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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    Where is the leak?

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    have not traced it yet, it is not a large leak, but none the less the check oil lights are on

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    The oil lights only come on for pressure/level. It is somewhat common for the valve covers to leak. Does it leave oil on the driveway?

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    sp the reason why my sunroof wasnt closing was because i had to reprogram it, so i followed the steps in the owners manual and it works fine now, still no radio, and no speedo nor trip or odo.

    Waiting to get the multifunction module but it is on a national back order.

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    You could probably fix the module yourself. Take it apart and try to resolder all the points. It is common issue with this part, the solder breaks off. Also, be careful while taking the module apart so you don't break any plastic peices.


    Thanks.

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    has anyone done this repair before to the multifunction module, also does anyone have any step by step instructions on how and where to solder the joints

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    This is why it's better to continue with one thread and not start a dozen. You can't keep track of the information as it comes in. I sent this on 6-6-10 but you didn't read it or know you got it. It contained the roof reset and a Multi-function repair demo. Sorry to jump on you but it's frustrating to offer answers and learn that it was a waste of time.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ml#post2266490

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    it wasnt a waste of time i appreciate your help elvin

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    elvin, I did try the cycling method you told me about be i guess i didnt do them in the right order, once i followed the steps in the owners manual i picked up on ebay it reprogrammed fine. sorry just got a little ahead of myself.

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    is it pretty easy to solder, i have never done it before any hints?

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    It is a very easy fix. Just read the link attached to the previous thread and you can get a solder gun either from Lowes, Home depot, Radio shack or may be even Walmart.

    You just have to re-solder each points on the board. When you buy the solder gun you may get a small roll of lead which will be plenty to do the job.

    Heat up the solder gun and point it towards the joint where the component meets the board and as the solder melts you could either add some more lead or just melt the old and re-solder it. Do not hold it for long becoz the heat could damage the electronic components.

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    how long should i place the solder on each point for also should i put enough on each point to cover up the old ones

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    i hope this works because if it does it will save me 71.00 and i can buy my new power window control or the omega grille

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    It depends on the solder gun, how quick it will melt the solder. once the gun heats up it may take like 5 seconds to melt the solder plus re solder maybe another 10 to 15 secs. You could also just check for any bad solder and resolder that point and should be good to go.

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    Re: Considering buying a 2000 Catera Sport (But it does have issues)

    click


    All you're doing is touching the iron tip to the cold/cracked joint long enough for a drop of new solder to flow/mix with the old solder. Buy flux core solder. Flux eats away oxidation on the surface to be soldered and allows the solder to flow onto it.

    First clean your hot tip by wiping it on a wet sponge. Not drenched, just wet. This cleans off overcooked solder and prepares the tip to receive new solder.

    Touch the tip of the solder wire to the iron tip until it melts and forms a thin shiny coating. Wipe off any excess. This is called tinning.

    Now press the iron tip against the joint until the old solder melts and you can feel the tip snug up to the pin (the lead of the component) and the land (the metallic strip on the board).

    Next push the solder wire tip onto the iron tip until it starts to flow with the old solder. When it does take the wire and the iron away and wipe the tip on the sponge before placing it in its stand.

    This takes about 10 seconds per joint. Maybe less. If it's shiny when cooled the joint perfect. Too long and you risk burning the component and/or the land.

    Watch the demo and you'll do fine. It shows the technique you'll need to touch-up cold solder joints in a Catera. I did this for over 30 years at AT&T and if I can do it...............

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