Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, 2001 Catera, slow to accelerate in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hi,
My in-laws 2001 catera is having a new problem. They said the car is very slow to accelerate, but ...
My in-laws 2001 catera is having a new problem. They said the car is very slow to accelerate, but ones it reaches about 40 to 50 miles it runs normal. Could it be the throttle body, transmission or something else?
I'm not sure yet, since they just told me about this issue over the phone. I'll check it tonight and let you know. If it is going into limp mode what could be the issue?
That my friend i'm trying to figure out myself, it will do that to protect the tranny from bigger problems if something is wrong. My catera's tranny runs strong but does that once in a blue and I have to turn the car off and back on again to get rid of it so my best guess with it being at 149,042 miles is it may just need a tranny filter and flush. Hopefully if that's what is causing slow acceleration then that could be the solution.
Okay, test drove the car and I didn't feel any issues with the slow acceleration, but will keep an eye and see if it does anything weird. Also, did a scan with my scanner and no codes showed up. The MAF was changed last year because of RPM issues.
One thing that I noticed is that the gear shift moves back and forth (like rocking) when on any gear. It feels like it is loose or something. Is that normal on 99-01 models? My 98 catera does not have that back and forth rocking.
Also, the trans fluid and filter has never been changed on the 2001 catera. The car has 124,000 right now.
When is the last time the wheels were rotated and balanced. If they dropped a weight, that would cause the rocking. Mine did the same thing. As far as the acceleration, when I first bought my Cat I had to replace the MAF to fix that same problem. Try cleaning it, or if it happens again, disconnect it and see if it goes away. If she runs better when it's disconnected, you've found the gremlin.