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CTS-V Unique Features Not Common with Other Cadillac Vehicles

Subject: CTS-V Unique Features Not Common with Other Cadillac Vehicles
Message #: CAS20040022
Corporate Bulletin Number 04-00-89-027 is currently available in SI.

Models: 2004–2005 Cadillac CTS-V

This bulletin is intended to inform dealers of some of the unique features and functions of this model.

Stiff Ride

Important: Ensure that the tire pressure is at 30 psi (210 kPa) for both front and rear tires.

The CTS-V has a noticeably stiffer suspension than the CTS. This may not bother the performance car enthusiast, but Cadillac loyalist and those with traditional Cadillac expectations may not find this feature appealing.

Rear Axle Hop

The independent 5-link rear suspension on the CTS-V is designed to keep the tires and wheels stuck to the road. However, in extreme loss of drive wheel traction or abusive applications of power, if the throttle is not reduced, the effects of the suspension's design to keep the tire firmly against the road surface will result in a noticeable, abrupt wheel/axle hop.

Handling in Snow

The CTS-V is equipped with P245/45WR18 Extended Mobility Tires (EMT, or run-flat). These are Goodyear F1 Supercar performance-oriented tires and provide the ultimate handling for the combination street and track environment. They are not, however, all-season tires and will not give optimum performance in mud or snow. If the CTS-V is to be driven in areas that regularly experience adverse winter conditions, snow tires of the same size on all four wheels should be considered. Never exceed the speed rating for your selected tire. Winter tires will be available in the future.

Brake Dust

Brembo high performance brake systems are on all four corners of the CTS-V. A key requirement of a high performance lining is to dissipate heat from the braking system, thus resisting fade, cooling rotors and preventing brake fluid boil. A by-product of this heat dissipation, though, is brake dust. Brake dust accumulation on wheel faces is normal and common with high performance linings.

Critical Tire Pressure Monitor

Tire pressure monitor systems are emerging on many vehicles and add additional safety and awareness regarding tire inflation. TPM was selected for the CTS-V because it uses EMT run-flat tires and does not have a spare. Specified tire pressures are critical on the CTS-V due to the window of the TPM calibration. Tires come from the factory filled at 38?psi (260?kPa) to ensure proper sealing of the bead seat and to prevent tire damage in tied-down shipping. If not adjusted to the correct 30?psi (210?kPa) tire placard specification by the dealer, the tire, when warmed up, will easily exceed the 42?psi (290?kPa) limit on the TPM and illuminate system warnings and faults to the driver. Excessive pressures will also turn an already very stiff ride into a harsh poor handling experience.

Rough Idle

The 400?horsepower LS6 V8 engine derives its awesome power through a combination of displacement, stroke and tuning. A key element of this combination is giving the engine better "breathing" ability through unique camshaft to valve lift and duration. The efficient process of getting the air/fuel mixture in and exhaust gases out of the combustion chamber is achieved through this higher valve lift and longer valve open times. The result of camshaft design results in what is commonly referred to as an unstable idle or the random roughness of the engine. This is normal and does not indicate a concern.

1-4 Skip Shift

This feature helps the driver get the best possible fuel economy. When certain parameters are met, the transmission will force the driver to perform a 1st to 4th shift, not allowing a shift to 2nd gear. The following conditions must be met in order for this to happen:

  • • the engine coolant temperature is higher than 169°F (76° C),
  • • vehicles speeds are 15-19?mph (24-31?km/h) and
  • • the throttle percentage is 21 or less

    There is a 1-4 indicator in the speedometer Driver Information Center, but it does not illuminate all of the time. It is only momentarily in presence and is usually not seen. This will be a very aggravating feature if not adequately explained to the driver.

    Brake Lining Bind After Setting

    The Brembo brake components have a tendency to a light bind, often noted as resistance, then a light clunk when attempting to move the vehicle forward or rearward after a cold soak. This is usually noticed after parking, when the brakes have been wet, as in driving in the rain or just after a car wash. This is normal and does not effect the operation or performance of the brakes.

    Driveline Clunk on Declutch in Parade Type Driving

    While driving in a steady, slow speed parade-type situation, a clunk-clunk noise from the driveline may be heard when depressing and releasing the clutch pedal or between shifts.This noise is characteristic of torque reversal of the driveline due to component architecture and is not a condition of operational concern. This noise may be slightly more noticeable on the CTS-V than the base CTS model due to rotating inertia of the large dual mass flywheel and larger diameter propshaft. This condition is normal and no repairs should be attempted.

    Oil Life System and Mobil-1 Oil

    Mobil-1 synthetic engine oil is the factory fill for the CTS-V. Oils other than Mobil-1 may be used as long as they meet GM Standard?GM4718M. Oils may be identified as synthetic but may not meet this standard. Mobil-1 meets all of the requirements. Oil life may seem shorter on the CTS-V because the OLS algorithm uses factors of engine RPM and coolant temperature cycles, both of which the CTS-V will experience in greater fluctuations. This may result in shorter intervals as compared to other Cadillac vehicles.

    Navigation But No Voice Commands

    The navigation radio system used in the CTS-V functions similarly to the unit used on the CTS, with a few exceptions. Since the steering wheel controls on the CTS-V are for the I/P DIC, traction control, and cruise control, you do not have any re-configurable controls, OnStar® interface or voice command controls. Voice command, therefore, is unavailable on the CTS-V.

    Memory Functions

    The driver 1 and 2 seat and mirror memory functions are the same as the CTS, with one exception. Because the CTS-V has a manual transmission, these functions will only work when the parking brake is set, whether the driver uses the RKE or the 1 and 2 button on the driver's door panel.

    G-Force Meter

    A lateral accelerometer display is located in the left instrument panel display, under the tachometer. It can be accessed by using the outer most rocker switch on the left steering wheel spoke. In this mode, the meter will display momentary and peak lateral acceleration. To reset the peak acceleration to zero, simply press and hold down the outer most rocker switch on the left spoke of the steering wheel while the G-force meter is displayed.

    Thanks ssmith100

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