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Cadillac Catera Maintenance & Repair

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  • may be mass air flow sensor this is located just below the air filter it has a electric plug going to it unplug the wire to see if this helps if so needs tobe replaced easy to do just 2 large hose clamps and the wire should be 150.00 part
  • the catera is european not american. thats why its giving you such a headache, and the shop im sure.
  • most of us like are Catera's but they came out with so many problems, I actually did a full drivetrain swap and put a GM 383 Stroker with a TH700R4 (4 speed) & it fit perfect with a little modification to the firewall. my motor mounts are solid, I have a custom made driveline, wiring harness and i was able to keep all of my factory options, Lets face it, they are great comfortable cars and stylish at that.. if you would like to see pictures of my swap you may visit http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2955374 and check it out
  • I have noticed a few people mention recalls with their Catera(the post about tie rods caught my eye as I need a new one). I checked on Edmunds for the 2000 model year and it said there were none. I also checked for 99 and 01 which also returned none. Is there recalls out there that for some reason I am unable to see or are people refering to the TSBs?
  • i would like to know of any problems anyone has had with this model catera.
  • My factory rims were starting to corrode on the inside and would lose air pressure slowly. I had the inside cleaned and buffed but about a week later they started to lose air again. I just bought a set of 16" Konig Furthers wrapped in Yokahamas. They look really nice on my black Catera and have even renewed a little bit of love for my car.

    Happy Holidays all!
  • Top of :cry: the Season to everyone! Well since my purchase of a 2001 CATERA with only 33,300 miles on it. Here is what I have experienced:
    August purchased the car.... the EBCTM module went on it the moment I picked it up after having it shipped from Florida.
    Check engine light comes on and off.
    Electric Sun roof sometimes works, sometimes it doesn't want to work.
    Went to automatic car was and passenger side foot well filled up with water.
    In October once it got cold the shifter does not want to go into drive from park until it warms up.
    Steering wheell pump just went, and found out now I need valve covers that they do not make anymore. Need to upgrade to new replacement model.
    When I go over bumps, now I hear a clunk in the front end.
    I give up..... thought I got a good one with low miles, but this is too much.
  • I have 1997 Cadillac Catera. Does any body know why I see a "Levelling" sign flashing on the panel.
    The car runs good when you are doing 0-55mph, after that it does not want to go any faster and I do'nt want to push it. a mechanic just told me that it is the solonoid or something and another person told me that I need a new Trans. Can any body help on ideas.
  • Hi E,

    had a 2000 catara that done the exact same thing if you email me tomorrow I'll look up the part I ordered whatever it was worked..so hold on
  • I believe it was the synlonoid but DON'T SPEND OVER 60.00 FOR I KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GET IT. CONTACT ME TOMORROW SORRY I C/N HELP MORE TONITE ITS JUST TOO LATE
  • Hello,

    My neighbor has the exact same problem. I see that the multi relay switch is the way to fix it. However, I will repair it myself and save the $130 labor fee.

    He can open the trunk and gas release switch by starting the vehicle, keeping his foot on the brake and putting it in gear. This will allow you to open both, however it will not allow you to operate the radio.

    Hope this will help you. Weird way to operate the swiches, but it works.

    Joe
  • Just to let you know that Isuzu makes certain hondas and for much less.
  • Where are you and how much do you want for the motor and tranny? I am in Colorado.

    Josiegomezchapman@msn.com

    Joe
  • Just picked up my 2001 Catera from the shop - same symptoms as yours. Just as bugkill1 said, it was the MAF sensor.

    The shop had my Catera for almost 2 days before calling to tell me that neither they nor the nearby dealership had any idea what was wrong. All diagnostics came up normal and yet the car sputtered, misfired, etc. They had placed a call to Cadillac and were waiting for an answer. 10 minutes of research on the Internet and I turned up several reports of what they were calling "lumpy start-up syndrome"; same symptoms as both you and I experienced, and the MAF sensor was the cause. I called the shop, they changed out my MAF sensor, and two hours later I was driving off in my now smooth-running Catera.
  • hI, I just ran across my receipt , it was a sensor I'm not sure which one but the mechanic wanted to charged me 350.00 for the part alone but i found the part for 50.00. Have your sensors checked as I bet thats the problem. I did get it from a dealer too. Sorry I couldnot be of more help. Good Luck and let me know . I got tierd of spending money so i got rid of my catera. BUT YES IT'S A SENSOR. I'LL LOOK AGAIN AND SEE IF IT STATES WHICH ONE BUT I DOUBT IT.
  • acurryacurry Posts: 27
    by any chance where is the maf sensor located on the car and another question the speed sensors is there one or two of them and are they really located on the rear axels? please help if anyone knows
  • The maf sensor is typically located in the air inlet just upstream of the air filter. Some info on it can be located at;

