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  1. Make a belt last longer

    It kind of looked similar to Armor All. I have seen the 303 sprayed on car lenses after the oxidation has been removed to delay it happening again. It never occurred to me to use a protectant like that. Thanks for posting the vid. Here is the video where the guy suggests spraying the lens w/ 303 for the UV protection. I can't speak for his lens buffing method since I haven't tried it. His lenses look more dirty than oxidized to me but other folks have made similar videos. YMMV
  2. Make a belt last longer

    I've never documented how long my belts last, but I've saturated them w/ spray silicone when installing, and then douse them occasionally after that. I guess it's not as good as this, because I've never had a vehicle that didn't require a new belt at some point. Is the 303 treatment similar to Armor All?
  3. WABCO Accumulator

    There is a height difference (as well as, volume... .25L vs .32L) and that wrench hex would account for that. My original had a recessed Allen wrench fitting to secure the ball. I'm sure it was OEM, in my case. While talking to the WABCO rep, it didn't occur to me to ask that. I don't enter my car in shows, so shimming the cross brace wasn't an issue for me. It was a simple mod to make things work. The design in your picture wasn't my first choice, for aesthetic reasons. I didn't like the look of the cap extending up like that. Here is a link to Meritor WABCO if you wanted to pursue an answer. As I understand it, this subsidiary handles the warranty claims. http://www.meritorwabco.com/Contact-Information The number I initially called was 866-668-7221. They transferred me to the 248 number of the rep. There is an email link for technical inquiries on that page, too. Here is main company link. http://www.wabco-auto.com/how-to-find-us/contact/north-america-sales-service-contacts/ One oversight on my part, now that I think about it, is that I didn't specify to them I installed it on a Reatta Teves system. My focus was to get some feedback on warranty in North America vs England, and to confirm my accumulator was new by supplying the SN. So, it is possible any warranty claim may hit a snag since it's not a Range Rover. Either way, I'm willing to take a chance on not needing the warranty. My OEM accumulator lasted 27 years, so the odds are in my favor it will last more than 2 yrs. Time will tell, though.
  4. WABCO Accumulator

    Sure. i have no connection to the seller other than I purchased from him. http://www.ebay.com/itm/272609473117
  5. WABCO Accumulator

    When I saw the Jag versions going for $280-400, the $160 sounded pretty good. When I did open searches on Google, I found some in the $130's but the shipping upped it to $150's or so, and delivery was a week or more. I'm satisfied. The 2 day delivery was a shock, coming from England. I was impressed.
  6. WABCO Accumulator

    I went w/ WABCO after reading this thread. After confirming elsewhere the Range Rover part was compatible, I looked around until I found the one I bought. How does the price point compare to the Hydac?
  7. WABCO Accumulator

    After failing both ROJ accumulator tests, I installed a new WABCO STC 2784 accumulator in my ’90 coupe. Threading was exact fit. Only mod was to shim up cross brace w/ a couple of large washers at each attachment lug. W/ old accum, I got zero pedal pushes before pump engaged. Now I get 5-6 pedal pushes after system is pressurized. Initial pressurization is ~21 seconds. The fluid level in the reservoir drops 3/8” during pressurization. I purchased from supplier in England on eBay. I received it in 2 days. Cost was $159.99, delivered. I contacted MeritorWABCO to verify warranty. It’s good to go. I've had no problems in 3 weeks of use.
  8. Just got back

    Must not because I drove around w/ the horn blowing. Maybe the newer technology does. As I recall, the Reatta theft alarm system was one of the first on a stock car and probably wasn't as advanced as it once became.
  9. Just got back

