Cadillac Engine Problems
Read below the questions that have been answered by Experts.
What does the message ‘reduced engine power/indicate in a Cadillac engine?Can a 270 HP Cadillac Northstar engine be replaced with a standard Cadillac motor? A Northstar engine is the only one that Cadillac used in these cars, and the only one that will bolt up to that transmission.
How to reset the Cadillac service engine light?In order to reset the service engine light, the "NEG" cable can be removed from the battery for 15 minutes. However, if the reason for the light coming on needs to be addressed, most local ‘big chain’ parts stores like Auto Zone, Pepboys, etc., (except in CA) will read the "p-codes" from the on-board computer for free. Once the p-codes are read, then the problem can be accurately and efficiently diagnosed.
What does the error code PO496 on a Cadillac engine mean when it won’t start?The code P0496 sets when the computer senses continuous purge of the evap system. This, along with the problem starting the vehicle indicates a problem with the purge solenoid. This repair would cost about $100.
How to replace the purge valve solenoid on the Cadillac engine?First disconnect the purge line from the purge valve solenoid, then disconnect the purge valve solenoid electrical connector. The next step would be to disconnect the purge line from the manifold side of the purge valve solenoid, and finally, the purge valve solenoid could be removed from the bracket. The procedure needs to be reversed to install the new part.
What does a flashing engine light on a Cadillac engine indicate?fuel injectors etc. This could be checked with a scan tool to detect the fault codes as it may be cylinder specific. The misfire data list on the scan tool needs to be observed to confirm which cylinder is misfiring. After this, the spark, compression, and fuel injector should be tested along with the fuel pressure to locate why the cylinder or cylinders are misfiring. When the codes are read, the scan tool will also indicate what emission components have set codes, after which they can be diagnosed and the fault can be repaired. The best place to have these codes read is a local dealer. It is important to first find the faulty cylinder and emission component.
The Cadillac engine with its improved and refined components could still face issues and require replacements of parts. When faced with issues, questions arise in the minds of owners. When questions arise, turning to an Expert for additional assistance would be the best option.