2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: The Creaky Steering Is Fixed

April 9, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Our Cadillac ATS no longer sounds like a socket wrench every time you spin the steering wheel. After dropping it off at Martin Cadillac in West L.A. they got to work on diagnosing the problem. Turns out that the SIR (Steering Wheel Inflatable Restraint) coil was rubbing against the steering angle sensor.

First, the tech tried using a new SIR coil to see if that would cure the problem. It didn't. Then he tried a new steering sensor, that didn't work either. Then put in both replacement parts together and all was good. All five and a half hours of labor were covered under warranty. Whew.

While the ATS was there, our service writer Pierre also noted that there were a few service bulletins that needed to be performed. One was an update to the seat memory system while the other firmed up a turbo manifold connection. The third, and probably most noticeable update, was an update to the new CUE software. Here's hoping that it will cure some of the slowness that we've experience so far with the new user interface. We'll do a separate post to cover any noticeable changes.

All in all, the car was out of service from Monday to Friday morning, partly because the steering wheel sensor had to be ordered. This is certainly longer than we would have hoped, but Pierre did offer us a loaner car when we brought it in, so we wouldn't have been without wheels had we not declined.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 6,184 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Cadillac ATS in VA is:

$180 per month*
* Explanation