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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    ^What was it they found in the first place? Was it the dizzy spinning around because of the missing clamp?
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Quote Originally Posted by greencadillacmatt View Post
    ^What was it they found in the first place? Was it the dizzy spinning around because of the missing clamp?
    We had put a regular washer there which wasn't doing anything at all, so yes, it was spinning around.

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Is it back on the road now? (Forgive me if I seem out of the loop. As a fellow '84-er, I love seeing another get back on the road.
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    What's next, reschedule emissions test?
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Quote Originally Posted by greencadillacmatt View Post
    Is it back on the road now? (Forgive me if I seem out of the loop. As a fellow '84-er, I love seeing another get back on the road.
    I haven't picked it up from the shop yet because my boss didn't let me take a day off this week.

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    What's next, reschedule emissions test?
    Yup. When I go pick it up, I have to make sure none of the codes are coming back and that it drives well. Then, if I'm lucky, I make the scary trek up highway 17 to San Jose to get it emissions tested. I have a feeling there may be one more thing that needs to be fixed before we take it up to San Jose.

    Btw, something weird I noticed... the tail of the car is sitting REALLY low, like the shocks are dead or something. I had replaced the shocks 6 months before I stopped driving the car. Do shocks poop out just from sitting?

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Does your car have ELC? (Electronic Level Control)

    Shocks don't keep the car level. They only keep it from bouncing too much over bumps.
    You probably have worn out springs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigm57ict View Post
    Does your car have ELC? (Electronic Level Control)
    Yes, but when I replaced the shocks last time, I wasn't able to get the ELC compatible ones (they said they stopped making them?). I didn't have time to search around for the right shocks back then, and my friend said regular shocks would work fine, and he was right, they worked well. The tail of the car had stayed at the same level until just the last few weeks, so something has changed. How can I know whether I have bad springs?

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Springs don't usually collapse suddenly like that unless they physically break. If the shocks have gone bad, and they can go bad suddenly if they develop a leak or somesuch, the car will settle down, and the effect will be more pronounced if the fronts are still good. You had the engine out of the car for a while, fundementally changing the weight distribution and putting a sustained extra stress on the rear suspension. This may have compressed the rear springs or worn the shocks to the point of sudden failure.
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Quote Originally Posted by 77CDV View Post
    Springs don't usually collapse suddenly like that unless they physically break. If the shocks have gone bad, and they can go bad suddenly if they develop a leak or somesuch, the car will settle down, and the effect will be more pronounced if the fronts are still good. You had the engine out of the car for a while, fundementally changing the weight distribution and putting a sustained extra stress on the rear suspension. This may have compressed the rear springs or worn the shocks to the point of sudden failure.
    Actually I did all the work with the engine still in (a few more bolts and it practically would have been out though... lol). I'll inspect the shocks and the springs next time I'm at the Caddy. Maybe it'll be easier to see which it is by looking at it. :/

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    If the shocks are blown, they'll usually be leaking.

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Cherie, I just read all of your posts, and I am impressed by your determination! Doing the type of work you are doing without the benefit of a garage is tough. I really hope all goes well with your engine. I wonder, though, if you might want to have your car checked out at another place? First, a third set of eyes couldn't hurt. Secondly, especially in California, where older cars are much more common, maybe you could find someone who works more often on older cars? I don't get the impression that the head gasket issue has really been answered/resolved by the current shop. It sounds like they are not doing a good job of communicating what they have found. I know the 4100 is not a power house, but it should be able to go up a hill. Anyway, thanks for the great read, and I'm rooting for you and your old Caddy.

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Caddy update: Went down to the shop, and just as we were getting ready to pull the batteryto take it jome to charge, my husband noticed that they hooked the throttle spring directly to the valve cover screw *headdesk* with the bracket its supposed to be hooked to nowhere in sight... even worse, a valve cover scre they replaced was left too long and wasnt even holdig down the valve cover... soo it goes without sayin hat we just talked to the tech and manager and asked them to fix it and try to figure out what they did with my bracket. I even showed them a picture of the bracket sothat they can remember what theyre looking for.

    Anyways, im off to work. More details later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebulosity
    Caddy update: Went down to the shop, and just as we were getting ready to pull the batteryto take it jome to charge, my husband noticed that they hooked the throttle spring directly to the valve cover screw *headdesk* with the bracket its supposed to be hooked to nowhere in sight... even worse, a valve cover scre they replaced was left too long and wasnt even holdig down the valve cover... soo it goes without sayin hat we just talked to the tech and manager and asked them to fix it and try to figure out what they did with my bracket. I even showed them a picture of the bracket sothat they can remember what theyre looking for.

    Anyways, im off to work. More details later.
    Sounds like its time to look for another shop. That kind of halfassery is unacceptable (to me anyways).
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Quote Originally Posted by nebulosity View Post
    Caddy update: Went down to the shop, and just as we were getting ready to pull the batteryto take it jome to charge, my husband noticed that they hooked the throttle spring directly to the valve cover screw *headdesk* with the bracket its supposed to be hooked to nowhere in sight... even worse, a valve cover scre they replaced was left too long and wasnt even holdig down the valve cover... soo it goes without sayin hat we just talked to the tech and manager and asked them to fix it and try to figure out what they did with my bracket. I even showed them a picture of the bracket sothat they can remember what theyre looking for.

    Anyways, im off to work. More details later.
    Sorry to hear that. I hope they get it all straightened out.

    BTW, Dose this mean we should stop posting ideas in the "How To Really Convey Appreciation/Gratitude To Your Mechanic?" thread?

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Geesh. That is extraordinary incompetence. Are these ASE certified techs? Might be time to part ways with that shop.
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