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    Event3horizon is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Exclamation yet another no crank issue, please assist

    I've read a few threads about this but I haven't come to any concrete list of troubleshooting I can do. The problem essentially is that my 99 Catera will not crank or start at all (even though there is plenty indications of power) after it has been recently switched off. I have to wait 15-20 minutes so it can start again, OR, I have to use jumper cables from another car to give it extra juice so it can start. I can assure you battery and alternator is good. Battery is showing 12.5 V on my multimeter. It seems that it happens more often in hot weather (I live in Florida)

    Its just an odd and intermittent problem, not sure where to start on the issue. This is renders the car VERY unreliable.

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    ichroque is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: yet another no crank issue, please assist

    12.5V is not that good. you should have at least 13V.
    I live in Puerto Rico. Here it's more hot than in Florida, i don't think this is the reason. But if, with hot weather it should be easier to start.

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    Re: yet another no crank issue, please assist

    Battery cable. Been there delt with that one. Drives you mad when you run into a gas station and then can't get your perfectly normal car to start. And I would remove the positive and neg. both. score them with a flat head and wire brush the crap out of them before replacing, but my money is on a voltage drop due to corrosion inside the positive cable.

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    Re: yet another no crank issue, please assist

    Have you already changed the crank sensor? Common problem.

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    Re: yet another no crank issue, please assist

    +1 on the crank shaft position sensor. Cost me $186 for the repair.

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    Re: yet another no crank issue, please assist

    i got my cps for like 80bux new at o'rileys.... but i'd say corrosion in your positive line too, i've seen this more often in the 97 or 98, but just kind of squeze your line and see if it feels hallow or anything abnormal, if so cut it at that point to take a look, if it's fine just use electrical take to patch it back up. make sure it's disconnected from your battery firts of course.

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    Re: yet another no crank issue, please assist

    Crank shaft sensor would only be possibly the problem IF it cranked... This car won't attempt that correct? Total power loss upon turning the key was my batt. cable and terminal end. Try it out!

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