2004 Cadillac DeVille Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2004 Cadillac DeVille as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

Failure of the catalytic converter can result in illumination of the Check Engine Light.

The torque converter clutch (TTC) may stop working due to an internal transmission failure. The Check Engine Light will illuminate if this occurs. Our technicians tell us the transmission will require dis-assembly to correct this concern.

The steering wheel position sensor may fail, resulting in the service stability message being displayed.

The crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to stall intermittently, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate.

Water may be drawn into the secondary air injection (AIR) pump causing the pump to fail and the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a kit available from General Motors to relocate the air intake for the pump which should prevent future damage from water intrusion.

Illumination of the Check Engine Light may be the result of a loose or worn gas cap.

You may be able to prevent transmission problems by servicing the transmission and inspecting the fluid every 30,000 miles. If the fluid is dark or burned then the transmission system should be completely flushed.

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an engine vacuum leak from the intake manifold area.

The parking brake may not release automatically due to a failed vacuum switch or actuator. Our technicians tell us that if vacuum is supplied to the actuator when the transmission is in gear, the vacuum switch is functioning and replacing the actuator should correct this concern.

Two likely causes for the Check Engine Light to illuminate would be a loose or worn gas cap or a faulty catalytic converter.

The water pump and/or the plastic side tanks on the radiator may leak causing a loss of coolant. The engine may overheat due to coolant loss. Continued coolant loss after external leaks have been repaired could indicate a blown head gasket.

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart. Our technicians recommend replacing the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to help prevent undue strain on the fuel pump.

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

One or both transmission output shaft seals may leak. Our technicians tell us that worn bushings inside the transmission could be the cause of the damaged seals. Our technicians tell us that if a bushing is worn, excess play will be noted where the drive axle attaches to the transmission.