Cadillac Catera

This category covers questions about the Cadillac Catera, a mid-sized luxury sedan manufactured by Opel, re-badged, and sold under Cadillac. The Catera was produced from 1997-2001 and succeeded by the Cadillac CTS.

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Thermostats
Cadillac Catera

How do you replace the thermostat on a 1998 Cadillac Catera?

Take intake plenum out spacer block out fuel rail out (use oil on o rings to put it back) rear center top engine two bolts is your thermostat 3hr job for me

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Cars & Vehicles
Cadillac Catera
Rules of the Road
United Kingdom

Can you drive in usa with UK license?

Yes you can, as long as you are a visitor and don't live here. If stopped by police you might have to show proof that you have an airline ticket back to your country, and that you did not overstay the 3/6 or 12 months visa. For 30 days if you are a non-resident alien (vacation etc.). If you stay in the U.S. longer you must have either an International License (which is valid for 1 year) or you must obtain a drivers license in one of the 50 states.

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Cadillac Catera
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How do you check the error codes on a 2000 Cadillac Catera?

The only way to check is to plug your car's computer to the scanner which are avalable at the auto parts store. AUTO ZONE does it for free.

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Cadillac Catera
Cadillac DeVille
Cadillac Eldorado

What size are the speakers on a Cadillac Catera?

the catera has 6.5" mid range speakers in the front doors in the corners are 1.5" tweeter high range and 3 1/4 inch back door speakers are high and mid range and under the back window are 6.5" subwoofers depending on the year

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DIY Projects

How do you replace the lights behind the gauges in a 1999 Nissan Altima?

unscrew the screws above the gauge cluster up and behing the steering wheel that connects the vents to the dash.....after gettin the screws out pull on that part and it should pop out eventually (might take some work)u have to disconnect the emergency flashers and rear defrost switches, then take that piece of your dash out (takes time getting it past the steering wheel, but it does come out). Now you will see your gauges and some other wires and crap, theres 4 screws holding the cluster compartment in there take those off and un-do all the wire clusters in the back (should be like 4 or 5 don't remember) now you have your cluster compartment out and u should be able to do the rest.....

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Chevy Silverado
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Where is the oil pump located on a 1997 Cadillac Catera?

the oil pump on a cadillac catera 1997 two 2001 is located on in the oil pan under the engian

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Cars & Vehicles
Car Starting Problems
Cadillac Catera
Ford Escape XLS

What can you do if a 1999 Cadillac Catera transmission shakes when you try to start the car?

Start checking out your engine and transmission mounts. Check the rubber to make sure it isn't torn.

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Cadillac Catera

Where are the spark plugs located on a 1999 Cadillac Catera?

This info for catera 1999 RH SIDE Get ready to go aww geeeez! RH Side SPARK PLUG REPLACEMENT (RH Side) Removal Procedure Tool Required: J 43301 Coil Pack Remover Relieve the fuel system pressure. Disconnect the fuel supply hose from the intake manifold. Important: Counterhold the fuel hose connections when loosing to prevent damage to the fuel rail. Disconnect the fuel return hose from the intake manifold. Unclip and reposition the heater hoses from the retainer. Remove the heater hose retainer bracket bolt from the intake plenum. Remove the heater hose retainer bracket. Disconnect the coil pack electrical connector. Remove the coil pack retainer bolts. Thread in the J 43301. Important: Do not overtighten the J 43301. With even lifting pressure, lift and remove the coil pack. Remove the J 43301. Clean the spark plug recess area with low pressure air. Remove the spark plugs from the cylinder head. Installation Procedure Gap the spark plugs. Spark plug gap: 0.9 - 1.1 mm (0.035 - 0.043 in) Notice: Be sure that the spark plug threads smoothly into the cylinder head and the spark plug is fully seated. Use a thread chaser, if necessary, to clean threads in the cylinder head. Cross-threading or failing to fully seat the spark plug can cause overheating of the plug, exhaust blow-by, or thread damage. Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems. Install the spark plugs to the cylinder head. Torque: 25 Nm (19 ft.lb.) Inspect the coil pack seals and spark plug boots for damage or wear. Replace as necessary. Align the spark plug boots with the spark plugs. Carefully press and seat the coil pack in place. Install the coil pack retainer bolts. Torque: 8 Nm (71 in. lb.) Connect the coil pack electrical connector. Install the heater hose retainer bracket to the intake plenum. Install the heater hose retainer bracket bolt. Torque: 8 Nm (71 in. lb.) Install and secure the heater hoses to the retainer. Connect the fuel return hose and fuel supply hose to the intake manifold and tighten to specification. Important: Counterhold the fuel hose connections when tightening to prevent damage to the fuel rail. Torque: 15 Nm (11 ft. lb.)

