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#98 of 1436 Drain battery cadillac catera 1998
Nov 09, 2005 (4:00 pm)
Fist, excuse my bad english cause I'm french.
I have a cadillac catera 1998 and it has an intermitent problem. It happens regularly that I cannot start because the battery was completely emptied. I changed the battery once but the problem is always present. The dealer does not find any solution with my problem. Would you have an idea where the problem come from please?
Thank's in advance for your help.
Nov 11, 2005 (4:13 pm)
Has anyone experienced a problem with their extended warranty co. not wanting to pay for a covered part? I don't know what to do I have a spun bearing to piston #3. Inspectors report says starved for oil, all fluids are found to be good in car including oil. I had oil changes done on the side by a friend he wrote me reciepts but the warranty co wants an exact cause of this if not lack of oil in the engine.Repair center unable to find exact cause of failure. Does any one have any suggestions??? What could cause the oil not to get to the piston other than no oil in the car?
#101 of 1436 Head Gasket needs replacement
Nov 14, 2005 (3:01 pm)
I bougth 98 Catera from used car dealer on Nov 1, 2004 with 90,000kms on it, no problems at all until End of Oct this year. Engine coolant leaking, it has 125,000 kms on it and haven't even changed the timing belt. I like the car, lots of goody features on it. It might cost me about $3500.00 to fix all this. Should I keep it or get rid of it? Please advice guys!
Thanks for your help.
Nov 19, 2005 (8:23 am)
I had a problem with a local GM dealer years ago, that went on for over 2 years (very frustrating). During that time I when up the chain of the company. The one who helped me most, was the Regional rep. (state level). That person reprimanded the dealer and got the work done.
#103 of 1436 97 Catera Shifting Problems
Nov 19, 2005 (9:25 am)
I recently purchased a 97 Catera with 88k miles. The car was rough, but is cleaning up nicely. My major problem with the car is the transmission, it won't change gears on its own and the shift indicator lights in the center column don't work. I read a lot online that the one code, P1700 usually means that the fluid level is low and could cause this condition, so I just had the fluid and filter changed, yet it is still not shifting automatically. The codes that came up are P1700 (Manufaturer Control Transmission), P0705 (Trans Range Sensor Curcuit Malfunction), and P0455 (EVAP Emission Control System Leak (Large)) If P0705 indicates that there is sensor malfunction, where is that sensor or where do I begin? Could the EVAP Emission Control System leak have anything to do with the shifting? HELP!!!
#104 of 1436 Re: Head Gasket needs replacement [tburhani]
Nov 27, 2005 (7:49 am)
You can probably buy another Catera for that money. Check the KBB values. Look at E-Bay auctions. It's a very nice car, but it may be time to change the color.
Dec 10, 2005 (10:15 am)
I HAD '97 CATERA WITH SAME PROBLEM ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS. I DON'T THINK YOUR WATER PUMP HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE RADIO BECAUSE THE WIRES ARE IN THE DASH. I AM NOT 100% SURE ABOUT THIS WITHOUT LOOKING AT WIRING DIAGRAM, AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO IS TO BUY A SERVICE MANUAL AT $140 + S/H. I THINK U R GETTING HUNG. MY CAR HAD VALVE COVER LEAK (VALVE COVER GASKET SET $50), A WATER HEATER AUX. PUMP $250 BUT USED BRASS 90 ELBOW AT $3, WATER PUMP ABOUT TO GO, HEAD GASKET OR HEAD GOING BAD AT $1000+, AIR BAG LIGHT ON ( NEVER PRICED TO SCARED TO HEAR THAT. I DID REPAIR ALL THE PROBLEMS VERY, VERY, VERY CHEAPLY. HOW U ASK?
TRADE IT IN!!!!!!!!!
#106 of 1436 98 catera overheating problem
Dec 11, 2005 (8:44 pm)
my catera is overheating. i thought i blew the head gasket from what happened when it over heated, but now it shows no sign of overheating. when it overheated the oil was a milky color. what could be the problem, could it be a thermostat or what. i want to get it fixed so i can resell the damn thing, and get a jeep.
#107 of 1436 Re: Smoke under hood [rolson]
Dec 15, 2005 (10:21 pm)
I have same problem with my 97 Catera. Dealer replaced the CAMSHAFT COVERS for $684 parts plus labor. That job did not take because I had to take the car back after I noticed lots of smoke spewing out from under the hood. Dealer agreed to redo the job for free. Donít have the car back yet. The smoke is a result of oil leaking on the hot parts of the car. Right now I am trying to get the oil leak fixed so that I could sell the car and run like hell away from Cadillacs. So far I have spent thousands of dollars repairing this car. It seems to me the manufacture took the Catera off the assembly line before it was complete. And all the money we spend in repairs is what the manufacture should have spent to properly manufacture this car. Good luck with yours.