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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, My Laundry list of issues with $$ Amount in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Originally Posted by Cadzilla8 Third brake light is a pretty easy job. You can get a new oem one on ...
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    Re: My Laundry list of issues with $$ Amount

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadzilla8 View Post
    Third brake light is a pretty easy job. You can get a new oem one on eBay for 80$ pick up a set of those trim clip remover tools too take the cover off under trunk lid and boom it's right there. I did it myself in less than 30minutes and Im only 17
    I would love to find an $80 OEM third brake light. If yoh could find one on ebay for that price and post a link I'd believe you, but only ones I see run about $3-400. There are send in repair services for $60-80 but not an actual replacement

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    What kind if noise is the idler pulley making?

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    Re: My Laundry list of issues with $$ Amount

    Quote Originally Posted by CtsLAC View Post
    I would love to find an $80 OEM third brake light. If yoh could find one on ebay for that price and post a link I'd believe you, but only ones I see run about $3-400. There are send in repair services for $60-80 but not an actual replacement
    You could also just buy a 7 dollar LED strip on ebay and a tube of sealant for like $4. Tear the housing apart(theres a DIY somewhere) and boom ya have a new bake light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josney View Post
    is the idler pulley that much of a SOB to do on the 2.8, because the 3.2 is cake. I got my drilled and slotted R1 concepts rotors plus ceramic pads front/rears for 280 bucks. btw, if anyone is interested in these rotors, let me know. I am thinking of selling my 03 and will probably put everything back stock. I agree with most in this thread, find you a local mechanic, just as good and 10 times cheaper
    Not sure as I've never had to change mine. I sent you a PM on those rotors/pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 956Caddy View Post
    What kind if noise is the idler pulley making?
    Not sure if its even making a noise. I brought it in because I thought the engine was a little too loud and the guy there said its possibly the idler pully thats causin noise but didnt confirm it was.

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    Dude, where do you live? If you are any where remotely close to me I can do the work for ya. I can help ya order the parts and get all that stuff done in a day!!!

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    Ok, looking at the list again, I can't do the tranny flush, nor should you do one. Causes too many problems so scratch it off your list. And the bumper is tough to do also, but a local body shop near you will get it done in a jiffy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blayne View Post
    Dude, where do you live? If you are any where remotely close to me I can do the work for ya. I can help ya order the parts and get all that stuff done in a day!!!

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    Ok, looking at the list again, I can't do the tranny flush, nor should you do one. Causes too many problems so scratch it off your list. And the bumper is tough to do also, but a local body shop near you will get it done in a jiffy!
    Damn wish I was in Sudbury. I live in Edmonton

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice berg slim

    Damn wish I was in Sudbury. I live in Edmonton
    Yup that's a bit of a drive. Although looking at your list, it would be cheaper to drive here and fix it than to pay your dealer's blood money!!!

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    Re: My Laundry list of issues with $$ Amount

    You can just change the Trans oil, instead of flushing. Thats a better Idea and fairly easy with a small pump. I'd advise dropping the pan to change the filter though as well. New fluid would scatter settled debri. For $4800 you could almost upgrade to a 1g cts-v lol. Or drive to Blayne's with a ton of online ordered parts and probably still save atleast $2000 or more ha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice berg slim View Post
    I just took my 2005 CTS 2.8L to a local dealer to get a quote on all the potential issues and current issues with the car and WOW alot of stuff need to be fixed. Seems very expensive. What do you guys think? Too much? Just right? Also, I should go back to school to be a mechanic they seem to be making some good coin.

    Labor Cost Parts Cost Misc Amount
    Idler Pulley (Engine noise) $126.00 $68.01 $12.60 $206.61
    Front, License bulb $84.00 $10.10 $8.40 $102.50
    Flush Brake System $124.95 $- $12.50 $137.45
    Transmission Flush $219.95 $- $22.00 $241.95
    Front Rotors & Brake Pads $350.00 $220.33 $35.00 $605.33
    Rear Rotors & Brake Pads $350.00 $225.13 $35.00 $610.13
    Battery Replacement $199.93 $- $19.99 $219.92
    3rd Brake Light $84.00 $832.00 $8.40 $924.40
    Fog lamp Assy $140.00 $364.75 $14.00 $518.75
    Front Bumper Complete fix $543.38 $567.57 $167.48 $1,278.43

    TOTAL $2,222.21 $2,287.89 $335.37 $4,845.47
    Quote Originally Posted by ice berg slim View Post
    Not sure if its even making a noise. I brought it in because I thought the engine was a little too loud and the guy there said its possibly the idler pully thats causin noise but didnt confirm it was.
    Idler Pulley (Engine noise) - confirm this is noise first, then order this online
    Front, License bulb - in no way shape or form is this anywhere near that expensive
    Flush Brake System - you can bleed brakes yourself and apply new fluid while doing so. Best to do it WHILE changing brakes.
    Transmission Flush - Don't do a flush, do a drain and fill.
    Front Rotors & Brake Pads - You can find these cheaper from vendors here.
    Rear Rotors & Brake Pads - You can find these cheaper from vendors here.
    Battery Replacement - Try something like $100 at Walmart. Replacement is a 5 minute procedure.
    3rd Brake Light - Save your money. Look into the LED mod for the 3rd brake light, or find it at a junk yard.
    Fog lamp Assy - Junkyard or online
    Front Bumper Complete fix - Junkyard or online. You might even be able to find it already painted. I didn't pay that much for my bumper replacement (EVEN AFTER PAINTING), and I bought the goddamn thing new and unpainted... and its a V bumper.

    A large majority of these are simple repairs you can do with a jack and hand tools and a weekend to yourself.

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    Re: My Laundry list of issues with $$ Amount

    Where are you in Canada ? What dealer ? As has been said, a lot of that stuff can be done by YOU . Idler pulley is not that hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice berg slim

    Damn wish I was in Sudbury. I live in Edmonton
    Come to Calgary... I can clean out the garage and we can do it easy. Hell, I have 2 3rd brake lights for sale anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calgary03 View Post
    Come to Calgary... I can clean out the garage and we can do it easy. Hell, I have 2 3rd brake lights for sale anyway
    How much are you asking for the 3rd brake lights each and where are you shipping from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calgary03 View Post
    Come to Calgary... I can clean out the garage and we can do it easy. Hell, I have 2 3rd brake lights for sale anyway
    A 3 hour drive would be worth it for sure in my opinion...Sounds like you got some offered help OP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calgary03 View Post
    Come to Calgary... I can clean out the garage and we can do it easy. Hell, I have 2 3rd brake lights for sale anyway
    Hey calgary I just sent you a PM

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    ...Sounds like you got some offered help OP
    we have some great members on this forum!!!!

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