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I wish I would have seen this forum before I bought this car but now I'm stuck. Here's my scenario:
Lady had a 2000 Caterra that had been sitting for awhile because her Dad past away. Has 157,000 and she
told me that it needed a valve cover gasket. Went and took it for a test spin and the car started and ran great.
When I got back there was some smoke rolling off the engine which I contributed to the blown valve cover gasket.
I picked the car up the following weekend, stopped by a couple stores on my way home and had no issues with car
starting. Following morning drove it to the store with no problem. Car sat for basically 2 1/2 days and I got in
it to take over to the mechanic who was going to change my valve gasket and that's when my nightmare begins.
The car would start but then would die immediately. It's got plenty of gas, a brand new air filter, we even checked the
fuel pressure from the rail and it's seems to be getting plenty. My dilemma is, after reading all these posts and threads
from other Caterra owners I really don't know where to start. I mean is there anyway to tell if the Crank Position Sensor or
the Camshaft Position Sensor is bad before I start spending $50-$60 bucks on nonreturnable electrical parts. I mean, I saw
some other scenarios where you guys have thought it was either the fuel pump or even the a/c serpentine thing. The fact
that it starts and then dies has me baffled. It's like something is kicking it off. I even did the reset thing with the ignition
key thinking it might be the security deal I've seen other people have trouble with. I rented one of those diagnostic testers
from Autozone, plugged it in to the computer and every time it came back; "No error codes found". Man, if anyone has any
ideas on how to proceed, aside from parking it in the bottom of a lake, I would be very grateful. I mean when I test drove the
car it seams like a pretty fun, sporty vehicle with excellent handling.
If your car have over 120000miles.
Your front horizontal bushings need to be replaced automatically! !!!! They might look good but its not!!!!!! My bushings was look just fine even verticals, after I replaced them, differents was tremendously! !!