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Cadillac STS-V Series Forum Discussion, Newbie Help in Cadillac V-Series Forums; Hi Guys, I'm a newbie to the site, but I'm glad to have found you. I bought my wife a ...
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    Bildewey is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Red face Newbie Help

    Hi Guys,
    I'm a newbie to the site, but I'm glad to have found you. I bought my wife a 2007 Raven Black STS-V and I'm still learning alot about the car, but damn I love it. I'm wondering if you can help me with a few questions ( I bought the car used and didn't get all of the books):
    1) on the info center, what's the "+99.9 gal fuel used" mean? I can't find it in the one book I got.
    2) How do I zero the lap timer?
    3) I need to replace all of the brake pads. The ones on the car work great, but they are the dirtiest pads I've ever had. Any suggestions..EBC, Performance Brake, ???
    4) How robust is the motor, tranny, and rear end? I want to drive it hard and have I been, but is there anything I should keep an eye on?
    5) The dealer that sold me the car said it had a 6yr 100K "bumper to bumper" warranty. The Ad said that too. Once I got home and read the window sticker closer, it just said "warranty". The Caddy website sayd only the body is 100k. If it doesn't have the bmper to bmpr 6yr 100k, can I purchase an extended warranty from GM?
    6) Lastly, someone told me to get the Edmunds book. Is it worth it?
    Sorry for hitting you with all of this at once, but I just really dig the car.
    Thanks,
    Bill

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    1madstsv is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Newbie Help

    I will try and answer some of your ? Ok the 99.9 is how many gallon the car used since it has been reset so use the info center buttons to reset it. Press and hold the button for 5sec than it will 00.0 it out. That also goes for the timer same thing. As for driving hard I think I drive mine harder than any one else on this forum or at least have videos of it. Trans is strong engine is strong if you take care of them. But the rearend that is the week link. If it hops the back tires when spinning or under hard acceleration. If you feel the back of the car hop let out do not wate for it to stop it will be to late. Other than that have fun and drive it hard it likes it. Ryan. Ps. Brake pads I run hawk hps pads on My Sts-v and my c5 vette and even my 2500 truck work good for me and still dust just not as bad.

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    Re: Newbie Help

    1. You need to reset the DIC by hitting the zero button on the left side of the steering wheel.
    2. I believe it is the same as 1.
    3. Replace them with Hawk Ceramic pads. I sell them on my site. StreetSideAuto.com.
    Front Ceramic Z Series Pads:
    http://www.streetsideauto.com/produc...&PQString=none

    Rear Ceramic Z Series Pads:
    http://www.streetsideauto.com/produc...&PQString=none

    4. Motor and Tranny and pretty good. The rear end is the weak link.
    5. The car came with a 5/50K bumper to bumper. If it was a Certified Preowned Cadillac then you got the 6/100K. Check with the dealership you bought it from.
    6. don't know ab out the book. You can get the owners manuals from Ebay pretty cheap.

    Congrats on your purchase and enjoy it!!

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    Re: Newbie Help

    P.S. I offer a 10% discount to fourm members.

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    Re: Newbie Help

    Thumbs up to the Streetside Ceramic brakes. I put on front and rear and have been very happy. Quiet and minimal dust.

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    Re: Newbie Help

    Welcome! I use my car as a daily driver (a little over 20k per year) and installed ceramic brakes ordered through StreetsideAuto about a month ago. The brakes were shipped quickly (very happy with streetside) and are much cleaner (low dust) and quieter the my prior brakes.

    Hawk Performance HB453Z.585 - Disc Brake Pad; Performance Ceramic w/0.585 Thickness
    Hawk Performance HB194Z.570 - Disc Brake Pad; Performance Ceramic w/0.570 Thickness

    Regards,

    Bob

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    Cool Re: Newbie Help

    You guys rock! Thanks for the info. I'm still a little confused (not hard to do) about the 99.9% gals used, because it's in % and it's been like that since we bought the car. We've put a few thousand miles on it since Dec. Does anyone in the San Diego area get together for drives? I have friend in the Porsche Club and I can always go out with them. It would actually be kinda fun runnin with a bunch of Porsches in 4 door. :-) The car is a certified pre-owned from Allen Caddilac in So Cal, so it looks like the 6/100 is correct...whew!!! Thanks for the referral PGA2B. I'll be ordering in the next week or two. Is there a redemption code or a place to show being a forum member?

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    Re: Newbie Help

    Hi,
    If you are just looking for an owner's manual you can get one at: http://www.cadillac.com/manuals/, just click your year and the STS-V and you can get a PDF.
    If you want the service manual, I found mine at www.Books4cars.com, for $159.99. It is five volumes and pretty heavy, but all the information is there.
    I hope it helps.
    Peter

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    Re: Newbie Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Bildewey View Post
    Is there a redemption code or a place to show being a forum member?
    The coupon code is cadillacowners.

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    Bildewey is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Cool Re: Newbie Help

    The timing couldn't be better. I checked the pads yesterday and they are due. No time for wasting the rotors.

    Peter, I'm looking for the service and repair manual.. Is yours the Helms manual? The price is about the same. I've heard the Helms was really good and that it covered pretty much everything there was to be covered. I spoke with the Caddy reps at the Intl Auto Show and they swore by it.

    Bill

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