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Old 10-10-2016, 11:17 PM   #1
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Transmission Issues Anyone?

Just a heads up that may save someone some trouble down the line. For a while now, I've been having a minor issue with difficulty in putting the transmission on the Legacy into D. Trouble was intermittent and always resolved with a little messing with the electronic shifter. I mentioned it to the Freightliner folks last time I was in for maintenance but I was in a hurry and they needed to keep it if they were going to figure out the problem. Fast forward now to last Saturday afternoon, coming west on I-40 in West Memphis, AR. This stretch of road is AWFUL! Drove over a rough section and suddenly I gave a message up on the display indicating TRANS COMM FAILED. The speedometer quit working and the system dropped into Limp Home mode. Luckily, we found a KOA about 12 miles away with an opening, limped over and sat out the weekend until Freightliner in Memphis opened (Monday). Had it towed in this morning and found the problem. The data cable from the transmission to the main computer failed due to water infiltration at the transmission end causing corrosion of the connector pins. Tech says 36 of the 72 pins in the connector broke, apparently when driving over the rough roadway. New cable is ordered and will be in the morning, couple of hours to install and then hopefully we'll get back on the road. Long story short, if you start having any problems getting into gear, you may want to get this checked. Just glad we weren't another hour into our trip and in the middle of nowhere when things came down. Nobody's fault, just one of those things to watch out for. Stay safe.


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Old 10-11-2016, 12:46 AM   #2
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with all of the computer related electrical connections to sensors, engines, transmissions, brakes, and whatnot, I am surprised there is not more corroded connections making intermittent electrical problems like this reported...
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:21 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your trouble. Glad you were relatively close to campground and Freightliner shop. Let us know if Freightliner does anything to new cable to prevent this from happening again.


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Old 10-11-2016, 11:21 PM   #4
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I was just posting a shout out for the great service the TAG Truck Center Freightliner folks gave us. Had us on the road within a couple of hours of receiving the part this morning. Great folks! As far as preventing the problem, it appears there are seals on the plug that caused the issue and those seals simply failed. No idea why, just something that happened. All fixed now and going great. If you need service in Memphis, go to a TAG Truck Center on Brooks Ave.


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Old 10-12-2016, 07:20 AM   #5
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Good to hear you are are on the road again.


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Old 10-12-2016, 11:34 AM   #6
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Thanks, DrJAG - Enjoyed meeting you guys in Nashville. Hope all went well on your trip home. We've still got about three weeks on the road before we get home for two nights, then off to Fort Wilderness for four more nights. Got to make good use of the RV while we can! ��
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Old 10-13-2016, 05:04 PM   #7
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Man, you are correct about those roads in West Memphis. They've been awful since the early 70's. Thanks for the heads up. On the to do list for inspection.
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:56 PM   #8
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Yep, those roads are terrible! It was interesting talking to the wrecker driver that brought us in. He seemed to know every bump, dip, hole, etc. for miles around. His suggestion? When driving I-40, stay in the left lane and just let some folks be upset about it. Better than destroying your coach. On the westbound side, watch out between MM 268 and 271...that right lane is like a mountain range!


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Now you have me worried. I've been having same kind of intermittent problem of getting transmission into D. I keep hitting D and nothing happens. After sitting there a few minutes wondering what I'm doing wrong it goes into gear. It didn't leave me sitting yet but I guess I need to look into this issue. Have 2016 Legacy 340KP. At this point nothing surprise's me, although all my complaints to this point are with the coach builder, not the chassis. My 5th RV and absolutely worst experience with an RV. A little quality control would go a long way. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:34 PM   #10
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Same transmission and same probl I've been having. The cable replacement didn't fix it, so I'm taking it to the shop when we get home. In the interim, I seem to have found a workaround for the issue. Try putting it in R, then on D. Works every time for me. I'll post what I find out once I get it in the shop at home.
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