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    CodyCatera is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 01' Cadillac Catera
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    Quick question about valve covers.

    I was told from a buddy that the 01 Saab 9-5 valve covers would fit on the 01 Catera block with no modifications. If this is the case which set of gaskets would I use?

    I recently replaced the valve cover gaskets and intake manifold gaskets, and for awhile my car seemed to run fine. Until recently I've noticed when I get out after
    a drive of 15-20 mins there is a light smoke coming form under the hood and smells like burning oil.

    If the gaskets fail or something else in the top end breaks I'll redo the whole thing.

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    JohnJJO is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2000 Catera Sport
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    They are but I think only on models up to 1999, on my 2000 sport I replaced 3 years ago and its leak again for pass year now. So I dont know what to do.

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    elvin315 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): Platinum 2001 Cadillac Catera Sport
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    Warwick, NY

    Re: Quick question about valve covers.

    Saab used the same V6 as the Catera, Saturn too, so the covers will fit however since those were FWD cars the engine was mounted transverse instead of longitudinal like ours so the oil filler will be in a different spot. IRRC it'll be on the passenger side near the firewall.

    The smoke is caused by crankcase pressure blowing oil past the gaskets and onto the exhaust heat shields. New gaskets alone won't fix it. You have to clean out the crankcase breather. It clogs with gunk and leads to the pressure build-up. The clean-up procedure link below is courtesy of The Omega Owners Forum.


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