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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, 1997 Cadillac Catera , Runs sometimes when original key is held near key switch. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hey guys this is Rev again with this ongoing saga. Yesterday after replacing the steering column my 1997 Cadillac Catera ...
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    1997 Cadillac Catera , Runs sometimes when original key is held near key switch.

    Hey guys this is Rev again with this ongoing saga.
    Yesterday after replacing the steering column my 1997 Cadillac Catera would not start. I talked to a locksmith and was told to take the security key collar from around the old steering Column and put it on the replacement steering collar. Then I was told to take the original key and hold it near the key switch while trying to start the car, well it worked the car started and ran but when I tried to restart it it just turned over again and again. Can someone please help me out with this thanks guys.
    HELP Rev.

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    Re: 1997 Cadillac Catera , Runs sometimes when original key is held near key switch.

    It sounds like the crankshaft positioning sensor which is a very common problem with this car!

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    Re: 1997 Cadillac Catera , Runs sometimes when original key is held near key switch.

    Could you explain in more detail what you're saying about the crankshaft ?

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    Re: 1997 Cadillac Catera , Runs sometimes when original key is held near key switch.

    No distributor in the car. The position of the crankshaft tells the ignition system when to fire. Search the site for problems about it. Then google for a better idea as to what it is.

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    Please don't start multiple threads on the same subject.

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    My answer in your duplicate thread:

    "The factory anti theft system disables the starter and fuel pump if the wrong key is detected. Since your engine is cranking, I'd assume that's not the issue. That said, are you using your original lock cylinder and key in the new column?

    Have you pulled the codes?
    Checked fuel pressure?
    Spark?"

    The collar just reads the RFID chip in the key head. It doesn't have to be swapped. If you're not using YOUR ORIGINAL KEY, or haven't programmed the car to accept the "new" key, you're going to have issues. But that would disable the starter.

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