Don't check cattle in a Cadillac! :(

Tiny
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1997 Cadillac Deville, Northstar v-8, 94,000 miles. I bought this car as a 40th b-day present to myself, not to long ago from a private seller. I felt, and still do, that the car was CHERRY. Truly excellent condition. I have taken it on a few little MPG checks and I was getting 26.4 mpg @ 58 mph (average). The SES light came on but never stayed on for very long.
Yesterday, dumbo me, I had to go check a cow down on my Dad's ranch (yes, I know, don't check cattle in a cadillac! :(). Drove, VERY SLOWLY, down a dirt lane, I hit a semi deep rut, sounded like it just graised the front part of the skid plate (?) On the front of the car. Then, Goldylocks, made an odd noise, like an rrrrrr something (tough typing the noise). I immediately stopped, turned the motor off, let her rest. Started the car again and came home. On the way home the SES light went off. I thought great, maybe 10 yers of life kinda settled the car and all-swell.
Not the case! (I could just kick my self!) Drove to get some lunch, on the black top. Got up to a speed of about 68 mph, as I slowed down, at my turn off, I was FUMIGATED with the smell of fuel. Thought it might be the car in front of me. The smell subsided. So I took it on another little road trip to see if it would do it again. While I was driving, there was NO smell of fuel unless I slowed down to turn or came to a complete stop.
When I parked it into my drive way and opened the hood, OMGosh, silly silly me, big fuel smell again. There is also no significant leaks of fuel, that I can see on the drive (I understand that the fuel will evaporate) What did I break?
Thanks you, anyone that helps me with my problem and I promise I won't check cattle AGAIN in Goldylocks.
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 AT 4:17 PM

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Tiny
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Id probably start under the car, due to the hard hit the bottom took. Open the hood and have someone cycle the key, look for any leaks. Not sure about yours, but alot of these newer cars have plastic fuel lines
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 AT 4:45 PM
Tiny
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You are SUPER good!
I did that and I got some fuel spewing from something(?) On the right side of the block.
Can I repalce that myself? I've heard that Cadillacs have to have Cadillac mechanics. Is that true?
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 AT 5:26 PM
Tiny
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You don't have to take goldylocks back to the Cattle-ack place, that's just an old farmer's tale.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/30961_laughinghorse_3.jpg



There are good independent repair shops that can handle them. A shop is only as good as it's staff, and that includes the commission paid dealer folks.

.....so.....is checkin cattle anything like cow tipping?


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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 AT 8:14 PM
Tiny
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Well, my buddy (very knowledgeable guy) is trying to work on Goldylocks for me. He bought a splice fitting to fix the leak in the fuel line. He was advised by a GM mechanic that those are used with positive long term repair results. The pin hole in the line is VERY difficult to get to, so he wasn't able to warm up the fuel line, with hot water, to insert the splice. SO we tried to heat up the splice. BUMMER! Ended up tearing the line.
I guess my next question. Can we replace just the fuel line without having to replace all the other stuff (I'm sure there's a word for it)?
No such thing as cow tipping. However there IS such a thing as TRACTOR tipping, if you've ever watched CARS :wink:
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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 AT 2:55 PM
Tiny
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Well, that the last time I leave any money to a cow.

This company can provide what you need. Find a local distributor to get your parts.
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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 AT 3:16 PM

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