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About Ronnie

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    East TN
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    I'm interested in anything that has wheels and a motor.


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    1988 Reatta since 2007.

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  1. Ronnie

    1990 Reatta as my first car?

    Well said! It's good to hear comments from someone who has purchased a Reatta as their first car. Welcome to the forum Adam!
  2. Ronnie

    Catalytic converter broken

    I don't understand the concern about the O2 sensor. It is mounted in the exhaust manifold and doesn't come into play on a Reatta converter installation, including one that includes the pipe that bolts to the manifold like I suggested. I see no reason to cobble together a universal cat with extra pipes and muffler clamps when you can buy something that will properly for very little difference in cost.
  3. From what you describe I think the pressure switch might be bad preventing the pump from running. However, once you grounded the grey/red wire bypassing the pressure switch, the pump should have eventually built pressure even if the accumulator and pressure switch are bad. It will take about a minute for the pump to build pressure in the system if it is working correctly. As the pump runs you should see the fluid level in the reservoir start to drop as the accumulator is filled. If you don't see any drop in the fluid level in the reservoir while the pump is running there is a problem with the pump. Possibly because of air in the system if the fluid has leaked out from sitting so long. At this point I think you should determine if the pump is capable if building pressure before ordering parts. If you can't get the pump to build pressure you might be better off buying a complete Teves master cylinder with pump and keep your old one for spare parts. Be aware that the Teves system is capable of building about 2000 psi. Running the pump without the pressure switch in the circuit to shut it off once it builds pressure might damage the pump and could possibly be dangerous...
  4. Ronnie

    Catalytic converter broken

    This looks like it would be a good replacement for less than $100. I like the fact that it bolts directly to the exhaust manifold.. Magnaflow 23422 Direct Fit Catalytic Converter
  5. Ronnie

    Autumn Buicks

    I agree 100 percent!
  6. Ronnie

    1990 Reatta as my first car?

    Sorry to dampen you spirits but I gave you my honest opinion. This is a good article written my one our forum members. You might find it useful. What should I check when buying a Reatta? Even though you would start out with a small investment in your first car you could end up putting a lot of money in it to get the items fixed that are listed in the Craigslist ad as needing repair.
  7. Ronnie

    1990 Reatta as my first car?

    Welcome to the forum! The car looks nice inside, the mileage appears to be 71k, which is about right for what I see. My Reatta buddies are going to hate me for saying this and they might disagree but - I don't believe a Buick Reatta is a good "first car". They are a complicated car that can be hard to work on for even an experience mechanic if they aren't familiar with a Reatta. You might be able to fix some of the problems with help from this forum if you are handy with tools but to be honest... you might be in over your head.
  8. Ronnie

    Is this a problem?

    Thanks for the quick replies. It's good to know that me seeing the lock in the address bar and getting a warning is normal. I was afraid there might be a problem on my end or with the forum software.
  9. Before I sign into the forums I see a lock with a red line through it in the address bar of my Firefox browser. If I click on the lock a box drops down that tells me the connection is NOT secure (see photo). The lock goes away when I sign into the forum. I just recently noticed this. Is anyone else seeing the lock in their browser address bar? Just wondering of their might be some kind of security problem with the forums.
  10. Ronnie

    Hello you sexy thing!

    The select 60 in the photo looks like it has a white painted grill. Is it really gray or were all select 60 grills white?
  11. Ronnie

    Buick Lesabre shares wheels with Reatta?

    I think those are the original wheels and black center caps for the T-Type Buick. I doubt they are an exact match to the Reatta wheel. Don't the stock Reatta wheels have "Reatta" written on one of the spokes? My original Reatta wheels have been in the attic over the garage so long that I can't remember for sure. 😕 '91 wheels are completely different.
  12. Ronnie

    Buick Reatta battery condition

    How To Measure Battery Drain
  13. Ronnie

    '90 Radio

    The obvious way to test the radio is to turn it on and see if it will play so I assume you asking something else?
  14. Ronnie

    Contacting the original owner

    I would contact them again and do as Barney suggested. Be nice and don't push it if they are reluctant to talk. My experience with contacting the original owner of my car was a good one. I wasn't wanting anything from her but a little information about the car. At first she was reluctant to say much but once I told her a little about myself, where I lived, and how I came to own the car, she opened up and we had a good conversation.
  15. Please add a price and a location of the vehicle to your post. And a way of contacting the seller.