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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !! in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Originally Posted by concorso IF you are one of the unlucy few with low fluids, the PDI fees should be ...
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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Quote Originally Posted by concorso View Post
    IF you are one of the unlucy few with low fluids, the PDI fees should be refunded.
    Exactly my thoughts!

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    I'm curious - are the PDI fees listed on the invoice?

    also, i'm guessing that it's different for each car, but what's the average PDI fee?

    is it part of the 'destination fee'??
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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    "The whole point of the system is to save owners money..... .."
    Instruments fail - often. Programming is inflexible - fails often. Probes, timers, tranmitters - untrustworthy. Sampling with chemical analysis - more reliable.
    For my work environment, our largest prime mover (motor), the 1700 gallon crank case oil reservoir was sampled and analysed twice each day. This was redundant and a back up to Conductivity, gaseous, pH, monitoring for certain chemicals yielded by oil break-down; moisture content, specific volume and weight analysis, viscosity and temperature control laboratory testing. This was further backed up by frequent oil changes.
    Worst problem - instrument loss or failure. If the instrument stops, stop the machine because you don't know that an equipment failure did not occur one second later. Selling bridges?????? Trust that there still is an island at the other end.
    "I think you're [ignorant] greatly misinformed here."""" Thanks for the expert guidance. I do not pray to the GM Idols. .
    Still not listening! If I needed to save money, I would buy a Fiat 500.
    Right!

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    why not do some sampling yourself and prove that the oil life monitor works (or doesn't)

    Blackstone Labs does cheap sample tests. Maybe test it at 3,000 miles then again when you reach 25% oil life left and see what you get.... that might be a better way to come to conclusions
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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Conclusiion arrived at! Duh! I didn't think of that.
    I cannot measure up to your infinite wisdom.

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Thanks for the heads up, ill get my levels checked asap

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony407 View Post
    Why not just take your V to the dealership and have them double-check the fluid levels? That is, unless you want to have your own fluids in the car instead...which is completely understandable.

    Tony
    Word..at least for the transmission.

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Ok, so I've got an appointment today with the service department.

    Which fluids, exactly, should I ask them to check?

    -rear-differential
    -transmission (?)
    -engine oil (?)
    -what else??

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Specifically service or check the diff & tranny.

    You may also want to check coolant level

    I know cadillac has a service check system where they check everything and mark off that which is good and advise you of what needs to be serviced. It includes brake pad level. Ask them to do that for you

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    27 Point Inspection is supposed to be done on every single car that comes into the shop.
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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen P. View Post
    CTS V Owner's Manual oil specifications:
    http://www.cadillac.com/assets/pdf/o...ers_manual.pdf
    Page 10-12 Vehicle Care
    Notice: Use only engine oil that is approved to the dexosTM specification or an equivalent engine oil of the appropriate
    viscosity grade. Engine oils approved to the dexosTM specification will show the dexosTM symbol on the container.
    Viscosity Grade SAE 5W-30 is the best viscosity grade for the vehicle.
    ... ..you may use substitute engine oil displaying the API Starburst symbol and of SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade.

    Engine Oil Life System When to Change Engine Oil
    When the system has calculated that oil life has been diminished, it indicates that an oil change is necessary. A CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message comes on.
    If the system is ever reset accidentally, the oil must be changed at 5 000 km (3,000 miles) since the last oil change.
    Remember to reset the Oil Life System whenever the oil is changed.
    Engine Oil Filter 6.2L V8 Engine GM Part No: 89017524 AC Delco Part No: PF48
    Engine Oil with Filter 6.2LV8 Engine 5.7 L (6.0 qt)

    It seems to me to imply that the recommended oil change interval is 3000 miles. This suits my sensativity to oil and engine reliability.

    Thanks, very good info. About to purchase my V-Coupe.

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    6.7 qts is the transmission fluid capacity

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Domsz06 View Post
    6.7 qts is the transmission fluid capacity
    Is this including the torque converter? Doesn't sound right to me.

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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    i finally got a chance to take a look at the 128 point inspection sheet for PDIs and as far as I could tell checking the diff fluid level is not on there

    so i would conclude that the diff levels being off would be fault of the factory (not to pass the buck or anything, but that's how i'm seeing it)
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    Re: Must Read All New CTS-V Owners !!

    Quote Originally Posted by nradcad View Post
    Sometimes I don't understand this.

    Step 1: Buy brand new car
    Step 2: Immediately go to Dealer and make sure it was assembled correctly.

    The new standard of the world, huh? OK. Sure.
    Whats up with that?!?

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