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Cadillac Catera, Auto Repair, Sedan
May 20, 2010 (10:00 pm)
Bought a 2001 Cadillac Catera at auction the battery died as they were pulling it off auction block. I got them to jump start it and drove it around for fifteen minutes then today they drove it 20 minutes to get the check engine light off. Then I bought a new battery and it started up and ran for about 10 minutes then shut off, so I got them to put some gas in and it started again and I made it to the gas station and filled it with gas and it shut down again and then I got it started and drove for a couple of miles and it staled out again. I do not have the keyless entry so I cant shut on and off the alarm. Does any one know what my problem is it didn't start till they changed the battery I don't think.
#1300 of 1436 Re: Wont start [lucasshannon]
May 20, 2010 (10:24 pm)
Could be a couple of things. When my car used to stall like yours, I plugged in a scanner and found out it was the Mass Air Flow Sensor. I replaced it, worked fine but then it kept stalling, and then found out it was the fuel gas pump. Once you actually try with both those parts it should be fine. Word of advice, try with the MAF first, but not at the dealership, they will charge you an arm & a leg when you can easily get one in eBay for around $30-$50, or just clean the hell out of your own. As far as the fuel gas pump. That I got fixed for around $80 (I got the part used a local junk yard)
As far as shutting down the alarm, you have to insert the key in the driver side door and turn it and the alarm should turn off.
My car used to stall all the time unless I pressed on the gas because of the bad MAF. The dealer wanted to charge $700 for parts + $400 for labor. Try cleaning this first and see if it helps.
May 27, 2010 (10:18 am)
im looking for a new engine for my cadillace catera 2000 and i found a couple but i was wondering if anyone know any trustable websits that r reliable.
#1302 of 1436 Alternator Problems
Jun 16, 2010 (8:06 pm)
I have a 2001 Cadillac Catera and I have replaced the battery, battery cables, alternator, and checked the fuses. What's happening is the alternator is not recharging the battery. I have had the alternator and battery tested and both are good but the alternator is only putting out about 3 volts. Any idea on what the issue might be? I'm going crazy trying to figure this one out!
#1303 of 1436 Re: Alternator Problems [surfotter]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 16, 2010 (8:29 pm)
Could be your voltage regulator.
#1304 of 1436 Fan will not kick on as often as it should
Jun 19, 2010 (3:30 am)
I live in Phoenix AZ, this is the 3rd summer I have had this 98 Catera. I have never had a coolant problem (fan not kicking on getting hotter than usual) until now. Always before it would kick on after reaching almost 3/4 on gauge, sitting at light or in traffic and sometimes after shutting engine off. Lately sense it has been 100+ here she runs a little over 3/4 after 15 minutes (less on freeway) But when idling a bit hotter than that and fan rarely kicks on and never after shutting down.Today after 3 or 4 shut downs and starts in about 45 minutes she got real hot (didn't overheat) and I had to turn off AC for a couple of minutes to reach operating temp. All fuses are good and check engine light is not on and according to Auto Zone there are no codes.
Any ideas Thanks in advance
#1305 of 1436 Re: Fan will not kick on as often as it should [az_hvy]
Jun 19, 2010 (5:39 pm)
check your relays voltage regulators are ussually built into the alternator. you could have a bad relay or fuse that wont let the fan kick on when it should.l
#1306 of 1436 Re: Electronics not working with ignition on [wilkenstx]
Jun 26, 2010 (8:51 am)
The solution is NOT fuse #10 for my 98 Catera. Same as above except fuse is good. what now?
#1307 of 1436 Re: Electronics not working with ignition on [98manda]
Jun 26, 2010 (1:42 pm)
if no electronics at all are not working, try the multi function relay. it is under the dashboard to the left of the steering column. it is a grey box measuring about 2" x 1". i bought one out of a catera a guy was parting out for $10.00, a dealer wants $115.00. it is the same for all years. bo.
#1308 of 1436 99 catera will turn over but will not start please help
Jun 26, 2010 (4:30 pm)
it will turn over but just keeps on and will not even try to start just turns over