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#388 of 1436 2000 Cadillac Catera
Nov 06, 2007 (7:29 pm)
Hello. I'm very new here. I've been watching this forum for some time now and decided to join. I bought a 2000 Cadillac Catera for $6300 with 59,665 miles on it 11 months ago. I have had only (1) issue with the car since I bought it. A wear and tear item went out on me and was a bit pricy to fix, around $450. The dealer was upfront with me and told me about the oil leak the car had. Like others in this forum have described, it's coming from behind the valve cover on the passenger side and rolling to the driver's side and then burning off on top of the engine. Little poofs of smoke can be seen escaping from under the hood on the driver's side from time to time. I have not had an estimate yet to fix it but I have had it looked at. The repair shop that looked at the problem told me that not alot of oil was escaping but it could get worse if I don't have it fixed in a reasonable amount of time. I am concerned about a couple of other things I have noticed during the summer months with the car. Perhaps someone here has had this happen to them. This summer has been hot and one day a few months ago, the car began to run a little hot. I didn't pay too much attention to it but as the weeks progressed, the car began to run hotter. There were a couple of times that I was forced to shut the car off for fear of burning up the engine. Now it is very cold outside but the car still likes to run a little hot. Anybody know what the deal is with that? Any tips to keep this girl cooled off? Fans not kicking on? Add another couple of fans? Also, it's rare, I mean really rare but sometimes when I jump on the expressway, I speed up and somewhere between 50 and 60 MPH the car falls into snow gear. A light on the dash flashes repeatedly. If I stop the car, it is in 3rd gear and accelerates very slowly. The only way to return the car to normal operation is to turn it off and then back on again. Very odd and rare. Anybody have that happen to them? In any event, the car now has 71,000 miles and other than a couple of nuisance issues, I love it. I'm sorry to hear that others have not had good experiences with this model car. I guess I have been lucky. At any rate, if anyone can provide some tips I would appreciate it. Thanks a million.
Nov 07, 2007 (6:38 am)
I just replaced my brakes and rotors on the front. I ran in to a couple of problems. The rotors are secured by an extra allen type bolt used during assembly. Both were seized up so I drilled off the head of the bolt. I used some cobalt drill bits and they cut through it like butter. After putting the new rotor on I snapped off a bolt that holds the caliper on. The local Lowes had a replacement.
I've had reasonably good luck with my `00 Catera since I've bought it ~3 years ago(knock on wood). The CSPS was the biggest repair although I've had a coolant leak on the driver side around the time of purchase and can't remember exactly what it was they fixed. Whatever it was the dealership said it was a fairly common problem. I'm at 96k miles so I'm sure the worst is to come. I'll keep you updated.
#390 of 1436 Re: [KarenS]
Nov 07, 2007 (1:58 pm)
I have a 2001 Catera. The zone climate control is malfunctioning. On the driver's side, it blows out cold air, while on the passenger side, it blows hot air. This in spite of the fact that the temperatures settings are identical for both sides. Any suggestions?
#391 of 1436 center high-mounted stoplamp
Nov 09, 2007 (1:11 pm)
only a portion of the center high-mounted stoplamp works, on my recently purchased 1998 catera, looking through the owners manual, it shows how to replace all bulbs except these. manual says ' see your dealer '.
there is a snap on type trunk lid liner, must this be taken off ? I'm afraid if I do take it off the plastic snaps will break ..as they often do and the liner will not attatch as secure.
#392 of 1436 heater / defrost / rw defogger
Nov 09, 2007 (1:25 pm)
recently purchased 1998 Catera
this seems really strange, but my heater / defrost / rw defogger will not come on untill the car is put in Drive gear
and go mabey 20 feet or so.
It's getting COLD here in Wisconsin and I would like to warm up and defog / defrost ' BEFORE ' I pull out of the drive way and into moving traffic. tried auto mode, manual mode and " NADA " any help would be mucho appreciated.
#393 of 1436 Re: center high-mounted stoplamp [pcastillo]
Nov 09, 2007 (2:38 pm)
well all i know about the third light is that the dealer has to replace that light. and trust me its a pain that is the only one that you cannot replace
#394 of 1436 Re: [sideman]
Nov 10, 2007 (7:55 pm)
You probably have a door that is not opening & closing. It is located in behind dash. I have same problem. My right side kicks out hot air & left side cold. You will probably have to take it to Cadillac dealer & have it diagnosed. I took mine to a reputable mechanic but he couldn't diagnose the problem.
#395 of 1436 Re: 2000 Catera Issues - Please advise [peanut06]
Nov 10, 2007 (8:12 pm)
Crankshaft position sensor needs replacing. It is located behind oil filter & line runs up just below firewall area. I had same problem. Would run a few minutes & die.
#396 of 1436 Oil Problems- '01 catera (devil car)
Nov 12, 2007 (9:23 am)
Advice requested. Own '01 catera with more repairs done than I can list. Latest problem is car went in day before warranty expired with oil light on and low oil pressure. Dealer added 1 Qt. oil and sent me on my way. (oil had been changed about 3400 miles prior) Car had been in on many occassions with oil light or engine light on. Warranty expires and 3months and 3000 miles later, car had loud engine noise- diagnosis- damaged lifters/ badly damaged cylinder heads, burned and scarred camshafts, camshaft bearing surface and camshaft bearing caps due to lack of oil. Estimate- $7000.00. I contacted cadillac and asked how all of this could happen in less than 4000 miles. Basically told- my problem.
#397 of 1436 Re: Oil Problems- '01 catera (devil car) [smss]
Nov 12, 2007 (2:26 pm)
How many miles on your engine?
Did warranty expire because of in service date or miles?
When did you purchase car [exact date] and from dealer?