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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

    Pinstripping question

    It only came on the cars that had chrome trim around the wheelwells and on the edges of the doors.
  2. Ronnie

    I need ECM help

    Everything I can find shows, OEM Part #1228253 for the '89.
  3. Ronnie

    rough running and poor start up

    ACDelco D8046
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    rough running and poor start up

    It could be the oil pressure sender giving a false reading. It's very common for those to go bad on the 3800 engine. Mechanically it could be a bad oil pump or bad rod bearings or main bearings. If the pressure drops sporadically I would bet it's the oil pressure sender. If the oil pressure is normal when the engine is cold and then consistently drops way low when the engine is hot it could be a bad bearing or oil pump. You say the pressure is low. What is the reading on the gauge when the engine is when warmed up after it has been driven for a while? Do you hear any knocking noises coming from the engine when the pressure is low?
  5. Ronnie

    rough running and poor start up

    Sounds to me like you need to find a new mechanic. Keeping a car that amount of time for repairs is ridiculous. Low oil pressure doesn't keep an engine from running unless there are some serious mechanical problems that are causing the engine to seize up. If that were the case it wouldn't be running good part of the time.
  6. Did the fuel light go off and did the fuel gauge show the right amount after you added the 10 gallons of gas? If you suspect the oil pressure sender is bad, go ahead and replace it and get that out of the way. They are easy to change. You should check the fuel pressure when it's running poorly or won't start. Don't assume the fuel pressure is good just because you have replaced the pump.
  7. Ronnie

    Battery drain when parked

    I don't know off the top of my head. This will answer your questions. How To Measure Battery Drain
  8. Ronnie

    Accumulator Grief

    I didn't try the phone but their website works for me. Their website always shows the accumulators are out of stock.
  9. Ronnie

    91 won’t start Help!

    Sorry, I think the video I linked to was overly complicated for the preliminary ignition test you need to do. What you need to do is pull a wire off a spark plug and check to see if it is firing the plug when you are trying to start the engine. Yes, the fuel pump is in the tank and replacing it should be a last resort when you are certain it is bad. You can get a loaner fuel pressure tester from your local parts store and follow the instructions on my website for testing the pump..
  10. Ronnie

    91 won’t start Help!

    Check to see if you are getting spark to the spark to the plugs when cranking. If spark is good check fuel pressure. The codes you have won't keep the engine from starting. Ignition System Troubleshooting Fuel Pressure Testing
  11. I use 3M Yellow weather strip adhesive to stick the gasket to the valve covers ONLY. Let it cure before installing the valve covers. That way the gasket stays in place while you're installing the valve cover. It also makes it easier to remove the valve cover if you need to in the future.
  12. Ronnie

    Blind Spot mirrors

    I tried a small and a large round spot mirror in the lower right of my mirror. The problem is if you get one large enough to be helpful it makes the rest of the mirror almost useless. If you get one small enough to still use the mirror it is to hard to see anything in it. I ended up removing the spot mirror. I haven't tried one like the one you show on Amazon.
  13. Ronnie

    Kidos on tail light restore post

    We are pretty flexible in our discussions here in the Reatta forum. I have encouraged discussions about other things than tech questions. I started a thread Me and My Buick Reatta to try to get away from tech questions but it doesn't get many posts. We have another topic called "What did you do to your Reatta today that is for discussing things other than tech stuff. Anything Reatta related is welcome here. The AACA has forums for general discussions and discussions of Fords and other stuff like you describe. If we get too far off topic here in the Reatta forum it clutters up to where you can't find Reatta information when you need it. To me one of the disadvantages of facebook is the posts sometimes get way off topic. Ideally this forum would have a more open discussions and still be here when you need it for technical questions...
  14. Ronnie

    CRT Fail HELP

    Eddie Voland, Westminster MD repairs CRT's. His base charge is currently $150.00 plus shipping as of 3/5/15 (no paypal). Phone: 443-536-9591
  15. Ronnie

    Kidos on tail light restore post

    Murry, thanks for mentioning me in your kind words. I agree with Dave. It would be nice to have more people stepping up to offer help with Reatta problems. We have a great group of people on this forum who have helped me a lot over the years. Our numbers are dwindling but when you're needing help - it's quality, not quantity, that's important.