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  1. Well I certainly can’t do a overhaul on an engine but I do have more than basic level knowledge of tools and mechanics. I grew up in an era of numerous shop classes and the whole ‘fix it yourself’ ethic. I’ve done basic stuff on the Reatta like swapping out the CRT, the engine computer, radio box, etc.
  2. Thanks Barney. It seems that the electric shop that fixed my touchscreen issues was the culprit. In their notes they mentioned ‘Dirty Air Filter’ but did not reach out to me to see if I wanted it replaced. And it was pretty bad. Judging from how hard it was to remove them you would think that they were twice as long
  3. Thanks Steve. I took it to my mechanic and he had a problem getting it off. He eventually used a impact screwdriver and he put some goop around the threads to prevent it from rusting again.
  4. After reading all 4 pages of the invoice carefully it appears that the shop initially diagnosed it as a bad BCM, and then after that didn’t work replaced the CPS. But after all that and checking the wiring and grounds the instrument cluster was still inoperative. So they had to find a remanufactured one, or maybe it was just used I don’t know because like I said they comped it for cracking the dash. I was having the same symptoms as the original poster.....the CRT and instrument cluster would just go on and off at random without any kind of pattern.
  5. I had the same issue a couple of years back. I still have the receipts but I do remember that he had to replace the instrument cluster. It took him a couple of months to diagnose and fix the problem(s) and this was at a auto electric shop and the mechanic was familiar with the Reatta as they have a regular customer who came in and thought they were working on his as both cars were in at the same time. if the original poster is still around and interested I will dig out the receipts and list what was replaced/fixed. I DO know that it wasn’t cheap and very labor intensive. UPDATE: OK I dug out my receipts. I forgot that the car was in for other issues beyond the instrument cluster and CRT but overall I shelled out over 2 grand......and that is with a ‘free’ instrument cluster as they cracked the dash replacing either the twilight sensor or the BCM. Anyway the culprits were the BCM, CPS, and the instrument cluster. See there, I just saved you $260 in diagnostic charges
  6. It looks like there are 2 large sized Phillips screws that secure the air box. My car was in storage for awhile and got a lot of moisture in the engine compartment and it is hard to loosen the screws and I think I might have over tightened them previous and I can’t find a screwdriver with a large enough head. My thinking was if I knew the size I could go to the hardware store and buy the right size tool and new screws. The old ones are already partially stripped and I don’t want to make matters worse. thanks!!
  7. Is there a good place to get a new Delco ICM? I called my local Buick dealer and they quoted over $600 I think it was for a new Delco ICM and coil pack. The ICM by itself was something like $420
  8. Well let me see what happens 89Red, but it might be awhile. My other car is now having cooling problems, as in a massive coolant leak that is leaking god knows where. And that car just got out of the shop too, with a tranny swap and new tires. The hits just keep on coming
  9. Yeah, I was definitely going to get the Delco. The work the shop did was mainly in tracking down a inoperable instrument cluster and CRT and associated backlighting. They ended up installing a new BCM, 'new' instrument cluster, CPS, etc. They did not get into any tune-up work and the only engine work was the new gasket for the intake manifold. I believe that they also changed the oil and of course new antifreeze.
  10. Thanks Dave. I will get a new ICM and hopefully that will be it as I am slowly loosing my enthusiasm for this car. But I am too far in to turn back now
  11. Hi, I have written on this before as it has been a recurring problem since I bought my coupe 10 years ago. The car stalled soon after buying it and I seem to remember throwing parts at it, and it turned out that it was a bad CPS. I have had issues with it stalling and it most always occurs during spells of hot weather. The car will usually do this as it did tonight....after driving about 25 minutes or so (mostly freeway miles) the car stalled while in motion. I was able to start it up eventually and got it about a block more when it stalled on the hill going up to my place. Wore the battery down cranking it and had to call for a jump start and then it started right up. The guy tested the alternator and it was charging. Like I said, this happens predominately during hot weather and it is not too frequent but enough to be a hassle. The car JUST got out of the shop after 3 months where they fixed the intake manifold gasket, thermostat, lots of electric issues, etc. I was reading the forum and these symptoms seem to be a common issue with the Reatta. Some things that I will look at is the IAC and maybe the Ignition Control Module, but it has not thrown any codes (see video below) so I doubt that it is that or the O2 sensor. In my opinion these cars put out an excessive amount of heat underneath the hood which might contribute to some of these problems. Is that plausible? Well, I guess I have to park it again and after spending 2k on the latest issues I am starting to think I have a screw loose for putting up with this! BTW, the car has 80k on the odometer. I hope someone who is having these issues also will be able to get some answers from the replies as the problem seems to be fairly common to this car.
  12. I got at call from the shop yesterday and they traced it to a bad central power supply. I wonder if that was what it was after all and not the BCM? They said that after the new BCM was installed that the CRT started working but not the IPC. Hmm. He told me that the Instrument cluster was not getting the 7 volts that it needed from the CPS. This might be good info for someone with the same problems and might help in saving troubleshooting time.
  13. Sorry I was running late today and maybe did not make myself clear. I did not mean the photocell as they already replaced that. I mean the main dash display with the speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, clock, etc.
  14. I had my 88' in the electrical shop for a number of problems, the biggest was that the dash and CRT would not come on but would occasionally come on for seconds and then back off. I actually drove it like that for a couple of months as the car was still functional and the headlights still worked but once winter came without the HVAC system I was screwed. After some tracing they narrowed it down to the BCM and they ordered a new one. Well, he says that the CRT is now working as well as some things like the chime when the door is open, etc., but there are no dash lights. He said it would need a few hours of digging to find the problem and at the shop rate of $$$ I said that I would post here to pick the brains of the forum members first to see if there is something obvious that they should look at. They have the Reatta service manual but he says that it is a bit confusing and/or cumbersome to work with. Is there any logical places to check first so they to get the dashboard back up and working? Much thanks!!
  15. Thanks, I already have the suede bolsters on mine. I did do a quick look for them on Google but didn't find them. I thought it would be a nice touch to add velour seat covers as my seats are a bit worn and I did a two-tone dye job on them that looks good but is getting worn somewhat.