1999 Cadillac Catera Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1999 Cadillac Catera

1999 Cadillac Catera Problems

Coolant and Oil Leaks

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.

Engine Performance Problems Due to Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure

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.

Timing Belt and Water Pump

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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1999 Cadillac Catera Questions

How to fix 99catera when you start it it just crank (1 answer)

It just crank and crank but wont start, first time happened to the car please help me

95,717 miles,new oil/filter.Have smoke under hood near/under fill valve,help?? (1 answer)

Added a Gforce Chip,working good but now I have smoke,definitely oil,coming up from under the hood. Driver side under fill hole. No fluids on ground at all but oil is most certainly dripping on hot areas and burning before any drips to the ground. Other than the Valve Cover Gasket can you give an...

White smoke comes out of tail pipe while idling or accelerating. (1 answer)

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1999 Cadillac Catera Reviews

I have a 1999 Cadillac Catera and when it rains my cars floor is soak and wet on the passenger side front and back. Does any one know where the rain is coming in? The car was in an accident and need lots of repair work.
Two years ago in 2009, I "inherited" this car from a family member. She was an elderly lady, and it really WAS one of those cars that was always garaged and only driven to the grocery store, the mall and the VFW hall. A TEN year-old Caddy with only 23,000 miles on it ! Thought I'd hit the jackpot. Since then, I've had to put over $3,000 in the car. New a/c, "copper tubing" for the cooling s...
Power steering almost completely non effective. Steers extremely hard.

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