Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I have one question because my dad went and bought spark plugs that I never heard of or even seen ...
Hi all, my friend needs help with her Catera. She say's her that Oxgen Sensor has a problem or is broken and that she can sart the car and drive about 3 miles and the car will die!!!!! I'm thinking a dead battery or so but I could be wrong, may you guys help me so I can help her..
Sounds more like a fuel filter. Not really enough information. Does it start right back up or do you have to wait a few minutes ? Instant shut off or does it sputter first ? I have not seen an O2 sensor shut one down 3 miles after starting. Usually you notice it runs rough, drinks gas, or a couple of other things, but usually not a shut down problem.
As for it being a battery, does it go dead ? Lights still work ? still turn over ? Need to know things like these to diagnose the problem.
Don't bother with the multi electrode plugs, they're a gimmick. The spark can only jump to ONE at a time.
A fuel filter will not cause stalling after several minutes of driving.
If you're trying to fix this car cheap, throwing parts at it is NOT the way to do it.
Have the basics been checked when the problem occurs? Spark and fuel pressure?
AGAIN... What CODES is the car throwing?
What is a "MAS sensor"?
I had a feeling duralast aren't good.
And no MC we are not just throwing parts at this car to be cheap, we are replacing parts that could be the issue. How we changed the CKS and placed a new battery in the car. We seen that the car was misfiring after we put the CKS and the battery, now could be the issue to the misfiring might be the spark plugs the coils. Which was pose to get done last weekend but the Florida weather stepped in and it didn't get done. So tomorrow he is placing the plugs and the coils , next weekend is the fuel pump if that still does nothing we are taking the car to Volkswagen dealer because of it being a German car and all.
And no MC we are not just throwing parts at this car to be cheap, we are replacing parts that could be the issue.
That is the definition of throwing parts at a problem. Replacing things that COULD be the problem.
Repairing is replacing parts that ARE the problem.
How we changed the CKS and placed a new battery in the car.
If it needed a battery, it needed a battery, but there was no reason to replace the CKP sensor unless there was a code for it, or it tested bad.
We seen that the car was misfiring after we put the CKS and the battery, now could be the issue to the misfiring might be the spark plugs the coils. Which was pose to get done last weekend but the Florida weather stepped in and it didn't get done. So tomorrow he is placing the plugs and the coils
Plugs are a maintenence item, coils are not. Why are they being replaced, did they test bad? All of them? One? A few? Has anyone even checked which cylinder is misfiring?
next weekend is the fuel pump
What? Why? Was the fuel pressure tested? Is it low?
if that still does nothing we are taking the car to Volkswagen dealer because of it being a German car and all.
The fact that a sister car of the Catera is sold under a German nameplate does not make the car German. Besides that, Opel is a GM owned company anyway, and the engine is built in England... Even if the car was German, taking it to a Volkswagen dealer accomplishes nothing. There are no German voodoo doctors in the shop, just techs, with experience working on, and shop manuals for cars that are completely different from a Catera.
So after this mechanic...no... After this parts changer replaces something, and it doesn't solve the problem, is he giving your friend their money back before he tries something else?
So the coils and plugs was changed, the coils and plugs that was in the car was bad I mean the worst.
So come to find out its the fuel pump that's not pumping, because we pumped gas into the cooperator it cranked right up for a few seconds and right back off. Now we just need a fuel pump and we have a running car, after that off to a shop for the basic fluid changes and the A/C service. That's till something else happens!!!