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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Oil Filter Housing Problem in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Recently Bought A 2001 Catera. Hands down the smoothest riding car I've been in. Although when it comes to maintenance ...
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    01CadCat is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Oil Filter Housing Problem

    Recently Bought A 2001 Catera. Hands down the smoothest riding car I've been in. Although when it comes to maintenance I have the hardest time finding parts, people who have experience. The only problem Ive had are a small fuse problem and the heater control valve going out( Fairly easy fix ) But my new problem is a bit serious. I was changing the oil filter and went to unscrew the top of the filter housing off...The last owner cranked it on way to tight and I split the cap down the center, also the whole housing spins with the cap as i try to untighten ? Im not sure if the actual housing is replaceable? Does it screw into the block or did I break the weld ? Found a junk yard with a catera....Can i take from it? would like to stay clear of the dealership...any ideas? Thanks

    01CadCat

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    Leon3 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Problem

    There is a nut dead center ( of course) holding your oil filter housing against the engine. You can fill it with your fingers, very difficult to get an angle to see it though. I don't know the size. I do believe there have been cases where some have converted to the more conventional filter type.

    As I recall there is a thread on here that pertains to your situation, has an exploded picture of the oil-filter housing.


    Good Luck

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Problem

    When you say dead center...do you mean inside the housing? behind the actual filter? Im sure it will be a bitch to get to. Hope to god there are threads because my heart stopped when the housing started to spin...thought i broke welds or something. Anyway thanks for the help its much appreciated

    01CadCat

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    txcaddycat is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Problem

    My 1999 catera has a conventional oil filter on it. The model number is Ac delco pf52. You might want to just switch to it if you can't find a replacement since it can be bought at any auto parts store.

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Problem

    Picture the threaded tube that the conventional oil filter screws into, in your case the cats housing fits over the tube and is attached by the nut.Yes inside the housing.And yes " what Txcaddycat said".

    It in all likelyhood came loose and started to spin because the outside cover top was put on too tight.

    Good Luck

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    01CadCat is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Problem

    No shit...So i can get rid of this housing and buy the pf 52 and it will hold the oil ? I would much rather go conventional because this housing shit is a pain. Thanks alot!

    01CadCat


    Appreciate it leon & Txcaddy

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