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    2005 Escalade AWD

    Hi all. I just became a Cadillac owner this week with a 2005 Escalade AWD. Love it! It does feel as if the shocks need replacing and the air compressor seems to be loud and run for longer than it should when I first start it. Could someone please point me to the best reference to learn on the suspension system for these vehicles? I'm not worried about tackling reapairs myself on this but want to do my research first. Thanks for your help.

    Alex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexmckinney
    Hi all. I just became a Cadillac owner this week with a 2005 Escalade AWD. Love it! It does feel as if the shocks need replacing and the air compressor seems to be loud and run for longer than it should when I first start it. Could someone please point me to the best reference to learn on the suspension system for these vehicles? I'm not worried about tackling reapairs myself on this but want to do my research first. Thanks for your help.

    Alex.
    Are the shocks holding air?
    How to tell is with some soapy water spray the shocks(rear)while working the rear bumper while watching for bubbles
    If you see any bubbles then the shocks are leaking and will need replacing before the compressor is replaced

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    Thanks. I'll have to check them out. Do the front shocks function the same as the rear? I can definitely feel every bump on the road through the front end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexmckinney
    Thanks. I'll have to check them out. Do the front shocks function the same as the rear? I can definitely feel every bump on the road through the front end.
    No that are electronic gas shocks if you are getting the service ride control message then that would explain the rougher then normal ride(I know how you feel and living on a dirt road I would try my best to avoid every pothole in the road(my mom always complained about me doing that but one hit with one of the potholes changed her tune real quick)

    Trust me when the system goes passive the ride suffers big time
    Before replacing the front shocks I would check the rear ones as they tend to wear quicker

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    Thanks. I'm not getting any messages yet. I'll check the whole system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexmckinney
    Thanks. I'm not getting any messages yet. I'll check the whole system.
    I would still have the system checked for codes sometimes they won't throw any messages but will store the codes(my moms 02 is like this compressor won't kick in but the suspension system still works like normal and no messages)

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    Re: 2005 Escalade AWD

    On mine I had a rear one crack and burn the pump - never threw a message nor stored any codes.

    I replaced all the shocks + air pump for less than $1K going through my mechanic and buying the parts myself. According to my mechanic - the hardest part is getting all the wires/sensors/whatever right so the PCM would know to keep the ride leveled. Still, I think I was charged something like 3 hours labor.

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