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DAVES89

It is all in and works. Took me a bit over an hour to get it in. The hardest part was getting the base of the column into the yoke. Being an "older" guy I was not as flexible as I used to be and I think that slowed me down. I also had to redo the 16 way button box as the two top screws pulled out. Then because I had replaced the Reatta steering wheel with a 1979-1984 Riviera wheel I had a different set up to contend with. As I kept sounding the horn I just disconnected the battery and then installed the horn assembly. That seemed to work because after I installed the assembly and hooked the battery back up it all worked as it should.

 Going to take it out for a test drive now to be sure all is good.

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DAVES89

After resetting the clock, radio/heat/A/c presets I took it for a drive to get gas. Everything worked as it should so I should be good for now. 

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Ronnie

Good deal! If you didn't have Gibson's nearby you would have been down for a lot longer. Doesn't hurt to have a good mechanic friend like Kendall to help you out either.  I have several mechanic friends but I don't have a Gibson's to get parts like you do. 🙂

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DAVES89

Earlier this week I sold 2seater an IPC for his Red car which left me with no inventory, so I went looking around on the internet. I did find one, but 4 warning lights were burnt out, but on the '88/89 the bulbs are easily replaced. After I got done I noticed the "Anti lock" amber light still wouldn't light up as it went through the "Show". Not critical. Also had a bad "trip" push button, but I just covered it up with electrical tape and it looks okay. Testing it now as I have a 4 hour round trip today which will give a good indication that no components go bad after the heat builds in the cluster. It does have a 30 day warranty.

 Not too worried about the bad trip button as I will get one over time either when one of mine goes bad or I find on in a yard.

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Ronnie

Wow. Parts must be getting scarce if you are having to buy from other parts vendors.

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DAVES89
31 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

Wow. Parts must be getting scarce if you are having to buy from other parts vendors.

Yeah the "Bling" [IPCs and CRTs] are getting real hard to find...

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DAVES89

Just got back from the 200 mile round trip and the IPC worked great. However while doing the install prior to leaving I did a quick test drive and got an E026 which then went to history. I removed the IPC and quickly removed the amber anti lock brake light bulb and swapped in a different one. So I was curious if it would reappear, but good for me no codes.

 On a different note can someone else comment on what is going on with their cars besides Ronnie, 2seater, Ship and myself? It would be more interesting if we got a bit more participation...

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Ronnie
1 hour ago, DAVES89 said:

On a different note can someone else comment on what is going on with their cars besides Ronnie, 2seater, Ship and myself? It would be more interesting if we got a bit more participation...

It's odd that you mentioned that. Kat and I were sitting here tonight discussing how all things Reatta have slowed to a crawl.  This forum is overdue for a major update like the Other forum just went through that caused a lot of headaches for their forum administrator. We were talking about whether or not it made sense to do it when only a handful of people are using the forum.

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HI "Veteran Reatta pilots" !   Don't go away, there are probably several newbies like me that are reading and learning every day about our new cars !  

 

I took my new 89 Red Coupe out for a small shakedown cruise last Saturday (about 65 miles) and she ran like a top!  Started at 55mph to let it warm up and ran to 65 and 75 without a hitch !  Managed to get my first traffic stop (just a warning) for not having dealer tags or plates by a county sheriff's deputy.   Well, the color is Radar Red, right?  Actually was not speeding, I think she had never seen a Reatta before (she probably wasn't born yet in '89 !) and she was very nice about the stop.

 

Shake down did bring up a couple of points:  

  1) Temp was running 186 on the nose at freeway speeds (75) but moved up a little to 194 when in slower traffic.  I read somewhere the thermostat was at 210 or 220?   What is nominal range?  

2) Need to read the instruction book more for the radio sets... not intuitive at all !   Also, not getting good reception on the AM band... is this a known problem, if so, is there a fix?  Or how hard is it to update/repair the delco radio??

3) Have a service engine check line on already, have copied the instructions on the diagnostics page and plan on tracking it down this week after work.  I think it is showing cruise control, but the CC is working just fine, so will know more about the codes when I can sit down and follow the instructions

One more thing, I'm not knowledgeable about the OnBoard Diagnostic computers, except to read that they are not available before 1996?  Will the digital diagnostic screens take me where I need to go, or is there a tool I need to acquire?

thanks !

And Don't go away !!  😉

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DAVES89

I'm thinking you have a 195 thermostat which is where you are running. That is the one I run in my cars so you should be fine. 

 If you are getting good reception on the FM side on your radio you should have a good radio. You might just have a situation where the AM is poor in your area.

 At the top of the page there is a "How to" section that will explain many things one of which is how to read the codes, and then hopefully if your code is a "common" issue a "How to" in regards to the repair. It could be as simple as a burned out bulb in the instrument cluster to a more complex issue. 

 While you can use the "hard" button on the lower right of the CRT do not expect to see what your problem is. It is a simple way to see what is going on with your car and shows what the warning codes look like when you have an issue, but it is not the way to read the codes. The instructions are there but you start with the "climate" page on the CRT and then press "OFF" and Warm"...

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Ronnie
10 hours ago, pbtexan said:

1) Temp was running 186 on the nose at freeway speeds (75) but moved up a little to 194 when in slower traffic.  I read somewhere the thermostat was at 210 or 220?   What is nominal range? 

Dave is right, a 195* thermostat should be in your engine but you might have a 180* thermostat if your engine consistently runs a just a little over 180* on the freeway. Keep in mind a thermostat controls the lowest operating temperature of the engine. Not the highest. The 3800 engine in the Reatta was designed to run hot. On hot days when sitting in traffic you may see temperatures over 200*. That is normal.  If you see the temperature going really high when driving down the road you may have a problem with the cooling system.

 

11 hours ago, pbtexan said:

One more thing, I'm not knowledgeable about the OnBoard Diagnostic computers, except to read that they are not available before 1996?  Will the digital diagnostic screens take me where I need to go, or is there a tool I need to acquire?

You don't need a diagnostic scan tool for your Reatta. The Reatta's Onboard Diagnostic system is much better than a scan tool for trouble shooting your Reatta. You should get familiar with how to access the Onboard Diagnostics system as soon as possible so you will know how to use it if a problem occurs.  Also take the time to get familiar with the Reatta Onboard Diagnostics Booklet. It covers everything about the Onboard Diagnostic System. It is your best friend when troubleshooting your Reatta.

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Thanks Ronnie and Daves 89!

 

I'm amazed at how deep you guys go into the repair process:  pulling steering columns, etc !  I hope to be a better Wrench when I retire in 15 months, but still in the Novice category at this point.  I'm betting the care and feeding of this Reatta will take me to a different level !  (IF I'm successful at it.... if not, I may go broke!  LOL)

 

thanks !

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