: New Escalade ESV owner (any issues to look out for?)



hturner0iii0
05-23-13, 04:49 PM
Hello All,
I recently bought a 2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV on 02/01/13 with 144,726 miles on the ODO
This is a list of the work I have had done since owning the truck.

*Replaced the instrument cluster ($650) (dealership)
*Replaced the air bag harness under the driver's seat ($450) (dealership)
*Cleaned the fuel injectors ($100) (Dealership)
*Replaced the purge Solenoid valve ($200) (personal mechanic)
*Flushed the coolant ($100) (personal mechanic)
*Installed new rear air shocks and rear air shock compressor ($2200) (personal mechanic)
*Installed new gas cap ($20) myself (gas cap from AutoZone)
* New Pioneer AVIC 150 BH Navigation Radio ($1500) (old navigation was shot) (crutchfield -purchased)(Sound Shop - install)

This is what I have done so far. Is there anymore issues that I need to be aware of? I will be taking a 2,000 + mile trip in June so I want to be aware if there is anything to look out for. I have always wanted an ESV so far I have been spending a good deal of $ but I got the truck for a good price.
Any suggestions you guys might have will be appreciated

Thanks

YoshiMan
05-23-13, 07:21 PM
I think the biggest issue these have is that they burn through the front differential bearings for some reason... but if it is not making noise then i think you are good to go.

Jophusp
05-23-13, 07:27 PM
Check the brakes, Particularly the rear brakes for wear, you wont get much notice till the metal is grinding.

Typer2k1
05-24-13, 12:14 AM
When I got my 04 ESV a month ago I changed the front diff fluid, engine oil, transfer case fluid, and replaced the rear brakes. From what I've read on here the front diff is notorious for failing if not properly maintained. My front diff is making the growling sound now :(

bigirb2002
05-24-13, 08:16 AM
1.front diff. if to late rebuild use a good synthetic fluid. i found they get dirty quick without a good syn oil. if u do flush refill with syn flush again after 3k miles then ur good. add a bottle of lubegard gearfluid additive
2.stepper motors. cause the guages to not work properly but i see u got a new cluster
3.oil pickup o ring. this causes air to enter in the oil system causing low oil pressure noise. easy fix drop oil pan replace o ring in oil pickup
4.fuel pump sender. they will go bad. i just got a new pump with updated sender and wiring. all minor issues.

hturner0iii0
05-24-13, 11:56 AM
Is the diff growling sound loud. Will I be able to notice it driving with the radio off ? I don't plan on doing any maintenance myself I'm not mechanically inclined. If I put new diff fluid in it won't damage the diff will it?

YoshiMan
05-24-13, 08:00 PM
So long as you used the correct stuff then no, as alot of time the Differentials NEVER get changed

hturner0iii0
05-25-13, 08:07 AM
Today I listened to the truck as I was driving it. I do hear a sort of rubbing or scrubbing sound from the front as I drive between 20-40 MPH. I will be taking it to my mechanic on Tuesday for diagnosis. Well so much for my road trip 😞

Jophusp
05-25-13, 09:40 AM
Today I listened to the truck as I was driving it. I do hear a sort of rubbing or scrubbing sound from the front as I drive between 20-40 MPH. I will be taking it to my mechanic on Tuesday for diagnosis. Well so much for my road trip ��

Dont get too down about it yet, there are a few dif things that could be causing that. Just wait till you get it checked out.

hturner0iii0
05-25-13, 12:42 PM
Dont get too down about it yet, there are a few dif things that could be causing that. Just wait till you get it checked out.

I will update you guys as to the status. Ill take the truck to my mechanic on Tuesday.

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I'll be taking the truck to my mechanic on Tuesday. I'll update you guys then. Other than the scrubbing sound (which you have to listen hard to hear). The truck runs great.

the cadillac man
05-25-13, 01:32 PM
I will update you guys as to the status. Ill take the truck to my mechanic on Tuesday.

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I'll be taking the truck to my mechanic on Tuesday. I'll update you guys then. Other than the scrubbing sound (which you have to listen hard to hear). The truck runs great.

It could be a wheel bearing so check those as they can sound like that also
Does the noise go away when you make a turn if yes then its the wheel bearing
Don't forget the u joints on the drive shafts
Plus cv joints can do this also

hturner0iii0
05-25-13, 04:45 PM
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These are some pictures while I wait to go to the mechanic on Tuesday

the cadillac man
05-25-13, 05:56 PM
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These are some pictures while I wait to go to the mechanic on Tuesday

Nice
Rims look great
How did they have it in the showroom floor like that?
FYI get the Cadillac owners app for your iPhone

hturner0iii0
05-25-13, 06:59 PM
Yes. I have the app for my iPhone. It makes posting real easy. I think the rims are okay but I could have gone for the OEM Cadillac rims. I won't be going any bigger as I have a 98 Yukon with 28" wheels on it and a caprice with 22"s. I want to make this my long distance vehicle and I don't know if it is true with the escalade or not but for my other vehicles the ride quality suffers a little.

the cadillac man
05-25-13, 09:28 PM
Yes. I have the app for my iPhone. It makes posting real easy. I think the rims are okay but I could have gone for the OEM Cadillac rims. I won't be going any bigger as I have a 98 Yukon with 28" wheels on it and a caprice with 22"s. I want to make this my long distance vehicle and I don't know if it is true with the escalade or not but for my other vehicles the ride quality suffers a little.

