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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Cold weather question in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; My husband has a truck that has a plug to help keep the engine warm or something during the winter ...
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    shellemom27 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Cold weather question

    My husband has a truck that has a plug to help keep the engine warm or something during the winter to help with a quicker start up - I couldn't find a plug or anything in the manual about my catera having one... anyone know if there is a heat core or engine plug and where I can find it?

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    Re: Cold weather question

    I don't know if a block heater is stock equipment on the Catera, but if yours does have one, the plug will be in the front corner of the engine bay, possibly behind the headlight and in front of, or beside the air filter housing.

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    Re: Cold weather question

    The have after market ones that attache to the dip stick to keep oil warm

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    Re: Cold weather question

    A Catera block heater was a new car option from GM.

    There are aftermarket alternatives, ranging from the posted oil dipstick replacement heaters to stick-on pads (oil pan) and various radiant heaters - a 100 watt HD trouble light (incandescent) laid close alongside the engine block, low down, works too.

    As with any block heater system, expect significant increases in your electric bill. A 200 watt heater consumes 1 kW every 5 hours. At 15¢ per kWh that's 30¢ a night.

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    Re: Cold weather question

    Not all Catera cold start considerations can be addressed with a block heater. Yes, of course, such a heater will warm the oil and make starting easier. But you might wish regardless that you had decided not to start the car. You see:

    For Catera belts cold starting is the worst! Unless your belt has been renewed within the last 40,000 miles, cold starts place older belts at special risk. Here is why:

    As belts age, ability to flex without breaking becomes more and more an issue until finally the belt actually does break. Nothing puts as much stress on a Catera belt as flexing, while starting, in very cold conditions. Cold belts are stiff. They cannot flex like a warm belt can. So they crack.

    Ideally, all Cats should be stored in a garage heated to at least 40 degrees F. Parking a Cat outdoors, and then starting the car under extreme cold conditions, is definitely not recommended.
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    There is NOTHING special about a Carera, or its belts, that makes it any different from starting any other car in the cold. ANY old timing belt in ANY vehicle can fail for a number of reasons.
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    Re: Cold weather question

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    There is NOTHING special about a Carera, or its belts, that makes it any different from starting any other car in the cold. ANY old timing belt in ANY vehicle can fail for a number of reasons.
    OK. Well, first I assume you are writing about the Cadillac Catera and not the Porsche Carrera, and that when you wrote "Carera" that was merely a typo.

    The Catera engine distinguishes itself among other engines which use timing belts. First, the Cat engine is an interference engine. Thus, belt failure can, and does, result in total engine destruction. Second, Cat belts, from day one, were problematic. The original (circa late 1996) service interval was announced at 80,000 miles. Later, after a number of difficult and bitter experiences, that service interval was officially reduced to 60,000 miles. Today, a safe Cat belt service interval is 40,000 miles . . depending on operating conditions, climate, number of cold starts, etc..

    For purposes of comparison, Catera vs. other automobile engines:

    It's worth noting most other engine designs drive the cams with a steel chain, not with belt. This is true for interference engines and non-interference engines alike. Steel chains, over much time, do stretch . . . but they seldom break. Use by Catera of a belt, to drive the cams on an interference engine, places the Cat engine into the category of those requiring special attention to very cold starting conditions, and to the belt in general.

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