    www.autoshop101.com/forms/h34.pdf

    If cleaning the maf sensor will help... the following might help;

    http://www.fordscorpio.co.uk/cleanmaf.htm

    Typically, they shouldnt be too expensive, especially if you can buy the part and install it yourself. Good luck.
    bradcad
  • I had the same problem with my grandfathers 98 Catera, it turned out that the wires for the lights run under the front carpet right were your feet would and up over the tranny hump. There were about 20 rotten wires that we had to replace but it work goods now. To check which wires are rotten simply give them a little tug and they will break. If you are going to repair this yourself be sure to cut the wires back far enough to get all the green out and the solder and heat shrink the connections.
    Hope this helps you out.
  • mdiscomdisco Posts: 2
    My caterra recently had a new alternater put in to potentiall correct this prob (not by dealer) and something is draining the battery (which is new) and i pretty much have to alway jump start it! The first problem leading up to this was that the spedometor stoped working, which still doesn't work. I was told i new a new computer main "brain" that would cost a fortune, but bottom line, i'm wondering if anyone else experiened this? something draining the battery and speedometer not working? i have already sunk so much money into this car, is there any easy fix?
  • mdiscomdisco Posts: 2
    My caterra recently had a new alternater put in to potentiall correct this prob (not by dealer) and something is draining the battery (which is new) and i pretty much have to alway jump start it! The first problem leading up to this was that the spedometor stoped working, which still doesn't work. I was told i new a new computer main "brain" that would cost a fortune, but bottom line, i'm wondering if anyone else experiened this? something draining the battery and speedometer not working? i have already sunk so much money into this car, is there any easy fix?
  • I remember reading a while back in this forum about a common problem with the rear window defroster staying on. Just my two cents.
  • acurryacurry Posts: 27
    nothing easy to fix and yes it does cost alot of money to repair my speedometer has stopped working which the dealer told me to same thing need an new computer also which is high had to replace the alternator but had no promblems with draining the batt.
  • Thanks guy? Where will I get the parts?
  • I am having the same issue with my 1998, needs to be jumped every day. I have replaced the battery less than a month ago and same issue again, do I need to check the alternator and replace? Can I do this or do I need to take to a garage?
  • I need to flush my radiator on my 1999 catera... I saw a red knob valve looking item at the bottom of the radiator but not sure if that is the drain valve... I am use to older vehicles with drain cock valves.. anyone know actual location... thanks
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    The coolant drain valve is located on the radiator, at the bottom of the left end tank (driver's side), facing rearward. The valve is accessible from under the vehicle. Hope this helps you.
  • Thanks a lot for the reply back.. I saw a red knob valve looking that had a small hollow tube attached facing the front of the car just aft of the bumper... I assume this is what your talking about... I am an old guy and use to the older cars that had the p-cock style valve opener.. I just didn't want to turn the red valve and screw something up.. thanks
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    Actually, I have a '98 Catera and the valve is facing rearward and I didn't think it would be different on the '99. However, what you see facing forward probably is the drain valve for your car. I'd just watch when you open it and be sure that it is radiator fluid (anti-freeze) coming out and not transmission fluid and/or engine oil which sometimes cools by running thru the radiator. Good luck.
  • Thanks again.. I couldn't get pliers on it enough to turn anyway... like you said... it could be to something else... guess I will just take it in to a mechanic that has a lift to put it in the air.... its a shame that cars today are made so people like me can't fix them and are forced to pay out $ for a simple job... again thanks
  • I have a 1997 catera and i am down to connecting the hoses back together and i have one hose that i do not know where it goes and i was wondering if any one had a picture of the engine that they can send me so i can look at it. my email address is myhouse401@aol.com
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