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Cadillac Catera

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  • have a 2000 catera when it rains car floods on passenger side front and rear where is the water coming from?
  • Hi i own a 2000 catera dont let the repairs ive had discourage you but these are things i fixed and am still working on being repaired i think the previous owner didnt maintain the car well heater core radiator alternator ox sensor mass airflow sensor and now i need new suspension they say its a commond problem gaskets and timing belt and experiancing the car flooding whenever it rains on the passenger side im willing to get the repairs done because i love this car and after this is done that should be every thing she had 55000 miles when i got her i think its worth it
  • micldarmicldar Posts: 7
    Somebody can advise about what kind of pads can I purchase for my Catera 2000?

    That's because you can find differents kinds of materials, like metallics, semi-metallics, titanium, ceramics, Posi-Quiet Extended Wear Brake Pads with Shims - ?.

    So, maybe there are more materials, and that's my problem, what is the correct one for my cadi.

    Thanks in advance,
  • dallasdude1dallasdude1 Posts: 1,139
    I've have the Auto Zone lifetime pads and they are great. At 95K I'll need to replace the rotors in another 50K, but the pads will still be good. The original lasted only 30K. Fact is that my rear pads will need replacement before the front.

    Unfortunately the Catera has wires instead of squeelers to warn you of low pads. I just cut off the wire at the teflon/plastic and twisted them together. They are way too expensive.
  • calicagocalicago Posts: 53
    They told me get it from saab every thing inter cooler waste gate and go to Specterwerkes for body parts ;) and to all you guys that drive civics...............YOU GO GIRL :P
  • what is a cool air box?
  • jbivenjbiven Posts: 1
    I have had to replace the ignition cylinder in my 98 three times (at $135.00 a pop) And now the door locks are also broken.There is no way to by pass the ignition lock, however sometimes it will turn and start after many trys. Don't put off the repair, it can also lock up in the on position and you can't leave the vehicle until battery drains!!! That's fun... :mad:
  • MY MOTHER HAS 1997 CATERA THE IGNITION SWITCH HAS LOCK UP WE CAN NOT TURN THE STEERING WHEEL AT ALL. SHE HAS TWO KEYS WE TRIED BOTH OF THEM. I HAVE BEEN CALLING AROUND ABOUT GETTING IT FIXED. I HAVE BEEN TOLD IT COULD RUN ANY WERE FROM $300.00 TO $400.00 TO GET FIXED. I ALSO HAVE BEEN TOLD IT COULD BE A NUTURAL SAFTY SWITCH UNDER THE COLUM. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP. THANK YOU FOR ANY INPUT.
  • I was the one that posted the original question about this. I'm afraid that I don't have the greatest of news. Several people have since told me that the lock mechanisms on Cateras were not real sturdy, and tend to need replacement after a while.

    Our son is an engineer. He looked at the car, and decided that there was no good way to fix it without replacing the lock mechanism (which, with towing to the dealer, parts, and labor, would have run over $1,000).

    Our solution was to drill out the screws holding the ignition lock in place, and to install a simple "on-off" (flip) switch for the ignition (like a light switch) and a "push-button" switch for the starter. If someone gets into the car (by picking the lock or breaking a window), the only thing that keeps them from starting the car is that you need to hold the original key (which has a chip in in) close to the steering wheel or the system shuts down. It's not a pretty solution, but it lets us drive the car and saved a ton of money.
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND INTERTEST. MAY GOD BLESS
  • nogm4menogm4me Posts: 13
    I am responding to the " leveling " idiot light issues posted by " redheadshar ". I have
    posted before and am an owner of a 97 Cat with 165k miles on the odometer. I had the " rear " air ride shocks replaced in June of this yr. the factory units literally rotted into oblivion. My idiot light was on/off for well over a year. You are correct, do not load the trunk and drive over rough terrain. The IRS ( independent rear suspension ) could become damaged. Suggestions: make sure the leveling switch is operating correctly.
    If you have over 80-90k miles, replace the air ride shocks. No questions asked. Look for a reputable brand, the one starting with "M" is barely above factory quality. Go with the Japanese or German brand. approx. $150 each. ( only the rear are involved). As I mentioned I replaced the 2 units at 160k and the steering feel improved, handling in general and I get better fuel mileage. Why,..? the vehicle has returned to the proper rake angle in meeting the wind. You can hear the air pump run then stop after the switch determines proper ride height/load for the car. My new dilema was a steering box that began leaking profusely. They are not serviceable and require a good used unit in it's place, very labor intensive. Some estimates indicate that up to 80 % of vehicles on the road have substandard suspensions on them. Don't let yours be one of them. (see link )
    http://www.motorist.org/news/consnews/BatteriesRideControlUICSMy6.pdf
  • Did you ever find out why the car will not start? my 2000 catera sport just started doing this yesterday shut of, came back to car, turn key, everything works except wont start.. nothing happens, no click, or even a try to start.. fliped key over, and after 6 tries it started.
    ran fine today then I went to leave again, same problem, after 10 tires I gave up and drove the other car..
    if you have anyinfo I would appreciate it..
    I have seen alternator, battery, coils and cam or crank sensor as possibles..
    thanks for your time.
  • Not your battery or alternator ... my 98 is in the shop as I send this with the same problem ... she will start up on her own if given enough time but sometimes she wont even try. The weirdest part is when she is being fussy she will start with a jump regardless (senseless!). I'll keep you posted.
  • What should I look for before considering purchasing this car, can someone advise me? An auto mechanic business owner is selling it. Looking forward to a response, thank you. :D
  • ooops! I forgot to mention, it uses premium gas. Does anyone know why premium and can it get away with regular or will it cause serious damage? :)
  • json1json1 Posts: 1
    Mine 2001 did the samething. It was the crank sensor.
  • dallasdude1dallasdude1 Posts: 1,139
    I need to sell a new (not a rebuilt) Catera Bosch alternator. I have noted that the Catera rebuilts don't last a year if lucky. I'm looking to get $150 plus shipping for it.
    Thanks
  • I NEED A NEW SHORT BLOCK(1997) BUT ONLY ONE AVAILABLE IS 1999/2001...ARE PARTS INTERCHANGABLE BETWEEN 1997 AND 1999 ???
    LUDDYBRIAN...
  • I have a 2001 Subaru Forester. Can anyone tell me WHY it has an engine oil coller for an automatic?
  • snootysnooty Posts: 2
    After my 1997 catera runs for awhile, it shuts down When I come to a stop. There is no engine light and it starts when I turn it back on. Without a code My mechanic is having a hard time finding the problem. Is there anyone else with this problem and what is the solution?
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