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#1332 of 1436 Need Help with my 2001 Catera
Oct 02, 2010 (10:40 am)
I have had several repairs and tok it to the dealer it left me stuck it will light up like its going to start then cut right off. So i took it to 3 mechanics which were stumped. Finally i took it to cadillac and told them i needed a new key with the chip. Got it back and it worked great for 3 months. The other day i went to start and its doing the same thing again. Any suggestions it has 112.000 miles do u think the key went bad again or something else is the problem please help.
#1333 of 1436 Re: cadillac catera [cadiman2]
Oct 05, 2010 (12:34 pm)
Have a '98, had same start problem for years..not bat volt, not a start solinoid click. Call AAA, raise hood . About 15 to 25 m in, summer, try start, has been firing up; call AAA , and cancel serv call. Dealer says bring inwhen it has the problem-thus far problem goes away each time. Had it hauled in couple years ago in NC, dealer said he not found anything, not even a battery sale. Did that in Dallas once, dealer sold me a battery, wrecker fee, and a $500 + charge. Still living with uncertainty.
#1334 of 1436 Re: semyiong [babyface1]
Oct 07, 2010 (1:40 pm)
I have a 98 Catera, 33,000 mi has 2 water leaks repaired. Both leaked a rear of engine area and firewall. #1 was a heater water pump , #2, one m0nth later was a heater water valve- both plastic pieces--$, 130 and 260, from independent Cadillac repair. 3 dealer quotes by phone were $500, 750, 1000.
#1335 of 1436 Cadillac catera has absolutely no power!
Oct 12, 2010 (7:23 pm)
I can not gain entry to my cadillac. I cant open it with the key or the key less entry.. the towing companies cant even get into my car..so I cant get under the hood..the sun roof is open a little and one of the towing guys tried to get into it that way as well but no luck..I replaced the battery in the key less entry and the battery in the car is only a couple months old. Its been sitting for almost a month bc i have no idea where to begin and rain is coming..anyone have any suggestions?
#1336 of 1436 Re: Cadillac catera has absolutely no power! [jessie408]
Oct 13, 2010 (6:08 am)
It's probably your mulit-purpose modulator that is located under the dash behind the steering wheel. Mine went out on my Catera and it caused everything to quit working, including the fuel door, trunk, stereo etc... I would use a slim jim to gain entry and then switch it out.
I ordered a new modulator from the Cadiallac dealer, it cost $90. It is very easy to change (except for having to stand on your head under the steering column). All you have to do is locate the gray box (sorry I don't have a picture of it to post but there is a previous blog on this site that tells you exactly how to do it and posts a pictur), take it out and plug in the new one.
My car has worked perfect since the replacement.
#1337 of 1436 Re: cadillac catera [lou89]
Oct 14, 2010 (6:26 pm)
Trying changing the crank shaft position sensor. I had this problem earlier in the spring with my 99 Catera.
#1338 of 1436 Re: Key gets stuck [tanyula8]
Oct 21, 2010 (6:52 am)
Go to an ace hardware or equivalent and buy some powdered graphite spary and spray into keyhole it should corract your ignition key problems.
#1339 of 1436 Re: Key gets stuck [tomcat8]
Oct 21, 2010 (7:04 am)
Thanks for the information, but I have since found out what the problem was, computer chip in the shifter was broken. That's what was stopping the key from coming out. Had to replace at the cost of 125.00
#1340 of 1436 Weird. Transmission & Check engine light
Oct 22, 2010 (4:24 am)
#1341 of 1436 Weird. Transmission & Check engine light
Oct 22, 2010 (4:24 am)
The problem I am having with the catera is sometimes in the am when I go to work as I put the car in gear to leave my driveway the transmission light & check engine light will come on & the transmission, I call it, drops out The car will barely move now if I get the car moving & then get it up to 40-45mph & at that time turn the key on off on off repeatedly for oh a mile or 2 the transmission light will go off & the car will run perfectly fine the rest of the day no matter how any hours if is pared at my job The check engine light will go out that afternoon after being turned off for a few hours , it doesn't happen all of the time, what could this be?