Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, headlights & spare tire carrier in Cadillac SRX Forums; I have a couple of other issues - I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction.
I have a couple of other issues - I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction.
2004 SRX, AWD, V8
Both headlights are yellowed. I've reconditioned them once, but it's come back...mainly because the seals are not holding and they're getting moisture inside the lights. Can the headlights be resealed in any way? Hallogen lights (non-HID). Where is the best place to find replacements? Are there good places to look for used headlights? I tried the classifieds here with no luck.
Spare tire carrier - mine would not work properly. I had standing water in the rear compartment and that has caused the tire carrier to rust. I tried to release the spare from inside the car with no luck so I removed the three bolts from under the car and dropped the spare and carrier together. I've got the spare loose but need to figure out the best fix. Will soaking the carrier in WD-40 do the trick? If not, where can I find a replacement?
Please don't suggest the stealership for replacement parts. Thanks!
Get new/used headlights on Ebay
You can get a new carrier for 133 dollars from gmpartsgiant or even better from rippy cadillac, he is a member here and can give you a discount if he has one. Soaking or sealing is never a solution for a SRX, it has to be replaced. Only way to save on a SRX is homework and DIY
My spare tire carrier rusted solid at the bottom of Lake Cadillac on the previous owner's watch so, I had to remove it and cut the cable to get the tire out. I just cleaned up the tire up and throw it in the back anytime I feel like I may get a flat. The new SRX doesn't even include a spare so it must not be that important. I keep a tire repair kit and an air pump in the car; that should fix any issue short of a total blow-out.
The new SRX has no spare? I guess you have AAA over there, believe me you do not want to be out on the road with no spare, even if you do have a kit. Of course that depends on your driving, if its always just town and short hops, you can get home, any long trips you need your spare. 133 bucks and you can be back in shape, unless you still have water problems
If you are still getting water in the jack compartment, try pulling the trim panels from rear and pull the headliner back to reveal the disconnected drain tube. Reconnect it and add a zip tie to be sure it doesnt pop back off. Not too tight though.