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    Looking for reliable shop

    Hey guys,

    In the GTA area and I'm looking for a reliable mechanic/shop... my car has shaking issue that I'd like to rectify... if anyone could refer me to a good shop it'd help in a large way. Thanks...

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    You looking for a dealer or just any mechanic? I know some good dealers... And I know who the bad ones are.

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    Well... I'm looking for someone who has experience working with Caddies, I just always assumed the best place to take it would be to a dealer... but I know it can also be the worst sometimes when it comes to prices, as well as inexperienced ppl working on your car at times... I'm just looking for someone I can trust with my CTS and my money.
    Got a few links?

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    What problems are you having with you car?

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    I have 2 problems with the car... first one I think might be a suspension problem, steering wheel/car vibrates whenever I hit a fair bump/pothole in the road... I'm sure it's not warped rotors, as the problem ONLY occurs when I hit a bump/pothole... and makes a jarring sound.

    Problem #2 is more serious, I've noticed that at times my car doesn't seem to respond well when I am accelerating, it's kinda weird... I feel a bit of a vibration/whirring sound in the gas pedal sometimes, and it sounds like my car is trying to shift gears or something, but just makes a revving sound like I'm revving it in neutral... when this happens, I can also feel a vibration in the shifter when I put my hand on it. This problem seems to come and go intermittently... sometimes i can feel a response from my car instantly without any feedback from the gas pedal, other times it just seems confused as to what it wants to do... making the revving sound.

    Any help you can offer me would be GREATLY appreciated... I appreciate you just responding, period. Thanks

    Jay

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    Quote Originally Posted by TDotJDizzle View Post
    I have 2 problems with the car... first one I think might be a suspension problem, steering wheel/car vibrates whenever I hit a fair bump/pothole in the road... I'm sure it's not warped rotors, as the problem ONLY occurs when I hit a bump/pothole... and makes a jarring sound.

    Problem #2 is more serious, I've noticed that at times my car doesn't seem to respond well when I am accelerating, it's kinda weird... I feel a bit of a vibration/whirring sound in the gas pedal sometimes, and it sounds like my car is trying to shift gears or something, but just makes a revving sound like I'm revving it in neutral... when this happens, I can also feel a vibration in the shifter when I put my hand on it. This problem seems to come and go intermittently... sometimes i can feel a response from my car instantly without any feedback from the gas pedal, other times it just seems confused as to what it wants to do... making the revving sound.

    Any help you can offer me would be GREATLY appreciated... I appreciate you just responding, period. Thanks

    Jay
    Jay,

    With the first problem most likely I would need to road test the car in order to here/feel the problem.

    With the second problem. I need a little more information. Whats the mileage on the car? Also are you the original owner of this car?

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    Hey Nels,

    I just bought the car recently, didn't notice a problem when I bought it 600kms ago... well, I knew about the problem with the shaking, but was willing to get that fixed... second problem is what's bugging me more lately.

    The car has 96500km on it, I am the second owner.

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    First problem can be quite a few different things from tierods to balljoints or bad wheel bearing which you would have to have examined to determine which it is.

    If your saying that the transmission is slipping on your second problem, I would highly recommend a transmssion oil and filter changed first. If the filter is plugged or half plugged it will not let the transmission fluid move the way it should in the transmission and could very easily cause the symptoms that you say. (cost maybe around $100-150 it should be done anyways as regular maint)

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    Thanks a lot for that info LSCTS... that helps tremendously. I took the car into the dealer today, still covered under warranty for another 22 days so I'm just getting anything and everything that needs to be fixed checked out right now... keeping my fingers crossed, I really enjoy the car... just want it to be problem free and last me at least 2-3 yrs until the price on the 08's drop a bit.

    I will let you know what the dealer says!

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    On a side note, do you know how much it would cost roughly to have those other items you mentioned replaced?
    i.e. tierods, bearings, balljoints... want to know how much money I should be setting aside for these things. Thanks!

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    I haven't had to replace any of these on my CTS yet but I have on my Lincoln LS, Ball joint approx $60-80 if you can just press out the ball joint - $250-300 if it comes as a whole assembly(ie steering knuckle I haven't looked at the CTS to see what style it is. --Labour will vary and you definately don't need a dealer to replace these if they aren't covered under warranty any repuable shop can do this.(2-2.5 hours max though) Outer tie rods are probably around 60-80 as well, easy to install as they just thread on. On both jobs you will have to get a wheel alignment done as well as it will through off the geometry of the wheels. Definately check out pricing from places like NAPA and other resellers as OEM parts are usually made by the same people as the ones you find aftermarket.

    If it's a bad wheel bearing(typically gives you a growling noise when you drive as well but not always) will be the most expensive guess pricing around $200-300 for the unit and 1.5-2 hours to replace. If you can do your own brakes you can do this job too as they are pretty easy to remove and replace. I replaced a front wheel bearing on my 01 Z28 in about an hour total with hand tools off a jack and I am not a mechanic.

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    Car's still in the shop, apparently they need to order a new PCM (I'm guessing power control module?) to correct the throttle problem... we'll see how that goes, still feels to me like it's a tranny problem, but as for the wheel shaking... have a feeling it might not be covered under warranty so I am very thankful for you posting those approximate costs, LSCTS... greatly appreciated.

    It's been killin' me that I haven't been able to cruise this weekend... been a prisoner in my own home.

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    Okay, they sent the car to Cadillac and apparently Cadillac said that the PCM would not be covered under warranty as it is electrical... said that a new PCM will cost them $400 bucks to get, which they won't pay out of their pocket.
    What the hell? I don't even know if one of these things really even goes for 400 bucks. Seems like a cash grab to me... I haven't even owned the car for 2 weeks... it's been in the shop for 5 days out of those 2 weeks.

    Nightmare.

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    Just got a call back from the service dept.... they're going to pay for the PCM out of their own pocket.... so relieved.
    Probably looking at a Thursday pickup... hopefully.

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    Re: Looking for reliable shop

    I have a similar problem #1 and also looking for a reliable shop in the GTA. Most recently, I have a humming noise coming from the rear of the car and i am guessing it might be wheel bearing.

    Can anyone also recommend a good place via PM?

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