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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, NEW 05 V owner in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Hi guys... Getting my new Used V and just wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions on what should ...
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    NEW 05 V owner

    Hi guys... Getting my new Used V and just wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions on what should be my first SMART things I should get done.. Wether its a tune up or something like that.. You never know what the previouse owners really did and how they took care of the car.. I just want to start off right...Thanks in advance for any suggestions...I think a tune up would be first... What's my best and cheapest way ? ...

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    Are there any maintenance records at all? How many miles? Yr? Mods?

    Regardless, start with all the fluids paying close attention to the clutch. After you've taken care of all the basics, then we can talk about a shifter, CAGS eliminator, bushings, and so on.
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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    First of all, welcome to the forum!!!

    Next comes the muffler delete. Get that caddy sounding like the muscle car it is!

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    Put shifter high on the list if not already done. Post pics, Congrats.

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    As always with the shifter....CAGS elim....and then whistle tips.....

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    WOW.. Feelin the love... Thanks to all the responses.. Well, how do I get maintenence records ? 80, 000 miles and no mods... So ,I'll replace all the fluids, oil, power steering, transmission, coolant.. The Clutch !! What, the clutch has fluid, what do I pay attention to with the clutch ? Oh, bye the way.. I only had one manual lesson.. My friend said I did pretty good, no grinding and only stalled once in a half hour... LOL.... What about a tune up ? Can I do that myself ? Plugs, wires, fuel filter, air filter ?

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    The clutch is operated hydraulically and has an hydraulic reservoir under the hood. I'd have someone do that for you, and make sure they bleed it thoroughly. Maybe do the power steering, brakes, coolant, but definitely the oil if there's any question at all. You could also do the differential and the trans if you want ... I would.

    Oh, yeah, the filters. There's the engine air filter of course and a fuel filter, and there's a cabin filter. Not sure about the fuel filter, but do the other two.

    CAGS eliminator is next. Costs ~$20 or less and allows you to shift from 1st to 2nd without being forced into 4th gear ... SO-O annoying.

    Assuming your motor mounts are okay and bushings are okay, too, I'd really look into a shifter. PISNUOFF is the most cost-effective route to take, though he may be backed up ... well, not him personally, but he may have a backlog of shifters he's doing right now.

    After that, guys here and I could list a buh-zillion things for you to do. It just takes money.
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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    Just drive, man...

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    Thanks Rand..I will take care of your suggestions... I just want to make sure I fix the previouse owners mistakes if any.. I guess I'm better safe than sorry kind of guy...Sounds like after that stuff, shifter needs to go.. LOL Thanks again....keep you posted....

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Just drive, man...
    Concur....the diff will blow before your fluids go.....

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    So, what should I do to the differential ?

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    Quote Originally Posted by Newvee2011 View Post
    So, what should I do to the differential ?
    If it's not whining, forget it. If it's whining, then ... well, join the crowd.

    j/k If your diff isn't whining, then I'd get some axles to keep it from getting there. If it is whining, then you may have to get a replacement ... then get axles.
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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    If it's not whining ,why do I have to get axles ? How much are axles ? Splain Lucy !!!!

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    I owned a V1 for 4 years and never had a problem with the differential whining. Sure some people just get unlucky, but just remember to 'go easy' on the diff in 1st gear in particular, meaning don't try to do a burn-out, you'll end up jarring your teeth out with the wheelhop instead - and hurt the diff.

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    Re: NEW 05 V owner

    Hm-m ... okay, here goes.

    Spirited launching causes the rear suspension in Gen I Vs to wheelhop which puts severe stress on the differential. The diff starts to develop a whine, especially noteworthy at about 45-50 MPH under very slight acceleration. The diff may eventually fail. Though that's rare, it does occur from time to time. For years and years, there was no true cure for WH, though we were all on the lookout for one. A brace called the KARS 3 was developed with modest success but actually amplified any existing whining. Steel diffs were fabricated but were too expensive for many of us. Some guys went to straight axles. Some of us talked about making big beefy axles, but no one took on the effort. Then, sort of serendipitously, someone posted up a youtube vid of a V doing burnouts at the dragstrip with no observable WH. The Driveshaft Shop (DSS) had produced a set of axles that seemed to eliminate WH, at least in dry conditions which is where most of us wanted to find a fix anyway. Hendrix Engineering started selling them, and now others are available as well. The point is, they reduce or come close to eliminating WH which is thought to be the cause of diff whine/failure.

    There you go, Ricky.
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