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Cadillac Catera Maintenance & Repair



  • acurryacurry Posts: 27
    i have an 2000 catera and my fuse box is located under the stearing wheel just take of the cover
  • ahhmmahhmm Posts: 3
    On the 99 there is a fuse box beside the battery under the hood. This has the main fuses and several relays and fuses as well.
  • interior main fuse panel is located under the steering wheel behind the trim panel that your knees always hit. turn two screws on bottom side about two or three turns (they will not come all the way out) and then lift panel up and out
  • i had a similar issue w/ my 99 catera the problem ended up being a burned up wire behind the interior fuse block for the hazard light circuit, remove the screws in the interior fuse panel and check that all the wires are in good order and tightly secured to the block and that all the fuses are in working order. the computer is so sensitive that seemingly major issues are often just small electrical glitches
  • could be a simple software issue have a mechanic hook the car up to a diagnostic machine and try reprogramming the main and transmission computers
  • I recently bought this car. Everything else seems to be working but the brake lights. Anyone have any idea how i can troubleshoot this problem without going to a dealer?
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    I suppose you're talking about a Cadillac Catera but you don't say. And what year model is it? And is it "all" brake lights including the third brake light? Of course the first and most logical thing to check would be the fuse. If that doesn't work get back to me and I'll tell you what to do next until the problem is resolved. Good luck.
  • I have a 2000 Catera - had a simliar sounding problem - bulbs and fuses checked out ok - then checked the brake light switch - located up under the dash on the drivers side - it is the upper switch of the two you will discover. It is operated when you apply the brakes. It was replaced - lights worked. I hope this helps you resolve the problem.
    (bradcad 2000)
  • I have a 1997 Catera and had the compressor replaced last year. The A/C has been working fine. Until now. After 15 minutes running my car, the A/C blows hot air...the first 15 minutes is very cold. I live in Florida so A/C's a must. The system is fully charged and is not leaking. Please help.
  • yes i am talking about a 97 Catera. Ok I checked all the fuses, and now the driver side trunk brake light will work. But the passenger and the side brake lights are not. ALso I forgot to say the reverse lights as well are not working. What else should I look into?
  • merckxmerckx Posts: 565
    My 2001 whines when the steering wheel is turned way over for a sharp turn. Anyone experienced this?
  • ask4ask4 Posts: 2
    2000 Cadillac Catera with 55K miles - Was overheating - electrical short caused Bose Stereo/CD player to go out. Fuses kept blowing. Service repair followed Bulletin to install 10 in-line fuses to isolate and correct problem. After work was done, CD player gives error message "CD not initializing and will not work. Repair said they found a crimped wire under the driver's seat which was causing the short (but I have my doubts) because I took the car back immediately after the 10-in-line fuses were installed and created this problem. Very frustrating. Can you assist?
    Now they want to take the radio out and send it off for repair at a partial cost to me (50/50) and they created the problem. Want to sell this car... HELP!
  • battery light comes on when stopped at light press the gas it goes out test battery and alternator not the problem
  • battery light comes on when stopped at light step on gas it goes out tested battery and alternator not the problem can it be a loose wire.
  • Have you checked the level of your power steering fluid?
  • merckxmerckx Posts: 565
    Yes,and that was the problem-it was low.
    Today,though,the brake pad ewar indicator light came on. as the 2001 Catera only has 49,000 miles,i wonder if it might be a faulty warning light rather than worn brakes. The car passed our yearly state inspection 4,000 miles. I know they won't pass marginal brakes. My 2001 Passat is still on its origional brakes at 85,000 miles,and I sold a 1993 Taurus with 93,000 miles and factory brakes.

    does any one have experience with this indicator light?
    Thanks in advance...
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    If your Catera has 49K miles on it, it is very possible that the front brake pads need replacing. Alot would depend on the driving habits of the person who put most of those miles on the car and you don't say whether or not you bought the car new but it is very easy to look at the pads and tell if they need replacing. I have never heard of the brake warning light malfunctioning but that doesn't mean that it couldn't happen. Most state inspection personell don't physically inspect your brake pads. They generally just drive the cars and if you had any surface on your pads at all, the brakes would work just fine since they automatically adjust themselves and tighten up (removing foot pad slack) every time you put the brake on when you are backing up. Since the front brakes do 75% of the stopping I would check those out first and don't put it off because if you wait too long you will have metal against metal and eventually will have to get new rotors along with your new brake pads. And if you can do the work yourself, FYI, the warning indicators which also have to be replaced once they are activated because of low pads are only available thru a Cadillac dealer and there are no aftermarket replacements. The Cadillac dealer will charge you about twice as much for the warning indicators as what the best set of ceramic brake pads will cost. But you can put a small jump wire in the indicator and just kind of put a tie-strap on it to hold it in it's place and this will make the warning light go out. Of course this eliminates the warning light from functioning properly but the pads will have the metal tab on them that will start squealing when your new pads wear out. Good luck and let me know the outcome.
  • merckxmerckx Posts: 565
    Thanks for the thoughtful reply. We have had the car since new,but my wife hs put most of the miles on.

