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  1. Looks like I need that switch... Thank you. I got all fixed up with Jim now... I hope that is the end of the problems. Received a good tested switch from Jim and it is looking better now as far as light switch functions. Thanks, Jim! Does anyone know what the key-off current draw normally is for Reattas?
  2. I removed the switch and the backing plate to see inside.... Nothing obvious, but it has markings on it like it was a used part, so might start looking for a better one. I see a few new ones on eBay for a $100+
  3. Poltergeists have infected my 89 Reatta. When I leave it under a cover for a week or so, I have come out to a totally dead battery. When I hook up a jumper cable, the parking lights come on indicating that that was what ran the battery down. The problem is that I never drive the car at night and don't turn the lights on during the day. I am careful not to leave anything on like that when it gets covered up, but it has happened twice to my new $150 battery. Is there some kind of fail-safe mechanism that is triggering the parking lights to come on all by themselves? The other oddity on the positive side is that I had a shop replace the oil pan gasket and check other leaks. They said the transmission level was low and added some.. suddenly my gas mileage has gone from 23-4 to nearly 27! Your comments welcomed..
  4. Well, thanks to Dave Lemke, I have an operable CRT once again. Blew $100 on relays and ignition switches with no results, so there isn't too much left except for a dying CRT which is what appears to have happened. Dave gave me a great deal on a good used unit, plus quick shipping across the country. My Reatta's smile has returned and so has mine. Thanks, Dave!
  5. Okay... got the switch changed out... no help with the CRT display problem.
  6. Another day and another mystery CRT experience. I got into the car and the REATTA displayed on the CRT. I started the engine and the display didn't light up. Drove it for 30 miles and part-way during the drive the display lit up. Shut off for 4 hours and on restart no display, however all the mode buttons seemed to be responding with the normal beep-beep. Will try to tackle the ignition switch tomorrow, but it seems like I am throwing good money after bad. We'll see......
  7. The CRT is demented. Black screen last week after working for a week. Let the car sit for 4-5 days, started it up today, screen back on in default settings. Initially mode buttons working okay, but after the car has been driven for awhile, the mode buttons become randomly working or not working. Can't get back to summary screen unless you shut the engine off and then turn on again. I did receive the NOS ignition switch assembly, but have to research how to install it and I see that there are some extra parts that might be needed to engage it properly.
  8. Thank you for the offer... I guess if the switch doesn't fix it, then the CRT is on the way out of service.
  9. After the relay swap a few weeks ago, the CRT was working normally, but then the mode buttons around the edge became unstable or quit working. Drove the car this morning for 26 miles, parked for a few hours and when I started back home, the CRT went blank again. I thought I would be clever and replace the two RAP relays that I had swapped before to get it working, but after paying $40 for a pair of Standard Relays from the auto parts stores, I get no joy at all. I can hear the edge buttons working somewhat but the screen has gone black permanently, it seems. All of the fuses are checked and fine. I tracked down an OEM ignition switch from eBay seller for $45, so I guess that is the next step in repairs.
  10. I didn't study the relays.. I just popped them loose and swapped the two, then put the cover back in place. I'll see if I can get a peek without taking everything apart again, but the car only has 80k miles on it and most everything seems original to the car. I took it out for a 60 mile run yesterday and it bounced back up from 23.5 to 24.1mpg on the running mileage function.
  11. https://auction.motorious.com/lots/view/4-9L3TG/1990-buick-reatta 5,780 Miles. Exceptional Condition w/less than 6k Miles Out of less than 22,000 Reattas Buick made between '88 & '91, only 2400 were convertibles making this a rare sight indeed. And this particular Reatta has been treated to a pampered life, traveling a total of less than 6,000 miles! It is as clean as you'd expect with virtually no scratches or other imperfections. It starts, runs and drives like when it was new. If you're a Reatta fan or collector, this is the one for you! Not mine, just passing it along to the group.
  12. Hmmm I was hoping for feedback on relay sources or options beyond Delco for the car. Anyway, the car has been driven for the past 2 days with a fully functioning display. I should lay in some new relays though. The car is averaging around 23-24 mpg, in mixed driving. If only I could get the ABS light to go away.... codes suggest that both rear sensors are bad. I did remove each one from the brake plate and cleaned off the ends, but it made no difference.
  13. Would one of these relays do the job? I see various relays for sale from $10-50.... https://www.autozone.com/cooling-heating-and-climate-control/relay-radiator-cooling-fan-motor/four-seasons-relay-35928/901853_0_0
  14. I have to say that this site is so full of helpful information which lead me to a quickie repair job on a blanked out CRT screen. The function buttons were working, but no display could be seen. The first time this happened I pulled the dash apart, checked the wiring connections and reinstalled everything. It started working again, much to my surprise. It has been fine for the past few weeks, but I let the car sit for a week or so and when I jumped back in to go for a drive.... blank CRT again! I checked the DIY section on CRT and the RAP relays were mentioned as a possible problem, assuming the 25 amp fuse was still intact. Fuse was fine, so I pulled the panel and swapped the two RAP relays from side to side and the display has come back up again! Yay! I assume that the relays are some kind of generic GM/aftermarket part, so I better go line up a couple of them for the future. What could have been grim news, turned out to be a simple fix. Thanks again!
  15. I had to replace the window regulator motor and with a bit of trial and error the window top edges fits nicely inside the rubber seal from front to back. It seems like it is forward from the little triangle window area, but I can't pinpoint any obvious gaps at the moment. To be continued.. Passenger side seems to fit up well and I don't hear the same noises from that side of the car.
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