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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, my cts does not like zero degree temp in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Woke up this morning and it was zero w a windchill of -10 my car did not want to start.. ...
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    my cts does not like zero degree temp

    Woke up this morning and it was zero w a windchill of -10 my car did not want to start.. when it did, it didnt move in gear w my foot off the break. Im assuming this is all beacuse my fluids where like molasses beacuse it went away after the engine got warm. So my question is.. why did my car seem to gurgle and and gobble. Yes i said gobble like a turkey. Commimg directly from under my shifter.. is this my trans making noises or cooler lines.. idk

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    When you say that it didn't want to move into gear with your foot off of the brake. Do you mean from Park? If so then that is good, it's the law to have that feature in place. It's called a brake interlock. Basically you can't take it out of Park with out you being on the brake.

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    No in drive. Im not dumb

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    Quote Originally Posted by ztollon
    No in drive. Im not dumb
    Hahahaha man KOT, some pretty clueless people come posting on here but I doubt anyone's thaaaatt clueless...

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    Re: my cts does not like zero degree temp

    Ztollon, I see you're seeking DIY advice from other members so I wanted to let you know I'm available via email (Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com) if you have any additional questions. I'm happy to check my resources for you anytime, and sending the last eight of your VIN in your email would be helpful.

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    Re: my cts does not like zero degree temp

    Started mine this morning in -27 C (thats about -17 F). It didn't make strange noises but it ran a bit rough. And I think I saw the check engine light flash once while under acceleration. After the engine warmed up there were no more problems.
    Face it, cold weather is tough on cars. You got to expect it to sound differently under those conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTS-QC
    Face it, cold weather is tough on cars. You got to expect it to sound differently under those conditions.
    Yep, you can pretty much blame extreme cold for any noises that weren't there previous to the weather change. My STS has sounded very pissed the last few mornings when I've fired her up, air temps ranging from -5F to -15F here in southern MN...

    The oil is thick and way down in the crankcase after a night of sitting in those temps, being that our cars are VVT they rely on oil pressure for timing. It takes a bit for that thick oil to warm up and circulate when it's that cold.. Expect an angry engine in subzero temps
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    That puts my mind to ease a little. Any increased chance of a spun bearing?

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    Re: my cts does not like zero degree temp

    Are you running synthetic oil?

    The other night it was -40C and I didn't have my car plugged in. Turned the key and it started. It was very unhappy about starting but it did and I let it run for about 3 minutes before driving. 100yds down the street and the temp gauge was already going up. The seats were rock hard and the suspension was stiff though, of course.

    I do get funny noises in the car when it is cold as well. It is good to be aware of them to make sure it isn't something serious.
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    Of course royal purple all around

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    I've always been told to let the vehicle warm to operating temp before driving, I don't like adding products to my oil, but I put Lucas oil stabilizer in may last dts to help with the dry starts, it seemed to help, since then I've learned how tight the tolerances are and have heard so much about not adding oil products that I have not put any in the next car, looking for an engine heater now. Sorry if I got off subject.

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