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  1. My faithful 89 with 342000 miles is dead ! It was driving perfect,with no problems ! On the CRT , I had been getting a message every so often telling me to check for a electrical problem.I was going to ask on theforum if anyone had this problem ! It had done this for about 2 months .I checked everything I could,and couldn't find anything wrong ! I drive 45 miles to work ,and sometimes it would only come on once , sometimes for a minuet,sometimes 2_3 minuets , sometimes would go off by itself & if I pushed " return " it would go off ! The check engine light would also come on at the same time ! I parked it at work , and was in sight for over 1 & 1/2 hours ! I went about 5 miles to get a load with the semi truck , and they called me from work and asked me how to get my hood open,cuz my car was on fire ! They could not put it out , & called the fire dept. Everything under the hood was melted & it got into Ithe interior & fire got part of the dash & visors & headliner! Water was pouring out of the interior halfway op the seats ! It was very HOT to melt alum & all wires & plastic under the hood ! The only good thing was thefire was confined to the engine compartment , didn't go by the bottom of the engine & the outside of the fenders , so my new tires are ok ! I tell this sad tale,because it had to be an electrical fire ! I am glad it didn't happen at home,or in the garage ( as it did not start for over 1 & 1/2 hours after it was parked ! ) So if anyone gets a message like this , I hope you find the problem before its too late ! IF it was a "90" or "91" it wouldn't give this message ! I am driving REATTA "2" now ! ANY IDEAS WHAT COULD HAVE CAUSED THIS ?
  2. it was sad to see this car in the junk yard , as it was in great condition ! Thanks to jim for putting it on this fourm ! I checked it out and got the hood,fender,headlight cover & antenna & 16 way seats ! It has a real good windshield !
  3. I would guess the fuel pump ! I just replaced 3 ,on 3 different Reattas ! One was doing what yours did,and just quit for good ! ( fine now )
  4. I bought from u before do u have a burgundy glove box lock ? with or without key ! I have a 1990 vert.THANKS
  5. Yes I use it very helpful ! I just did the engine cradle bushing job I copied a lot and have it in a folder I refer to also ! THANKS
  6. I got some kits from you , and you mentioned a place in Tucson Az. that had the parts , but didn't want to ship them ?? I could pick them up for you ,as I go there sometimes !
  7. YES ! I use it . in fact I printed copys of the information I new I would need ! THANKS
  8. Interesting video & tool ! I had 2 windshields done at a glass shop & they used a battery operated tool like a drill, that vibrated a 6" long thin metal ( like a spatula ) it didn't hurt the plastic !
  9. On my 90 vert the engine light came on,and I am leaving on a 4,000 mile trip,and didn't want to look at that all the way ! I looked at the cam sensor magnet,as I had that problem before with other Reattas ! It was there ,but loose,and had been rubbing the sensor.I put on a new magnet! The light was still on ,so I checked the codes . I had a E034 code ( maf sensor ) I checked it per the shop manual IN THE 90 MANUAL page 8D1-44 & 89 MANUAL page 8D1-46 THE DIAGRAM IS REVERSED ! If u check volts between A and ground according to the manual , u get 12 volts ( should be 4 - 6 . The manual shows the sensor terminals (left to rt. CBA ) should be ABC ) When checked this way I got 5 volts ! I tried another good sensor ,and the light went out , engine ran better! The car had a new sensor on it when I bought it,but when I looked at it the filaments on the back they were blue They should be black,like they had been used ! I don't know what a new one looks like as I haven't bought one before ! I am glad I found the problem! LIGHT OUT !
  10. on my 89 , sometimes the rt light wouldn't work and sometimes would work 10 times in a row ! sometimes it wasn't getting power.I checked the 2 relays under the hood , but both were good ! was thinking about wiring them both to the left side power .ALL THE PARTS ARE NEW !
  11. when I got my first reatta , I had a alarm problem & disconnected the battery ! All u have to do is put the door key in the door & turn it to unlock , and the alarm will shut off !
  12. 🙁The 3rd Reatta to go down in 2 weeks! My 90 vert made it ok on a 400 mile trip & then quit in my driveway. FUEL PUMP ! My 90 coupe quit on way home from work, & I had to get towed home.FUEL PUMP ! My 1989 ( old dependable ) with 332,000 miles drove home fine,& next morning would not start.It was the FUEL REGULATOR,good preasure,but would not start until I unplugged the MAF. If I give it throttle it will quit,or if I plug the MAF in it will quit! I hate it when more than 1 thing goes wrong at the same time, when it was fine when shut off.I tightened up all grounds,tried 3 other MAFs,tried another known good ICM & coil pack,cleaned MAF & IAC . NO CODES ! The only thing I haven't checked is the PVC valve & EGR & ECM. I use this Reatta almost every day & haven't had any bad problems! I has a problem when first started, if u don't take off right away it will act like a choke is on & stall.once u take off & wind it out it is fine.It has been doing that for a long time > other than that it has been good ! ANY IDEAS THANKS