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    Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    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..

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    crankshaft positioning sensor. Very common problem. About a $150.00

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

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    crankshaft positioning sensor. Very common problem. About a $150.00
    Is that why the car is shutting off or is that going to be for the oxygen sensor????

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    Could be. I've never had an O2 shut down a car. CPS is a very common problem.

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    It's not the o2 sensors.

    Take the car to AutoZone and have the codes pulled. Replacing anything before that is just guessing.

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    It's most likely the crankshaft position sensor and cost about $45 to $50. I had a similar problem about 6 months ago and replaced it and so far no problems. The sensor is located right by the oil filter and the other end goes all the way to the top behind the upper intake (driver's side).

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    In saying this will be a easy fix for her?????? Because if not she should just get rid of the car...

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Catera98 View Post
    In saying this will be a easy fix for her?????? Because if not she should just get rid of the car...

    Fix it and then get rid of the car! No matter how much you like it or think you are cool driving a caddy, the car is a piece of crap! Seriously!

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Quote Originally Posted by kaustein View Post
    Fix it and then get rid of the car! No matter how much you like it or think you are cool driving a caddy, the car is a piece of crap! Seriously!
    Who you Who you???? FYI this is not my car. I'm helping a friend, she dose not have the finances to go and get another car and if she did I would not be on here asking for help to fix her car.... She doesn't think she is cool because she drives a Cadillac for your info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Catera98
    In saying this will be a easy fix for her??????
    Depends on what's wrong with it. If it's the CKP sensors, them yes, pretty easy and cheap.

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Yes, it's pretty easy fix and I would say about an hour all together. You may have to cut the old wire where it gets pinched by the oil cooler lines and send the new one around it. Also, add extra aluminium foil (extra heat shield) around the new wire where it gets close to the exhaust pipe.

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    This is her first car!!!! Her dad got it for her when we was in the 10th grade he paid about 3k for the car with add fees. She only had one problem with the car since she got it which was the transmission 2 years ago and it's been fine every since till now... and she just got to 106,000 miles.

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Catera98 View Post
    This is her first car!!!! Her dad got it for her when we was in the 10th grade he paid about 3k for the car with add fees. She only had one problem with the car since she got it which was the transmission 2 years ago and it's been fine every since till now... and she just got to 106,000 miles.
    She is very lucky. The cars are awful. Not just me saying that. Read the post here. If you fixes it, and if it were my daughter, knowing what I know about the car, I'd tell her to get rid of it ASAP.

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Quote Originally Posted by kaustein View Post
    She is very lucky. The cars are awful. Not just me saying that. Read the post here. If you fixes it, and if it were my daughter, knowing what I know about the car, I'd tell her to get rid of it ASAP.
    I know what you are saying.. My dad talked me out of getting a catera, she only putting up with the car till late spring of next year. She just once to it fix to get her from point A-B & C...

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    Re: Help for a friend and his 1999 Catera

    Well again it sounds like the CPS. Make she carries a charged up cell phone and join the Auto Club!

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