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Electrical System Problems of Cadillac Escalade - part 1



Cadillac Escalade owners have reported 57 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Cadillac Escalade 1
Failure Date: 03/21/2015

The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Escalade. While driving at 25 mph, the contact noticed smoke emitting from underneath the cup holder. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the part beneath the cup holder had melted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 182,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade 2
Failure Date: 03/03/2015

The contact owns a 2014 Cadillac Escalade. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v614000 (electrical system) however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Cadillac Escalade 3
Failure Date: 03/02/2015

My wife was going to a doctor's appointment with our 1 year old child. When she arrives she noticed the power-assisted step did not unfold when she opened her door, as it normally does. When she returned from her appointment and got in the car it the power-assisted step opened normally. After making her first turn out of the street she had parked on, the navigation cd started ejecting and inserting itself automatically, all of doors were locking and unlocking, the lights on the instrument panel and center console were flickering, power steering was lost, and the car stalled. She managed to veer over, turn the key off, and called me. I told her to put the car in park and try to restart. It started fine and she carefully drove back home. I dropped the car off at my local mechanic and they stated there were multiple well-documented bulletins on this electrical failure happening and that the dealership would be best suited to repair the issue. I then took it to the dealership and they stated they had to replace the positive and negative terminal cables to the battery. This could have been a much worse situation in which my wife or child was permanently injured or killed. Imagine if this had occurred on a highway - car stalling and losing power steering. This matter needs to be addressed as it seems to be a common theme for this make and model. Do not wait for a fatality to occur.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Cadillac Escalade 4
Failure Date: 02/21/2015

My vehicle was parked completly off, when an alarm type of sound started ringing. I looked at my car and I see smoke inside by the dash board, I called my husband and he rushes outside and grabbed a tool. He opened up the hood and alot more smoke came out, he disconnected the battery with the tool and my uncle grabbed the hose and water down the engine part of the car. The fire went out and I right away contact me insurnace. The whole electical fuse box is burn and im not sure what else is damange inse the dash board.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Cadillac Escalade 5
Failure Date: 02/10/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Cadillac Escalade. While attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to start and the key remained in the start position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 178,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade 6
Failure Date: 01/09/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Cadillac Escalade. The contact the stated that while driving at various speeds, the interior and exterior lights would flicker as the vehicle stalled. In addition, the contact mentioned that the vehicle would independently restart. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. Pam.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Cadillac Escalade 7
Failure Date: 12/02/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the speedometer read that the vehicle was traveling 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the instrument cluster was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. In addition, the contact indicated that the air bag sensor light had illuminated. The failure mileage was 180. 000. Pam.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Cadillac Escalade 8
Failure Date: 11/07/2014

First I would like to note that this is the second time this issue has occurred. That being said you can understand why a person would be frustrated when they dish out an estimated 700 dollars for repairs only to be facing the same issue no more than a year later. The problem is with gm's heated seat design. This is not an isolated issue; doing a quick search will bring several forum threads with users reporting the same issues. With the current status of gm in regards to failure to act on potential fire hazards, it's no surprise that they are turning a blind eye here. They are fully aware of the issue and will not take the time to find the root cause. Several users have reported reoccurring issues even after the "fire hazard" has been fixed/replaced by the dealer at the owners expense. This issue happens when I use the auto start feature in cold whether. I live in minnesota and the temperatures get rather cold, it's really nice to use this feature whenever possible, however, when using the auto start in cold weather, several users as well as myself have reported that this is what is causing the melting wires due to resistance issues relating to the cold weather. The wires under the passenger seat get so hot that you can actually smell it burning as well as visually see the burn damage upon inspecting the control unit which is under the passenger seat. The scariest part of it all is that no fuse will trip during this hazardous process. The wire will simple melt to the point where it will no longer make a good contact and then "hopefully" quit working without causing additional damage. It's only a matter of time before a report comes in of a vehicle burning to the ground, hopefully no one will be hurt because of gm's failure to act "again". Either way, if it does, I will be contacting the news and supplying them this submission as proof that a complaint was filed.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade 9
Failure Date: 11/01/2014

The contact owns a 2014 Cadillac Escalade. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v614000(electrical system). The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade 10
Failure Date: 09/15/2014

Purchased brand new 2014 Cadillac Escalade from penske in torrance CA , beginning of sept. 2014. Vehicle refused to start on at least four occasions. Then while driving into a gas station, the vehicle lost power and power steering, causing a crash at a gas station. I am unable to get penske in torrance CA to look into the problem. They are declining to do anything to look or fix the problem.


 
car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Cadillac Escalade 11
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2013 Cadillac Escalade esv. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle key ignition problem.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Cadillac Escalade 12
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

My blower motor is staying on continuously and the smell of plastic burning in the vehicle. I was told by a mechanic it is a blower motor control module shortage from the factory. I have found this as a recall on some 2003-2006 Cadillac Escalades but my VIN is not on the recall they say it is a fire hazard. I was thinking that mine should also be on the recall list. Maybe they missed mine for some reason.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Cadillac Escalade 13
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Cadillac escalde. The contact noticed that the speedometer, fuel and oil gages displayed inaccurate reading and they failed intermently. The vehicle was taken to dealer mechanic and diagnosed the failure instrumental panel cluster. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified about the failure and advised the manufacturer was not financially responsible for the repair because the vehicle exceeded 80,000 miles. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Lb.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Cadillac Escalade 14
Failure Date: 02/20/2014

