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    2003 SLS Service.

    Okay so i found a job finally after all this dang time so with the income coming in i can get some stuff done to the Cadillac. What service should be done? I'v had the car for 3 years now? And only put around 3500 miles is there anything i should change? Besides oil. Coolant flush and other odds and ends? All of this is going to get done by my local dealer i guess. Thanks for the help

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    Re: 2003 SLS Service.

    If you're going to cough up the bucks to have a GM dealer service the vehicle, ask the service writer about a "Fluids Exchange Special" - they advertise stuff like that about now - Coolant exchange, brake fluid (that stuff LOVES moisture), P/S fluid, and transmission fluid, maybe an oil/filter change. Not cheap at today's labor rates - $400+.
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    Re: 2003 SLS Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    If you're going to cough up the bucks to have a GM dealer service the vehicle, ask the service writer about a "Fluids Exchange Special" - they advertise stuff like that about now - Coolant exchange, brake fluid (that stuff LOVES moisture), P/S fluid, and transmission fluid, maybe an oil/filter change. Not cheap at today's labor rates - $400+.
    Thanks for the help man! And i guess it will be after a couple of weeks untill i do this service since its going to be that much. What should i do if they tell me other things are wrong? I hate going in there for a simple job and they turn it into a $3K+ job.

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    Re: 2003 SLS Service.

    That's up to you - you've been here long enough to do 99% of your own checks and diagnosis. By now you should have a pretty good idea of what's wrong, what's chancy, and what's right. ANYTHING can meet a service tech's eye, from worn brake pads/rotors to loose suspension bushings to rusty brake lines to "When did you last change your fuel filter ?" (For our cars, that question is usually an upsell ..........). Ask yourself when you last changed the air filter and cleaned the throttlebody - all that stuff is fair game in a service lane.

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    Re: 2003 SLS Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    That's up to you - you've been here long enough to do 99% of your own checks and diagnosis. By now you should have a pretty good idea of what's wrong, what's chancy, and what's right. ANYTHING can meet a service tech's eye, from worn brake pads/rotors to loose suspension bushings to rusty brake lines to "When did you last change your fuel filter ?" (For our cars, that question is usually an upsell ..........). Ask yourself when you last changed the air filter and cleaned the throttlebody - all that stuff is fair game in a service lane.
    Have not cleaned or changed anything on her so i guess i'll be needing more then $500+ Well it is what it is i want this car to last a while! Thanks for the help sub i can always count on you for the right info since you are the Cadillac Seville man haha

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    Re: 2003 SLS Service.

    Based on what you said you are putting about 1100 miles a year on the car, have had it for 3 years and never changed the oil? At this rate you should be changing it once a year. Coolant should be done every 2 years. 3 at the longest.
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    Re: 2003 SLS Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    Based on what you said you are putting about 1100 miles a year on the car, have had it for 3 years and never changed the oil? At this rate you should be changing it once a year. Coolant should be done every 2 years. 3 at the longest.
    Well i figured since i don't drive it often and the oil still looks clean i'm good and the on board oil life message has not gone off. Well at least i know now that i'm wrong and can fix it thanks for the help Ranger i should be doing it in a couple weeks.

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    The oil MUST be changed after 12 months or 10,000 miles, regardless of the OLM percentage displayed.

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    Re: 2003 SLS Service.

    ............. and it says that ^^^ in the owner's manual, in the service and maintenance chapter, somewhere around page 6-15 - along with how the OLM should be used.

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    Re: 2003 SLS Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    ............. and it says that ^^^ in the owner's manual, in the service and maintenance chapter, somewhere around page 6-15 - along with how the OLM should be used.
    Alright, alright i'm wrong i admit it we all make mistakes haha I still need to learn a few things.

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