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Cadillac Catera... | Answered on Feb 17, 2019

There is a filler bolt near top of gearbox if you put your finger in it and thair is oil its your gearbox or airflow monitor you can fill it by top gearbox line going into radiator if you have over heated this gear box or motor real hot its your seals and its cheaper to get new gearbox trust me good luck p/s don't ever over fill the box ok bye

1997 Cadillac... | Answered on Jan 19, 2019

So good news and bad news. Bad news is the remote portion for a 1998 Cadillac Catera Key Fob requires profressional programming. We suggest using a locksmith, they should save you some money compared to the dealer.

The good news is if you need to program another transponder key, you can do that yourself. Get a spare key cut and simply follow the instructions below:

If you need to order a key or remote you can order them online and save even more money:

· Switch ignition ON with master key to be programmed
· System LED will illuminate
· After approximately 10 minutes system LED will switch OFF
· Switch ignition OFF
· Wait 5 seconds
· Switch ignition ON
· System LED will illuminate
· After approximately 10 minutes system LED will switch OFF
· Switch ignition OFF
· Wait 5 seconds
· Switch ignition ON
· System LED will illuminate
· After Approximately 10 minutes system LED will switch OFF
· Switch ignition OFF
· Wait 5 seconds
· Start engine
· New master key now programmed
· Erase stored trouble codes
· Replacement parts caan also be programmed using diagnostic equipment
· NOTE: The vehicle learns the key transponder information on the ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK. Ignition must be turned OFF before attempting to start the vehicle
· Insert master key into ignition switch
· Switch ignition ON
· Switch ignition OFF
· Remove master key
· Within 10 seconds insert new key
· Switch ignition ON
· New key now programmed
· NOTE: A maximum of 10 keys can be programmed using the master key

1998 Cadillac... | Answered on Jul 03, 2018

if the drivers door switch and the rear switch both dont work you need a new motor on it. it is pretty old

1997 Cadillac... | Answered on May 21, 2018

It's not the fuse is bad , something that fuse supplies Battery voltage too is staying on or shorted . Which fuse box is it located in ? Under hood in engine bay ? I have factory service repair manual an don't see 60 amp fuse's has 80 amp maxi fuse's . near the battery . 4 of them .
5) Fuse V6 (80A)
(6) Fuse V5 (80A)
(7) Fuse V4 (80A)
(8) Fuse V1 (80A)

V-4 powers the ignition switch

1999 Cadillac... | Answered on Apr 03, 2018

probley under the hood you should get a chiltons it will tell you exactly were it is located

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1998 Cadillac... | Answered on Feb 06, 2018

it's the cranshaft position sensor
it's a very common problem with the catera's

2001 Cadillac... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018

The engine and the automatic transmission (transmission control is only for automatics, engine is still computer controlled no matter the transmission type) in this vehicle are computer controlled and in most cases when a fault occurs a fault code is stored in the memory of the computer control module. There are exception to this, such as the Mass Airflow Meter and fuel pressure problems. What must be done is to have all the basic testing done such as a scan of the system for fault codes as well as a check with a live data scanner tool for engine functions that are not within range of normal, a trained technician is required to know what is correct and what isn't, then based on careful diagnostics done from a factory repair manual the correct part is replaced or the wiring repaired or the computer replaced (known as the PCM), which is very rarely the problem. Other basic checks must be done as well such as mechanical problems with the engine as well as engine state of tune and mileage on the engine. The transmission can have mechanical issues as well such as no gear engagement at all or a failed pump or other pressure related problems.

2001 Cadillac... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018

The cowl drains could be clogged. Trace from the opening at the base of the windshield down to door hinges and look for debris such as leaves in the opening behind the hinges. You may have to use a coat hanger as a special tool to remove the debris.

Cadillac Catera... | Answered on Oct 10, 2017

misfires are from dirty injectors
run a couple of cans of injector cleaner through the system
unlikely that all 4 oxygen sensors would go out togeather

Cadillac Catera... | Answered on Sep 22, 2017

The transmission control module controls the transmission so it is the first place I would look before removing the transmission box.

1998 Cadillac... | Answered on Jun 18, 2017

Reset error codes by disconnecting battery for 5 minutes. Start fresh. all codes should be clear now. drive and see if any new codes come on. They are the ones you need to address.

1998 Cadillac... | Answered on May 15, 2017

the locking solenoid could be sticking up or down due to the cold or could be going bad. if possible take off the door panel a watch the solenoid as you have someone operate the key and with the remote.

1997 Cadillac... | Answered on May 10, 2017

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