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how much would it cost to get the trunk and the blinkers fixed?


I can't tell you without knowing what the problems are.

I will go only by what I know could be the problems. If the turn signals don't flash, chances are that it is a flasher. There are two flashers in the car. Depending on where the fuse box is located, one was in the fuse box. A round yellow, blue or silver component. The second is under the dash located somewhere near the steering column. If you find the four way and listen for it with the emergencies turned on, remove and find the turn signal flasher. Put the 4 way flasher in place of the regular flasher. If turn signals work, just buy a flasher for the 4 ways (about $10) and you are good to go.
As I said, I am only guessing the problem, since you did not specify.

The second common problem is where the trunk will not close because of a defective pull down. I never liked these Cadillac features and these were the only car that had this feature. It's more trouble than it is worth and can become expensive to diagnose and repair.

However, I can make this repair cost you nothing. Open the trunk. Look upward and at the end of the trunk (Highest part) lid, you will see a plastic panel with some screws holding it. Remove panel. Remove panel on the body where you see the latch. Look upward again at the latch. You will see three bolts with a 10 mm head. Loosen those bolts. You will see where the holes in the latch where the bolts go are slotted. Push the latch upward, not quite to the end of the slots. Tighten bolts. Try closin lid like you would on any other car. If trunk closes tightly, put the panels back and your done. If the trunk does not latch, try adjusting the latch a little lower and tighten. It will take some playing around until you get the trunk lid closed to the way you want it. That costs nothing to fix.

I hope my thoughts help you and if not, you will need to be more specific as to the problems you are having.

Please excuse me, but I am going to little business promotion here because my answer to assist you was so extensive.

Good luck!

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Rob Painter


Alarm system questions cannot be answered on this forum. These systems are not what I can answer. Without being physically at the vehicle and not knowing what kind of electrical service has been done on the vehicle, there is no possible way to give an accurate answer over the internet. My expertise is in Ignition/key based anti-theft systems. These issues include GM VATS (resistor chip in key blade) PASSLOCK (MRD)-ignition lock rotation based, no special ignition key and the PKIII Transponder (computer chip in key) systems. These systems are not alarm based and are integral with the starting of the engine. This is why I cannot diagnose alarm problems without physically looking at the vehicle: Alarm systems are a completely different annimal than ignition key/lock based anti-theft system. Many alarm questions come from vehicles 10 years old, and since older, many hands that had been involved over the years.I am an expert in all GM factory (ignition/key based)systems. Alarm system questions pose to many situations beyond my knowledge as to what has been done to the vehicle over the years. Some guy may have actually wired the stereo into the alarm system. Who knows? Over my past 30 years in vehicle wiring repair, I have seen unbelievable wiring disaters done by guys that consider themselves "mechanics." I have seen stereos and alarms intalled using surgical tape. I have seen modules burn up, un-fused circuits, wiring jambed between the doors and even lamp cord used for a starter kill. To answer alarm questions over the internet without examining the vehicle is like asking; What does it take to remove a dent?


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