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Cadillac Escalade Maintenance and Repair



  • my 03 ext has done this a about 5 times in the last 6mo. i have owned it..lighted lock on dash stays on car will only start for 1 sec..i have previously disconnected the battery then tufn key until light goes out and it usually it is doing what is has done before but this time when i try to start it still only starts 1 sec and the lighted lock on dash flashes 1 long and 1 fast flash and then goes out..ii dont have a remote....what is the actual steps to reset antitheft without the remote..any help would be appreciated
  • farbifarbi Posts: 2
    Same thing happened to my 02 Escalade last year. Started with the humming sound, then would automatically break the front driver side tire by itself until I would tap the brake. To get around the problem I removed the ABS fuse from under the hood access box. I too was concerned about cost, so I rode around without the ABS for a couple of months, then finally took it to a trustworthy shop and they had to replace this pump type device behind the driverside rear wheel and total cost was 1,300.00. Good Luck, hope this helps.
  • farbifarbi Posts: 2
    Hello All...First the driver side seat stopped working then 2-3 months later the passenger side stopped. The switches on both sides light up when pressed and I have read on other sites about a clicking noise when switch is pressed. I do not hear anything when the heated switch is pressed. Does anyone know if that means that the problem could be something else instead of the element in the seat cushion???? Thanks.
  • I just purchased a beautiful 2003 Cadillac Escalde but cannot get the rear heat to work at all, it simply blows out cold air. I took it into the local Cadillac dealership service and one person told me something was wrong with it while another told me there was no rear heat in a 2003 Escalade. Bottom line I left the dealership service area after a day and paying for a rental from them with still NO rear heat. Can anyone confirm with me if the 2003 Escalade has rear heat????? There are seperate controls above the rear view mirror as well as back seat controls, everything works in different modes but only blows out cold air vents in rear.
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  • jeff618jeff618 Posts: 29
    Trying to save others some time & headaches... You don't have to go to the dealer for a replacement rear wiper blade on the 07-09+ Cadillac Escalades. It looks like the blade and arm are one piece but if you look closer, you'll see the wiper blade can be replaced and its actually quite simple. It's a special rear wiper blade though. There may be other alternatives, but the "Trico Exact Fit Rear Integral Blade" snaps right onto the special rear arm and looks like the factory original. You can find them online. Much cheaper than the dealer alternative and easier/less tedious than messing around with rubber blade refills. Comes with removal and replacement instructions too. Hope this helps.
  • ricadricad Posts: 1
    My 2000 Escalade's low beams work as running lights however, when the twilight function turns on the headlights, the low beams don't work. I have to use the highbeams to drive at night.
  • I am seriously considering buying a 2007 Escalade. I am worried about mechanical issues. Comments?

    How can I get information on what I should really be paying? 33k.
  • scootter1scootter1 Posts: 23
    Anyone know how to get the high brake light off the back of the 03 Escalade?? I looked at my wifes Sat trying to get it off?????? Pulled the two end screws and clips off the hinge's, but it seems like the thing is glued to the back window. It only has three bulbs inside burned out. Just wanted to see if there is a way to replace just the burned ones and not the whole unit. Unit is around $80.