    I hit the road from the dealership, too. I live in eastern NC, bought the car in Chapel Hill, and headed straight to Arlington, VA to visit my brother. On the way, I ran through a snow storm south of my destination and an RV pulled off the shoulder in front of me. I gave the ABS system a good test at that point. I slowed down straight and true. My sister was w/ me and we looked at each other, wide eyed, wondering if we would make it in one piece. The funniest part of the trip had to do w/ the alarm system. Since I only owned the car a few hours, I didn't know much about it. My brother wasn't home when we arrived so we killed time riding around and ended up at a McDonalds. I pulled into my space and we sat there to talk. In the early days, I seem to recall my car unlocking the doors when I put it in park. After that happened, I engaged the locks w/ my remote to feel a little safer in a strange city. After a few minutes of yapping, we opened the door to get something to eat. Well, the horn commenced to doing its thing. I immediately shut the doors, thinking the alarm would go off. No such luck. It didn't occur to me the remote had to be used to deactivate the alarm, so, after a few hectic minutes trying to figure out what to do and getting eyeballs from folks, I pulled out and drove down the street, horn honking. I pulled into an isolated area that had a phone booth. A local LEO arrived and wanted to know what was going on. After I convinced him I was legit owner, I got on the phone and called the BUICK hotline. It was then I was told how to disarm the alarm. My sister never let me forget that incident. For fifteen minutes or so, she felt like a car thief, or so she said.
  10. Just got back

    Great to see other owners taking their Reattas on the road, prepared for anything. It took me a while to reach that level of knowledge and competency to feel comfortable on a long trip though. This site and ROJ helped immensely. I took ~1200 mile trip about a year and half ago with zero problems. I did reach one milestone I hadn't considered before it presented itself to me. As luck would have it, I was in an area w/ plenty of gas stations as my tank was nearing empty. I was so close to getting 500 miles on a single tank that I decided to try it. Maybe I was on fumes as I pulled in to the next station I came upon after hitting the 500 mile mark, but I made it. It was a nice feeling, knowing my efforts to keep things running smoothly and efficiently was paying off. I was on Interstate all of that mileage, keeping up w/ traffic, so to speak, so even at high speeds, she got great mpg. Just curious...anyone else done this? Re tools/parts I carry...beyond what has been mentioned before, I carry one of those small 2Ton floor jacks, a 2'x2' piece of 3/4" plywood and a couple of 4"x4" and 2"x6" sections of wood. That insures I have a stable platform to jack from if I am broken down on a bad stretch of road. I think it's been mentioned but I keep a fire extinguisher, 4 way lug wrench and flashlight in the boot, also. I forgot to add this pigtail I put together. It allows me to tap directly into the fuel pump via the prime terminal under the hood.
  11. Dead Mouse in Reatta

    http://embracingwonderland.blogspot.com/2017/08/reatta-related-revelations.html Here is an offsite link if the vids won't play for you.
  12. Dead Mouse in Reatta

    While I had access to the plenum, I took a look at the blend door in action. First vid is AC activated. Second is heater activated. Pretty cool...smooth. DSCFACactivated.AVI DShtractivated.AVI
  13. Dead Mouse in Reatta

    A couple of days ago, my fan made a clunking noise after engaging AC. I had read this thread and thought, "let's open up the evaporator/blower assembly and see what's up". Holy smokes. Not only was there pine straw/leaf debris, but shop items a mouse must have dragged into the plenum. There was rolled up paper towel, steel wool and a shop towel I had made from cheese cloth in there. How in the heck could that get in there? All of it was on this side of the blend door, so nothing was beyond that point as far as I can tell. There were no mouse skeletons, droppings, smell at all...just the debris. I've never had issues w/ air flow or smell prior to the clunking sound. Why it took this long to jam the fan cage is just luck, I suppose. I vacuumed out what I could, removed the big stuff by hand, and then use compressed air on a hose w/ open flow end I could wiggle into the evaporator area. Spraying some Lysol in there will be done before closing it back up. Thanks for that tip, 89DarkRedGrey. Sounds like a great idea.
  14. Rock Auto closeouts per Reatta

    YW. Maybe it will help someone out. After I posted, it occurred to me other vendors here may take offense. No offense meant and if feelings hurt, I apologize.
  15. Rock Auto closeouts per Reatta

    When you click on the ID # after the part description, a menu will pop up listing applicable vehicles. Most probably fit entire production run.