Do You Know Where?  

New2Midlo 52M  
722 posts
9/28/2021 1:40 pm

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10/1/2021 1:52 pm

Do You Know Where?

I may have mentioned appropriating my parents' old person mobile (2010 Cadillac SUV) because after his head trauma, I don't trust my father to drive, much less learn a new area. In a word, this vehicle sucks. Again, I may have previously shared some of the infamous Generic Motors idiocy of design. My favorite is the parking aid suite. It has proximity sensors, front and rear, as well as a backup camera. Most cars do, these days. However, GM has gone to great lengths to make them mostly useless. Neither of these engages until you put the car in reverse, so don't pull into a spot counting on the sensors to keep you from bumping something. The camera not only takes four seconds to come on, leaving you dead in the water, but has the resolution of an Etch a Sketch.

Again, because it's a GM product, shit has obviously begun to break, despite the car only having 55k miles on it. The one that I'm trying to address at the moment is the windshield washer reservoir. I can't be sure whether it's the tank or something connected to it, but it will dump its entire contents on the driveway within hours of being topped off.

Those of us who've worked on cars will remember the washer fluid reservoir being right under the hood. I remember swapping the one out in the VW GTI I put two hundred thousand miles on. It was next to the engine on the driver's side and required the removal of three screws to pull it. That's not the case in this vehicle. Do you know where the reservoir is? It's in the damned fender. No, not next to the fender, but IN IT. Accessing the tank requires the removal of a wheel and the protective skirting in the wheel well. It may require more, but that's all I could uncover online.

And, because fuck my life, I jacked up the car, placed a jack stand (for safety), grabbed by impact gun, and promptly discovered one of the batteries is toast (the one in the charger) and the other needed to be charged. One might suggest me to be lazy, not removing the lug nuts manually. However, the only shops I've encountered that torque them properly are those that service exotics, which a Caddy is not. Those nuts were tightened using the tighten the fuck out of them with an air gun method and removal sans power tools will fuck you up. Been there, done that.

I may or may not report back, once I have the car in pieces...

New2Midlo 52M  
1075 posts
9/28/2021 1:40 pm

Not as though I don't have the time.

Paulxx001 65M  
22616 posts
9/28/2021 4:55 pm

I've been driving Hondas almost all my life β€” except for a brief period of time when I drove a Ford Van; my band prompted THAT purchase. It was on its last legs, but boy it rocked and did we have a blast! πŸ‘ 😊

Every one of the dozens of rental cars I've ever driven have been American πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ and I LOVED them. Gadgets and power and, well, I was NEVER disappointed. So what you're saying is β€” get rid of the American models before the expiration of the warranty? πŸ€”

I drove a turbo Charger around for a week. Damn, did that thing rip! πŸ‘

New2Midlo replies on 9/28/2021 8:17 pm:
TBH, there aren't too many cars you want to own outside of warranty, these days. Honda's good, as you know. My Lexus has been amazing. 14 years old and 120k miles, the only thing that doesn't work is the lumbar support bladder in the driver's seat.

smallballs555 66M
141 posts
9/28/2021 6:17 pm

pity those of us that work on this crap every day and the exotics are fucking worse

New2Midlo replies on 9/29/2021 4:47 pm:
I used to wrench on my cars, mostly out of necessity and lack of money to pay a pro. But if you're working on current vehicles, you have my sympathy. A former partner bought a Mini, on which the water pump began leaking. Hey, I can do that job. Except I couldn't (or wouldn't) because it involved removing subframes, motor mounts, and all sorts of other shit.

secret_lade 48F  
9227 posts
9/30/2021 5:51 pm

Yikes! You're in for an afternoon of fun! Good Luck!

New2Midlo replies on 10/1/2021 1:52 pm:
Yes, it's been a laugh riot. It kept threatening to rain, but I finally said screw it and tackled it today. All I can say is I wish I'd have rinsed the inner fender out before starting. This thing's my shooting range car and my club is down a gravel road. Said inner fender was caked with mud and stuff. If you care, the leak's coming from the pump, for which I just ordered a replacement.

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