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Thread: Sporadic SES light and exotic codes - friend's 2004 DTS

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    Re: Sporadic SES light and exotic codes - friend's 2004 DTS

    All you need to replace the WP is the large O ring rear seal and the cover gasket. The '04 should definitely have the updated version.


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    Re: Sporadic SES light and exotic codes - friend's 2004 DTS

    OK, that was the last straw, this catastrophe of a car goes where slip's car is going, too: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...l-l-adieu.html

    A couple of days ago, I had a professional garage change the water pump, thermostat, all hoses, etc. to close that annoying cooling systems chapter. It is indeed closed now. I had to leave for a couple of day and when I came back, the Deville was dead. My wife's beater car, a poor 06 VW Beetle, was able to jump start the Deville but I immediately noticed light smoke coming from the back part of the engine close to the firewall. I switched it off, ran upstairs to get a flashlight, and restarted it. While I did not observe any smoke, it still smells burned.

    I then bought a new battery and installed it (found around $4 and a what would jesus do bracelet under the back seat). Car starts but not as aggressive as it used to, so I am not super confident. In addition to that, I now hear a periodic 3-clack "Toc-toc-toc" sound from the drivers side rear of the car every now and then.

    On a side note, the mechanic performed TWO smoke tests to find hat annoying reason for the both banks lean codes. Nothing. Another told me that he suspects a minor oil leak to be the reason for his undetectable vacuum leak but that doesn't sound right. When the caddy was driven by my friend, I only recall putting a little less that 1 quart of oil in once every 2k miles.

    After reading slip's post, I just realised that this thing needs to go, too. It has been nothing but trouble.

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    Re: Sporadic SES light and exotic codes - friend's 2004 DTS

    Maybe it needs an exorcist.

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    Re: Sporadic SES light and exotic codes - friend's 2004 DTS

    Ranger, it needed so much more than that. It's just a cursed car. Last week I updated the stickers for the sale. The car somehow sensed it and I had a horrific drive. At first the odometer lighting turned really dark out of the sudden, then the DIC displayed "CHECK FUEL GAUGE". Afterwards the usual lean codes came back. TPMS was shouting about one tire. The car felt sluggish for a little bit. I stopped at a gas station to check the air but it was on-spot. After restarting the car, none of the above problems were displayed. Anyway, I got the stickers and traded the Deville for a 06 Crown Victoria P71.

    Not close as luxurious of a ride but it starts, drives, and performs flawlessly.

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    Re: Sporadic SES light and exotic codes - friend's 2004 DTS

    Wise choice. That car had gremlins.

    Same thing with my daughters '99 Grand Am. Bought it with 40 some thousand miles last Feb. due to her '04 Grand Am getting totaled. Got fed up with it and traded it last month for an '04 SLS with 135K.

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