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Cars & Vehicles
Fuel Filters
Cadillac Catera

Where is the fuel filter located on a 1998 Cadillac Catera?

Most GMs have the fuel filter on the underbody railing close to the fuel tank. It will likely be a silver canister in the fuel line slightly smaller then a 12oz soda can. I would advise having a mecanic change it for safety reasons gasoline is very dangerous!! and it may spray out under pressure. They are mounted on the bracket that fastens the gas tank to the car under the right passenger axle. I just changed mine. It is NOT unsafe to change them as long as either you relieve the fuel system pressure or hold a rag around the banjo bold when you crack the bolt so gas doesn't spray all over you. It ran me about $20 at the local auto parts store.

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Cadillac Catera
Cadillac Eldorado

Location of ac compressor 98 Cadillac Catera?

when you are in front of the car its on the bottom of the engine on the right side

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Cadillac Catera

How much does it cost to replace the ac compressor on a 98 Cadillac catera?

just had the same problem Auto Zone u have to order it but it only takes 1 day for delivery and it cost 215.99 brand new or 205.99 for rebuilt so of course your probably better off with a brand new one, and I will tell you I called around cheapest place i found, so good luck.....

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Chevy Impala
Cadillac Catera
VW Golf
Ford E-250 Van

The 'air bag' light is on in your 2000 Impala how do you turn it off?

The only way to turn it off is to correct the problem turning it on, once corrected it will turn off by itself. It being on shows that there is a current problem and that no air bags will deploy in the event of an accident until the light is off There is a "clockspring" in the steering column that is probably broken. When the clockspring breaks, the airbag light comes on. The "clockspring" takes the place of the old slip rings and spring loaded contacts used in older cars to transfer circuits from the steering wheel to the stationary column making the airbag, horn and speed control operational. To replace involves removing the airbag. Take it to the dealer. There was a recall on many 2000 Impala's concerning the air bag system. The light on our Impala would turn on & off intermittently before we took it in. The dealer will be able to do a VIN search to see if your vehicle has had the service performed or not.

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Cadillac Catera

Is a 1998 Cadillac Catera a good car to purchase?

yes it is, performance and luxury for the price cannot be matched (they sell cheap), but you have to be handy, they're a few issues they're prone to you'll have to deal with. plastic heater control valve... $50 part, dealer wants $1100 to fix... it fails on all cars... takes about 4 hrs. to do right. other than that, it's a fine car. i have 1997 that ive had for 100k miles, and i love it. 155k on the od.... fast, tight, handles like a dream...h

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Chevy Silverado
Cadillac Catera
Honda Accord EX

What would make 1 or 2 inches of water leak onto the passenger side floor of a 2000 Cadillac Catera?

There is a basin underneath the plastic cover where the wipers are. It is on the passenger side. At the bottom of the basin, there is a hole that can easily get clogged with leaves. This basin will fill up and pour through your vent system and fill your passenger floor. All you have to do is remove the black cover and remove the debris..

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Cadillac Catera

Where is the crankshaft position sensor located on a 1999 Cadillac Catera?

it is located under the engine It is located on the driver side of the car, in the engine block, Lift the car and safely support the vehicle. Slide under the car behind the driver side wheel. You can see it with 1 mounting bolt, its located near the base of the engine block next to the oil filter. It is very difficult to remove because the wire runs so tightly between the exhaust pipe.

