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I have a few questions about my '89 Reatta Coupe. For info sake, it is Burg/Burg with 75K, no winters, rarely in rain, no accidents.<P>1. A few months ago, I had to make a quick stop and the ABS did not kick in. Once that happened, the ABS light lit and stayed on. When the car is restarted, the light does not come on.<P>2. Does anyone know the wattage on the stereo? I want to replace the front speakers but would like to know what to look for. <P>3. The paint on the hood has a few chips from road debris. Is it adviseable to have the car repainted? I have heard some horror stories and don't want to ruin the car. I would imagine that it would depend on the person doing the painting. Do the dealers do a good job or would I be better off going to a specialist? <P>TIA!<BR>-Marek

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I have searched my GM documents and they did not rate the radios by wattage. I believe the '88-'89 used the same speakers as the '90-'91. The door speaker is a 5 1/4 round rated at 4 ohms. Go to <A HREF="http://www.reatta.net" TARGET=_blank>www.reatta.net</A> and search under "FAQ" for speakers. There is a procedure there for replacing them. <P>On your brakes... does the ABS light still come on? If it does, under what conditions?<P>PAINT...we could start a whole discussion on that...lots depends on the color, if you try to match.. repaint jobs vary all over the place on quality and price. <P>------------------<BR>Barney Eaton Reatta technical advisor for BCA and keeper of the Reatta database.

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Just a comment on the paint. Buick dealers CAN do it right but you need to see some examples. A couple years ago I took a silver Reatta that I had to the dealer and explained that I wanted the trunk and top of rear fenders repainted in a way that "no one other that me and them would ever know it was repainted" This had to include the original hand painted pin stripe. After being assured that they could do it, and after assuring them that they would never hear the last of me if it was not what they promised, we proceeded! When I sold the car, the buyer took it to two shops and looked it over good himself and I don't think anyone ever knew. My big concern was the "hand painted pin stripe". The dealer had a guy come by after the final clear coat was applied, and he did it by hand. He put a small tape down the side as a guide. He then used two different sized tiny paint brushes to paint the stripes from the back of the door all the way around the back and trunk lead. It looked just like the original strip up front! Sooooo, it can be done, but make sure you check out the shop first and let them know that you MUST have a quality job. Good luck. <p>[This message has been edited by Dave Buchanan (edited 01-10-2001).]

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You can read about your brakes at <A HREF="http://66.8.158.202/~reatta/index.html" TARGET=_blank>http://66.8.158.202/~reatta/index.html</A> <BR>and give your car the "Brake Tests"<BR> Discounting a bad bulb, your yellow light should function. The tests will enlighten-you may have a portion of the Pressure Sensor<BR>malfunctioning. ( Note how to fill reservoir)<P><p>[This message has been edited by wally888 (edited 01-10-2001).]

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Thanks for checking on the radio Barney. I took my Reatta out to a snowy parking lot last night to test the brakes (first time it has ever seen snow). I got the speed up to 30 and depressed the brakes. The yellow ABS light illuminated and the wheels locked and I slid on the snow (ABS did not work, conventional brakes kicked in). I turned the car off and back on and the light was not lit. On the way home, under normal braking conditions, the light did not come on. <P>-Marek

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You may have an ABS code stored. The next step would be to retrieve any codes via the amber ABS lamp using a jumper wire on the diagnostic connector by the parking brake pedal. The service manual outlines the procedure.

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On the '89 you can access all the history and current codes theough the touch screen display. You can also clear all codes and see if they reset as current, giving you any problem areas now. This procedure is also outlined in the service manual.<P>Good Luck

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