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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

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

More First Generation SRX Problems

2009 Cadillac SRX crossoverI own a first-generation Cadillac SRX. In fact, it’s a 2009 model. This is the last year of the old body style. Being in the automotive business for the last 30 years, I’ve found that vehicle manufacturers often make their best cars at the end of the run. This is why I decided to buy the 09 instead of a 2010, which began the next generation.

Although my plan had merit, I wouldn’t call my experience with this SRX trouble-free. I have written extensively about individual problems with the car on this website and wanted to craft a post that brought some of the common problems together so that these articles are easily found. When I started putting it together I realized one wouldn’t be enough. Last month I wrote about common Cadillac SRX issues, but decided to break it into two posts, as I still have four items to cover. Continue reading

Automotive Reference Materials for DIY Car Repairs

Automotive Reference Materials

Mitchell auto repair informationOne of the big differences between someone that dabbles in at-home car repair and a professional that earns a living at it is access to professional automotive reference materials. Mechanics that have been fixing cars for any length of time know the factory provides the best information for specific cars. These technicians also know where to find this information and are glad to pay for it because of the fast and accurate results it brings.

Having exclusive access to factory written materials is what provided the retail auto repair industry with the advantage it needed to offer a level of service that couldn’t be achieved at home. The Internet age has leveled the playing field between the professional technician and the weekend warrior. In the past people wishing to fix their cars at home had limited access to this information. One of the only remaining obstacles is the general public is not aware of the extremely high quality repair diagrams available to them today. Continue reading