Cadillac BLS Forum (Europe / South Africa) Discussion, Knocking front suspension. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hi. The front suspension on my BLS diesel has started knocking when traveling on rutted or rough roads. I had ...
Hi. The front suspension on my BLS diesel has started knocking when traveling on rutted or rough roads. I had my broken springs replaced about 18 months ago, could they have gone again? Any advice on this one welcome.
Mazuk - good question. The car is a September 57 plate with 120,000 miles on the clock.
Although a lot of the milage has been on motorways my local roads are potted. However, the original suspension has probably done very well. The garage told me that replacing springs was becoming more common and they often see problems at about 4 years.
Hopefully you wont have any problems with your MoT.
Having recently had my own first MOT done at only 25,000 miles, no problems were found concerning the coil springs, so that was a relief.
Anyhow, I've been doing some research into the availability of genuine front coil springs for the 1.9 BLS. Certainly the correct part number for the 1.9 diesel (well my own anyway) is 93190638, which have colour codes 1 Red, 1 Green and two Pink spots. These springs as many are probably aware, have not been available for at least the last twelve months. I have recently been informed that it is likely they will now be available sometime from February this year. If they do become available, I hope they will have been manufactured to a higher specification! Once they do become available, I shall be buying a set to keep on the shelf as spares or throw in the boot when away on long journeys just in case my originals snap.
I want to stick with original equipment if possible, because I know they will be the correct spring tension for the car. I've had far too many people say, 'Just stick some Saab 9-3 springs in mate' without any technical backup to qualify their statement or that they will be correct spec for the kerb weight of the vehicle etc. And this too is the problem with just sticking other aftermarket springs in. How do you know whether they are capable of doing the job correctly? Agreed, if you have no other choice, the best bet, probably, is to use the standard non sport suspension Saab 9-3 Aero springs to get you out of a fix. By the way, if anyone has already done this and has a Saab part number to share, it would be appreciated! As for shocks, I believe Bilstein B4's are easy to obtain at normal prices for standard BLS suspension set up. If anyone has a BLS that ends up with a broken coil spring, make sure both are replaced at the same time and get the shocks replaced as well if the car has done over 80k. Don't forget, these are quite heavy cars and imo, it would be a false economy in the long run not to do so. Shocks wear out slowly over time. Just because they might not be leaking or pass 'the bounce test', doesn't mean they are ok. I had a previous car a few years back where I had the front shocks replaced at 80k and the old ones were absolutely knackered. Massive difference to the car with the new ones in. Worn shocks also affect braking performance and ride height.
I really enjoy ownership of my car, I'm just getting fed up of some idiots who think they can take us BLS owners for a ride by trying to charge us inflated prices for other easily obtainable parts. If like me you use the internet properly, you'll find Vauxhall/Fiat/Alfa Romeo compatible service items at reasonable prices. That is why I stick Vauxhall spec brake pads on the car because they are certified GM quality, don't interfere with the warranty (not that that matters now anyway because mine has just expired!) and can be much cheaper than other brands. Genuine GM rear pads last year cost me £16 and genuine GM front pads cost me £12, both bought from suppliers on ebay.
Anyway, happy motoring to those that are still with us!
I've done a huge amount of research into this, even emailing a Cadillac dealer in Sweden (and they responded!) and seemingly, there is no known crossover parts reference number between the original Caddy front coil springs and Saab 9-3 springs. At least, no parts number that anyone is prepared to divulge! All those I spoke to or emailed, will not/cannot confirm or otherwise that there is a set of 9-3 springs that will do the job exactly as the original equipment specified. There are allegedly, no known Saab 9-3 springs that even match the colour coded dots the same as the Cadillac springs. I've known since early last year, that the front coil springs for our vehicles have been out of stock/production and that the lead time given to me by the official dealer channels, was week 44 of 2012. Well that has been and gone and the springs are apparently, still unavailable from the latest information given to me.
Every parts supplier I had contact with, no matter how polite I was or how much I kept pressing them, could not or would not, supply me with an alternative Saab part number even though most stated that they could supply me with Saab springs to fit. Again I asked, 'What's the part number then?' Again, coy responses or just a plain refusal. One supplier I spoke to said to me "Yeah mate, I've got a set of Saab springs that will do the job, 120 quid to you!" When I pressed him for the part number, he abruptly stated to me "Ah no mate, we don't give out part numbers, you either want them or you don't, they'll fit" and he ended the call. Yeah, like I'm gonna just trust some bloke on the end of a phone with his 'expert' knowledge!
What is the big secret about not sharing the part number? You wouldn't mind, but whenever you have your car serviced at a main dealer, all of the part numbers used, are listed next to the service items. So If anyone still has original service paperwork listing the part number/make/brand of springs supplied from their parts supplier, I'd be grateful to know because no one else is telling!
Aaaah yes. Initially, they were helpful until I started questioning them about exactly where they would be getting the springs from, seeing as no one else had them or could even get them! I know they didn't have them in stock themselves, because they told me so. I sent them an email and I left a telephone message for a particular individual who worked there, to get in contact with me to discuss further. They never did reply - I wonder why?? If the intention was to supply Saab 9-3 springs, they should state the fact and provide me with the part number before any money exchanges hands. I'm sorry, I'm not handing over my cash unless I know exactly what I'm getting for my money.
I'm sure they have been helpful to you and others, but I won't be contacting them again.
My car has one sway bar link to be replaced as there is a noise on one side, I checked ans found left side not OK. The thing is that a snapping spring seems to be common on these cars (2006 92000km). Should I replace both front springs before a blow a tire at high speed on the way to vacation ??