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    *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    FAQ
    (2.8 and 3.6 are similar and certain guides could be used for both engines.)

    Common Issues and recalls
    Transmission Cooler Line failures - Primary Issue #1
    Timing Chain on 3.6 / 2.8 - Primary Issue #2
    3.2 Common issues: Valve Cover Leak, Crank Position Sensor
    Wiper/sprayer motor failure

    Significant Recalls / TSBs
    Brake hose recall for cold / winter states / countries (rusty brake lines may fail)
    Steering Recall
    Passenger seat airbag recall
    Differential pinion seal recall
    ECM reprogram for fuel delivery recall
    3.2L PCV valve TSB

    Exterior and Appearance Modifications
    How to determine whether you have HIDs or halogen lights
    HID installation on stock Halogen (refer to bumper guide as well for extra assistance)
    HID ballast replacement without stock ballast
    Clear Fog light tutorial
    STS-V Fogs in CTS installation
    Front Bumper Removal
    Rear Bumper Removal
    How to fix 3rd Brake Light
    How to modify 3rd brake light into LED
    How to disable DRL
    How to debadge
    How to remove Side mirrors
    How to install Side mirrors
    How to remove the grill
    How to drill and install a spoiler
    How to install spoiler with 3m double sided tape
    How to plug up holes from Front plate holder removal
    2-item DIY Outside mirror and dash cover removal
    How to replace Trunk Support


    Interior Modifications
    How to do suede door inserts
    How to suede your headliner
    How to change LED lights on interior lights
    How to freshen up leather seats
    How to switch outlets from constant on, to on only when car is on
    Dash cluster removal


    Alarm, Security and Audio
    How to program keys
    How to change Door Speakers
    How to remove rear deck lid to access subwoofer
    How to change DIC color
    How to install iPod into your radio
    How to Unjam CD from Radio
    How to change stock radio into NAV system
    How to retain DIC with Aftermarket Radio
    How to retain DIC with Aftermarket Radio 2
    USA-SPEC Direct iPod Interface install
    CARPUTER
    CARPUTER GUIDE
    Procedure to modify the Center Stack to support an aftermarket radio
    More double din install info
    The complete guide to 1st gen CTS Navigation unit installation
    How to add an auxiliary switch input
    Double DIN LED light fix

    Maintenance and Fixes

    3.2L V6:
    How to change the alternator on a 3.2L / 2.6 V6
    How to change Spark Plugs on the 3.2L
    How to change Serpentine belt in 3.2 engine
    How to check OBDII codes on '03 CTS
    3.2L PCV Service Bulletin How-To

    2.8 / 3.6L V6:
    How to change Spark Plugs on the 2.8L and 3.6L
    How to change the alternator on a 2.8L / 3.6L V6
    How to change oil in 3.6 / 2.8 engine
    3.6L Timing Chain Repair Guide 1
    3.6L Timing Chain Repair Guide 2
    3.6L Timing Chain Repair Guide 3 off an SRX
    Timing chain replacement - 2005 3.6L
    Cylinder / Coil Pack Numbers on 3.6 / 2.8 system

    Drivetrain:
    How to change transmission fluid
    How to remove differential
    No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - (Shifter bushing)
    Transmission Cooler Install - Documented

    General maintenance:
    How to replace Cabin Air Filter
    How to Seafoam your car
    How to perform the Throttle Position Relearn procedure
    Reprogram TPMS system (Tire pressure monitoring system)
    The Bushing Thread


    Intake, Exhaust and Performance
    3.2L Dyno Results from Various Intakes
    3.6L Dyno Results from Various Intakes
    Swaybar Diameter List
    From Single to Dual Exhaust Installation
    TonyA Intake - DIY "ram air"
    Ghettano Intake - DIY "ram air" / cold air intake
    How to add V-Max iceolater
    RX Oil Catch Can DIY

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    PARTS LIST
    CTS Part numbers and diagrams

    service manual dead links removed, 7/27/12, JH
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    re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    Thank you for your work on this, odthetruth.

