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Old 09-14-2018, 12:20 PM
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Insert a paper match into the side of the bulb to tighten it after you remove the sulfur end. That should tighten it if it is loose where the brass part connects. If it is the soldered end, then I have no suggestion, since if you put a dab of solder on the ends of the tips of the bulb, the heat might destroy the circuitry of the LED. The only way that you will know for certain is if you try it.
Good idea, I will give that a try this weekend. Thanks for the suggestion
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Then check on the base of the socket. Some have a back o light base that twists in like the bulb and the get lose when you take it out. No risk for fire. If the socket is god it the switch. The led are low current draw and any interruption will make them flicker. Were the light would not.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:37 AM
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I ended up taking all the LEDs out for the time being, since one of my lights the two springs began touching and melted so its now getting red hot. I will probably try to remove that fixture and see if I can repair it at all. I suppose worst case I can order another fixture now that I know where to find one, but will see what I can do.

In other news I drove to a new carwash yesterday called "IQ" because it has free vacuums, figured it would be a good way to suck up some of the broken glass under the seat and in the cracks of metal parts of the side of the bench (broken glass came with the car). It did work, got 95% of it up, however when pulling out from the place I noticed that I barely had any brake power, in fact the brakes did not even work until the pedal got to the floor, no pressure until the floor. And on the way down it hisses

I carefully got home, brakes did seem to work fine if I really mashed them on the floor hard, but it was far from safe. drove around the neighbor hood a little to test (see if its the same while braking while turning, pumping, etc)

The general consensus of several friends is that its likely a brake booster. So I called a local place that has done good for me several times on my other cars, and told them what I need and asked for a rough estimate, he made some called and called me back...he told me "that part is only available from the dealer".

I paused and said I'm not too sure a Cadillac dealership is going to have that laying around, but I'd do some checking. I laughed because who in their right mind would take this thing to a Cadillac dealership. I'm sure I can probably just find the part online cheaper and then just pay labor.

My question to you all here is does this appear to be the correct part?

https://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/19...e_booster.html

I know that just because it says it fits commercial that does not make it true.
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Also it took me a bit after reading the shop manual to realize they refer to the booster as a power brake unit. I guess that terminology has changed over the years. Manual says it uses a Bendix or a Delco Moraine Single diaphram. Not sure which im using right now.
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Some rebuilders play loose with what fits what. If yours was working ok before I would have yours rebuilt .One source is below lots of other ones out there but I have used them before and always good work.

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Have you looked in the forum section "Recommended Vendors" for a rebuilder of power brakes. I am baffled why you would search the internet for a commercial chassis part, then ask friends and acquaintances where to get a part, etc., when you have the very best resource at your finger tips right here. I guess that this once again proves the adage,

"You can bring the horse to water, but you can't make him drink"

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Have you looked in the forum section "Recommended Vendors" for a rebuilder of power brakes. I am baffled why you would search the internet for a commercial chassis part, then ask friends and acquaintances where to get a part, etc., when you have the very best resource at your finger tips right here. I guess that this once again proves the adage,

"You can bring the horse to water, but you can't make him drink"

http://professionalcarsociety.org/fo...read.php?t=807
When theres a fence around the water the horse cant drink. I've been told about that section of the forum in the past but I do not have access to it. It seems I CAN access that direct link to the Power Brake topic, but I cannot access the forum section itself. Probably because I am not yet a member. Will certainly look into that once I get the part off.

The reason I asked people is because I was utilizing the resources I had access to at the time (this forum, a cadillac fb group, and a mechanic friend)
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First check is the master cylinder full? Second check foes the booster have vacuum?. Third check is does it hold vacuum?

You need to find out what happened before you start spending money. Always suspect a vacuum hose on a old car as the problem. The best tune up you can do is replace all of them. If the booster is getting vacuum and its holding vacuum it should be good. With the engine running pull the check valve out of the rubber grommet. The booster should suck air in. If you come up with the hose in your hand it was not attached to the engine. check the simple thing first.


As for the light the power connection is grounding out. You most likely broke the insulater out removing or replacing it. It happens or you have a bulb that grounds threw the side. Don't ask me what they fit but i have a few leds like that here. As you are not having a issue with it out I would say wrong bulb.

And the norse to water thing your right about the fence. But i was always told if if you tie there head to the trough long enough they will get thirsty. In your case its a gate post.
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Problem resolved... fence removed!
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