I have seen people say it does hurt the ride some

I have the app and I agree is a time saver

hturner0iii0
05-26-13, 09:47 PM
Ain't nothing like an Escalade. I miss not driving mine right now. I will make sure it's safe to drive.

YoshiMan
05-27-13, 12:49 AM
I think if the differential was going out, it would probably be blatantly obvious. I have had a few go bad in some other cars and its usually a very pronounced howling sound that increases in pitch as you gain speed.

hturner0iii0
05-28-13, 01:09 PM
Dropped the escalade off to the mechanic today. Went for a test drive. He said it sounds like the wheel bearing. Won't know til he spins it. Keep you posted

the cadillac man
05-28-13, 02:45 PM
Dropped the escalade off to the mechanic today. Went for a test drive. He said it sounds like the wheel bearing. Won't know til he spins it. Keep you posted

Replace both front wheel hubs as the other may fail later on

hturner0iii0
05-28-13, 03:56 PM
Just got word from the mechanic. Need new front differential. I'll rebuild it in three months. Total cost $3500.00

the cadillac man
05-28-13, 05:44 PM
Just got word from the mechanic. Need new front differential. I'll rebuild it in three months. Total cost $3500.00

Ouch that sucks
Best not to drive the truck much till its rebuilt

hturner0iii0
05-29-13, 02:14 PM
Just got off the phone with Suburban Driveline. They specialize in drive lines 4X4 repairs etc. He said I need to bring it in but the repairs could be as low as $650 or as high as $1200 dollars. If this is true ill be getting it rebuilt this weekend. Hell a rental truck was going to cost me $700. I would much rather put the money in my own truck and drive it. Keep your fingers crossed. I may make my road trip after all.

Cadillac Cust Svc
05-29-13, 02:38 PM
Just got off the phone with Suburban Driveline. They specialize in drive lines 4X4 repairs etc. He said I need to bring it in but the repairs could be as low as $650 or as high as $1200 dollars. If this is true ill be getting it rebuilt this weekend. Hell a rental truck was going to cost me $700. I would much rather put the money in my own truck and drive it. Keep your fingers crossed. I may make my road trip after all.

Hello hturner0iii0,

Please do keep us posted on the outcome of your vehicle. I see you always wanted an ESV Escalade, and this year you finally got one! I am hoping you are able to make your June road trip in your Escalade too. My fingers will be crossed for you!

Regards,

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Service

bigirb2002
05-30-13, 04:35 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yukon-Denali-Escalade-Tahoe-AWD-front-differential-carrier-Rebuilding-/200894878987?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2ec644950b&vxp=mtr how ever i was gone tell you go to a shop that specialize in diffsand trannys it would be much cheaper. fill that new bad boy with mobile one gear fluid or if ur really serious about its reliability amsoil 75w110

hturner0iii0
06-01-13, 08:58 PM
Suburban Driveline is putting new bearings in the diff. Apparently some fluid leaked out burning up the bearings. Total cost $1050 plus tax. Not bad considering I thought I was going to have to pay $4000 thanks to everybody who posted you guys have helped me out tremendously 😳

hturner0iii0
06-03-13, 03:28 PM
Just got the beast back and I must say the front diff is quiet no scrubbing sound at all. The guys who did the work put the amsoil in so it should be good. These guys work on diffs, 4wd, transfer cases the whole nine yards. I'm glad I found them as one of my other vehicles is a 4wd Yukon. The mechanic told me I have to break it in first so I'm going to make a bunch of little 10 mile trips and stop and let it cool off. If you are in the Chicagoland area and you need repairs like this you should try them out if you are like me and are not mechanically inclined. Also I have a question. I have about 2,000 miles left before I need to change the oil. Should I do it when I get back ? (Trip is about 2,500 miles) or should I change it now ?

bigirb2002
06-03-13, 11:05 PM
Take the trip you'll be fine

the cadillac man
06-04-13, 01:11 AM
I second that it won't hurt to wait till after the trip

Are you using the oil life meter?

If you do make sure you reset it after the oil change

Silver04
06-09-13, 10:21 PM
Get in the habit of changing out the front and rear diff and transfer case fluid regularly. I do mine every 30k miles. Nothing scientific, that's how often I dump it in our subies so that's when I do it in the escapade.