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Tommy Hooks 1990 Reatta

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  1. Thank you Ronnie . I think this is the area, that somehow malfunctioned. I didn't know the Reatta had a governor, but what I experienced was like the governor being thrown into full acceleration. When I pushed down on the brake is when I heard the ping sound, followed by the transmission unengaged in high and overdrive. I I am going to remove the governor assembly first and see if anything is broken on it. I also plan to check the transmission shiftier cable, I read 1990 had a recall on this cable . If the problem is inside the transmission, I may look at replacing the unit. So weird, that m
  2. the trans fluids are good, and no odor.... the battery is strong.... Dave...what would cause the odometer to stop working at the exact same time, as the trans problem ?
  3. Ronnie, thanks for your response... the mechanic is great at working with me. I am the only reason, he does not just jump into the repairs. I prefer, checking with other Reatta owners to see if anyone has had similar problems before turning him loose. I want to keep my car original as much as possible, ( meaning, I order my repair parts, rather than use napa, auto zone, etc. ) This is my second mechanic since I owned my Reatta of almost 10 years.... he is great at jumping on a vehicle and getting it out the door.... if I had not read the page where others had similar problems we would no
  4. I was returning home, after a 2 hour drive. I pulled onto interstate with minimum acceleration, when my car jumped into some kind of hyper-acceleration like I had crammed the gas pedal to the floor. I immediately hit the break, to gain control, but I heard some kind of pop, that resulted in me not having forward movement in the drive position. Also noted the speedometer stopped working. The engine just revved up, indicating the transmission was not working. I pulled over and moved the gear shifter into a lower position, which allowed me to drive home. The speedometer still not working. The nex
  5. Ronnie, do you know what the correct part number is for the oil pressure sending unit ?
  6. When the car is operating properly the oil pressure is dead middle or normal.
  7. The engine sounds and runs perfect driving down the highway.... I drove it to the store 0% problems.... got out ... guy fixed my leaky tire....the car was moved and perhaps he drove it down the road... I don't know.... when I got back in ... the fuel low had come on (1/4 tank left ) and when I cranked the car, it began to run rough again ( just like when I put it in the shop back in April ) I looked at my gauges to see if anything else was off, and that is when I noticed the oil pressure was showing way low.. but when I pressed the accelerator down, the oil pressure when back to normal, and t
  8. Ronnie, thanks for responding.... can you tell me what would cause the oil pressure to drop when the car is idling ? The problem is not all the time, but once it starts to occur, it does seem to get worse. I have not gotten to enjoy my car for a couple years... My dash cluster was also going off, when I took it to the shop... for now it is working again, and that allowed me to see the drop in oil pressure when I took my foot of the gas pedal .
  9. Dave, my Reatta, was in the shop for the most part of April through August 6th.... Somehow my rear tire got a leak in the rear tire..... the mechanic returned my car and the following morning , I aired up the tire and drove it the closest tire shop. My car ran perfect during the drive to the shop ! At the shop I parked my car outside and the man repaired my tire as I set in the lounge. He came in from a side door and told me my car was ready. I paid the bill and went out the door he came in... he had obviously driven my car... and when I went to crank it..... it cranked and cut off.. I
  10. My 1990 Buick Reatta, ran like a dream until the night, I ran over a large coon<<luckly I was driving very slowly, just didn't see anything until the coon ran out in front of me. Everything went off, but came right back on. Sine that awful night I have had the about problem over and over. I get it fixed, and some months later I go out, crank her up, she begins to run roughly and cuts off. Over the next few days it get worse and worse, until it will not crank, or cuts off during my drive, when I make a turn that slows me down. I just got her home yesterday, and had a slow leak in a tire,
  11. thanks for your answers ...my Buick Reatta is a 1990--- it was running great ! Just wondering... how does grass have an effect on the crank sensor ? I am new to all this electronic system stuff... I drove this car for years before having a problem.... I guess I should have known better than to drive through the grass, but it didn't appear to thick or, even too high . My first problem occurred 3 years ago. It was at night, and I ran over a coon. The lights went off, and then back on... I drove home, with no problems. The following day, I put my Reatta on a lift, and inspected it fo
  12. thanks Ronnie, by the way, I got hooked on the Reatta fever, when I lived in Knoxville ..... I was testing new cars... I drove a 1991 Reatta, and then drove to West Knoxville to test drive a new BMW.... After driving the BMW I rushed back to the Cadillac dearlership on Alcoa hwy--- the Reatta was pulling out when I got back to the lot... I told the salesman that I wanted to buy the Reatta when it got back from the "test drive" . The salesman smiled at me, and said, " it isn't coming back" , I just sold it ! When I moved back to South Carolina, I told my cousin about the Reatta... his son in
  13. My car was performing perfectly, until I pulled through some tall grass. It was just loose farm grass, that I slowly drove through. I switched off my Reatta for a few minutes. When I started it, there was no start problems, but it immediately began to run roughly, like it wanted to cut off. I gave it a little extra fuel and it kind of lunged, like it had bad gas. I drove it home ( about a mile ) expecting the problem to clear, but it did not. The next day, I drove to the gas station and put in some high octane, still thinking it was something in the gas, but it did not help. The following day
  14. Thanks to everyone that responded to my problem.... I am excited now !
  15. Thank you Jim ! I've owned my Reatta for about 10 years, but I am new to this site... I got this fixed, just as you described....
  16. I'm loving the responses you folks sent me.... I am learning ... your response was exactly where I found the problem .... I used a couple tie wraps ... so easy
  17. Jim, thank you for your answer... I am just learning this site... I figured out the linkage had come loose, just as you described ! I appreciate your response and your knowledge. thank you , Tommy Hooks
  18. Thanks for your response Tricia... as you can see by the date, I am just learning to use this site... I am replying to yours, because I found the same thing you described. After sleeping on the problem, I decided it had to be something simple, like a broken linkage connection... I used a flashlight to locate the piece that came loose, and 2 tie wraps to reconnect it . It works fine !
  19. I parked my 1990 Buick Reatta, everything was great . When I restarted and tried to drive away, the transmission level was disengaged. I had just installed a new radiator, last weekend, so I added transmission fluid on a hunch, but nothing happened. My initial thought was the linkage had come loose, either on the transmission, or the gear shiftier. After adding the transmission fluid with zero changes or results, I am sure it is the linkage. Has anyone else ever had this occur? If so, which end came loose, and how did you fix it ?
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