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Cadillac Catera, Auto Repair, Sedan
#355 of 1431 Re: 2001 Cadillac Catera [spenny]
Aug 30, 2007 (11:08 pm)
Well, caterajunk is right. The catera oil drain plug requires a torx socket bit (either a T40 or T45 - can't remember for sure) but it is not an expensive tool and I would think that Wal Mart would get one out of their automotive department for their shop if they needed to. Other than that, a catera oil change is very similar to any other car. One thing to consider beings as Wal Mart mechanics may not exactly be "top of the line", the drain plug has a nylon washer with it and maybe they didn't put the washer back on the plug and you would be trying to seal oil with metal to metal (hard to do). Another thing to consider, before you pounce on Wal Mart (LOL), cateras are notorious for leaky valve covers. If you can smell burning oil after the car heats up and you stop it and get out, chances are the valve covers are leaking, especially with 80K miles. If not and it leaks oil when it's parked, either the drain plug is the culprit or the oil filter isn't screwed on tight enough. Hopes this helps you somewhat and good luck.
#356 of 1431 Re: 2001 Cadillac Catera [gnguru]
Aug 31, 2007 (11:33 am)
Howdy,I use an allen wrench, 3/16 or 1/4 I believe to undo the oil plug for an oil change. That worked until I got the
appropo torx bit as spenny suggests. The plug takes an "o"
ring bye the way. Which may have been nicked by the Wal-mart
space technicians. Hence the oil leak. Also I have found that the larger ( Fram part no. ) 3980 oil filter cartridge
works in that tight space. The small filter is 3387A I think.By that method I can extend my oil change interval to beyond 6,000 miles with the extra capacity(6 qt.) crankcase level. If you want sumtin' done right,..do it yoself .
#357 of 1431 Re: 2001 Cadillac Catera [nogm4me]
Aug 31, 2007 (12:47 pm)
Hey Gnguru, Great Job.....Proud of you and you are rig ht ...DO IT YOURSELF!! Well my catera is dead and gone and I felt so much relief. Now looking for a good cas mini van or suv as I still owe six months on the catera. I just refuse to put an engine in the car. Anyway glad you got her fix.
#358 of 1431 2000 Catera Radio shut down
Sep 11, 2007 (7:15 am)
I have a 2000 Catera. I have tons of problems with it. The latest is my radio losses power intermittently. When this occurs, I cannot open the trunk. I tried to fix this last summer. They repaired the radio and the control box in the back but the problem came back. HELP?
#359 of 1431 Re: Catera radio problems [ibspotted]
Sep 11, 2007 (7:18 am)
I have the same problem with my radio. Did you get this fixed? How did you fix it?
#360 of 1431 Re: 2000 Catera Radio shut down [alrickp]
Sep 11, 2007 (9:37 am)
Don't have my catera anymore but that happen to me once, then the lights. My mechanic always fixed it free of charge by resetting the computor. After we did that about three times I experienced no more problems. Hope this helps.
#361 of 1431 Re: Vehicle Speed Sensor [trinella]
Sep 11, 2007 (10:12 am)
Did you have to have the part programed?
#362 of 1431 Re: Vehicle Speed Sensor [diva36]
Sep 11, 2007 (10:53 am)
Trinella, from my understanding the computor controlled a lot on the Catera. Each time he reset the computor I had no more problems. In my car the clock, radio and gauges would just stop for no reason but he said the computor was off. Sorry I can't be of more help. Also I researched Catera recalls and did find the radio as having known problems. Let me know if I can assist you in anyway. Good Luck
#363 of 1431 Re: 2000 Catera Radio shut down [alrickp]
Sep 12, 2007 (4:49 am)
The radio and control box is not the problem, it's a multi function relay. They replaced relay part #90494163 and sensor part #90528435. The relay cost $90.32 and the sensor $230.57 total with labor 450.79. In your case the sensor may not need to be replaced. Cadillac service should have known about this problem.
#364 of 1431 Re: 2000 Catera Radio shut down [ibspotted]
Sep 16, 2007 (7:44 am)
thank you so much. will try that.