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    Help! 98 Catera starts but dies.

    My Cadillac would not start. It would, but it would rough idle for 1 second then die. I changed the fuel pump and bought a new battery because it was bad, but nothing. And yes, the CPS was changed.

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks.


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    Re: Help! 98 Catera starts but dies.

    Any codes? Check all vacuum hoses?

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    Re: Help! 98 Catera starts but dies.

    CPS would have been my first guess. Sadly it could be one of a plethora of items.

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    Re: Help! 98 Catera starts but dies.

    No codes. A/C compressor gets stuck, though. Could that be the problem? I was diagnosing it and it starts just fine, then I noticed that I wouldn't even turn over. So I went under the car and spun the a/c pulley and sprayed it with WD-40 and it started up just fine. Anyone ever experience this?

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    Re: Help! 98 Catera starts but dies.

    The AC pulley might be jammed!

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    Re: Help! 98 Catera starts but dies.

    Quote Originally Posted by retho78 View Post
    The AC pulley might be jammed!
    Yes, but does that directly affect starting?

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