Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Will 98 catera engine fit 2000? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; My dad's 2000 Catera broke the timing belt and you know the rest of the story. I've found a 98 ...
My dad's 2000 Catera broke the timing belt and you know the rest of the story. I've found a 98 engine and was wondering if it will drop right in or were changes made? I've heard both ways but nothing conclusive. Tranny issues? Any help is appreciated.
Automobile(s): Platinum 2001 Cadillac Catera Sport
Re: Will 98 catera engine fit 2000?
Yes and no. The 2000 has a drive by wire throttle so you'd have to transfer the intake plenum and all the related parts to the 98 long block. Another thing is that the 98 has an older design cambelt tensioner assembly and oil cooler than the 2000. Though your car experienced a failiure though it had the newer assembly, you'll be risking a repeat performance with the 98 version. The 98 oil cooler is more suceptible to corrosion and leaking oil into the cooling system than the one you currently have.
Whatever engine you pick for the swap, unless you're 100% sure of its service history, will need the tensioner and oil cooler changed so if the 98 engine is a low mileage unit with no leaks at a reasonable price (including shipping), go for it. It would also pay to change the camcover gaskets, thermstat, intake gaskets, accessory belt, etc before dropping the replacement engine into the car. Much easier to do it then than scraping your knuckles and cursing up a storm after it's installed.