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About Ronnie

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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

    Reatta on TV

    You had to look quick to see it flash by. I was able to pause the TV and take a photo with my camera.
  2. Ronnie

    Buick Reatta battery condition

    It's not likely that the switch is the problem but the problem could be a worn key. My battery was going dead often and I discovered that a worn ignition key was allowing the key to be removed easily in the ACC. position (all the way back past the OFF position). When in that position the battery will drain much faster. I replaced the worn ignition key with a new one that prevented me from leaving the switch in the AAC position and my battery drain problem went away.
  3. I was thinking maybe a power steering cooler leak but I don't remember seeing a power steering cooler on my '88. Did '88 models have one?
  4. Ronnie

    Headlight motor repair video

    Now that we are all in agreement I'm going to lock this topic so we'll remain one big happy family. The video speaks for itself. Viewers can take it for what it's worth.
  5. Ronnie

    Thankful to own a Reatta

    I feel the same way AZ. We spend most of our time talking about Reatta repairs. That's not a bad thing but I think we should spend more time taking about driving and enjoying our Reattas. Thanks for posting and thanks for being an active member of our forum!
  6. Ronnie

    Seat Removal

    It seems like you should be able to get to the bolts if the seat is in the center. Maybe the photo below of the bottom of the seat will be helpful if you can't move the seat back and forth. If you can raise the seat up you can remove the seat first and then remove the rails
  7. Ronnie

    Headlight motor repair video

    What reaction were you expecting? A laugh? Barney said he found the video more humorous than helpful and I agree with him. The video shows that you need to take the motor off the gearbox to do the repair. In most cases that is a big mistake if you're just replacing the rollers.
  8. Ronnie

    Antenna problems

    That antenna looks so new that I doubt the antenna is the problem. There should be a relay on (or near) the antenna that controls the motor. It might be bad or you could have a bad connection. The electrical connector going to the relay is a good place to check to see if the antenna is getting constant power as Phil suggested and a signal from the radio to make the antenna go up.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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
  13. Ronnie

    Autumn Buicks

    I agree 100 percent!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.