Is it just me, or did they use a shoehorn to get the N'Star under the hood of my STS?
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    Is it just me, or did they use a shoehorn to get the N'Star under the hood of my STS?

    It's a 98'.

    It doesn't seem like there's a lot of room in there around the edges.

    The oil check dipstick handle is HOT when I grab that baby after turning off the car…I'm guessing that's a by-product of the thing being so close to motor itself.

    Is it just me, or does the STS engine bay get hot as hell after a few hours of stop & go driving? My temp needle never strays more than an 1/16 of an inch past normal, which is dead in the middle, but it just seems hot under the hood.

    Also, my front 4 plug wires graze up against the valve cover on the front side a bit, & they're discolored the cover a tiny bit where they sometimes touch...the cover can't melt those babies, right?

    Do Northstars just get hotter than smaller motors?

    Any comments, N'Star owners?

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    Re: Is it just me, or did they use a shoehorn to get the N'Star under the hood of my STS?

    No, it's not you. The FWD Cadillacs DO have extremely high under-hood temps. This is why the battery was relocated to under the back seat. The plug wires will have no problem unless they are up against an exhaust part.

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    Re: Is it just me, or did they use a shoehorn to get the N'Star under the hood of my STS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Katshot
    No, it's not you. The FWD Cadillacs DO have extremely high under-hood temps. This is why the battery was relocated to under the back seat. The plug wires will have no problem unless they are up against an exhaust part.
    Thanks Kat,

    That surprised the heck out of me the other night...

    I was wondering to myself, "Where the hell is the battery in this car??"

    Then I pulled up the backseat while vacuuming, & I was like 'THERE you are!".

    I'm just going to keep the cooling system well-maintained then, & not worry about it.

    Thanks again, boss.

    BTW - that "FTS" of yours may be the sweetest Caddy I've ever seen!!

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    Re: Is it just me, or did they use a shoehorn to get the N'Star under the hood of my STS?

    Thanks man.

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    Re: Is it just me, or did they use a shoehorn to get the N'Star under the hood of my STS?

    One thing you could do that will help..... i do this with my car everytime im done driving, is to simply open the hood.... let it air out for a few hours...... Heatsoak isnt good for the hoses.....

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    Re: Is it just me, or did they use a shoehorn to get the N'Star under the hood of my STS?

    Quote Originally Posted by elwesso
    One thing you could do that will help..... i do this with my car everytime im done driving, is to simply open the hood.... let it air out for a few hours...... Heatsoak isnt good for the hoses.....
    The problem with that is.....Some people have a life and not enough time to air out the engine every time they go somewhere! I assure you Wes, The hoses will do fine without going through that nonsense. Just replace 'em at the recommended interval!

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    Re: Is it just me, or did they use a shoehorn to get the N'Star under the hood of my STS?

    I kinda mis posted that.....

    I open my hood and let it air out only when Im at home.... I figure, if its just sitting in the driveway or garage, why not let it air out........

    That'd look pretty stupid..... standing in front of your car for 10mins in the walmart parking lot to let your engine cool off

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