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Hi all,

A newbie from Scotland UK is about to look at a 1986 Eldorado. Can anyone mention some points I should look out for?

Thanks in advance
 

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Enjoy your car!!! Im not really familiar with the older Caddy models, but hopefully others will chime in and give you some pointers.
 

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Enjoy your car!!! Im not really familiar with the older Caddy models, but hopefully others will chime in and give you some pointers.
Thanks :thumbsup:
I've already found out to look for brown sludge on the oil filler cap..lol
anything else? Water leaks?
 

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I also read to stay away from the 4.1? Unfortunately I don't really have that option as these cars are pretty scarce here.
Is the 4.1 really that bad?:confused:
 

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oh well..it's too late now :)
Gonna pick the car up in an hour
 

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Sorry you didnt get more info. Usually guys here are very responsive. Be sure to come back and post some pics when you get her home!!
 

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Sorry you didnt get more info. Usually guys here are very responsive. Be sure to come back and post some pics when you get her home!!
Hi S Preston. no problems..I decided to take the gamble..lol. It does have some issues which I will post shortly :)

I just got her home and the weather isn't that great so I'll take some pics tomorrow and post 'em:thumbsup:
 

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Re: proud new owner.

Right...I've just pulled the codes and the results are:

E030 (History) ISC RPM out of range
E052 (History) PCM Memory Reset
B127 (current) Sensor Circuit Problem Parking Brake Release
B448 (History) Low A/C refrigerant
B552 (History) BCM Memoy Reset

then at the end it stays on -- ECM? --:hmm:

I'll give it a quick wash after lunch and take some pics as promised :)
 

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Umm somebody should be able to help you with your codes. Clear them and see which ones come back. Congrats on the new purchase!!
 

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cleared the codes and now have only 1 left
B127 (current) Sensor Circuit Problem Parking Brake Release

I had a look at the caliper (passenger side) and the lever for the P brake was pulled tight yet the wheel moved freely. The foot brake did work though.

I took the caliper off and assumed it was operating as any other (european) caliper so I tried to push the piston back in and of course that did not work so I managed to get the piston out to have a look inside....what a surprise, there is a stud in the caliper:hmm:
In short...when trying to put the piston back I damaged the outer seal and these are about impossible to get here...:(
Any tips on how to reassemble the caliper again? I've noticed that it is very hard to get the piston back in the seals.
 

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Hmm u may have to order the part online somewhere that offers international shipping. Shouldnt be to hard to get a caliper for that car. I dont think the piston was supposed to come out that way. Did you use a c-clamp when trying to push the piston into the caliper?
 

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yes, the piston needs screwed back in but I'm having trouble doing this cause of the very tight seals....any tips for this?
 

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Do you have a tool or are you trying to use your hands/fingers?
Is there a tool for this?
But at the moment I'm using my hands and a g-clamp but obviously that doesn't work too well :hmm:
 

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Yes, here is the most generic form here
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/WMR-W80621
You can make your own... you only need two pins a certain distance apart and a way to connect to a ratchet/drill.... If you need a drill to push it back in, you probably need a new caliper... you should have to spin it "too many times"
 

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Yes, here is the most generic form here
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/WMR-W80621
You can make your own... you only need two pins a certain distance apart and a way to connect to a ratchet/drill.... If you need a drill to push it back in, you probably need a new caliper... you should have to spin it "too many times"
Hi STSS...thanks for your reply. I've just ordered 2 calipers incl new pads from your lovely country :) Only $119 delivered to the UK..quite a good price me thinks
 
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