BEMSTER 3

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  1. BEMSTER 3

    Anyone have a letter K?

    One of the most irritating things about my Reatta is that it is missing the letter K on the tail light. Would anybody with a parts car be able to sell me this one letter?
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    Power antenna switch

    Hello everyone. My Reatta is in pretty poor shape, but one of the few things that works great is the power antenna. I would like to install a switch on the wire that powers it so that it will not go up every time I turn on my headunit to listen to CDs. However, I cannot tell which wire powers the antenna. Could somebody tell me which one I should install the switch on?
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    MPG woes

    Alright, so here's what I did... Unplugged oil pressure sender only - still starts Unplugged oil pressure sender AND fuel pump relay - does not start Unplugged fuel pump relay only - still starts
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    MPG woes

    I should probably clarify at this point that I based this assumption on the mileage not improving by how far the gas gauge had moved, not by an actual calculation. I now know that my Reatta is getting almost 22 in-town, having used a full tank. The starting issue seems to be unrelated completely.
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    MPG woes

    I swapped a few relays around and didn't see any change. I also tried once without any relay plugged into the fuel pump and saw no difference. The car has still not failed to start but has been very intermittent. Yesterday it almost stranded me at a thrift store but today it's starting just as well as it usually does (not well, that is). Should I replace the relay anyways and see if there is a difference?
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    MPG woes

    I'll try to get that relay replaced soon. Hopefully that helps resolve my issue. It would be pretty ironic if I spent all this money fixing other things when the real issue was a bad relay.
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    MPG woes

    Just a small update as a bit has happened to the car since I last posted. I decided to take it to a shop to get a professional opinion, and they replaced the o2 sensor, cleaned the injectors, and replaced the fuel filter. Since then the strong exhaust scent has gone away but the mileage does not seem to have improved appreciably and it is starting even worse than ever. This morning I was worried it wouldn't start at all, but it did eventually after about 4 or 5 seconds. I'm not sure how to proceed now and I am afraid to put more money in the car if it isn't likely to solve the issue. I'm also worried that one of these days it isn't going to start at all. The only upside is that it does seem to start ok after it has warmed up.
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    MPG woes

    I ended up replacing the plug wires and ignition coils as well as the plugs themselves and... no change. It still starts hard, has a strong smelling exhaust (a symptom I forgot to mention earlier), and based on some very rough math I did from the fuel gauge mileage is the same. I suppose I will tackle the o2 sensor next. I am assuming all three of these symptoms are related, does anything come to mind that could be causing them?
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    MPG woes

    Finally started replacing the spark plugs. Only half way there, but if the old plugs are any indication it looks like replacement was long overdue... Now I'm no expert, but I don't think it takes an expert to tell these plugs were in pretty bad shape. Hopefully I'll solve my hard starting and mileage issues once I get the back three replaced as well.
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    Replacing speakers + head unit

    Finally got around to installing all the speakers and the headunit, everything sounds great. I bought two pairs of Pioneer speakers for the front and back and a basic JVC CD player along with an adapter kit and harness. The whole deal only set me back $130 and it doesn't look too bad either. The only problem is I forgot to plug the radio antenna in, but I never use the radio so I'll deal with that later. Removing the door panels was not the most fun I've ever had but that aside it was simple to install everything.
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    MPG woes

    The codes I got were b448H, b552H, b671C, b673H, r021H, and r034H. Only one of them is current and I don't believe any of them have anything to do with engine performance.
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    MPG woes

    Side note, I didn't get any E codes but I did get several B codes in history and two R codes in history. What does an R code mean? I can't seem to find it anywhere.
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    MPG woes

    I just checked the codes (for the first time, I must admit) and the only current code I got was for the cruise control. I've been meaning to replace the spark plugs anyways since the car always seems to start poorly, so I'll try to do that next weekend. Could fuel grade be another factor here? I've been using 87 octane since I got the car a month ago.
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    MPG woes

    Hello everyone. I just filled my tank up and did my first mpg calculation only to find I am making a little more than 13 mpg in my 1990 coupe, mostly city driving. I know these cars aren't exactly known for their efficiency but our 2015 Silverado 2500 gets better mileage than this. Is there something wrong with my car or is this an average mileage rating?
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    Replacing speakers + head unit

    Thanks for your help guys! I did see that other thread, but I thought I would ask here because it didn't seem to mention the wattage or impedance of the factory speakers. I'm worried that I'll end up buying speakers that won't be compatible, even if they are the correct size. Does anyone know these specs?