: Cadillac Frequently Asked Questions



BeelzeBob
04-28-03, 09:33 AM
Okay. I need to get this going. The search feature isn't the greatest in vBulletin - so I think this is important.. First, let's just identify what the most frequently asked questions are - regarding Cadillac..

I'll start with what's probably the most common issue:

The Northstar Oil Consumption issue...

Please add to this list. Once a good list is established, we'll start adding answers - and I'll add this to our technical section of the main web site...

Thank you!

Sal

Katshot
04-28-03, 10:45 AM
1. Where can I find a list of DTC's?
2. What are DTC's?
3. Does my car REALLY need "premium" fuel?
4. What is the "normal" operating temp for my car?
5. Does my car REALLY need Platinum spark plugs?
6. Why does my car use Platinum spark plugs?
7. Am I the only one that has an inaccurate gas gauge?
8. Why does my car run out of gas when the gauge still reads 1/4 tank?
9. What is Dex-cool, why does my car come with it, and do I need to continue to use it?
10. Do I need to add coolant additive tabs to my coolant?
11. Should I put coolant additive tabs in whole, or crumble them up?
12. Why does my gas pedal feel like it "sticks" when I first start the engine?
13. How often should I clean my throttle body?
14. How do you clean the throttle body?
15. Does anyone make performance parts for my Cadillac?
16. What's the cheapest/easiest way to improve the performance of my car?
17. Why's KC such a bone-head?
18. How can I modify my car so it's as great as Kevin's FTS?

This is a quick list of FAQ's that have (or should have) been asked a lot ;)

kcnewell
04-28-03, 10:56 AM
A couple more for the list...

1. How do I disable the VATS system?
2. How do I reprogram the suspension system after I install passive struts?
3. Why is Katshots car floating in the air in the picture?


Possible answers to #3

1. Overinflated tires.
2. Fleetwoods are such lightweights anyway
3. Became airbourne during a high speed chase being filmed for "COPS"
4. It's not really a car, It's a hot air balloon ( That's why it's so big! )

kcnewell
04-28-03, 10:58 AM
:D

BUILDINGCTSAMG
04-28-03, 11:32 AM
maybe its a sign kat is full of hot air :)

BeelzeBob
04-28-03, 11:32 AM
Thank you for this list - so far... hehe

Katshot
04-28-03, 12:37 PM
Can you draw the connection between WALKING on water and DRIVING on water? ;)

It's good thing Sandman's gone or we'd be getting a butt chewing for not taking this seriously :D

BeelzeBob
04-28-03, 01:30 PM
We can certainly play-around but let's not go all the way off the beaten track... Any more FAQ's from anyone out there?

Katshot
04-28-03, 01:34 PM
Sal,
Normally I would think this was a "no-brainer" but since KC suggested it, I don't think I would include a "how-to" connected with countermanding a security system like VATS. What do you think?

Brett
04-28-03, 01:35 PM
Im not sure you want to send people away from the site, but a common question i see: "is a (fill in Cadillac name) worth X amount of dollars". Maybe a link to kbb.com or something like that.

kcnewell
04-28-03, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by Katshot
Sal,
Normally I would think this was a "no-brainer" but since KC suggested it, I don't think I would include a "how-to" connected with countermanding a security system like VATS. What do you think?

The reason it's a suggestion is that with the failure rate of some of the components of the VATS system and the high cost of replacement parts and such, Many people find the need for such instructions. They're posted on other sites so I felt that we should post it or somehow make it available here!

ljklaiber
04-28-03, 02:46 PM
It has stopped leakin oil! Runs strong...maybe it is becoming a Lexus...lol...still got the Cadillac styling....Something must be wrong here...LOL!

BeelzeBob
04-28-03, 02:53 PM
I think if we have anything regarding countermanding (new word to me) VATS, we'll set up a link and have it available from whichever site(s) it's on...

Katshot
04-28-03, 04:11 PM
KC said:
The reason it's a suggestion is that with the failure rate of some of the components of the VATS system and the high cost of replacement parts and such, Many people find the need for such instructions. They're posted on other sites so I felt that we should post it or somehow make it available here!

I understand the need but it could also be used to help steal a car. I was just afraid of the liability issue.

Brett said:
Im not sure you want to send people away from the site, but a common question i see: "is a (fill in Cadillac name) worth X amount of dollars". Maybe a link to kbb.com or something like that.

Probably a good idea, although people will see the other site after clicking on the link anyway. But I guess we don't have to be pushing the issue either. Do you think it's worth actually compiling the data here on our site?

Ralph
04-29-03, 02:38 AM
Maybe I should not have mentioned the successful way to get around Onstar on another thread? (liability for theft?) What is VATS? Is it the basic alarm system?

Katshot
04-29-03, 08:23 AM
VATS - Vehicle Anti Theft System

AKPsiMC03
04-29-03, 05:02 PM
here are more?

did my headgasket blow?
where does my oild keep going?
hey! what that oil spot from?
How do I reset the oil life on the D.I.C.?
What are the differences between base models and touring models?


thats enogh for now... they keys on this tupid school computer keep sticking... ugh... andthespace doesnt want towork noweither!!!!

Katshot
04-29-03, 09:56 PM
Oh yeah, blame it on the keyboard ;)

AKPsiMC03
04-29-03, 10:06 PM
its is the computer! IBM gives my school brand new computers every 3 years, but they all still suck and are always broken cus people cant respect public property and treat things right!

people need to be slapped when they abuse something that other people have to use.

Ralph
04-30-03, 02:54 AM
Tried to help my dad set the stupid seats in the new DTS, cannot get it, dealer will have to. There are 15 different things you can program with the car through the DIC. Ie, doors unlock with car in park (yes or no). lights stay on after shutting ignition off(yes or no), etc, etc. My dad hates the fact that you have to constantly readjust the driver's seat when you get in because it always defaults to exit mode to make it easier to exit. We followed the instructions EXACTLY. This would be my only gripe with the new one.

kcnewell
04-30-03, 10:12 AM
Canucks!

Ralph
05-01-03, 01:05 AM
I'll love hearing how well you will be able to set the seats in your new DTS KC. hehe.