Vehicle stops and shut's off when traveling I took every thing off the keychain and every thing got better.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Cadillac Escalade 15
Failure Date: 01/02/2014

The front seat heaters failed. Prior to failure I noted a medium-strong burning smell, but couldn't identify the source. When I took the vehicle to the dealer they reported that the climate control seat module (ccsm) had melted due to too much current passing through it. They quoted me $1092. 00 to replace the part, which might or might not solve the problem.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade 16
Failure Date: 12/20/2013

Heated front seats not working. The problem with this, is that the connector that attaches to the climate control seat module (ccsm) (which is located under the front passenger seat), overheats to the point that the connector has melted. I believe that this is a fire hazard and Cadillac should look into fixing it. From all the posts on this subject in the Cadillac owner's forums there are alot of owners having the same problem and concerns.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Cadillac Escalade 17
Failure Date: 12/10/2013

Without any prior problem the speedometer began to stick and not display proper speeds and never goes back to zero even when vehicle is off. Also, after this began the other gauges on the instrument panel began to give no/false readings.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade 18
Failure Date: 11/21/2013

My vehicle engine light comes on and the gas needle bounces back and forth. When the needle bounces back and forth from full to empty the engine light in the dash will come on and may stay on for awhile but will then go off. When I put fuel in the tank the light will go off but once I start driving again it comes back on and the needle bounces back and forth. Not sure where the problem is but I know my brother is having the same problem with his silverado. Please let me know what I need to do. Thanks for your time.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Cadillac Escalade 19
Failure Date: 11/11/2013

From parked position placed key in ignition and started car. All warning light (traction control, emergency brake, service stability, etc) remained illuminated and did not go off. Attempted to turn off car and ignition was stuck in "on" position. Could not turn car off or remove key from ignition. Vehicle had full power and was able to get home even though warning lights activated. Once home, had to try numerous attempts to get vehicle to turn off. Finally, had to unhook battery, pull fuel pump relay, and pull wires out of computer in order to get engine to stop running. Having to tow to shop for repairs. Possible steering wheel clock spring is stuck. If it if the clock spring, this will be the second time that we have had to replace it.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Cadillac Escalade 20
Failure Date: 10/15/2013

Im writing because there is a serious issue with the headlights and all other lightings on the truck just going out which is a safety issues which can cause an accident and unwanted tickets. Please handle this ASAP.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade 21
Failure Date: 08/16/2013

We were pulling out of a parking lot after the SUV was parked for over an hour. When I smelled something burning. Smoke started pouring in side the car on the driver side from under the dash board. We pulled off the road and called 911. Opened the hood and 3ft flames shot out, the alarm went off as smoke and flames filled the air. A lady in a home nearby ran out with a fire extinguisher to assist. Fire and police came, report was filed. My lungs burned for weeks after and I had a chronic cough. The car was towed to the dealer. The dealer found it to be a manufacture defect but gm refused to work with us on costs. We had to pay full price out of pocket for repairs. I filed a complaint with bbb, gm, and many others but got no assistance. I also had issues with this SUV and the transmission failed at 100,000 miles which the shop said it was unusual but for a transmission to fail at this low of miles but in these transmissions it is a known problem. It could have caused an accident if failing on the highway when doing 65 and locked up. There have also been issues with the fuel level sensor which many people have also reported, defective windshield which gm refused to replace. The film over the windshield was defective which caused blurry vision in the drivers line of view. I had to pay to replace the windshield. Gm has not backed any of the issues with this SUV. It has been a lemon since day one. I have all receipts for repairs.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Cadillac Escalade 22
Failure Date: 03/01/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that she dropped a penny into the cigarette lighter, which created a thermal failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade 23
Failure Date: 02/22/2013

The contact owns a 2012 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that while driving in inclement weather at an unknown speed, the brakes were applied but the vehicle accelerated instead. The contact was unable to stop the vehicle and crashed into a tree. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The police were not contacted. The vehicle was later towed to a dealer where the brake sensors were replaced and the central computer was recalibrated. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 9,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Cadillac Escalade 24
Failure Date: 08/15/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated the instrument panel provide inaccurate gauge readings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the instrument panel cluster would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Da.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade 25
Failure Date: 08/12/2012

This vehicle has a recurring locking problem that cannot be diagnosed or corrected by the dealer. The vehicle randomly locks or unlocks while either parked or moving creating a serious safety concern, particularly when the vehicle unlocks itself while moving. We have taken this vehicle to the dealer on four (4) different occasions to correct this locking defect without success. This vehicle has been at the dealership for a total of 45 days during 2012 on account of this random locking issue. The service manager at the dealership tells us that this defect is not an isolated issue with our Escalade, as others are experiencing this same unresolved problem, according to both his own experience and his conversations with the Cadillac technical support personnel. . We have contacted the Cadillac customer assistance center about this locking issue, to no avail. They simply deny the problem because it cannot be replicated at the dealership. They refuse to open their data base to us regarding this problem. Perhaps your agency has more clout in making their data base transparent with regard to this safety issue.

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