    Do you mean I can't just take the car to an independent brake shop, that even if they fixed the brakes,they couldn't get the instrument panel warning light to go out?

    Only a Cadillac dealer would have what's necessary to get the light to go out?
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    No, not at all. An independent brake shop will be able to redo the brakes just fine and get the warning light to go out. However, they will have to purchase the brake warning light switch(s) = (two - one for each side) from a Cadillac dealer and they are not cheap!! That's all that I was trying to say.
  • kaddyradkaddyrad Posts: 2
    my car started showing the leveling sign.does anyone know why it started to show that.
  • I brought a 97 Catera Jan.2008, fairly new to me. I've had to change the coil pack once I got the car and now I had a timing belt replaced but it still wont start. Any suggestions ??? (The timing belt I was told is set right).
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    Well, obviously either the switch for the ALC (automatic level control) system has malfunctioned or you have some sort of problem with the ALC system, and most likely it is the later. There are several components involved in the system and about the only way to get it properly diagnosed would be to take it to a Cadillac dealer and let them hook it up to a diagnostics machine to determine the problem. You could watch the car after you start it to see if it actually does level and if not, most likely (and hopefully) you will have a leak in one of the air lines and the air compressor is not bad. Good luck.
  • According to the owners manual, I quote " The leveling light comes on steady when the rear load level in your vehicle changes. Do not drive your vehicle when this light is on. The rear of your vehicle is too low and part of the body or the rear axle may be damaged when driving over bumpy roads. When the light goes out, leveling is complete. If the light comes on flashing, there may be a problem with the leveling system. You should reduce your vehicle speed and have your vehicle serviced soon"
    Unquote. In my experience with the light, my trunk was full of items and I had to adjust things around, to even it out. The light went off. The light also comes on when I first start my car for about a minute, but after it goes right off, I always wait till it goes off completely, and about a minute or less it does go off. I hope this helps. Wouldn't help to try rearranging your trunk contents.
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    Was the car able to start up and run when you bought it or have you been trying to get it running after you bought it? If it was running when you bought it, why did you have the timing belt replaced?
  • ld3303ld3303 Posts: 3
    Im Lester...i just purchased a 2000 catera.The radio will not work when the car is turned on,but will work with it off.What did you do to fix your problem with the radio?Please help me im desperate to hear this fabulous bose system when im rolling....
  • ld3303ld3303 Posts: 3
    Whatts up with this one has been for 3 days....i sure need some input on the radio problems im plays with car turned off,but goes dead with car running....
  • bradcadbradcad Posts: 9
    I own a 2000 Catera also... it's a great sound system, when it's working. I've had several on and off problems with the radio. Every once in a while the radio just turns off... no warning... nothing... I suspect a breaker or similiar is the problem since it often resets itself after a while and comes back on... very frustrating. I have had it checked by the dealership... while it was in for repair of yet something else... but since it's an intermittent deal, they say they can't find the problem. Sorry to not be more help... but I can sure relate to the frustration... good luck.(bradcad2000)
  • Hi,

    Had to get rid of my 2000 but if i were you I would have the computor reset. I had to do this three times once with my catera but it evenually worked. Good luck soor I don't have more advice.
  • weaz08weaz08 Posts: 5
    I recently purchased a 1997 Catera with only 84000 miles on it but I have had some problems with it already. I have had the ignition coil replaced $750 and now the check engine light is on again and the shop check it out and it is giving a code for some type of emission problem possibly the EGR valve. Has anyone had this problem? Can you shed some light on my situation before I drop another $750 that I can't afford.

    Cadi Owner
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    Did they happen to tell you the DTC code? If they did, tell me what it is and I'll tell you what the problem is??
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