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#630 of 1436 Re: Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera [calicago]
Jul 13, 2008 (12:54 pm)
It was a Cadillac dealer. I'll just wait till their inventory builds up. Then wait until the incentives, in the way of rebates/interest rates/trade in value, are more appealing to the consumer. If that time doesn't come, I'll take my business elsewhere. However, the way in which Cadillac has treated those of you unfortunate enough to buy a Catera is pathetic. I'm seeing poorly trained service techs, which have added to their already high labor rates. Most of the time I've been able to do my own troubleshooting and repairs. Twice I've been away from home and I told them what most likely was the problem. I was able to avoid the process of elimination repairs until the original problem is fixed. This forum here helps along with an engineering background. The car is considered very reliable in Europe and its ashame that GM has decided to go a different route.
#631 of 1436 Oil Leak on a 1997 Cadi Catera
Jul 14, 2008 (4:23 am)
After an oil change and a timining chain change my 1997 Cadi catera is now leaking oil, Does any body know what might be the cause?
#632 of 1436 Re: Oil Leak on a 1997 Cadi Catera [emmanuelm]
Jul 14, 2008 (9:26 am)
The only way to know for sure is to find out where the oil is coming from. Since you completed two repair and/or maintenance items, it could be from either of those. Oil change = they might have gotten the oil drain plug back on properly or tight enough or the oil filter may not be screwed on tight enough. Timing chain/belt replacement = they might have messed up the cover that conceals it and holds in the oil. Lastly, Catera valve covers are notorious for leaking so it could be a new problem seperate from the others. Like I said - you have to find out where the oil is coming from by observation.... Good luck.
#633 of 1436 Re: Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera [dallasdude1]
Jul 14, 2008 (9:28 am)
IM very surprise at that to about cadillac they most of the time stand behide their product in this case it's a wonder. but all in all I think it's a great car knowing it was the platform for the C.T.S . I gusse you need a lot of paient with this car.
#634 of 1436 I NEED HELP GUYS!!! Car stalls 1999 cadillac catera
Jul 15, 2008 (7:17 pm)
my car has 78,000 miles and for the last few months it pretty much runs when it wants to. It started where I filled up and got to my sons school that was 20 min away and got in it to leave it wouldn't start. it had enough power and tried but it was like it wasn't getting fuel, then i came back like 4 hrs later and it started no problem. but the problem just got worse, it would shut off when I was driving if the rpms got below 1, it started ideling low, and you wuld not be able to start the car until the car cooled down. Now it never overheated never runs hot, no check engin light on. now I can't even make it 200 yards before it shuts off and it will take hrs to get it started again. I had someone come over and do a computer diagnostic and no codes appear it shows that the car is fine. Any ideas? Please help!!!!! Also is anyone else germany made? Everywhere I took it so far to be checked out haven't seen one like this in a long time. are they rare?
#635 of 1436 Re: I NEED HELP GUYS!!! Car stalls 1999 cadillac catera [dtsluvr]
Jul 15, 2008 (7:51 pm)
Replace the Crankshaft Position Sensor (CPS). About a $50 part. If you can't do it yourself the Cadillac garage will replace it for right at $500 give or take $100..
#636 of 1436 Re: I NEED HELP GUYS!!! Car stalls 1999 cadillac catera [gnguru]
Jul 16, 2008 (2:12 pm)
thank you for the fast response, I will try your suggestion. thank you again
Jul 17, 2008 (2:21 pm)
Hey there... I am going to change the heater valve and was wondering if while under the hood if I should change the Crankshaft sensor at the same time. I have heard a lot of talk about the unit and guess to replace it now is to forestall problems later on, eh... Where is it and is it much of a job to change.... please let me know soon as. thanks Lee
Jul 17, 2008 (6:19 pm)
Hi Lee, its on the firewall and under your wipers. Its a pain to get to, but easy to change. Post 549 here will redirect you to the Cadillac forum which has 4 pictures, if I recall right. They were about the most useful of anything I had going for me. Thanks to a fellow forum member. Are you anywhere near Dallas?
#639 of 1436 Re: [dallasdude1]
Jul 17, 2008 (6:48 pm)
Hey dude... I will look for it tomorrow, while I still have the plastic cover pulled back....... boy oh boy, I just did a replacement of the heater valve at the cost of 60.00, parts and all..ang an hour of time including walking the dog........ not bad for a shade tree mechanic, eh. I can't for the
life of me see how that could be a 400.00 + job. I guess I will hang out my sign as a Catera tech,. Ha Ha Ha...... the guys on the board have been a big help to me in this endever. thanks folks. L not bad for an "old fart" at 78 eh. we, my wife and I do love our catera, she will not give it up.........