The Timing Belt Idler and/or Tensioner Pulley May Fail on Cadillac Catera

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 97,661 (23,500–163,000)
Engine affected: 3.0L V6
5 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001
36 people reported this problem
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timing belt broke. trying to figure out if it can be fixed, or is it even worth the trouble, but mostly worth the money. also who to talk to about cadillac footing some of the bill
there is a recall on the belt tenion and water pump . because the belt was not tight it jumped timing and bent the valves . cadilac fixed everthing in the recall
It hasn't been fixed was told it was timing belt and didn't have the money to fix the problem
Engine clicked then stalled. Broken timing belt.
Tensioner is making weird noise and smell tearing up new belts
Tensioner pulley fell off the bolt without snapping the belt.
idler pully failor (damaged valves in cilinder heads)
timing belt failed at 53000 miles. has not been fixed.
Replaced water pump and timing belt and it still knocking
Timing belt broke
The timing belt is broken
Pulley to water pump broke loose and over-heated cannot find parts , this car is JUNK!
i have the same problem with the timing belt