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Richard D

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  1. I have not had a knock sensor problem on my Reatta, however I did on a Mazda Millenia I used to own. On the non-supercharged Millenia V-6 the sensor is buried and requires the removal of mos of the intake system. I knew I was getting rid of the car soon and could feel a loss of power when check engine light was on due to timing at full retard. My "repair" is not recommended for a good car you want to keep but for me I went to the U-Pick and found a Millenia with the engine already dissassembled and grabbed the sensor for $12.00 and wrapped it in expanded foam, hid it under some wiring and plug
  2. ANYYHING CAN FAIL, LOOK AT THE SPACE SHUTTLE THAT WAS AT FIRST FIGURED TO HAVE ONE CATASTRPHIC FAILURE EVERY EIGHT HUNDRED FLIGHTS OR SO. THEN CHALLENGER, AFTER OVER TWO YEARS OF REWORK THE NUMBER WAS BROUGHT DOWN TO EVERY TWO HUNDRED. THEN ENDEVOUR COMES APART FROM A PIECE OF FOAM, THEN NO MORE SPACE SHUTTLE. THESE SYSTEMS WERE DESIGNED MAN RATED WITH TRIPLE AND HIGHER REDUNDUNCEY. MY Properly maintained 145,500 mile 90 coupe has never had anything but normal maintaince as did the 90 coupe bought new. I am sorry you have had trouble with your Teves, do you folks have the fluid flushed at leas
  3. It looks perfect, like it just rolled out of the showroom. Congratulations, Richard ps. Very nicely optioned too.
  4. When I was trying to get the big gulp coke out of the passenger side carpet on a T-Bird, gray carpet after every time I cleaned it with a hot water/steam extraction I would suck out as much moisture as I could and carpet would look great. To avoid mold I used a small hair dryer aimed at the carpet on low and when dry the brown stain would wick up the carpet fibers. Last time I put the hair dryer under the carpet so it would dry from the bottom. No Difference. New molded carpet was the answer. I no longer allow drink's in either of my classic cars.
  5. I did that on a T-Bird I owned, someone dumped a large coke on the passenger floor. I would get it clean with a hot water extraction attachment, or so I thought. As the gray carpet fully dried it would wick up the coke from the jute padding and look worse the next day. I did this three times before I pulled it out and used my pressure washer on it. Guess what, it came back when fully dry, bought a new carpet. Hope you don't have this problem. Good Luck, Richard
  6. I have not tried this, so go easy. You might try a small amount of soft scrub in an area away from paint then hose it off real well. Use plenty of water and don't press too hard, I am not sure how much harder the glass is than the abrasive in soft scrub. I live in S. Florida too and have had no trouble with minerals on the glass.
  7. If it is complete I saw one on ebay about a month ago sell for a little over $200.00 I have also seen them at $300.00, hope this helps. I forgot to mention that the flashlights may have had the same batteries in them for many, many years and the batteries have turned into part of the flashlight making it stay dark forever.
  8. Hi Kdirk, The spray we used is made by GC electronics, There is one type of remover and two types of coatings, one is silicone based, left a rubbery feel to the boards and components. The other is called Specialty Acrylic Plastic and leaves a hard, shiny coating. They recommened three light coats. All three have mil-spec numbers and were about $20-$25 each.
  9. If you have a very small soldering pencil and GM did not use conformal coating on the boards (can someone tell me if there is coating on the board? I have some spray to remove and reapply the coating that was used on aircraft radios, I will share it)you could reflow the solder on the surface mount devices, however since it stays on after you show it YOU are the alpha owner you might try cleaning the connector and and checking it's tightness.
  10. Are there a lot of surface mounted devices on the IP circuit board? I remember that the early CD players and radios that used the first SMDs would fail due to the hot cold cycling cars are subject to would cause micro cracks where the device was soldered to the board. I would fix a Sony CD player and it would play every day on my bench for a week. When reinstalled in the car it would fail sometimes in a couple of days, sometimes a month. Of course here in south Florida the interior gets over 150 degrees on a daily basis. Just my 2 cents.
  11. My 90 coupe has a single chrome tip that is oval in shape and fills the space that the dual factory pipes took perfectly. It might have a little more growl when taking off from a stop but after it shifts into second it gets quiet.
  12. That explains why my left shoulder is higher than my right;) He sure seemed the serious type. BTW he was driving a Lucerne, nice looking car up close.
  13. Thank You All, I am going to leave it as is. I am going to look for a Buick sales brochure and see if they show them in a picture. Plus the members who still have the originals show them cylinder down.. I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference. Regards, Richard.
  14. I was buying some fuel today (my loan was approved) and the gentleman next to me said my hood struts were mounted upside down. He said he was a retired Buick mechanic and my struts have the cylinder section mounted to the fenders/cowl and the chrome ram mounted to the hood. That is the way I bought it and they have worked fine. He told me they will fail quickly if mounted this way. To me I do not think they will fit the other way. Anybody ever heard of this?:confused:
  15. The slow window could be caused by a weak battery, however there is a better chance that you have a connection that has high resistance when put under a load, such as a battery terminal as described above. You might want to have the battery load tested before you replace it.
  16. Not the same problem but similar. Back in 1984 when my Fiero was a week old I noticed that the dash lights were flickering from normal to bright, I was about half a mile from home so I tried to drive home. Then I began to smell something burning, as I reached to shut off the engine it died as did all power. I coasted to the front of my house hit a bump and the lights came back on and I saw smoke coming from the center console. Car would crank but not start. Dealer towed it in and found a loose battery cable. It took out the ECM which lives in the center console and the stereo. All repaired un
  17. OMG! What happened to this poor car? Can it be restored or would it cost too much? And then depression set in. Richard.
  18. Thank You Ronnie, I had the same problem, my alarm would not disarm from either the remote transmitter or the door keys. I read the schematic and the disarm signal was getting to the TDM from both the door key or the remote. Instead of replacing the TDM I pulled the in-line fuse and now I can lock my car. I will replace the TDM sometime soon. THANK'S TO ALL ON THIS SITE. Richard
  19. Did that rust form while it was in the tank? If so I wonder if a can of fuel system cleaner would emulsify any water in the tank and burn it with the fuel. On small aircraft before we fly we always check for water in the fuel. The tanks always have a drain point at the lowest part of the tank and there are special cups that open a valve and drain a couple ounces of fuel. You can see the water and fuel in the drain cup. There is almost always some water in the fuel from condensation.
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