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    Bought a fixer upper... Need a little guidance (lots of pics to help)

    I recently purchased a 2003 CTS thats a bit of a fixer upper. There is nothing "major" wrong with the car. But there are tons of small things. The deal was to good to pass up giving it only has 78,000 miles. I am a decent mechanic with plenty of experience, mainly on older japanese and muscle cars though. The technology in the CTS is a lot to take in at first, but i am a quick learner. Hopefully this community dosnt mind pointing me in the right direction.

    Here are a bunch of connectors and a few lines I noticed that were missing it's counterpart or in need of fixing. I am attatching pictures with red arrows pointing to the part in question.




    1. Its on the same harness as the drive by wire just a few inches away. Don't see where it plugs

    into...?




    2. I beleieve this one has a ground to the frame a few inches away on the passenger side and the

    harness eventually connects to the electric power steering?





    3. This one is mounted on the strut tower on the passenger side and connects to the main

    harness.




    And a close up shot.






    4. This one is very close to the previous connector but running along the harness.




    And a close up shot.








    5. This one was easy to find where it plugs into, But I am curious to what it is. I am going to

    guess electrnic ABS or wheel speed sensor? Also, it was obviously unplugged for a while wearing

    the connector down. Am I able to order just this connector?






    6. What appears to be a broken vacuum line by the throttle body going under the intake manifold

    to somewhere?





    7. This is a broken vacuum line in the rear of the intake manifold. I think whatever it was

    connected to has broken off...?






    8. This one has a special connection that seems to be damaged.






    9. There is a little box on the lower end of the intake piping closer to the drivers side of the

    car. There is a little line disconnected coming out of the box...






    10. This looks like the vacuum line is missing all together. Its centered between the dual intake

    pipes about half way down mounted almost directly infront of the main crank pulley.













    Sorry it's so long. Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Re: Bought a fixer upper... Need a little guidance (lots of pics to help)

    Ok, if you can load the pic's on here would be a little easier, for some reason I can't get the pic's in the links to load, just some of them. That broken vac line under the manifold connects to the bottom of the throttle bodies. I think it's that little hose that you can see hanging under there in that pic. You are missing 2 other vac lines that follow along side of the intake. The conector on the wheel speed sensor, if it's the part that goes to the sensor, you will have to replace the wheel bearing hub. If it's the other side, then I don't know. That white piece of plastic in the line that runs with the fuel lines, That is an EVAP line, the white part is not supposed to be there. Is that car running? I would like to know how they did that much to it in less then 80k miles. If you are in AZ I might be able to meet up with you to do a side by side comparison so you can see what should be where.

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    Re: Bought a fixer upper... Need a little guidance (lots of pics to help)

    Quote Originally Posted by sen2two View Post
    I recently purchased a 2003 CTS thats a bit of a fixer upper. There is nothing "major" wrong with the car. But there are tons of small things. The deal was to good to pass up giving it only has 78,000 miles. I am a decent mechanic with plenty of experience, mainly on older japanese and muscle cars though. The technology in the CTS is a lot to take in at first, but i am a quick learner. Hopefully this community dosnt mind pointing me in the right direction.

    Here are a bunch of connectors and a few lines I noticed that were missing it's counterpart or in need of fixing. I am attatching pictures with red arrows pointing to the part in question.

    1. Its on the same harness as the drive by wire just a few inches away. Don't see where it plugs into...?



    2. I beleieve this one has a ground to the frame a few inches away on the passenger side and the harness eventually connects to the electric power steering?



    3. This one is mounted on the strut tower on the passenger side and connects to the main harness.



    And a close up shot.



    4. This one is very close to the previous connector but running along the harness.



    And a close up shot.



    5. This one was easy to find where it plugs into, But I am curious to what it is. I am going to guess electrnic ABS or wheel speed sensor? Also, it was obviously unplugged for a while wearing the connector down. Am I able to order just this connector?



    6. What appears to be a broken vacuum line by the throttle body going under the intake manifold to somewhere?



    7. This is a broken vacuum line in the rear of the intake manifold. I think whatever it was connected to has broken off...?



    8. This one has a special connection that seems to be damaged.



    9. There is a little box on the lower end of the intake piping closer to the drivers side of the car. There is a little line disconnected coming out of the box...



    10. This looks like the vacuum line is missing all together. Its centered between the dual intake pipes about half way down mounted almost directly infront of the main crank pulley.



    Sorry it's so long. Thanks in advance for the help!
    It wouldn't have been so long if you had formatted it correctly. I don't know where you were cutting-and-pasting from, but however you did it just made your post here almost worthless, with extra hard returns in the middle of sentences and pictures that don't show up because all of the URLs are screwed up.

    Can you see your pictures in your original post? I don't think anybody else can.
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    Re: Bought a fixer upper... Need a little guidance (lots of pics to help)

    Hmm... That's weird. It worked fine when I first posted it. Why does it show up when you quote it though?

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    Re: Bought a fixer upper... Need a little guidance (lots of pics to help)

    Because I fixed all your screwy formatting.
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    Re: Bought a fixer upper... Need a little guidance (lots of pics to help)

    Thank you for that.

    And now that the pics show, can anyone give me a play by play of what goes where?

    The car does start and drive and dosnt seem to have any trouble.

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    Re: Bought a fixer upper... Need a little guidance (lots of pics to help)

    Well that plug that is with the throttle wire connects to a wire that goes to a sensor that is behind the timing belt cover.
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    Your broken vac hose at the back of the intake should be plugged in to the round part that is back there. and the 90 degree hose that comes out of it should have aline that goes to the front.
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    That plug that has one opening should have a wire in it, I didn't see where it goes.
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    The one running out of the harness might be from a small pump motor that is under the wiring harness.
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    And damn I'm annoyed with Flickr

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