Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Detrot area mechanic who knows Caddys? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Anyone in SE mich, know any good mechanics who can work on Caddy's???? I dont care if its out of ...
An independant can save you money on some jobs but faces challenges on more advanced issues. There are special tools and reference materials that are expensive to buy or license. A dealer can often be more cost effective solution.
I don't work for a dealer, Cadillac or GM, so have nothing to gain. I've just read a lot of members' posts and have a little experience myself. What's wrong with your STS?
Well, I think I have a bad front left CV....from what I can see the boots are all fine. Its pretty intermittent. Im keeping the car so the only things I have spent money on are new shocks(which wasnt dealer cost, but had dealer put them in ....mag ride, gmpartsdepartment saved me 50%) Once in a while I will hear aclicking on turns which seems right there at the wheel.... Ive had all front control arms and ball joints replaced..intermediate steering shaft....tie rods on both sides.....It almost sounds like the control arm ball joint again.....but isnt the same symptoms....an ex-gm tech told me that caddy uses the best stuff and realistically they should last a long long time....my CPO expired a little bit ago....so on a CV shaft I would rather not pay dealer.
The ex GM tech is awesome...and is close by me...the only problem is I have to drop the car off and it could take him 2 days to do the CV(if thats it, which after driving again I dont hear anything).....so he can do it no prob...I just dont want to be without the car for 2 days. I will try and have done lots of stuff, just cleaned my throttle body(if you do it yourself take it to the dealer for 40bucks and have the ECM reprogrammed)...did a wheel bearing, rotors,brakes...spark plugs, shift linkage....etc...There is no way im doing a CV without a hydraulic life however...no chance.