  • Hi I am having the same problem with my 03 escalade, i was wondering if you ever got any awnsers on this heating situation. Its annoying not having rear heat, so any info would be very help full. thanks
  • Unfortunately not, I had it into the dealership for an oil change and tire rotation the other day and talked with them about it again (for the 3rd time). I am fed up with this dealership for many reasons (pretty sad when its a Cadillac dealership) a new dealership opened locally for Cadillacs so I am going to try taking it there hopefully within the next couple of weeks. If you find anything out in the meantime please let me know.
  • The problem with your rear heat, is most likely an actuator that is inoperative. I took my 2003 tahoe to the chevrolet dealer just recently and thats what they replaced. Now i have rear heat.
  • kasmirkasmir Posts: 3
    After I had the differential replaced my problem also continued. The next thing I did was have the transfer case replaced. Another HUGE expense, but it fixed the problem. People keep telling me that I need to trade, but have way too much $$$ invested to do that now! Hope this helps.
  • Thanks for such a quick response. I'll try and replace that first thing tomorrow. Hopefully this will finally resolve the grinding/growling/whining/clunking noise. I guess after that if I have any money left in my account I can spend the extra 3,500 they want to replace my slipping transmission as well. By the time I finish with all the repairs I will have spent just as much for repairs as I did for the truck itself. I might as well have bought a 2007 at this rate.
  • 4 O2 sensors. They cost on average $150 per. I had mine replaced at a shop, $1,000. They don't look too hard to get to but it mentions needing a special tool.
  • My escalade has 50k miles on it and for some reason the tach just quit that I mean it randomly sweeps up and down, sometimes it just lays there, etc. I have heard rumors that there might be a campaign on these & if not, is the dealer the only place to purchase (what I have heard) the replacement cluster. Thanks
  • jaxon2jaxon2 Posts: 5
    edited April 2010
    That ramdomly occurs with mine. More often than not the power windows, radio, wipers, etc. also cease to function. When the center console was slapped, all would be okay. I removed the console and a module the size of a pack of cigarettes is located within. I tightened all connectors, thinking a loose ground was the culprit. That was last fall. Although I haven't driven it that much since, it has yet to show itself. (I hope I'm not tempting fate!). I do not know if this is a dealer only part or if an aftermarket version is available nor do I know the replacement cost or even if it is the source of my problem. Chances are it is!
  • I had the same problem.I changed the rear auxiliary control module and i solved the problem.After, you need to recalibrate the system.If you need more technical help
    feel free to ask me.
  • regrahamregraham Posts: 26
    I have an '07 Escalade with only 41,000 km. Recently the brakes have begun to shudder, when applied. Is this normal to occur so soon? I also have an '07 GMC Denali pick-up with over 60,000 km and no brake problems yet.
    The Escalade is still under warranty. I know that brakes would not normally be covered under warranty but when this happens to soon might they be covered?
  • jaxon2jaxon2 Posts: 5
    Replaced $300 DEALER ONLY module. Problem corrected. :sick:
  • carolincarolin Posts: 1
    2002 Escalade with about 125,000 miles. no off road. Tires good. inflated to 30 psi. After warm-up of maybe 40 miles, when we enter a parking lot (for example)
    A chugging noise comes from the front axel area when making a gentle turn. The similiar sound as a 4 wheel on hard surface with the hubs locked. Does not always happen. And I can't make it happen with a really sharp turn.
    Our service garage says "Oh, The diffrentials and transfere case fluids need changing" $375.00 and we still have the same problem. I'm hesitant to take the car back to them without knowing more about the system myself!
    I know the car has an automatic stability system but I don't know how it works or if that has anything to do with it.. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  • mrsradcliff32mrsradcliff32 Posts: 1
    edited August 2010
    when i put it in drive it takes off really slow like its bogging and then my gages go back and forth and it doesnt act that way all the time i dont know what it could be
  • I have just bought a 2000 escalade today. My dream suv. But It blows cool air in both front and rear. I charged the system but no change. Blower is good. Switches work good. I can hear the compressor engage and disengage.. what else could it be
  • I have a 2000 Cadillac since new. I never had any problems with the truck until recently. When the brakes are cold in the front at low speeds the brakes will lock up or are extremely sensitive. However, once the brakes warm up they function fine. I brought it to the dealer and they can't figure out the problem but they they have stated that there is a problem. I just can't afford to let them search for the problem while I pay for the labor. I can do the job myself but need to know where to start or reach out to see if anyone has witnessed this problem. I am thinking of starting with the pads as there is no pull in the front end when applying the brakes. If the problem still occurs with the new pads I would move on to the calipers and front brake lines. At this point I don't think this has anything to do with the rear brakes. Any help will be appreciated.

  • Sounds like a bad evaporator...
  • i cant get the tail light assembly out to check the bulbs i took the two screws out of the side an i missing something?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Disconnect the lamp electrical connector from the lamp assembly.
    Remove the nuts from the back of the bracket.
    Remove the lamp assembly from the bracket.
    Remove the 4 lens screws.
    Remove the lens.
    Remove the gasket.
    Remove the bulb.

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  • My husband & I just bought our 2002 from a private owner 6 months ago. 2 months later, our escalade started making chugging noise from the front axel when we make turns into driveways & parking lots.

    We took it to Bergstrom automotive and they said the bearing hub is broken & needed to be replaced or else accidents may occur in the near future. Cost us $650ish just for the part and another 1k for labor.

    I think your problem is the same as our's. Good luck. ;)
  • I have a 2002 Escalade EXT AWD (bought new) that I simply love. Best vehicle I've ever owned and I am 65 years old. I treat it like a truck, not a limo. No oil leaks, ever. Change oil & filter every 6,000 miles ,+/ - . No more ON-STAR, though (analog model) .
    It has 164,585 miles on it, and, besides tires, I've only had to replace the battery (two months ago) and had new front brakes/rotors installed (I live on a steep hill and use low gear) two years ago. The "Service Engine Soon" light came on and, when diagnosed, battery replacement was indicated. Put new battery; problem resolved.
    Now, light is on again, and indication is one O2 sensor needs replacement. I used 85 octane gasoline when I drove to Minnesota three weeks ago (I live in Calif.) with an octane booster, as I've done in the past. Would that have affected sensor ? And, would that indicate that the other three sensors are bad, also ? How does the diagnostic meter know which sensor needs replacement ?
    If I do the work myself, how do I know if it is three wire or four wire, as there is a myriad O2 sensors for the 6.0L Cadillac engine ? Even 1 & 2 wire.
  • Has problem been resolved ? Might try checking wheel bearings and stabilizers, wheel alignment, especially, if like me, you installed bigger size wheels other than standard 17" wheeels and tires.
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