Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Rear shock replacement in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I have heard that you can replace the rear shocks on a Catera with shocks for a new series GTO ...
Automobile(s): Platinum 2001 Cadillac Catera Sport
Re: Rear shock replacement
Yes & No. The GTO shocks fit but you lose the self-leveling feature and the light stays on. There are a few ways to disable the self-leveling thus killing the light. The simplest is to move the locating key on the rear swing arm. Drawing courtesy of CateraMV6: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ml#post1998710
I didn't realize changing to the Monroe MA825 air shocks that I would lose ALC. My original problem was after 20 minutes the Leveling light flashed constantly. I swapped the shocks (the fittings to the air line are not the same so I used vacuum line near the factory 'T' connection - source air line and 2 shock lines come together near the rear passenger shock). Now, when I start the car, the Leveling light is on constantly, then after 15-20 minutes starts to flash. I will check the air lines with soap/water spray but it looks like I have to adjust the tab as shown above. I still want the ALC to work or I would have replaced the air shocks with standard shocks. Any suggestions?
It sounds like you have broken springs causeing the car not to lift to correct level.
I replaced my shocks with monroe shocks, and I by passed the auto fill system, and put an old school manual air valve to fill as I wanted it.
But if you adapted the nipple fromt he factory system to fit your monroe shocks it will work.. so if it is all hooked up proper with no leaks, it is your springs.. prolly the bottom coil is broken off. Both of mine where.
there is leveling sensor on rear column. who analyze level and giving order to air compressor to pump that located up front on passenger side. your sensor broke !!!! i have same problem. to replace it for new part it like $400!!! so when i installed Monroe MA825 i just pump them with my garage air compressor to 80psi (80psi it normal pressure for catera. i found in alldata)
but i didnt connect shock line to catera system just between each other and used valve that was include in Monroe installation kit.
to stop light flash i just disable sensor.
Hey guys. I installed today Monroe 825's. No issues, leveling works perfectly. what a problem did you have connecting original hoses to new connections??? All you have to do is to cut old end, put new or even keep old 1 O ring, and tight it to the shocks. That's all. No leaking, looks almost as original, and very tight ride. I love it so far. Will see how they go with the time.