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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS Performance Mods Discussion, 2011 CTS acceleration vibration in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; Hi, I just leased a brand new 2011 CTS sedan with premiun package. I noticed every time I hit the ...
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    obedv is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    2011 CTS acceleration vibration

    I just leased a brand new 2011 CTS sedan with premiun package.
    I noticed every time I hit the gas pedal there is little vibration that embraces also the steering wheel and the shiftstick.
    The vibration is stronger if the A/C is on.

    Can you advice me if this is a known problem, if there is a fix?


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    petely is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS w/Manual Transmission
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    Re: 2011 CTS acceleration vibration

    Good news is your under warranty. Since its occurs mainly under load I would suspect the drive shaft as the first suspect. Is this an AWD drive? A bad CV joint could also cause this and transmit up to the steering wheel. No use trying to diagnose it via the Internet, take it down to the dealer and have them scope it.

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    Wags1107 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): CTS
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    Re: 2011 CTS acceleration vibration

    I leased a 2011 CTS Sedan (3.0L, AWD) about a month and a half ago and noticed right away that the shift knob had a pretty consistent vibration, especially around 35 mph. After going back and forth with the dealer, I was finally told that GM was aware of the problem, but because it hadn't affected a large number of cars (yet) they were going to fix the issue on the '12s. Thankfully, the dealer got through to the right people and I was able to have a 2012 shifter delivered to the dealer and installed on my car. Though there is still some slight vibration, the problem essentially went away. Hope this helps.

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    BeantownBully is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): Cadillac CTS Coupe
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    Did the dealer give you any trouble about replacing this under the warranty? I notice the same rattle/vibration on my shifter and would like to have it corrected. Thanks for any info...

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    rhigg1959 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): CTS
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    Re: 2011 CTS acceleration vibration

    I have the same problem with my 2008 CTS. Just took it to the dealer and they say it's not that bad and the only thing they can do is an update to the ECM, but it will affect the fuel mileage and could make the problem worse.

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