1997 Cadillac Catera Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Cadillac Catera

The Catera often experiences oil leaks from the oil cooler and/or valve cover gasket. The thermostat seal and/or the water pump may develop a coolant leak.

The crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to stall while driving and/or will crank but not start, especially when the engine is warm. The car may start again if it is left to cool off, but it may run roughly or have poor performance.

The timing belt idler and/or tensioner pulley may fail, resulting in server engine damage. Cadillac has recalled certain 1997-2001 models to replace the timing belt and other related components as necessary.

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CAN ANY ONE TELL ME THE APPROXIMATE COST OF REPLACING HEAD GASKETS?

Car would not start, charged battery but battery was dead after a couple of hoursand charged it again and battery died again while not hooked up?

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My Catera has just over 100,000 miles on it. I love it. It is such a nice little car. We have had to fix a few little things, but it all has been normal maintainance. My husband owns our own mechanics shop so we don't have extra labor costs, but we have not sunk much money at all into this car. And it definitly zigs!

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