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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

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

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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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