Does the same oil change mileage (4-5K) you recommended in your article at AOL Autos apply to a 2009 Cadillac CTS V8 that uses synthetic oil?
Ann in Ft. Worth, TX
Your Cadillac uses 5W30 synthetic motor oil. It also has an OLM (Oil Life Monitor) that is calibrated using synthetic motor oil as a baseline for oil life calculation. Thus, your drain intervals will be higher than for regular petroleum based oil (4-5K miles). Just follow the dictates of the light and use OEM quality motor oil and you should get a lot of miles out of your Caddy!
I just had the oil changed on my 2005 Toyota Highlander V6. The service rep recommended a power steering flush. What is this and is it needed? The car has 50,000 miles. Thanks for the help and information.
Dan in S.C.
I checked the Toyota maintenance schedule for your 4Runner and it does not mention power steering fluid replacement at all. Now my question is: What is the condition of the fluid? Is it red or clear with no indication of metal flakes or material in it? Or is it dark red or black in color? Does it smell burnt? If dark color is evident along with metal flakes, I would suggest a fluid flush; in addition, I would also check the system for a problem. Perhaps there is a bad power steering pump or bad steering rack? Just a fluid flush will not solve the root cause of the problem and the fluid is sure to become contaminated again. Success to you.
The ABS light on my ’95 Celica has been on for some time. The brakes are working fine. Should I do something about this or just leave it alone?
Gabriel from MD
Don’t ignore the light. A lit ABS light is an indication that there is something wrong with the system. ABS systems are made up of a brake computer, hydraulic control unit, wiring, and wheel speed sensors at each wheel. Typically, when the ABS indicator lights up, it’s usually due to a bad wheel speed sensor. However, I would not assume this to be the case. Have a scan done of the ABS control module for codes and proceed from there. I wish you success.
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