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The Cadillac CTS, produced from 2008 to 2014, continued to refine the brand’s Art and Science design language and solidified its position as a contender in the midsize luxury sedan segment. This generation of the CTS featured a more angular and aggressive exterior design, with distinctive vertical LED headlights and a bold grille, giving it a modern and upscale appearance. Inside, the cabin offered a combination of premium materials, advanced technology, and comfortable seating for both driver and passengers. Cadillac aimed to compete with European luxury rivals, and the CTS succeeded in providing a dynamic and stylish alternative. In terms of performance, the CTS range included various engine options, with V6 and V8 powerplants delivering ample power and impressive handling characteristics. The high-performance CTS-V variant, in particular, garnered attention with its supercharged V8 engine, providing exhilarating acceleration and exceptional handling capabilities. With rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive options, the CTS offered a versatile driving experience tailored to various preferences. Overall, the 2008-2014 Cadillac CTS represented a significant evolution in Cadillac’s pursuit of luxury, performance, and design excellence, making it a compelling choice in the luxury sedan market.

Cadillac CTS specification, engine oil capacity, spark plug gap, safety rating, fuel consumption, transmission, and light bulb sizes.

Engine 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC

  • Recommended oil viscosity: 10W-60
  • Oil certification: API
  • Drain plug torque: 19 ft-lbs
  • Oil capacity: 8.0 quarts

Spark Plug Gap

  • 2.0L 4-Cylinder: 0.036”


  • Capacity: 19gal (72 L)

Cooling System

  • Capacity
    • 2.0L L4Engine: 9.0 qt (8.5 L)
    • 3.6L V6 Engine (LFX) 11.9 qt (11.3 L)
    • 3.6L V6 Engine (LF3) : 13.5 qt (12.8 L)

Transfer Case

  • Capacity: 0.8 qt (0.8 L)

Rear Axle (with limited slip)

  • Capacity: 1.3 qt (1.2 L)


  • Type: 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and use only DEX-COOL® Coolant

Hydraulic Brake System

  • Type: DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 19299818, in Canada 19299819).

Windshield Washer

  • Type: Automotive windshield washer fluid that meets regional freeze protection requirements

6-Speed Automatic Transmission (w/ 2.0L L4 and 3.6L LFX AWD Engines)

  • Type:  DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.

8-Speed Automatic Transmission (w/ 3.6L LFX RWD and 3.6L LF3 Engines

  • Type: ATF-WS Automatic Transmission Fluid (GM Part No. 88863400, in Canada 88863401

Transfer Case (All-Wheel Drive)

  • Type: Transfer Case Fluid (GM Part No. 88861950, in Canada 88861951

Rear Axle

  • Type: SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM Part No. 88863089, in Canada 88863090) meeting GM Specification 9986285

Rear Axle (Limited-Slip Differential)

  • Type: SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM Part No. 88862624, in Canada 88862625) meeting GM Specification 9986290

Key Lock Cylinders

  • Type: Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in Canada 10953474)

Hood Latch Assembly, Secondary Latch, Pivots, Spring Anchor, and  Release Pawl

  • Type: Lubriplate Lubricant Aerosol (GM Part No. 89021668, in Canada 89021674) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.

Hood and Door Hinges

  • Type: Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in Canada 10953474)

Weatherstrip Conditioning

  • Type: Weatherstrip Lubricant (GM Part No. 3634770, in Canada 10953518) or Dielectric Silicone Grease (GM Part No. 12345579, in Canada 10953481)




  • 2.8 L LP1 V6
  • 3.0 L LF1 V6
  • 3.0 L LFW V6
  • 3.6 L LY7 V6
  • 3.6 L LLT V6
  • 3.6 L LFX V6
  • 6.2 L LSA supercharged V8


  • 6-speed 6L50 automatic
  • 6-speed 6L90 automatic (CTS-V)
  • 6-speed Aisin AY-6 manual
  • 6-speed Tremec 6L95M manual

Fuel Consumption


Safety Ratings


Front Lights

  • Daytime Running Light Bulb: 5201
  • Front Fog Light Bulb: H11LL
  • Front Sidemarker Light Bulb: 194
  • Front Turn Signal Light Bulb:
    • 12188
    • 12272NA
  • High Beam and Low Beam Headlight Bulb: HID-D1S
  • High Beam Headlight Bulb: H9-65W
  • Low Beam Headlight Bulb: H11LL
  • Stepwell Light Bulb: 2886X

Rear Lights

  • Back Up Light Bulb: LED
  • Brake Light Bulb: LED
  • Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb: LED
  • License Plate Light Bulb: 2825L
  • Parking Light Bulb: 2825L
  • Rear Sidemarker Light Bulb: LED
  • Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb: LED
  • Tail Light Bulb: LED

Interior Lights

  • Dome Light Bulb: 2825L
  • Glove Box Light Bulb: 906
  • Interior Door Light Bulb: 906
  • Map Light Bulb: PC175
  • Trunk Light Bulb: 211-2
  • Vanity Mirror Light Bulb: 6612