Q: went out to start my Deville about noon, temp was 50 outside. Heard my door open warning bell, saw all the warning lamps light as usual when turning the ignition key, heard the electric fan start, and heard clicking. But no cranking to start. When I turned the key back off, heard a slight buzzing sound and saw 'service engine' light and electrical maintenance needed' light.
Tried jumping the car, with our other running car. seemed to have no effect. Tried a few more times after visually looking over the ignition wiring, and now when I try to start it, I don't hear the buzz anymore, just the clicking. All lights and bells and radio work, but the power windows don't even try to work.
Looking at the starter is a chore in itself, much less trying to get to it to check or replace.
What should be my next step?
A: I think it's the alternator; when you're jumpstarting it, hold the gas down and keep it down. If it stalls when you let off the gas, there's your problem.
Drive Train / Driveline Other Not applicable When warm
Q: transmission lose's reverse after driving
A: You definitely need to have this looked at right away. You should be able to have the reverse band adjusted. Most of the major shops (Aamco, Lee Myles, etc.) are going to want to sell you a complete overhaul for BIG bucks. You probably don't need it.
It's easier for them to pull a complete tranny off the shelf and throw yours in a corner for a future rebuild. They make more money and it's actually easier for them to do. I know. I was a former Aamco mechanic.