97 Catera doesnt downshift to 1st gear at stop.
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3
Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, 97 Catera doesnt downshift to 1st gear at stop. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Car has just turned 94k miles. You have to manually shift to low in order to start from a stop ...
  1. #1
    racecar785 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 97 catera
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Age
    60
    Posts
    2

    97 Catera doesnt downshift to 1st gear at stop.

    Car has just turned 94k miles. You have to manually shift to low in order to start from a stop sign. the upshift feels like it is jumping from 1st gear to 3rd. but shift quality is okay, there is no slipping. You come to a stop and u must manally shift downt to ffirst or it feels as if it want to take off in like 3rd gear.
    Does this seem like an internal transmission issue or the control module?

    the problem came on all at once. Trans was serviced just last year and all looked fine.

    My climate control all of a sudden stopped , it worked one day and not the next. No
    lights on climate control or no sign of any power..
    Has anyone run into this situation before?
    THANK YOU !

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    kaustein is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): Cadillac
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    698

    Re: 97 Catera doesnt downshift to 1st gear at stop.

    Did you just get the car? If so, read through the posts here

  4. #3
    Buster28 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2000 ETC 18K miles, 1991 Allante 11K miles, 1996 ETC (sold)
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    RI
    Age
    75
    Posts
    23

    Re: 97 Catera doesnt downshift to 1st gear at stop.

    There are 2 shift solenoid valves, the 1-2/3-4 (Shift A) and the 2-3 (Shift B). To select Drive 1st gear the transmission "computer" energizes the Shift B solenoid. To upshift into 2nd the Shift A solenoid is energized, so both are energized. L range (Manual 1st) selects 1st gear with out using the Shift B solenoid, therefore, when the Shift B solenoid won't energize it feels like a 1st to 3rd shift because the shift B solenoid needs to be energized in 2nd. You symptom strongly suggests you have a defective shift B solenoid. A new one costs about 35 bucks, replacement requires removal of the large pan and filter. It is a messy DIY job and takes a couple of hours.

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting