: 98 catera -- won't kick, then does

04-02-05, 08:28 PM
My 98 Catera will sometimes just crank and not catch. After about 15-30 minutes wait time it does catch and crank. Lately, it starts but then quits and won't start again, but then does start after about 15-20 minutes. When it does run, it's fine which seems to indicate that it is not a fuel pump issue. Anyone have similar and what's the solution. It's at the shop now. :cookoo:

04-02-05, 08:35 PM
This sure sounds like an intermittent with the anti-theft immobilizer. Do you have a second ignition key that you can try?

04-04-05, 05:01 AM
My '99 was having what sounds like the same symptoms. Mine was cured by replacing the crank sensor. I almost had the car towed twice, and then it started after about 10mins.

04-04-05, 04:16 PM

Hey Guys...thanks for the website. My mechanic was stumped as even when it failed, nothing showed on the diagnostics (as was explained by others). I had him check the crank sensor and it was out whenever it was failed. $180 for the sensor (had to come from Cad) and 275 for labor (diagnostics and replacement). Thanks again.