Category Archives: Auto repair information

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

How to Remove a GM Door Panel

Cadillac Door Panel

Cadillac Door Panel

I had a door panel rattle on my 2009 Cadillac SRX that was driving me crazy. At first I turned up the radio like anybody else would. However, after I re-inflated my sporty low profile 255/60/17 factory issued tires to the recommended 32 PSI, The rattle got worse.

Here we’ll provide pictures and a video of how to get the door panel off and pinpoint the issue on the first-generation SRX. This procedure works on many GM cars. If you need interior trim removal tools or replacement clips and retainers, they’re listed below.

Hidden Screws on GM Door Panels

If you’ve ever tried to remove a General Motors door panel, you know there are a few hidden screws and secret techniques in getting it off. Continue reading

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