Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Northstar Replacement in Cadillac Engine Discussion; I have a 2004 Seville with engine problems. It looks like I will be replacing the engine. I am in ...
I have a 2004 Seville with engine problems. It looks like I will be replacing the engine. I am in Orlando Fl and looking for a place that rebuilds the Northstars. I found a place in Ohio, Cadillac Doctor, that will rebuild the engine but would like to find somewhere closer if possible. If anyone else has had this done please list where and cost.
Automobile(s): 2002.5 F55 STS, 2014 Explorer XLT 4WD
MD Eastern Shore
Re: Northstar Replacement
"Cost" can vary by several thousand dollars - depending on dealership, shop, experience, labor rate and method of repair - assuming that you have head gasket problems........... and, if you add in resealing the lower cylinder block halfcase and oil pan, then that drives labor (and parts) way up.
Maybe there would be some info in the sticky threads at the top of the Forum - and you might try a call to Chris in Parts at Rippy Cadillac (Wilmington, NC) over there >>>> tomorrow morning. There was also a CF member, Mike Lawson, in Lexington KY that traveled to you (mileage costs).
There are several very active Seville-driving members in Florida - but I can only recommend looking at posts and locations in various repair threads for info hints.
Sorry Ranger, haven't been on the forum in a few weeks. The diagnosis was broken timing chain. If I'm going to fix that I might as well have the head gaskets replaced, I've got 150K on it now and if I'm going to put money into fixing it, I would hate to have the gaskets go a month or year down the road. My decision now is whether or not to put 4-5 grand into the car or give up on it and just find something else. It would help if I could find someone in the Orlando area that would rebuild the motor here, shipping the car up to Ohio or Illinois runs about $600-$700 and then I would have to fly up there and drive it back home.
Broken TC almost guarantees valve damage. But, I have read little on the block thread repair issue on an 04 motor. Do the courser block threads still need to be tapped when bolts are removed? I am not sure if your motor is worth rebuilding, moneywise. A bunch of used 04 motors online for 650 with 100k miles in your area. Maybe a swap out by a garage is a possible route? Unless u want to dump $4k in a 10yr old car?