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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS General Discussion Discussion, The steering saga continues in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; It may or may not be a real "problem" or anything broken,,,,, but its really annoying for an expensive car ...
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    Re: The steering saga continues

    It may or may not be a real "problem" or anything broken,,,,, but its really annoying for an expensive car to do! Nearly everyone that has been in my car when this happens reacts to it. I can't believe that the Director of Engineering at GM or a senior executive would drive a car that does this and say it's okay.

    I just had an ATS4 as a loaner and it did all these locked steering moves without a hiccup.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Audi Quattro is still the best on the road. Not a hint of a problem over 70,000 miles on my 2006 A6. Been a good car. I would definitely consider another if the only dealer in Jacksonville were on my side of town instead of BuFu. Certainly glad I didn't get awd on my CTS. These problems should not occur whatever this automobile costs.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Audis have the same problem

    But agreed they should not do it and if some don't then there must be a way to duplicate smooth operation.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Got mine back from dealership last night. They replaced the timing chains (P0008) issue. They also acknowledged that the issue with the steering exists. They started by changing the transfer case fluid. Said it may take a 100 miles or so for the new fluid to work its way in. At least the dealer didnt tell me my tires were bad or I had worn suspension parts. I havent driven it yet. Will report back when I drive it. I still have to disagree with folks here saying that there is nothing wrong. The vehicle did not have this issue when I bought it. Obviously something has changed to cause the steering problems. Whether it is wear, old fluids, or an electrical component that is out of tolerance...something has changed to cause this. GM needs to figure it out and make it right for those that have this problem. NO ONE would have bought this car with the steering like this and if you need to sell your car you will have a hard time as NO ONE will buy it with this problem.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Keep in mind the steering is fine and has NO problem, the center clutch is causing what you feel in the steering.

    Report back on the outcome, maybe as the oil ages it does not slip as well and will cause the tight center clutch.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    I believe they put an additive in the rear diff oil. Wonder if they do that to the center t-case too?

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    The friction modifier is to keep the clutches happy, it very may work to stop the "chatter" if you will in the center.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Slick 50, baby! (do they still have that stuff?)

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Ok so I've had the opportunity to drive the CTS4 a few times. As far as I can tell, the issue is fixed. The work order from the dealership said that the transfer case fluid was discolored and had a burnt smell to it. They replaced the fluid and it drives like new. No charge for the service.....nice job.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    So it may have lost its "slip", I will try this on the weekend and find out if it works for me as well.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Quote Originally Posted by kjr6306 View Post
    Ok so I've had the opportunity to drive the CTS4 a few times. As far as I can tell, the issue is fixed. The work order from the dealership said that the transfer case fluid was discolored and had a burnt smell to it. They replaced the fluid and it drives like new. No charge for the service.....nice job.
    Thank you kjr6306 and conedoctor for sharing your experience with this problem. I had this problem and was about to give up until kjr6306 mentioned having the transfer case fluid replaced. I saw that the scheduled replacement was at 100,000 miles but a website suggested changing it at 30,000 miles. Well, I am pleased to report that I just had mine replaced on my 2009 CRT4 and, as with kjr6306, the problem went away. No more shutter. I did not go back to the dealer as I have lost confidence in them. I took it to a mechanic that used to be the dealer's head mechanic but started his own shop. Less then $100. So thanks again. I hope that the technicians who monitor this site can arrange for a bulletin that covers this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobseil View Post
    Thank you kjr6306 and conedoctor for sharing your experience with this problem. I had this problem and was about to give up until kjr6306 mentioned having the transfer case fluid replaced. I saw that the scheduled replacement was at 100,000 miles but a website suggested changing it at 30,000 miles. Well, I am pleased to report that I just had mine replaced on my 2009 CRT4 and, as with kjr6306, the problem went away. No more shutter. I did not go back to the dealer as I have lost confidence in them. I took it to a mechanic that used to be the dealer's head mechanic but started his own shop. Less then $100. So thanks again. I hope that the technicians who monitor this site can arrange for a bulletin that covers this problem.
    Oops, should have read CTS4 rather than CRT4. Also wanted to mention that I have 31,000 miles on this 2009 CTS4 and most of the driving is around down in and out of parking spaces.

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Hi Laura,

    Had my center diff oil changed and problem is gone.

    Thanks
    Michael

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    Re: The steering saga continues

    Quote Originally Posted by caddynut1 View Post
    Hi Laura,

    Had my center diff oil changed and problem is gone.

    Thanks
    Michael
    Hello Michael,

    That’s great news! I am glad to hear that the problem has been resolved after changing the center differential oil! Please don’t hesitate to let Laura or myself know if you experience the concern again.

    Gregory W.
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