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#1128 of 1436 2001 Cadillac Catera - Possible Serpintine bad NEED HELP
Jul 17, 2009 (10:12 am)
I was driving on the freeway last night and my check engine light started blinking, I could not accelerate. Like it wanted to a tiny bit when I pressed on the gas but it just couldn't. I pulled off on an exit ramp. Looking at the Caddy my Serpintine belt is slightly shredded, but not completely off yet. All of the pullys turn when you try to crank the engine and turn in on but the car does not turn over. When the belt started to shred is there a possibility that it knocked something loose on my intake? or messed something else up? Or is there another problem? Giving it gas doesn't help, and my battery life isn't low. Does anyone have ANY suggestions on what I can check/do to figure out what is wrong with my car?
#1129 of 1436 Re: 2001 Cadillac Catera - Possible Serpintine bad NEED HELP [caddycatgirl]
Jul 17, 2009 (1:57 pm)
So you have an 01? I was beginning to think, I had the only 01.
Blinking is the first sign of the computer warning you. About how many miles do you have on this Catera? How long ago, if ever, did you replace the crank position sensor/mass air flow? Did you leave it on the side of the road? Were you not worried about being abducted by aliens?
#1130 of 1436 Re: 2001 Cadillac Catera - Possible Serpintine bad NEED HELP [dallasdude1]
Jul 18, 2009 (10:21 am)
240,000 I just bought it in May. Had it checked out multiple times and it was kept in mint shape. The engine isn't knocking at all. I did get it to start up momentarily the night I was stranded. It ran rough and the belts were whining like hell. I am not sure on the CPS sensor..but I've been scanning the threads and that seems to be the answer everyone gives to Catera owners. Oh your tire blew? Change the CPS sensor lol. And it's quite funny, I was stranded by an Airforce base and had to walk a few miles in pitch dark to get to a payphone. So YES I was lmao. Yes I left it there for the moment. It was 2am by the time someone came to rescue me.
#1131 of 1436 Re: 2001 Cadillac Catera - Possible Serpintine bad NEED HELP [caddycatgirl]
Jul 18, 2009 (11:20 am)
CPS or mass air flow. I have an extra mass air flow if you care to test it. The idler/tensioner on the serpintine belt or maybe the idler/tensioner on the timing belt. Them air force dudes should fix it for you. Are you wearing Nike Air Force 1 ???
#1132 of 1436 Re: 2001 cadi catera [dgaw]
Jul 18, 2009 (11:22 am)
What part of Dallas???
#1133 of 1436 Re: 2001 cadi catera [dallasdude1]
Jul 19, 2009 (1:06 am)
#1134 of 1436 Electrical Problem - Warning lights
Jul 19, 2009 (10:06 am)
1999 Cadillac Catera 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 94,000 miles
This car was recently serviced because of a bad crank positioning sensor and Mass Airflow sensor (check engine light came on). Replaced both and car was fine... light went out.... 2 months later coolant light came on, coolant level is fine and the car is not over heating.... 2 days after coolant light came on ALL the warning lights came on... TCS,ABS,Check Engine etc. It looks like a x-mas tree! The speedometer and odometer now work intermittently, the power steering comes and goes... Speedo working= power steering working= 1/2 the dash lights go off.... then it starts all over again. Any suggestions as to what may be causing this problem???? ECM, BCM, Can all the sensors go bad at the same time?
#1135 of 1436 steering wheel goes the other way when i brake
Jul 19, 2009 (3:43 pm)
when i come to a stop really fast the front end shifts right and the steering has to go the other way just to keep my 97 cadillac catera from hitting something what does this would it be the tie rods cause i lifted the car up the other day and it felt like the tie rods you could move them back in forth pretty easily is that the reason ? it pulls to the right really hard
#1136 of 1436 Re: Idle Messed up [dallasdude1]
Jul 19, 2009 (3:50 pm)
it didn't seem to work at all just made it idle worse do you think it'd mabey be the iac cause when i unplug that it doesn't even seem to do anything different
#1137 of 1436 Re: steering wheel goes the other way when i brake [jairek]
Jul 19, 2009 (4:06 pm)
If the tie rods are messed up you would have alot of free play in the steering wheel (assuming the tie rods aren't bent). In other words you should start up the car and see if the steering wheel moves much distance without actually turning the wheels. That is steering wheel play. It could also be caused by a brake problem or an alignment problem.