you have to put up with a few inherent problems that were designed into the automobile. Some things are minor, like the strange operation of the fuel filler door or the poor placement of the menu buttons for the driver information center .

Others are more serious like the staggered tire set up on the SRX from 2004 through 2009. Here we’ll discuss why this is such an obstacle, if we should change tire sizes, and review the choices available now that the original Goodyear Eagle RSA are getting expensive and harder to find. Continue reading

GM Cabin Filter Maintenance

old cabin air gilterAlthough this article concentrates on GM cabin filter maintenance most of the content will appeal to anybody who owns a car with a pollen filter option. The helpful educational pictures were taken of a General Motors filter and housing, but even those with different model cars will still get the idea of what needs to be done and when to do it. Covered in the short and to the point post is the service procedure, symptoms of the filter being clogged, general maintenance guidelines and tips to prevent damage when installing a new element.

When Should you Replace the Cabin Filter

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GM V6 Oil Change Warning

GM 3.6 L V-6 engineThis post and a two minute video at the bottom will cover a factory issued technical service bulletin that was brought to my attention when I went to the Cadillac dealer to pick up an oil filter for an 09 Cadillac SRX with a 3.6 L V-6. The parts counter person pointed over to the wall where he had hung a notification for dealer employees to remind them about the bulletin.

I asked for a copy or at least a catalog number of the notification from the factory so I could write about it. The Parts manager stated he couldn’t do that, but he did say I could take the notification off-the-wall as everybody in the dealership had already seen it and were ignoring it at this point. Continue reading

My Two Cadillacs

Visitors to this automotive blog have seen me write about the car problems my 09 SRX has delivered. I thought I would take a minute to explain my long-standing loyalty to this brand regardless of issues. I’ve always been a big fan of the Cadillac models. I’m not sure where this love came from, as growing up my parents drove Ford and Chevy cars exclusively.

89 Cadillac Coupe DevilleIn fact they considered the purchase of such an automobile a waste of disposable income and verbally express their displeasure with my choice of automobiles when I bought one. Maybe it was the rebellious side of me that wanted to do something different than the rest of the family. Regardless, my dream became a reality in the early 90s when I purchased a high mileage 1989 Cadillac Coupe Deville. This was no run-of-the-mill everybody’s got one type of car. It was a Liberty Edition. Continue reading