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    Third brake light out

    I changed the bulbs today- first had to take off 2 nuts under the trunk passage entry then had to carefully pull off the panel straight out toward the seats and after that it was fairly easy except it is a a cramped space to work. Used Sylvania 1141 bulbs. In the picture the panel is propped up by a flashlight.
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    Buick Reatta battery condition

    Could this battery drain problem be a caused by a faulty ignition switch and are they hard to replace? My ignition switch may be bad. Please comment and is there a solution Thank you..
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    Buick Reatta battery condition

    Greetings Reatta fans. I have owned my 1990 coupe for about 3 years and it runs fairly well. What I have noticed is the battery (which is a 5 year battery) will start showing signs of going bad and has been changed about every 12 months. I have tested the alternator which seems good because it is charging the system at about 14.00 volts when running with a full load. I have cleaned ground straps and battery connectors, spark plug cables and drive the car about once a week for 30 minutes. Any suggestions on why the battery only lasts about 1 year would be appreciated. ?
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    Ignition Coil bad?

    My 1990 coupe is running rough-difficult starts and have to give it some gas to keep it from stalling. Also it will hesitate to accelerate and will stall on occasion. It ran much better last month. I suspected it may be a bad ignition coil and bought a replacement. Is there a way to test a ignition coil? Any comment is appreciated.
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    Gasoline smell when parked

    Thanks much for the helpful comments. ?
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    Gasoline smell when parked

    I have owned my 1990 coupe for over two years now. At first I would park in the garage with no noticeable odor but now it has a strong gas smell that lasts until I move the car back outside. There is no gas puddles. Does anyone know the common reason for the odor? I'm concerned for safety.
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    Battery drain when parked

    I have noticed my battery is 12.00v and i charge it back to 12.70v and it seems to drain just by parking for a few days. Sometimes it will not start. I have watched videos saying that a 50 milliamp draw is ok when everything is turned off on most cars. Does anyone know the acceptable draw from the battery for my 1990 model? Any comments? ?
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    Wheel center cover cap

    Is the a compatible wheel center cap other than originals? I want to save my original caps but just use alternative covers while parked outside. Any comments?
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    Where do most of the Oil Leaks come from on a Reatta?

    I was advised to change the intake manifold gasket but I also see a small amount oil sitting in the plenum area. I will have the mechanic change that gasket.
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    Power Window woes

    I replaced a passenger window regulator and switch but it will only go down and not come up (I had to hotwire the motor to go up). I read on another forum that this may indicate a bad power window relay. Where is the power window relay for a Reatta? Any comments are appreciated.
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    Battery drain or bad batt

    I had installed a new battery (correct size) but after less than 2 years it is weak and had to be jump started. Took it to auto parts store and it checked as a bad battery and got a new one- no charge. I still wondered how it could wear out that fast and did a test for any current drain. My multimeter set at the 10 amp setting mode showed 6.0 amp at first then settled down to .001 amp it 30 seconds which should be good no drain. Does anyone else have a current drain condition?
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    Favorite Pictures of My Buick Reatta

    By the riverside!
  13. My cruise works fine but I've found the vacuum hose and fitting has came out of the servo unit. I will push it back in tight but in about a month it will come out again. I have tried gluing the fitting in the servo unit with super glue but seems to come out again. Is there a lot of air pressure that makes this vacuum line disconnect or is there a method to keep the vacuum hose and fitting stay in the servo unit for the cruise control? Any comments?
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    Headlight behavior

    Another headlight question: where can you buy headlight connectors? I noticed that the drivers side has a 4 wire connector and the passenger side has the normal 3 wire connector. I can find the 3 wire connector but it seems no one has a 4 wire connector. Can I modify the the 3 wire connector to make a 4 wire connector? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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    Headlight behavior

    Repairs I did for the headlight motor are for a salvage headlight assembly and motor I bought but it was not in working order so I had to fix it. The taking apart was done ok and used some wd-40 soaking for 24 hours. Opened the gear assembly and found shavings. Cleaned everything, lightly coated everything with lithium grease and the three bushings from a kit from Barney. The bushings fit snug and tested it and running good. Thanks everyone.