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#536 of 1436 Re: Help me please!! 1997 Catera [weaz08]
Mar 31, 2008 (10:13 am)
DTC PO411 is "AIR System No Flow Detected" so yes, it definitely has to do with emissions. The diagnostics to repair the problem are very extensive and involve many steps, 32 to be exact. Of course you would hope that it wouldn't take all 32 actions to solve the problem. If you are working with a Cadillac garage, they would have the diagnostics sheets. If you're working with an independent mechanic and he doesn't have the sheets, I will be more than happy to scan them and send them to your email address. Unless you have an extensive mechanical background and garage I really don't think this is something you would want to try to fix yourself but that is up to you. As for the cooling fans not coming on, there are 17 diagnostic steps to troubleshoot that and I would put that problem at a higher priority than the check engine light being on. Hope this helps and let me know what you think. Thanks
#537 of 1436 Re: Help me please!! 1997 Catera [gnguru]
Mar 31, 2008 (11:05 am)
I actually pulled it out of the Cadillac shop and have it at home. I have a mechanic that is a friend of the family taking a look at it. If you can send me the diagnostic steps to try and fix both problems that would be very much appreciated. I just couldn't leave it at the shop it was at because they were going to charge me $95hr just to try and find the problem and he said it could take 2-3hrs. You can send it to the email address here or to ptownweazyahoo.com.
thank you very much,
#538 of 1436 Cadillac Catera with Hood Stuck closed
Apr 01, 2008 (8:51 am)
Please help....my son was working on his Cadillac Catera and a big gust of wind came up and slammed down the hood. Now he can't get it open. It appears that the latch is not holding it down, so is there other latches that we don't know about.
He is really frustrated with this car, as he ran into something and poked a hole in the radiator, and now the battery is dead, so he can't even push it, as the steering wheel is locked and when he had the hood open to jump the car, it slammed down and now its STUCK!! We even tried to jack it open with my husbands jack and it started to bend the hood. PLEASE HELP US!!
#539 of 1436 Re: Cadillac Catera with Hood Stuck closed [bev6]
Apr 01, 2008 (9:42 am)
Of course, as with all cars there is a double "safety" latch on a Catera. I know for a fact that the safety latch on a Catera is very hard to locate and many people have trouble getting the hood open. However, if your son has worked on the car before, I would think he would know how to open the hood correctly. If the safety latch is holding it down it will move up and down about an inch or so before catching. I'm kind of in a hurry right now but if in fact it is not the safety latch holding the hood down, I will get back to you afterwhile with info on how to get it open. In the meantime, DO NOT try to use a jack to get it open. It won't work...............
#540 of 1436 Re: Cadillac Catera with Hood Stuck closed [bev6]
Apr 01, 2008 (12:38 pm)
Okay. I need more info. Is the hood stuck and locked down in the completely closed position or is it being held down by the safety latch (in other words, can you move it up & down about an inch or so or not)?? Let me know.
#541 of 1436 Cooling fan for A/C
Apr 02, 2008 (4:58 pm)
I have a 1997 Catera. Recently, the A/C will only blow cold air when it's not hot enough to use it. Also, once the engine has been running for awhile or sitting in the hot sun, it only blows hot air. The cooling fan does not seem to be kicking on to cool the refrigerant but it does kick on enough to ensure the engine is not overheating. The system does not have any leaks and is fully charged. Could this be a relay or bad fan or something else entirely??? How could I check it?
#542 of 1436 Re: Cadillac Catera tire problems [jklucher]
Apr 07, 2008 (3:36 pm)
I purchased an 01 Catera a few months ago, the front end recently started shaking pretty bad that would come and go. I was told that it the tires had worn prematurely. I had one mechanic tell me it was a design defect and that new tires and front end alignment would be a very temporary fix. It doesn't sound like Cadillac acknowledges the problem. What to do?? Please Help!!
#543 of 1436 Front end shake - Catera
Apr 07, 2008 (4:08 pm)
Remember that any rotating mass can cause a shake, so there is another strong possibility...a broken engine mount, which any good mechanic can check easily by starting the engine.
I don't believe that there is any 'design flaw' with the front end...my Catera has well over 100,000 miles with no tire issues. I have Continentals and rotate every 10,000 miles or so. It is also possible that one of your tires has a broken belt...even some new tires can break a belt which will make it impossible to balance.
#544 of 1436 Re: Cadillac Catera tire problems [jcurtismallow]
Apr 07, 2008 (9:52 pm)
I have to agree with heckofaman. That mechanic should be fired for even saying something like that if it were in fact true but it isn't. There were not any Catera so called front end defects ever. I would suspect that you have a tire out of balance or out of round. Alignment is not likely to cause front end shake but it could be a factor causing a tire to wear unevenly and eventually shake. If I were you I would get two new front tires and possibly the alignment if you want but you have to get four wheel alignment which can run anywhere from $60 to $100+... When they balance your tires, they will be able to tell you if you possibly have a warped rim which also could cause shaking. A bad motor mount would maybe cause a little shaking on acceleration but is not likely to cause the steering wheel or front end of the car to shake while just cruising along. Good luck.
#545 of 1436 Re: Cadillac Catera tire problems [jcurtismallow]
Apr 08, 2008 (2:07 am)
I have a 2000 Catera had the same problem....we did an alignment..it didn't help...took it all over to find out how to fix the shaking....put on two new tires, its been running like a dream....