Cadillac Escalade customers who notice a fluid leak around their SUV’s automatic transmission may be interested to learn that a potential cause for the issue has been identified, as has a fix to be performed by dealer technicians.
According to GM TechLink, some units of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade may exhibit a transmission leak around one or more of the rear case plugs. To note, all units of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade are equipped with the GM Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission and a 3.23 final drive ratio.
In order to fix this issue, GM is instructing dealer technicians to first inspect the transmission (specifically the case plugs) for leaking transmission fluid. If either of the transmission plus are leaking, the transmission crossmember support and mount should be removed in order to provide better access to the affected components.
With the crossmember support and mount out of the way, GM technicians can then remove and discard any leaking case plug. Residual oil should also be cleaned from the threaded hole, however, GM notes that not all residual oil may be removed using a shop towel, and that brake clean-type solvents should not be used.
With the hole cleaned, GM technicians will then install a new plug into the 2022 Cadillac Escalade transmission. Some ACDelco thread sealant should be applied prior to installation, with the plug torqued down to 11 pound-feet. After cleaning the area one final time, the transmission crossmember should be reinstalled, and the transmission fluid topped off using fluid ULV.
As for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, two engine options are offered, including the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine and 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax. Under the skin, the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade rides on the GM T1 platform, while production takes place at the GM Arlington plant in Texas.