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#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.........
Jul 18, 2008 (4:15 am)
Congrats Lee, those two items are common. Then I have noticed the overflow tank/bottle is also something you might look at. The item least discussed is the timing belt which was a problem with the early Catera. As I understand it should be a large undertaking with replacing the tensioner as well as pulleys. After having worked on many different cars, this is a well made/engineered car. Unfortunately the eruo style cars aren't catching on here in the states.
Jul 18, 2008 (5:38 am)
Sorry dumb me... I still can't locate the cps... is it "under the hood behind the motor near the heater valve... IE can you get to it from the top side or under the car. all the pix I see seem to show a general location under the hood.. in the rear of the engine....... yet some say to go under the car etc etc. the pix you mentioned did not "pin point the unit, at least to these old eyes......could you please give me give me a "clue"/// sorry to be so dumb....... Lee
#643 of 1436 just bought 97'catera,42K miles, but oil lights,etc.stay on
Jul 18, 2008 (12:39 pm)
I just recently bought a 1997 Catera from a local car dealer in my hometown and it has 42,000 miles and is in good condition the first thing me and my husband noticed is that the oil light, brake light and some kind of batterey lights stay on,when you turn the car on one of them will come on then as you r driving for awhile the other 2 come as and stay on, the dealer said they just do that, he also said when they changed the brakes the brake light came on and wont go off..so does anyone have any ideas or know why this is happening? and i do think it is a great car i have just read some really negative things about it and im a little worried that my car will end up the same way as some of the other owners of catera's i have read about. Please someone give me some advice..thanks