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#265 of 1432 Re: 1998 Cadillac Catera one big HEADACHE! [caddysgirl]
Mar 14, 2007 (7:56 pm)
First of all, sorry for my bad english written !
I'm speaking french from Quebec but I can write a little bit in english.
I can see that everyone have the same problem as far as I read on the forum. This is my story with my Cadillac Catera 98.
--- The begining ---
I bought my Catera at 98 000 KM. I dont how is the conversion from "km" to "miles". The second day I bought it, the pressure oil gage drop down and a noisy sound like a long "beeeeeeep" goes on. I go back to the dealer and he says " The pressure oil gage must be changed". The cost for this repair is 300$ CDN. The probleme is resolved after that. The third day after I purshase this car, the entire cluster light goes down, I lost all the dash light. Again, I go back to the dealer and he says " this is the light control command" tha one at the left of the steering. Yhe cost for this repair is 200$ CDN. After only two weeks, the car won't start after a one hour ride. I wait 2 hour and the car startup again. The dealer says " this is the crank sensor" 400$ the fix it. The problem is resolved.
--- THE HEADACHE BEGIN ---
After I repair all the problem I just said. I have no problem for 2 month ago. But after the two month "free" problem, the headache begin.... The horn goes down: 225$ to fix it (just the piece) I repair the part myself. The motor wipper cost 400$ to fix (dealer charge included). The oil cooler below the intake cost 1200$ CDN to fix it. Valve cooler 300$ CDN. Gasket kit because my car smell oil very bad cost 400$ + dealer charge. fog light problem cost 300$ each side because the water goes in. Beam light goes down for the same problem (water in). The heat seat driver down.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT ?????????
After 2 years The cluster dash light goes down for the second time !! The crank sensor goes down again !!!!
And the spark plus wire cost 600$ for all 6 cylinder !!
And lot of computer reset to stop the "engine light" cost 35$ each time is go on !!! Last month, the engine begin to overheat and is to much for me !!!!!!
HOOOO !! I forgot the LINK KIT is broken at 140 000 KM. It cost to me 2500$ CDN to repair.
I sell that car for 4500$ "as is".
If you can repair this car yourself is "OK" but if you have no skill in mechanic... sell that car as soon as you can !
You can reply this message, I will check each day and i can help you out !
Etienne form canada, Quebec, Montreal.
#268 of 1432 Re: 1998 Cadillac Catera one big HEADACHE! [etienne2]
Mar 14, 2007 (9:30 pm)
Hi! Can u help me w/ this:
"The car has a bad oil cooler, which is located below the lower intake manifold.. It is leaking oil externally, and it is also allowing coolant to mix in with the engine oil.
The cost to replace the oil cooler will be approximately $900"
My dad will try to fix it. Is this a difficult place to get in? How much would cost to get this oil cooler? Do I need a full kit or just a specific part?
Thanks. I will sell it after we fix.
#269 of 1432 Re: Transmission [browncow]
Mar 18, 2007 (9:32 am)
DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO ADD TRANSMISSION FLUID TO A 98 CATERA. I AM TOLD IT'S SEALED AND NO WAY TO DO IT. THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE AS THERE HAS TO BE A WAY TO ADD ?
#270 of 1432 Re: Transmission [fehu]
Mar 18, 2007 (10:16 am)
There is no transmission dipstick on a 1998 Cadillac Catera to check or add fluid to the transmission. The only way to add fluid is through the fill plug on the side of the transmission. Do this with the car sitting relatively level and fill it til it runs out the fill hole just like filling a differential. Since you have to do it in this manner and are already under the car, I would suggest changing the fluid entirely if the existing fluid or the car has accumulated more than 70K miles. Good luck.
#272 of 1432 Re: '98 Catera Problems [gnguru]
Mar 27, 2007 (8:55 am)
put in 10-30 oil not 5-30
Mar 27, 2007 (9:14 am)
I had the exact same problem with my 2000 Catera. Actually I need to find my receipt but is cost $1100.00. Let me find the receipt and write back. or you can email me directly. let me know .
#274 of 1432 Re: Transmission [fehu]
Mar 27, 2007 (10:55 am)
Regarding the comment made by drodriguez, I don't know what part of the country you live in and I assume that drodriguez doesn't either but if the mean temperature doesn't get over 60 degrees, you should use 5W-30 oil. If the mean temperature is over 60 degrees, you should use 10W-30. The ideal situation would be to use 5W-30 in the winter and 10W-30 in the summer. If your Catera has any oil leak issues (namely the valve covers which is quite prominent in 1998 Cateras) I would stick with the 10W-30 year round. Hope this helps you and good luck.