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Well most of the owners on this site may have already received their recall notices BUT just in case....

It seems that they finally figured out that melting the lenses with bulbs that were burning too hot was not good busness. So out comes the recall.

The delimma is whether or not anyone that has had their whole headlight assemblies replaced recently is affected by this latest notice OR if the problem has already been addressed. I have the dealership working on this issue "as we speak" and will let you know.

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My recall for my 2005 came in yesterday. When I took delivery, one lens had already been replaced. No problems, so far.
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I got a different headlight notice on my 05. Recall 06013 for a loose socket for the DRL's. Interestingly my dealer sent me a handwriten notice a week earlier than the official one from Cadillac letting me know they had the parts in stock. Sounds like free Starbucks and bagels for me one of these mornings.

I'm holding off taking it in until I get word Volant has their intake ready and then I will get a price on that at the same time and make sure they get dyno runs before and after.
 

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We got the "loose socket" one too. Already have had the headlight assemblies replaced... :lurk
 

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harry yarnell said:
Is the recall just for the DRL's or the melted lens? Or are they one in the same?
Just the DLR's for loose sockets which cause vibration leading to early bulb failure. Mine has 14,000 miles and no melting yet.
 

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I called my dealer today and asked about the new recall because like a lot of us they replace both of my head light assy. not long ago because of the heat damage from the bulbs.
I also got some kind of wiring harness update at that time that went with the new assy.
Anyway they told me today that this recall was for something else "bulb socket" and it had nothing to do with the other repairs that had been done.
I guess I will take it back in a week of so for this recall.

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Since The 700+ Mi Trip Back From Bg I Noticed The Melting Lenses. Today I Call The Cadillac Dealer If There Is A Call Back Does Anyone Know The Call Back Number On Them? Thanks All. Jim F
 

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Bob, I still have the original 04 lights! The dealer thinks that possibly one was replaced 3 yrs ago. The drivers side is real bad. I go to the dealer tomorrow. Jim
 

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Remember there are TWO issues with the 2004 lights:

1. Will require replacement of both Headlight assemblies (melted lenses).

2. Will require only the replacement of the "Pig Tail" wire to reduce the voltage to the lights.

My understanding is that the later replacement assemblies have integrated BOTH of these considerations.

The dealer should be able to "look up" your car history and tell right away if you have had ANY of the lights replaced. HOWEVER, IF he says one was DON'T BUY IT!!! Both need to be replaced--under warranty!!!

ALSO--The new lights should fit the contour of the fender --on the side and top. IF NOT they need to be re shimmed so that it is smooth from the painted surface to the clear lense. You already know this from your restoration business. BUT they may tell you that "it's the best they can do" NOT TRUE!!! I used the edge of a piece of thin cardboard to ensure they were flush and after a few "fitment trys" they are fine.

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Remember thare are TWO issues with the 2004 lights:

1. Will require replacement of both Headlight assemblies (melted lenses).

2. Will require only the replacement of the "Pig Tail" wire to reduce the voltage to the lights.

My understanding is that the later replacement assemblies have integrated BOTH of these considerations.

The dealer should be able to "look up" your car history and tell right away if you have had ANY of the lights replaced. HOWEVER, IF he says one was DON'T BUY IT!!! Both need to be replaced--under warranty!!!

ALSO--The new lights should fit the contour of the fender --on the side and top. IF NOT they need to be re shimmed so that it is smooth from the painted surface to the clear lense. You already know this from your restoration business. BUT they may tell you that "it's the best they can do" NOT TRUE!!! I used the edge of a piece of thin cardboard to ensure they were flush and after a few "fitment trys" they are fine.

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Did you readjust the fitting of your own lights?
I had mine replaced and the rubber trim sticks up some now.
I ask them about it and they said that the new lights don't fit like the old one.
I told them that should not be. Now that I have seen a lot of replacements I may have a run at them again. OR should I do it myself?
If you did it how hard was it?

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I've redone mine- it isn't hard.

Take out the bottom of the liner of the inner fender in the wheel well)- the headlights are held in by 3 nuts on the bottom of the housing. Take em out, and voila!! you're done! Lift the headlights straight out, but be careful to put painter's tape (THANKS, BRUCE!) on the fender & bumper to prevent scratching!!

You'll probably see some plastic spacers/washers on the bottom when you pull em out.

Your local parts store may have plastic washers in stock or you may have to make em yourself. Either way, it's actually a quick thing to do. You can also redo the black weatherstrip around it if you don't like the way it was put on.
 

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XLR I FL,
Did you readjust the fitting of your own lights?
I had mine replaced and the rubber trim sticks up some now.
I ask them about it and they said that the new lights don't fit like the old one.
I told them that should not be. Now that I have seen a lot of replacements I may have a run at them again. OR should I do it myself?
If you did it how hard was it?

Blaise
THAT'S EXACTLY the reason why I said "Don't accept sub standard work" !!!!

It tells me that they either don't know what they are doing OR are too lazy to fix it. Homegameroom is right. It isn't rocket science AND they should be able to do it.

In my case, I just happen to have a car background and didn't leave the dealership until it was as I wanted it. The XLR tech and his trained guys are terriffic!!! So I held the cardboard and they did the work as homegameroom described.

THE NEW UNITS WILL FIT JUST AS THE ORIGINAL ONES DID if you take the time.

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melting lenses in 2005??

Well most of the owners on this site may have already received their recall notices BUT just in case....

It seems that they finally figured out that melting the lenses with bulbs that were burning too hot was not good busness. So out comes the recall.

The delimma is whether or not anyone that has had their whole headlight assemblies replaced recently is affected by this latest notice OR if the problem has already been addressed. I have the dealership working on this issue "as we speak" and will let you know.

Regards.
My impression from this forum is that the melting lens recall is for 2004, and that 2005 and later just have the loose DRL socket recall. Am I right? (7,500 mi and no sign of melting)

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Think your right. My 06-V had lights on all the way to BG and back to SO Cal, no melting.
My impression from this forum is that the melting lens recall is for 2004, and that 2005 and later just have the loose DRL socket recall. Am I right? (7,500 mi and no sign of melting)

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I already had the recall performed on my headlights last year (don't know exactly what was replaced but I know it was the socket for voltage etc. and I think I got new headlights as well). Anyhow, since there was talk of more bubbles on the forum after the trip I went and checked. Both of my headlights are bubbling again. Guess I will call the dealership in the morning and see what's up.
 

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The dealer looked at my 04 lights and instantly agreed to 2 new ones even though one was previously replaced under warranty 2 yrs ago! I do understand theres a long wait for the parts as a lot of folks have been ordering them. jim
 
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