Question about Cadillac Catera
There are two universal joints between the steering wheel and steering gear. Could be one or both.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: clicking in steering column
Check the lower steering column universal joint coupling needle rollers !
Open the hood, and get someone to wiggle the steering wheel, and using a good torch, check the lower steering column joint, for any free play, or if you can hear or feel, the clicking, and check all the clamp bolts and nuts.
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Posted on Feb 13, 2009
What you hear is most likely a front axle that needs to be replaced. This is caused by a tear in the axle boot behind the wheel, which allows contaminates (sand, grit, small debris, water) to enter, which results in failure of the bearings, and the 'clicking' noise you hear. Changing the axle is a big job. I would recommend you consult a manual to see what is involved, as it's quite extensive.
To confirm my diagnosis, jack up the car, support with safety stands to allow you to safely crawl under it to inspect the boots of both axles. I am quite sure you will find tears or splits. Evidence of grease around the area is also an indicator that the boot is damaged, and axle grease is escaping. Let me know if you have any other questions. Curt
Posted on Sep 28, 2010
SOURCE: 1999 cadillac catera won't start
Starter or starter solenoid. Turn the key to start, put a test light on the ignition wire on the starter solenoid, if you have power then it's a bad starter.
Posted on Mar 14, 2011
It really does not hurt anything but your ears. However, if the noise is annoying you, there is a replacement intermediate steering column shaft available from the dealer that is re-designed to fix this problem.
Posted on May 19, 2012
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