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  1. I also find it a little scary too, but working on Reattas are fun, right?
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  2. Start the engine and make sure it is up to normal operating temperature. Enter diagnostics. Wait for any codes to be displayed. Then select ECM when asked. The photo below shows the ECM diagnostic screen. While driving watch the triangle over TCC in the bottom left corner. The triangle will illuminate when the ECM is calling for the TCC to lock and go off when it unlocks.
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  3. A little history of the USS Satterlee: DD-626 is the second destroyer given that name in honor of US Coast Guard Captain Charles Satterlee. DD-626 was commissioned on 1 July 1943 at the Seattle WA shipyard. It was sponsored (christened) by Rebecca E Satterlee, niece of Captain Charles. The ship supported convoy missions throughout the North Atlantic to Casablanca and Northern Ireland. She also supported the Normandy landings, Omaha Beach. You might want to find out if you are a relative of Captain Charles or his niece Rebecca.
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  4. How interesting! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. While we are waiting for Jon to post his book I'll post a few of photos that I took of pages in a photo album a member of our forum sent to me. His father was a GM engineer who worked on the development of the Buick Reatta. I'm very grateful that he sent the album to me as well as dozens of photos that his father took while the Reatta was being developed. This is a photo of of items that forum members have sent me. I don't have many but I'm happy to have them.
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  6. I would guess that the rack is broke on the bottom of the steering column. I good friend of mine had all the tools. I did have to remove the column for him and as parts are rare, I went out to the local you pick and pulled a column out of another Reatta for him to use.
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  7. What a wonderful site here, bought a 1990 convertible in driftwood from a friends widow in August, got it just in time, mice started on underdash and console wiring but its all back and driving now and just purchased a 90 coupe thats pretty nice, but very rusty underneath, ripped lower control arm off subframe so lots of good parts and a good drivetrain. Looking on this site is like a shortcut thru the service manual.
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  8. Loosely related but if you are having changes made to your Prom, such as fan settings, you can also modify the lockup settings. My present chip will only engage the converter clutch above 55mph
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  9. @Nittany, I have the same mindset as you, I usually have her exclusively on drive! So this jerking motion happens in drive, I'm pretty sure in overdrive as well, I will check that as well!
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  10. Bertimus - I will share what works for me: drive your Reatta in Drive not Overdrive!! Think about it ... GM added an overdrive which works great at saving fuel when driven at 55 - 60 mph over great distances. That should be the only time that we use OD, the rest of the time the Reatta was designed and engineered to operate in Drive! I could be wrong (I often am wrong according to my wife!) but most drive ability issues fade into the sunset when we use the transmission as designed!!
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  11. Analytical mind at work🙂 That does lend support for the engine/trans moving around. Has your mechanic checked the drive axles for play? Usually axle issues give a noise or vibration indication and are generally very reliable, so just a question at this point.
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  12. I will try that as soon as I get a chance! But I made an interesting observation today: The slight jerk very much seems to only happen when the road is level or on a decline. I did not notice it on inclines. And like before, it doesn't not happen at all at slower speeds.
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  13. Thanks Ronnie👍 The TCC should unlock when you lift off the throttle, no matter the speed. It does so because the ECM thinks you might be braking next. It will re engage immediately upon reapplying throttle above a certain threshold.
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  14. Awesome! I do not get any codes though, no issues are detected so far
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  15. Okay touch screen guys, can you answer Bertimus question? I know there is a screen that shows the TCC indication but I am not a regular user.
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  16. I know there is an ongoing thread on the AACA and Daniel is considering having more made
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  17. In addition to the aforementioned dog bone, is it the TCC unlocking? It can be monitored in diagnostics.
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  18. Welcome to the forum. Nice looking convertible. I'm glad that you find ROJ useful.
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  19. I wonder if it could be caused by a worn engine strut commonly called the Dog Bone? It helps control the rocking back and forth of the engine. It is common for the rubber bushings in it to wear out allowing the engine to move more than it should. Here is a photo if it. It is mounted between the engine and the radiator support.
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  21. Im having the same issue. It flashed the engine light at me once. I checked the codes and it is complaining about the vehicle speed Circuit. So im guessing it has something to do with the vehicle speed sensor. I can't confirm yet. I haven't had a chance to look at it.
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  22. Contact: duncan.smith@juno.com
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  23. Hi all, I have a problem maybe someone else has had. Took out the Reatta for a run , ran well, getting back home I could not shut the car off, the key was stuck in the on forward position, Now I have the Buick Reatta 1989 service manual, but have found the page that might address this problem, disconnected battery, when I turned key forward (maybe 1/4") it stalled. I hock the battery back up, and was able to start the car with that 1/4 turn! Then did the same thing as the first time to disengage. So any ideas will be helpful. Thank you.
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  24. Sorry about the delay. "Things happen" Here you go.
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  25. Hi all good to be back, I have been working on my 89 , making Rita (name I call her) she is all show! no go! LOL I mentioned to Ron I took her out, for a ride, ran great ! but the key stuck in the forward position, got the key out , but it's stuck in on, has that happened to any of the members?
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  26. What a nice thing to say and thank you Ronnie. Thank you for keeping this site a great place for lovers of this wonderful automobile to share experience and knowledge. Maybe one day I will find a coupe with a sunroof as I once owned. Keep up the great work and this car is a wonderful buy with reserve of $6900. So many people make this site a special place and proud to have been part of it... always found answers here.
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