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Water Pumps
Cadillac Catera
Honda Civic DX

Where is the water pump located on a 1997 Cadillac Catera and is it relatively simple to replace it?

It is on the front of the engine. It is not a job for a backyard meahcnic.

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Chevy S-10
Cadillac Catera
DIY Projects

How do you align the headlights in a 1999 Cadillac Catera?

Dealer. You have neither the tools nor the expertise to do this correctly.

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Cadillac Catera
Time Zones
Nintendo DS
Timex

How do you change the time from military to standard time on a 1998 Catera?

The Catera has to be taken to the detailer and hooked up to a Tech II. Under Radio Options there is a place to change from military to standard.

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Antifreeze and Engine Coolant
Cadillac Catera
Ford Explorer XLT

What could cause a antifreeze leak when the car is turned off on a 1999 Cadillac Catera?

Check it when it is cold. If it smokes white smoke when you start it, you could have head gaskets leaking.

the pressure is still existant in the radiator..

Usually when the car leaks water when it is off it is because the water pump is weeping.... Starting to go out, you need to replace it

I have had a lot of experience with this one. The design of heater control valve is flawed. The valve snaps together and after a while the pressure in the coolant system will push the top up just enough to leak. As the inner spring gets weaker it leaks more. The replacement valve cost me less than $100 at Advance Auto and took about 2 hours to replace. The valve is located against the firewall on the passenger side of the car.

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Cadillac Catera
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Timing Belts and Chains

Where can you find instructions for a simplified procedure to replace the timing belt on a 1997 Cadillac Catera?

Get service manuals but even then you need special tools and its not for the faint hearted to change the timing belt on Cateras

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Power Steering
Chevy Caprice Classic
Cadillac Catera
Ford Windstar SE

Where are the power steering hoses located on a 1997 Cadillac Catera?

The high preasure goes from the pump to the gear and the return goes from the gear to the pump resirvoir.

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Cadillac Catera

How does one replace the bulb in the headlamp of a 1997 Cadillac Catera?

Well you can take two approches to changing the headlamp bulbs. First, although it is a tight fit you can pop the hood. remove the black plastic guards(for lack of a better word) you will see what im talking about, and reach your hand in the rear of the head lamp, remove the rubber cover and pull the bulb out and change. Another way is to remove the grille, and trim that fits underneath the headlamp, and remove the whole headlight assembly. it is alot easier to see what you are doing with the headlamp assembly removed

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Car Fuses and Wiring
Cadillac Catera
Ford Explorer XLT

Where is fuse box located on a 1998 Cadillac Catera?

It's below the left end of the dashboard, but you have to remove the knee board (the padded curved panel under the left side of the gauge cluster) first for access to the fuse box. Once the plastic clips at the bottom corners of the knee board have been loosened with a short big bladed screwdriver, use your palms to lift both ends of the knee board near its top to release the blind studs behind its upper corners that line up with slotted holes. (Reverse the process when reinstalling the knee board making sure the studs have seated in the slots before retightening the plastic clips at the same time you hold the board firmly up against the bottom of the dashboard). Now, this is important: You cannot rely on the diagram in the owners manual (page 6-57) or the labels on the fuse box to know which fuse controls which circuit -- but you can rely on the ampere values for the fuses. (It's more complicated and some circuits use non-standard fuses). If a fuse is burnt out, you'll have to find it by trial and error moderated with a little educated guessing. If you're attempting to perform a repair that has not blown a fuse, you're outta luck unless there is an electrical test you can perform.

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Chevy Blazer
Cadillac Catera
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Locks and Latches

Your hood release is broken how do you open your hood?

I have this problem. I was taught to stand by the front, driver's tire with the driver door wide open. Reach inside the car with one hand to hit the hood release while pulling up on the hood where the hood ends and the windshield begins (otherwords, the top of the hood) with the other hand. Lifting it up as much as you can will somehow pop the hood. Then, walk around to the front of the car and procede to open the hood as usual. I've been told that the hood shocks are worn. You can also have someone lift the hood while you hit the hood release.

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Cadillac Catera

Where is the fuel pump located on a 1997 Cadillac Catera?

The fuel pump is always in the gas tank.

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