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  Defect Investigation of Failure Of The Rear Differential

Investigation of Failure Of The Rear Differential

Subject: Failure of the rear differential
Components covered:
  • Driveline differential unit
Investigations Summary: This investigation was opened on Jul. 17, 2007. It was closed on Dec. 27, 2007. Note: this investigation has resulted in a vehicle safety recall.
odi evaluated two different alleged defects involving rear drivetrain components during this preliminary evaluation. Gm is conducting a recall to address one of the defect conditions and odi has opened an engineering analysis to continue its investigation of the other alleged defect. On December 19, 2007, gm submitted a defect information report to NHTSA concerning defective rear axle pinion seals in approximately 275,936 model year (my) 2005-07 Cadillac cts, sts and srx vehicles as well as my 2006-07 pontiac solstice and my 2007 Saturn sky vehicles (recall 07v-589). On sts and srx vehicles with all wheel drive, the front axle pinion seal also does not meet all of gm's specifications and may experience a fluid leak. Gm indicated that the seal supplier made an unauthorized change to the pinion seal material. Leaking pinion seals could result in loss of rear differential lubrication which could result in rear wheel lock-up and loss of vehicle control. On December 7, 2007, odi opened an engineering analysis (ea07-017) to investigate complaints of rear drivetrain component failure (e. G. , fractured rear differential carrier housing or rear axle half shafts) while driving in approximately 7,600 my 2004 through 2006 Cadillac cts-v vehicles. This condition may result in a loss of motive power and vehicle disablement and is not addressed by recall 07v-589. Odi identified 35 complaints (16 to odi and 19 to gm) and 128 warranty claims potentially related to this condition (see ea07-017 opening resume). These complaints are not included in the failure report summary of this closing resume. The complaints and warranty figures given in this resume are limited to those that (a) are most likely caused by a leaking rear pinion seal; and (b) resulted in an allegation of a rear differential failure while driving. The data do not include all reports of seal leakage.
Vehicles Affected by this investigation:
  • 2004 Cadillac CTS
  • 2005 Cadillac CTS
  • 2006 Cadillac CTS
  • 2007 Cadillac CTS
  • 2007 Cadillac SRX
  • 2005 Cadillac STS
  • 2006 Cadillac STS
  • 2007 Cadillac STS
  • 2006 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Saturn SKY

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