FAQs—Cadillac Escalade EXT
When the engine oil was changed on the Cadillac Escalade EXT, a leak was found. It turned out that the antifreeze has been mixed into the engine oil. What could explain this? What could have gone wrong?
Coolant/antifreeze wouldn't be mixed with oil unless there's a leak. This leak could come from a worn-out head gasket or a cracked head. A fracture in the engine block would allow the coolant to leak into the oil system. If the engine tends to overheat fast or operates at high temperatures, the failure could be blamed on a cracked head, gasket, or block. Check the coolant/antifreeze level and see if there's fluid contamination. Watch out for white smoke exiting the tail pipe. A wisp of white vapor or some water dripping from the tailpipe isn't unusual as this can be caused by condensation. But if a puff of white smoke comes out after it has warmed up, this is a sign of burning coolant, which means that the fluid is entering the cylinders and getting into the mix. It could also be that the coolant in the radiator or overflow bottle is already low.
How often should I replace the pads or change the fluid? How can I keep the brakes of my Cadillac working great?
Follow the maintenance and service schedule that's specified in the vehicle manual. Don't wait till the brakes are already worn out or causing safety and drivability problems. Know when to change the brake pads. Have the pads checked for wear every 12,000 miles. Take note of the acceptable thickness for the brake pad. Depending on your driving habits, type of vehicle, road condition, and traffic situations, you may have to replace the pads sooner than expected, before they get too thin. Some experts recommend pad replacement every 25,000 miles and brake fluid change every 20,000 to 25,000 miles. During oil changes, it may be best if you have the brake fluid checked to see if it's already contaminated or the fluid level is dropping too fast. In case of dirty brake fluid, the brake system needs to be flushed and refilled with fresh fluid. Check the owner's manual for the recommended type of brake fluid, one that could meet the vehicle's requirements and match the engine and brake system specs.
What causes grabby brakes? How can I have this problem fixed?
The brakes may slip and grab if the brake pads have oil, grease, or brake fluid on them. This could create jerk-like sensations whenever you hit the brakes. In case of grabby brakes, what you should do is have the brake pads inspected. They may be contaminated with oil, brake fluid, or grease. At all cost, you should stop the leaks. Find out where the leak is coming from. Check for a busted brake caliper or some other leaky components. Uneven braking or grabby brakes may also be traced to drums/rotors that are severely scored. In which case, you'll have to resurface them, keeping them smooth and parallel.
Cadillac Escalade EXT and Its Decade-long Run in the Industry
The Cadillac Escalade EXT is a product of the company’s attempt to make use of luxury SUV’s street credibility and popularity. It sports an ideal blend of a truck’s practicality, an SUV’s roomy interior, and those luxurious appointments Cadillacs have been known for. Basically, the EXT is a Chevrolet Avalanche in the back with a nose and front styling of an Escalade. Despite the weird mix of utility and luxury, the Escalade EXT is capable of playing different roles with aplomb.
2002 Escalade EXT: New luxurious crossover with coy ruggedness
The Cadillac Escalade EXT was introduced for 2002 model year as an all-wheel-drive crew-cab luxury truck. Its love-it or hate-it styling masks a powerful 345 hp 6.0L gas-powered V8 engine matched with a 4-speed automatic transmission. It seats five people, but if you want more room for you cargo, you can easily drop the Midgate panel bed between the truck’s bed and the cabin. Among its luxurious appointments are power accessories, keyless entry, and dual zone auto climate control.
Escalade EXT units sold in 2003 are basically a carry-over of the original design plus additional features such as cruise control, a trip computer, as well as AM/FM/CD car stereo. For the 2004 model year, the Escalade EXT got an XM satellite radio, a tire pressure monitor, and a trailer package.
What’s new for 2005 EXT is the sliding load floor for the truck’s cargo bed plus a redesigned gauge cluster and touch-screen capability with optional navigation system. Moreover, 2006 model year was marked by the addition of the power-operated tonneau cover.
2007 Escalade EXT: Improved dynamics and versatile cargo capacity
The original Escalade EXT has survived for several years without a redesign, not until 2007 when it was fully revamped. The 2007 Escalade EXT sport utility truck received an all-new fully boxed frame, a more powerful 6.2-liter V-8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic, and a significantly upgraded cabin.
Since the full redesign was still fresh, the EXT just got some equipment revisions for 2008. There were minor changes for the 2009 model year, such as the inclusion of a side blind spot alert system, satellite radio, power tilting steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and standard navigation system with real-time traffic information.
The 2010 model year was marked by the introduction of three trim levels—Base, Luxury, and Premium. Significant upgrades for the 2011 Escalade EXR were the noise-reducing laminated glass and upgraded audio system.
2012 - 2013 Escalade EXT: Carries and tow things in complete luxury
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT remained unchanged, save for navigation system updates and the inclusion of the Electronic Stability Control, standard anti-rollover technology, daytime running lights, and some other upgrades.
For 2013 model year, the Escalade EXT is still equipped with the Midgate panel that could transform this 5-passenger luxury sport utility truck into a 2-passenger SUV with an 8’ truck bed. What powers it is a 6.2-liter V-8 that can generate 403 horses and 417 lb-ft of torque. Among the new luxurious appointments and safety features are vehicle stability assist, advanced airbags, power sunroof, DVD entertainment system, 22-inch wheels, power liftgate, and many others.