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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, 2002 Catera Oil Leak in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hello all, and thanks for the welcome. My step mother-in-law has an '02 Catera with less than 60,000 miles on ...
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    cadikev02 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    2002 Catera Oil Leak

    Hello all, and thanks for the welcome. My step mother-in-law has an '02 Catera with less than 60,000 miles on it and has recently begun leaking oil. There is seapage from the valve covers which I've learned reading on this forum is due to (probably) the plastic valve cover issue and seems like a pretty straightforward fix. The other leak seems to be coming from the front crank seal. On a car with such low mileage this is surprising but not unheard of. However, in reading here, there may be another source of the leak, the oil cooler/breather located in the intake manifold above the valley. Is it possible that a leak there would manifest itself down by the front seal? Are there oil lines that run up the front of the engine to this cooler?

    Normally the car would go to their favorite mechanic but since she is now a widow, her costs must be watched more carefully. Cadillac wants near $900 for the crank seal fix, but also has not done a thourough check to see if that's what it actually is. Her everyday mechanic wants $600 for valve cover seals, a new timing belt, and front crank seal replacement (this doesn't seem too to bad to me).

    Also, is there a good source to search for and thru recall notices?

    What think ye?

    Thanks for any help.

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    Re: 2002 Catera Oil Leak

    Here's list of TSB's and recall notices for the 2001 Catera. She may have bought it in 2002, but there was no 2002 model Catera.

    http://www.alldatadiy.com/TSB/08/010816gZ.html

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    he valve cover gaskets are common, and as you have priced it, reasonable. Why don't you start there and see if it cuts down on most of not all of the oil leak? You can live with a bit of an oil leak as I have for years.

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    Re: 2002 Catera Oil Leak

    For your step mother's piece of mind and information, read through these post. With that low mileage she might be able to get something for it on a trade for a decent, reliable car. The highest repair quote that the Caddy dealer gave me was for about $2300 for a new ABS module. Had it rebuilt and installed for about $450.

    The car is a money pit. So bad so, that Caddy dealers don't like to work on them. They will give you outrageous quotes just so that you go elsewhere.

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    Re: 2002 Catera Oil Leak

    investor74, thanks for the link, that will come in handy. I'm not a Caddy person, she's not a CAR person, so when she told me it was an '02, I just took her word for it. Now I know. The seeping gasket covers are'nt that big of a deal (at least for now anyway), it's the other leak that's the problem, she's having to put in a quart about every two weeks, and she hardly drives the thing. She still has a couple of mechanic options - friends of friends who are retired mechanics working out of their homes.

    And kaustein, thanks for your input as well. I was looking at the stack of repair receipts she has and was wondering the same thing - "Is this car worth keeping?", and "What's next?" It may be tough to convince her to let it go, there's a real sentimental attachment there...we'll see.

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    Re: 2002 Catera Oil Leak

    Quote Originally Posted by cadikev02 View Post
    investor74, thanks for the link, that will come in handy. I'm not a Caddy person, she's not a CAR person, so when she told me it was an '02, I just took her word for it. Now I know. The seeping gasket covers are'nt that big of a deal (at least for now anyway), it's the other leak that's the problem, she's having to put in a quart about every two weeks, and she hardly drives the thing. She still has a couple of mechanic options - friends of friends who are retired mechanics working out of their homes.

    And kaustein, thanks for your input as well. I was looking at the stack of repair receipts she has and was wondering the same thing - "Is this car worth keeping?", and "What's next?" It may be tough to convince her to let it go, there's a real sentimental attachment there...we'll see.
    The causes of the camcover and crank seal leaks are most likely the same. The Crankcase Breather Box. When it clogs the pressure in the crankcase has no exit so it finds its own. Yes, the plastic camcovers will flex, that's its easiest escape route. The other is either the front or rear main seal. Sometimes both. Before spending money on the seals have the breather cleaned. The leaks may stop.

    Courtesy oof the Omega Owners Forum:
    http://www.omegaowners.com/forum/ind...?topic=90653.0

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