: Any good Northstar shops near Maryland?



Seanm57
07-28-11, 05:49 PM
Still trying to decide whether to have my potential HG failure repaired or to junk the car and buy something else. Had it all of 2 months now and recently put over $1500 into it for new rims, tires, etc. I guess if I can find a good shop within a 200 mile radius, that works on lots of Northstars and an do a HG repair with timeserts or stud kit, for under $2500, I may get it fixed. Any help?

vincentm
07-28-11, 06:14 PM
What kind? What yr? Have you done a block test to confirm?

Seanm57
07-28-11, 08:32 PM
It's a 2000 Seville SLS. 102K miles. I did do a block test. It didn't turn yellow. It turned a sort of blue-green. Here is a link to my post that has some pictures.
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/northstar-performance-technical-discussion/235948-what-timeline-head-gasket-failure.html

Submariner409
07-28-11, 10:19 PM
Didn't you receive some troubleshooting advice in the thread that showed little to no color change during the block test ??? Stop looking for gremlins and drive the car. Someone roll this into the original thread, and Seanm57 should stop looking for excuses to spend money. Your original thread title says that you came in here convinced that you might have "a potential head gasket failure"................ if that's the case, get rid of the Cadillac NOW and buy a Corolla.

drewsdeville
07-28-11, 10:43 PM
^^^says the guy who thought it was a good idea to spend a grand by ripping off a perfectly good/young stainless exhaust to let it rot in their back yard and replace it with another. I'm sure you can justify that hefty price for hanging a couple pieces of pipe under your car much more than Sean's gasket replacement, right? Good thing you are here to make recommendations on selling/keeping his car. You definitely set the example well...

Maybe you were convinced you had "a potential exhaust pipe/muffler failure"..............if that was the case, you should have gotten rid of the Cadillac.

Everyone has their reasons, I'm assuming Sean is concerned and looking to replace the HG's for peace of mind at this point. If that's the case, it's probably best he has them done. It's the only way he'll be able to enjoy the car.

Seanm57
07-29-11, 03:10 PM
Drewsdeville, yes you are correct. Peace of mind. I travel for work and put about 30,000 plus miles per year. I have to drive as far as 550 miles away from home somewhat regularly. My concern is that I don't want to end up stranded in Orangeburg, SC one day. Submariner, I started a new thread because I would like to find a good Northstar repair shop nearby. I figured if I started a thread with that as the title, it would give me a better chance of getting good feedback on that topic instead of it being buried inside some other thread. I certainly don't want a Corolla or any other car that is a chore to drive long distances. I just wanted something that would be comfortable and that I wouldn't mind piling up a bunch of miles on. This is the first time buying something this old and with close to 100k miles on it. In the past, I always bought cars that were only a couple years old with less than 25,000 miles to use for work. After 13 years of that and seeing how quickly they became worth less than what I owed, I decided to try this route.

ThumperPup
07-30-11, 03:49 PM
try to get ahold of jake when pm's get back up and running send him a PM or call find number from Northstarperformance.com jake might have some names for shops in your area

mmidyette
07-31-11, 07:39 PM
Seanm57,

Where do you go in Orangeburg, I've installed several systems at a lawn mower manufacturer down there over the years.

Regards,

Mark

Seanm57
07-31-11, 08:04 PM
Hey Mark. I do work at Claflin University. Their chemistry department just purchased 2 Crystal X-ray diffractometers from us. The company I work for manufactures them and I install, train, and service them.