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Cadillac CTS Shocks

Common Issues behind Cadillac CTS Shock Problems

Built to dampen and smooth out shock impulses, your Cadillac CTS's shock absorbers basically dissipate and absorb energy. Since your car's shocks literally absorb the daily rigors of the open road, they are prone to wear and tear, which leads to all sorts of suspension problems ranging from uneven tire wear to your car veering in side winds. If your Cadillac CTS starts to swerve under brakes or its nose dips when you are braking, better check your car's suspension, and do some troubleshooting. Below are some common issues encountered with Cadillac CTS shocks, and the possible factors behind them:


If you hear excessive rattling or a swishing sound from under your Cadillac CTS while driving, it could be due to damaged bump rubber or dust cover. Inspect your shocks, and look for signs of wear on the dust cover and bump rubber. Also, if you see any signs of damage to the piston rod, it's best to replace the entire shock assembly.

Front Nose Dips When Braking

If you see oil drips on your garage floor, the first thing you would do is to check for engine leaks but there aren't any leaks coming from the engine itself. You take your Cadillac CTS for a drive and when you step on the brakes, the car's nose tends to dip. You step out of your car, and you notice a trail of oil drips but your engine is fine. Leaking oil from a shock absorber is a bit hard to identify especially if you frequently check your car's engine. In this case, you have to inspect the car's under chassis to check the shocks. Oil leakage is usually a result of a damaged piston rod. Worn-out shocks must be replaced with a new set of shocks to solve the nose-dipping issue.

Rocking and Rolling Over Bumps

When your Cadillac CTS starts to rock and roll over uneven surfaces, speed bumps, and railway tracks, the coil springs around the car's shock absorbers could be worn out. Check the coil springs for signs of corrosion or breakage. Corroded coil springs usually break at the top or bottom due to the high levels of stress. Worn out coil springs can affect your shock's performance, making your ride extremely bumpy.

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  • Tips on How to Keep Your Cadillac CTS Shocks in Good Condition

    Your Cadillac CTS shocks ensure you have a comfortable ride, prolong the life of the car's other components, and give you more control over your car. Shocks also play a vital role in your car's suspension system, which helps absorb and dissipate energy to improve ride quality. Since these parts actually take the brunt of varying road conditions, they tend to wear out over time, leading to numerous suspension problems. Problems like the car's front end diving, shaking and rattling while driving on uneven roads, or even sliding when applying on the brakes. Preventive maintenance is the key in keeping your car's shocks in good condition. Here are some tips to help you maintain your Cadillac CTS' shocks:

    • Constantly check for any signs of leaks
    • The first rule in preventive maintenance is to constantly do a visual inspection of your car's shock absorbers. Be on the lookout for any signs of leaks, especially oil leaks from the car's shocks. Lift your car off the ground, and check the shock absorbers. If you see any signs of leaks, check the shocks' rubber bushings and piston rod. Immediately replace any worn out bushings to plug the leaks. In the event that the piston rod is worn out, you will have to replace the entire shock assembly.
    • Keep your shock absorbers clean
    • Most people neglect to clean their car's shock absorbers. In reality, small road debris, dirt, mud, and other small particles affect the shocks performance. It's important to clean them to wash away dirt and other foreign particles. Also, these debris can cause corrosion damage to your Cadillac STS shocks and suspension system. The coil spring, for example, is an important part of your car's shocks. It helps by absorbing some of the vibrations while driving. Once it breaks, it will definitely affect the car's shocks, and eventually wear them out.
    • Secure all mounting bolts
    • If you hear a metallic clunking noise while driving your Cadillac CTS, it could be due to the shock's loose or worn mounting hardware. Make sure to check your car's shocks, and tighten its mounting hardware. Some shocks use a clevis type of mount which squeezes the shocks between mounting sleeves. Always make sure to apply the right amount of torque when securing mounting hardware. If the mounts are worn out, replace them immediately.