    Other members, if you have a commonly asked question or DIY you'd like to see here, post it as a reply to this thread and it will be added.
    Rest in Peace, J.D. (aka Dirt_Cheap_Fleetwood)

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    re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    Top notch job Od!! So glad this is all together now, here's my contribution...

    USA-SPEC Direct iPod Interface install DIY. Also it's a detailed description of how to take out the back seats/access the rear deck panel/xm module/sub/seat-belt's/etc.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...e-diy-how.html added JH

    Thanks for the hard work Od!

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    re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    Hey,

    Would you please add the carputer diy guide link: CARPUTER and/or link: CARPUTER GUIDE Thanks!!! added 2/25/11 -JH

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    If you are gonna link that, mods, you might just wanna say:

    Lots of Manuals and PDFs - http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ml#post2508538

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    Also, add:
    3.2 Common issues: PCV valve TSB, Valve Cover Leak, Crank Position Sensor 2/25/11 -JH

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    Here is a copy&paste from cadillacfaq.com

    How to Relearn the ETC (electronic Throttle Control)

    If the battery is disconnected, the electronic throttle control (ETC) may forget the zero throttle position too. If you find that your CTS runs poorly, you will have to have the re-learn the position.

    To do this, turn the key to the run position with the engine off for atleast three minutes. Then turn the key to the off position. Start the engine and let it idle for 30 seconds. Turn the engine off and restart.

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    Re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    January 31, 2005
    #05-08-44-002

    2004-2005 Cadillac CTS and SRX with level 1 U2R or level 1.5 U2S radio

    • The Driver Information Center trip odometer, timer, or fuel used displays may intermittently reset to zero
    • The six disc CD changer may randomly shuffle or reinitialize
    • The radio may display lines with no alphanumeric characters
    • The audio volume of external sources (XM Radio and Rear Seat Entertainment) may be lower than internal sources (AM/FM/CD)

    THIS CONDITION MAY BE CAUSED BY SOFTWARE ANOMALIES. Replace the unit.

    U.S. Dealers : Obtain the exchange unit from Specmo Enterprises, Madison Heights, Michigan (800) 545-7911 or (248) 307-2570.

    Canadian Dealers : Obtain the exchange unit from an authorized ACDelco Radio Centre.

    Follow the radio replacement procedure described in SI document #702067
    Perform the radio setup procedure described in SI document #1420146 (CTS) or #1470416 (SRX)

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    Re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    Here is one fine write-up on replacing the driveshaft couplers (Guibo)

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...c-install.html

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    Re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    Need info on fuel filter change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAMAROED View Post
    Need info on fuel filter change.
    The filter is under the car about where the driver's door is. If the fittings are rusty use some penetrating oil/rust remover product first, let that sit for a day if its real rusty and you aren't in a rush. I think you're supposed to release the pressure first for best results, but I'm not sure.

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    Re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    Special Coverage #11340

    SUBJECT: Special Coverage Adjustment - Timing Chain Wear

    MODELS: 2007 Cadillac CTS, SRX, STS
    2007 GMC Acadia
    2007 Saturn OUTLOOK
    Equipped with 2.8L/3.6L Engine (LP1/LY7)

    CONDITION
    On some 2007 model year Cadillac CTS, SRX, STS; GMC Acadia; and Saturn OUTLOOK vehicles that are equipped with a 2.8L/3.6L V6 engine (LP1/LY7), under certain driving conditions, and with the vehicle's original oil change intervals, the timing chain could wear prematurely and cause the illumination of the Service Engine Soon light.

    SPECIAL COVERAGE ADJUSTMENT
    This special coverage covers the condition described above for a period of 10 years or 120,000 miles (193,000 km), whichever occurs first.

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    Re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    Differential part numbers and info:

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ml#post2812150

    [2006 CTS-V]
    Bolt ons and Bolt ins, and Bolt underneaths.

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    Re: *** FAQ - DIY - Guides - How-To - Manuals ***

    Here is my contribution

    REAR BUMPER REMOVAL

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