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Cadillac Catera, Auto Repair, Sedan
#270 of 1436 Re: Transmission [fehu]
Mar 18, 2007 (9:16 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 1436 Re: '98 Catera Problems [gnguru]
Mar 27, 2007 (7:55 am)
put in 10-30 oil not 5-30
Mar 27, 2007 (8:14 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 1436 Re: Transmission [fehu]
Mar 27, 2007 (9:55 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.
#275 of 1436 BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT WORK
Mar 31, 2007 (5:41 pm)
I have checked/changed all blown fuses. ALL lights work except the brake lights. I recently had a new radiator installed. The brake lights were working before they installed it. Did they hit a wire or something to trigger something to the brake lights? I'm selling this car ASAP after getting this problem fixed. Any suggestions?
#276 of 1436 Re: BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT WORK [gw1998]
Mar 31, 2007 (8:34 pm)
Does the third brake light (strip light on trunk deck) work or is that out too?
#277 of 1436 Re: BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT WORK [gnguru]
Apr 01, 2007 (8:56 am)
Yes, it's out also.
#278 of 1436 Re: 2000 Catera Issues - Please advise [etienne2]
Apr 01, 2007 (9:00 am)
Finally Iīve maybe found an answer. I live in Mexico and have had many problems with my 98 Catera. The timing belt problem was fixed and thank God I was re-embursed 100% with no problem. Now I have this issue with the car not starting same as etienne2. If I wait 20 min. it starts up fine. No one here can seem to diagnose correctly . I got a new fuel pump and then a sensor that I canīt traslate to what but it has to do with the tire rod or something. Could this be the crank sensor, what is it and where is it located. I am desperate, just spent more than 1000 dollars and the day I drove it home from the shop it wouldnt start, waited an hour and it started right up . Hope you can help.