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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    I have one question because my dad went and bought spark plugs that I never heard of or even seen before.

    Denso PK20TT Platinum TT Spark Plug.

    I mean are they good plugs to place in the Catera?????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Catera98 View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Catera98
    Is a duralast part going to be ok to place on the Cadillac??????
    Duralast parts are ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!

    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?

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    What is a "MAS sensor"?

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Duralast parts are ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!

    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?

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    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.

    We can't get the car anywhere if it's misfiring..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Catera98

    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?

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    From experience, Caddy dealers don't like working on the car. Some will give you outrageous quotes with the hope that you will go elsewhere.

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Catera98 View Post
    if that still does nothing we are taking the car to Volkswagen dealer because of it being a German car and all.
    That's like taking a Peugeot to a Cadillac dealer to work on because Cadillac was named after a French dude.

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    So here is an update from what I seen and know...

    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!!!

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Any ideas where we can get a fuel pump, because I would like to look around before we go and buy the (Bosch Electrical Fuel Pump part#69500) which is $319.99 at Advance Auto parts????????????/

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    What should I buy with the fuel pump???? Because I don't want to get the pump and end up needing something else. I will need the fuel sender to the pump right or can we go without it?????

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    I would get the pump/level sender assembly. You don't want to have to drop the tank again when that fails.

    The only other thing you might need is the lock ring if it's rusted.

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Depends on what you want. The second one is included in the first one.

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    Just get the Airtex with the strainer.

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