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    Repair shops

    I 've read a lot of posts about where to go for repairs, some say dealers are too expensive, and Cadillac's aren't the easiest to work on, so not every mechanic is capable, nowdays alot of places are just part changers. If I lived near here, this looks like the place to go.Eldo 010.jpgI took this during my current road trip in Great Falls, MT.Eldo 011.jpgI don't anything about the place other than what you see in the pics, as I never got out of my car!
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    Re: Repair shops

    A lot of times the shop facilities can be misleading. You could go to a hole in the wall shop, and find an excellent mechanic capable of all diagnostics on quite a few cars, or you could go to a fully loaded dealership and wind up with an idiot technician working on your ride. The trick is to talk with the mechanic who will be working on your car, but the catch is you almost have to be a mechanic to figure out if they are competent or not. It is kind of a catch 22 situation.

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    I agree 100%. the catch is then, if you know enough to know if there competent, you probably know enough to DIY.
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    Re: Repair shops

    Quote Originally Posted by dou1t2 View Post
    I agree 100%. the catch is then, if you know enough to know if there competent, you probably know enough to DIY.
    You're a little younger than me. I follow your philosophy today, but someday we are both going to have to trust someone else. That's when our DIY knowledge will help decide who to take it to.
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    While living in California I had very good luck with the mechanics and their shops that worked on my cars. I have tried to find shos that I could have some faith in here in Virginia ..... to be honest my poor experience with independent and dealer service here lead me to get rid of both my Alfa Romeo 164 and my Jaguar E-type. Our Cadillacs have required only routine maintenance which can be done at our local Firestone store. We have only one Cadillac dealer for all of Richmond and suburbs and so far they have misdiagnosed and failed to repair several minor but needed repairs ((faulty fuel pump on the '93 and an inconsistent miss at idle which the dealer said was probably a head gasket failure for which the only solution was to replace the engine on the '95, (they quoted $9000. for the new engine and installation the miss at idle turned out to be a faulty ignition pack, since the pack was replace six years ago, at Firestone, the car hasn't missed a beat!)).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EcSTSatic View Post
    You're a little younger than me. I follow your philosophy today, but someday we are both going to have to trust someone else. That's when our DIY knowledge will help decide who to take it to.
    Yes I agree, but it's not fair that I post my age and you haven't. I re3spect all my elders, thus you too. But, with this forum I think it afford's us choice's that we didn't have 20 years ago. ie. there is somebody out there who can walk you through whatever ordeal you're faced with, as opposed to 20 years ago or was it 30........... either way in the old days you had to refer to to people who thought they knew it and probably didn't, or refer to a manual and jump in and learn the hard way. I have graduated fron the SOHN several times, I have a PH.D from there!

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    Re: Repair shops

    A few weeks back I helped a younger co-worker replace his alternator. While we were working with the lap top on top of the engine checking the Honda forum "how to" thread via Wi-Fi, I told him how lucky he was to have the web/forums. He asked me how we did it when I was his age and couldn't believe when I told him. (Trial and error and error and error!) I couldn't argue with him. I find it hard to believe myself!

    I had looked at his engine before and proclaimed he would have to take it to a pro because it was too buried. That night I checked the forum and it looked so easy we ended up doing it ourselves. If you can hold a wrench and follow instruction, and have a good forum! You can do anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    A few weeks back I helped a younger co-worker replace his alternator. While we were working with the lap top on top of the engine checking the Honda forum "how to" thread via Wi-Fi, I told him how lucky he was to have the web/forums. He asked me how we did it when I was his age and couldn't believe when I told him. (Trial and error and error and error!) I couldn't argue with him. I find it hard to believe myself!

    I had looked at his engine before and proclaimed he would have to take it to a pro because it was too buried. That night I checked the forum and it looked so easy we ended up doing it ourselves. If you can hold a wrench and follow instruction, and have a good forum! You can do anything.
    This. If it wasn't for this forum, I wouldn't have done the mods I've done to my car, and I wouldn't have the confidence to do half the stuff I've done to it. I'd simply be driving around in a beat down caddy (instead of a beat down caddy with alot of performance goodies/ interior work done to it)
    If it wasn't for the web, I wouldn't have met an awesome friend (who lives 2 states away) who gives me alot of awesome advice on bodywork (my local bodyguy is good, but I don't always have to free time to swing by his shop when it is open).
    Also, if it wasnt for having REALLY good local junkyards, I probably would have dumped my caddy. Easily available parts for fairly cheap in typically good shape is a HUGE plus when you have an old car.

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    Re: Repair shops

    Car forums are just awesome for diagnostic/repair info. Diagnosed the common "truck slips out of 3rd to neutral" transmission problem on my Toyota at "yotatech.com" It was a $10 plastic bushing that connected the long gear stick to the transmission linkage. I was thinking a busted synchro and a "new" junkyard transmisson. Seriously, they had step, by step instructions with pictures on how to fix this. Took less than an hour, part was like $15 with shipping.


    This forum also saved my a$$ when my 1991 Brougham turned on on the "CHECK ENGINE LIGHT". It would occasionally stall at low speeds, usually while creeping at idle, in a parking lot. In the first week of owning this car, after searching a little bit, several threads impressed upon me to buy the "GENUINE GM FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL". Man that $25 manual I bought on ebay saved my a@@ on that repair. The manual told me how to diagnose codes without a reader, how to bend a paper clip to insert in the right plugs on the diagnostic ports, how to count the flashes on the service engine light, and what those codes meant. Turns out I had a bad idle air control sensor, or some such nonsense. It was like a $20 part at Advance Auto, screwed into the side of the TBI unit below the throttle blades. Just take the air cleaner off, take the sensor off, super easy. This could have easily been a $200-300 repair, but it cost me less than $50 due to the forum.
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    Re: Repair shops

    Yup this forum has given me tons of info I needed, I also got some great deals on parts I otherwise would not have been able to find from members CadillacKevin and Sven. I also appreciate the camaraderie, its cool to talk with people who are even more obsessed with Cadillacs than I am.
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    Re: Repair shops

    CF is my go to source for fix it info. Between that and my FSM, I do nearly all my own work. Once I graduate, I hope to get a place with a big yard, build me a shop, and go find a HG-distressed DeVille to learn on

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    Quote Originally Posted by CadillacLuke24 View Post
    CF is my go to source for fix it info. Between that and my FSM, I do nearly all my own work. Once I graduate, I hope to get a place with a big yard, build me a shop, and go find a HG-distressed DeVille to learn on

    Good plan, I hope you can find one?!
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    Re: Repair shops

    orconn, I live in Glendale CA. Any honest mechanic you can recommend just in case I need one?

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    There used to be Cadillac specialist shop over in Pasadena, about 1840 Walnut. I don't know if they are still around but they used to be pretty good with Cadillacs.

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