Diagnostic Tips For Direct Injected Engines Hard Start Cold – 2008-2020 Buick Cadillac Chevrolet GMC Saturn

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NHTSA ID Number: 10178389

Manufacturer Communication Number: PIP5180C



This Preliminary Information communication provides information to the technician about vehicles that have hard start, extended crank, or black smoke from the exhaust when starting. Technician will need to perform fuel quality test, spark test, and a compression test. Technician should also install a vacuum gauge prior to cold start and watch needle for signs of a sticking valve.


143 Affected Products


BUICK REGAL 2011-2017
BUICK VERANO 2012-2017
CADILLAC ATS 2013-2019
CADILLAC CTS 2008-2019
CADILLAC SRX 2008-2016
CADILLAC STS 2008-2010
CADILLAC XTS 2013-2019
GMC ACADIA 2009-2019
GMC TERRAIN 2010-2020



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Manufacturer Communications

Bulletin No.: PIP5180C
Published date: 07/28/2020


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