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#407 of 1436 Re: 2000 Cadillac Catera [cateraowner]
Nov 17, 2007 (10:13 am)
Hello everyone, I've got a black 2000 Catera I've had for 3 yrs bought it with 61,000 mi as a lease trade in. I've not had any problems until just recently as it's about to roll over to 99,000 mi. I'm starting to smell the oil and see the little smoke coming from the hood on the passenger side. There was one feed on here this summer that got my attention that made me copy and store it on my computer for future reference. Just thought I'd repost it for all the newcomers to save a lot of questions, the guy seems to be really credible. GOOD LUCK!!! Oh yeah... Thanks CADDYGUY1
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Lets Shed Some Light on the issues by caddyguy1 May 05, 2007 (6:35 am) ￼
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May 05, 2007
Replying to: cissie (May 04, 2007 5:18 am)
Hello I am a master certified GM technician. Not currently in a GM dealership I work at a BMW/MINI dealership. I worked at a Cadillac dealership for about 6 years.
First of all Cateras are not that hard to work on. Many GM technicians have problems with it b/c they are used to GM this is not a GM it is basically an Opel which is German.
Let me tell you guys a few of the problems these cars have
Battery Draw---Check the rear defroster relay (they stick)
Oil Leaks---Valve Covers and Head Gaskets
Coolant Leaks---Water control valve, Head gasket, oil cooler cover
Problems with Oil Pressure----Pressure sensor or the actual gauge(it can be replaced separate of the whole cluster)
Coolant Light stays on---replace the jug it has a sensor (or sometimes you can beat on it and it will go out)
No start---crank sensor (only replaced on fuel pump in 6 years on a catera)
Rough Running---Pull spark plug boot check for leaking valve covers. Also the ignition coils would go bad on these.
Cant get vehicle out of park---Needs the Shifter assembly.
Have not seen a whole lot of transmission issues.
Noise from front of Engine----most likely timing belt related.
I have replaced a lot of A/C control panels.
I have replaced a few a/c door actuators for air not blowing out of proper position.
I have replaced quite a few brake light switches.
I have replaced few wheels speed sensors
I have replaced quite a few o2 sensors.
I have seen a few Air Injection faults.
As I said these cars are German with some GM influence. Thing is Saab uses the same engine as the 3.0 catera and had not had half the problems the catera has. These car are not hard to fix, can be tricky to diagnose.
#408 of 1436 Problems wit the starting the engine
Nov 19, 2007 (7:52 am)
I have several problems with my 2000 Catera, but now I want to ask if somebody had the same problem. When I drive my Catera for some time, after shutting down the engine I cannot start it again for a half hour. I have to wait a the it would start again. Could you tell me what is happening?
#410 of 1436 Re: Problems wit the starting the engine [helik]
Nov 19, 2007 (6:04 pm)
Hey Helik, yes several people have had the same problem and found it to be the Crank Sensor that needed replacing. Lots of people talked about it in this forum over the summer. It's my understanding that when it was hot you would have to let it cool off before trying to restart it and that was the only way of knowing it was bad. Hope this puts you in the right direction.
#411 of 1436 Re: TENSIONER [yean99]
Nov 23, 2007 (8:56 am)
M y daughter bought a1997 catera 6 months ago and i am still repairing it ac radiator and now timing tensioner assembly do you know if this is an interference engine? I am frustrated HELP
#412 of 1436 MORE THAN I HAVE TO SPEND...
Nov 26, 2007 (12:46 pm)
I DON'T KNOW IF THIS LADY IS EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEM THAT I AM HAVING. WHEN I DRIVE MY CAR, JUST HAVING AN ALTERNATOR AND A BATTERY INSTALLED. AFTER LEAVING THE REPAIR SHOP. I DROVE FOR ABOUT 9 MILES IN THE EVENING TRAFFIC AND THE CAR SPUTTERS AND THEN ON ABOUT THE 10TH MILE 3 BLOCKS FROM MY HOME, THE CAR STALLS AND WILL NOT RESTART. AFTER HAVING IT TOWED. I STARTED THE CAR AND LET IT RUN IN THE DRIVEWAY, MY HUSBAND DROVE IT ABOUT 4 BLOCKS FROM OUR HOME AND THE CARD STOPS AGAIN. AFTER 2 HRS I WENT BACK WITH SOMEONE TO DRIVE THE CAR HOME BEFORE CALL A TOW TRUCK AND THE CAR STARTS. IT IS DRIVEN BACK HOME. DROVE IT ABOUT TO THE STORE 2 BLOCKS FROM MY HOME NO PROBLEM. WHEN I ATTEMPTED TO DRIVE TO WORK THIS MORNING, THE CAR STALLED AFTER WARMING TO STANDARD OPERATING TEMPERATURE. I LET IT COOL DOWN FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND THE CAR STARTED BACK UP. I DROVE FOR ABOUT 1.5 MILES AND THE CAR STALLS ON THE EXIT NEAR MY JOB. 2 HRS LATER I 2 EMPLOYEES TO PICK UP MY CAR AND IT STARTED RIGHT AWAY. CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE ME INCITE?
#413 of 1436 Re: MORE THAN I HAVE TO SPEND... [ccopeland64]
Nov 26, 2007 (12:59 pm)
Possibly a Crankshaft Posistion Sensor.
#414 of 1436 Re: MORE THAN I HAVE TO SPEND... [blk00catera]
Nov 26, 2007 (1:26 pm)
THANKS, DOES IT COST A LOT TO HAVE THE CAR REWIRED? I HAVE ALSO BEEN TOLD THAT SOME OF THE WIRES AR LOOSE ON MY WIRING HARNESS.
#415 of 1436 OBD II TOOLS
Nov 27, 2007 (9:49 am)
hi all looking for obd tool that will read all codes like abs,srs,ect.any help thanks
#416 of 1436 Re: 2000 Catera AC is weak [alex80]
Nov 28, 2007 (7:44 pm)
Living in Florida I noticed the same thing. I have the optional rear window screen. When its up the cabin is pleasant when its down forget it you can fry eggs in the back seat. We finally tinted the windows to eliminate the green house effect and the climate control works just fine.