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Friday, December 11, 2020

Transmission Upgrade

 



While sitting there waiting for the tow truck I ran the fault codes and found a number which indicated an incorrect gear ratio.  This covered a broad number of possibilities from dirty transmission fluid or blocked passageway all the way to broken components inside the transmission.  Once at the shop the mechanic had hoped to see a particular code number specifying a known control module problem but that didn’t show.  When he dropped the pan from the unit he then saw a sparkling array of bronze metal glitter bits all about.  He suspected the bronze bushing on the input or output shaft had pulverized.  So we went with a complete rebuilt transmission of a later year where roller ball bearings replaced these bronze bushings.  He also had the shop that rebuilds Mercedes Benz transmissions to install heavy duty parts and pieces inside where applicable.  Knowing I live in the RV full time and use it year round “I’d feel much better sending you back out on the road with a new unit built up for heavy duty service.”  I agreed with him completely.
Like with the new tires, I can now continue on with peace mind.
I really should replace those windshield wipers though.


7 comments:

  1. At least you know what the problem was now.

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  2. Wow! Glad you were close to home!

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  3. Please don't replace the wiper blades just yet. We'll only get rain this weekend if you don't replace them. ;)

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  4. You seem to have a mechanic who really knows his stuff. Maybe take him with you to the desert???? OK, perhaps not.

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  5. What's your mileage John? All the folks on the 05'-07' FB page as well as those I met at the Quartzsite tech talk agree that the stock trani's on those years go between 80 & 100,000 miles. I know how you take care and treat your rig so wouldn't be surprised if you got well past their limits. The upgraded replacements that are available today go a lot farther from their experience. We've still got a ways to go but Hammond's done all my work as well and I just hope I'm here when the time comes and that it's my choice not the trani's! Happy Trails and a better 2021!

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    1. It was 132,382 at the time the transmission rolled over and expired.

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    2. That's 213,048 km just in case you ever need to know.

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