PROGRESS REPORT 2/50: 2007 CADILLAC CTS RESTORATION PROJECT.

An update on my 2007 Cadillac CTS's restoration progress.

6w ago
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Previously on the 2007 Cadillac CTS restoration project, the transmission was inspected and determined that the fluid needed to be changed. Since then, the fluid has been partially changed. 4.5 quarts of the 9 required have been put in and I performed a test through the system to apply more fluid. It is safe to conclude that the transmission does not need to be replaced.

Cadillac CTS subframe.

Cadillac CTS subframe.

However, new issues have developed. The subframe needs to be repaired. Visually speaking, the undercarriage was in impeccable condition excluding the subframe. I plan to clear the rust and weld some steel plates and properly fix the issue.

Power Steering Pump.

Power Steering Pump.

The next issue is the power steering pump and lines. The lines need to be completely replaced and the system needs a fluid flush as it turned to a milk colour, which is indicative that air is in the system. The pump is in good condition but the lines are shot. I have new lines ordered and they'll be in soon.

2007 Cadillac CTS Fog and Driving Lights

2007 Cadillac CTS Fog and Driving Lights

The next issue is a wiring problem with the fog and driving lamps. I figured it was a dead bulb but after performing a test drive yesterday (Tuesday, March 23rd) I hit a dip in the road and the lights turned on. I plan on assessing the wiring harness and fixing any shorts or loose wires.

2007 Cadillac CTS Trunk Latch

2007 Cadillac CTS Trunk Latch

The final issue is the trunk latch. It is broken and I have to order a new one and replace it. Not a major issue. The previous owner I suspect was the one who broke it (I am the third owner). There is also the issue of the gas shocks on the trunk lid that need to be replaced. The trunk lid weighs roughly 45 pounds so it's not light, to say the least without the working shocks.

Conclusion:

I will be providing an update late Saturday evening when I finish working on the transmission again. I plan to finish the fluid change, test it on the road again, and determine if it runs and drives well. From there, the power steering lines will be replaced and then possibly the bodywork repairs will commence.

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Comments (6)

  • Looks like your making good progress!

      1 month ago
    • Well, there's still a lot of work ahead but I've got it narrowed down on what works and what doesn't.

        1 month ago
  • Hope it goes well! Car restoration can be tough work!

      1 month ago
    • It can be for sure. I'd love to have a lift in my garage. It would make things so much easier. That may be something I consider in the future.

        1 month ago
  • Sounds like a lot of fairly simple stuff

      1 month ago
    • For the most part, yes. However, after the small stuff is out of the way then it comes time to repair the body rust and repaint the car. After the car is fixed then I have some visual features I want to return back to the factory. Restoring the...

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