DIY Cadillac Oil Change

2009 oil filter for 3.6L

Cartridge oil filter for 3.6L

I just got finished another DIY Cadillac oil change on my 2009 SRX. This article contains details about the tools and parts needed to perform the operation. First a little more researched information about this really common engine. The GM 3.6 L all aluminum V-6 is the standard power in a lot of different models. It can also be found in the Camaro. This is an impressive light weight V-6 that back in 2009 produced 304 hp. When I stopped into the Cadillac dealer to pick up a PF2129 oil filter I looked at a few of the 2013 models including the new XLS.

All of the new cars on the lot had the standard engine listed as the 3.6 L. Last year and the year before that, you would find a 3.4 L version of this engine as standard equipment. I’m not sure what happened to the 3.4L or why it’s not standard? That will be in a future article as it will take some research. But I was glad to see that they consider the 3.6 L still to be a good choice as a standard engine after all these years.

Before I move on to the details of my DIY Cadillac oil change I should mention that the 2013 Cadillac with the standard engine is expected to get an average fuel economy of 21 MPG. Continue reading

2002 Toyota Corolla Problems

02 Toyota Corolla

Lola the 02 Toyota Corolla

This is a short story about my ex-girlfriend’s 2002 Toyota Corolla. Specifically what happened when she went in to the dealership for a routine oil change. But first a little background on the car she has named Lola Corolla.

Lola was purchased new in 02 and has celebrated her 10th birthday. I helped on most of the maintenance and repairs that Lola the 2002 Corolla has had performed over the years. The problems with this car have been few and far between. In fact the only repairs this vehicle needed that were not covered under warranty are two very common problems with this model Toyota.

The first one was the inside door handle on the driver side broke. We got the replacement part at the dealership and this was in the $25 range. We later learned these parts are available aftermarket cheaper. In fact you can get a set of 4 aftermarket handles for about half of what we paid for 1 factory part. A year later the passenger side door handle broke as well. This time instead of purchasing it from the dealership we went onto Amazon and bought them online with overnight shipping. I will make the door handle kits available below. Continue reading

Cadillac Timing Chain Problems

My 2009 Cadillac

My 2009 Cadillac SRX

Here and in the comments section we’ll talk about timing chain problems on the Cadillac SRX. We’ll also discuss special policy letters sent to GM customers and criteria required to gain assistance.

I’ve written about first generation Cadillac SRX problems on several occasions here on the auto repair information blog. Although I haven’t had any engine problems with my particular crossover it’s getting hard to ignore the issues others are having with identical cars.

The people that are screaming the loudest are the ones having timing chain problems. Vehicles with a 3.6 L engine have a complicated set up when it comes to the variable valve timing and four overhead camshafts that are all chain driven by the crankshaft. If you pulled the timing cover off a 3.6 L engine I think you would be either impressed or sickened by the complexity. Continue reading

Vanishing Point Car Movie Review

Vanishing point DVD

Actual Vanishing Point DVD

I continue to search for and hunt down car movies that I haven’t seen yet. This weekend I got my hands on the remake of an old classic known as vanishing point.  Don’t miss the pictures and information about the Kowalski special edition 2011 Challenger SRT8 below.

The film was made in 1997 and stars Viggo Mortensen as James Kowalski an ex race car driver and former army ranger turned classic car transporter. The DVD disc is an exact replica of the speedometer from a 70 challenger RT pegged at over 150mph. Pretty cool bonus for people who like to collect muscle car films.

Of course like in the original the star of the show is a 1970 Challenger RT. True to the original this Mopar muscle car is in stark white with a black interior. A desirable four speed manual transmission with the famous pistol grip shifter. In today’s market a car like this would bring well over 100,000 dollars in decent condition. The sky’s the limit in pristine condition. Continue reading