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Old 01-17-2009, 10:50 PM   #61
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I have been ripped off most often and most quickly by those that CLAIMED to be religious, and living their lives "in God's name". Therefore, I am leary of those who tout religion as their reason for doing ANYTHING.
I almost posted something like this a couple of days ago, but held off because I was afraid it might offend some people who have been here a lot longer than I have. I also am not prejudiced against religious folks: in fact, I AM one, according to some standards. But "praise the Lord" in a business or political setting has long been a red flag for me, and that bothered me right away when I looked at the Archambault's website.
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:44 PM   #62
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Re: SO Bummed out! Bus is dead.....

yep if you have reverse your tc is working your clutches are fried is my guess. have you dropped the pan yet vanman?
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:55 PM   #63
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oil analysis is an amazing tool,
it works as a one time tool, but it works best as part of a routine maintainence program, IIRC it started out in the aircraft industry, these days most progressive heavy equipment users sample lube and coolant on a regular schedule and use it to track fluid contamination and component wear so that they can schedule maintainence and/or overhaul before catastrophic failure.
most heavy equipment dealers an aircraft repair facilities have access to fluid sample testing, if you were to google oil sample I'd bet that it's available online.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:51 PM   #64
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Re: SO Bummed out! Bus is dead.....

FWIW your forward clutch is toast. But that's really neither here nor there.

I really have to wonder if Greg is watching this thread at all. One would hope he is and learning from it. This is probably the fastest growing skoolie resource out there.

I happen to work at a shop. It's amazing watching the difference between eating it or charging the customer from both sides. One of our owners happens to be a fantastic tech and has worked his way up in the shop. He is just fantastic with the customers and will do whatever it takes to make it right, even if we are not really at fault (though often we are...it happens).

One example is a snow plow that came in. It was an old Meyers E-47 that was functional, but was leaking fluid from anywhere it could. He and I took it apart and slowly replaced parts tracking down leaks from here to there. As we'd fix one piece the increased pressure would cause somewhere else to leak. Eventually we got it all together, but it wouldn't properly angle. The end result was that we toasted his pump due to THREE faulty quick connects in a row. We ended up buying a remanufactured, warranty-covered pump at our expense and mounting that up at our expense. All told with the small amount of labor we could justify along with the alternator replacement we also did for him we charged him something like $400. We ate a couple hundred bucks on the whole deal. The good news? The guy, who had been a first time customer, has been back several times with all his vehicles since then because he appreciated the service so much even though it is a 35 mile drive to our shop for him. He also is a very talented dog sled fishing guide in the BWCA.

On the other hand, we get PLENTY of customers that come in with off the wall claims. We might, for example, change a faulty alternator. As a diagnosis of an charging system fault I think it should seem fairly obvious that we test the battery using more than one method. Nevertheless, 2 months later that customer will be back with a failed battery (nevermind that it's -35* F outside) and claim that we screwed it up. We also get burnt by people with tires. They will run a slowly leaking tire for a month which results in the inner liner failing. We will inspect the tire and show them the damage and explain the cause as perhaps even give some lessons on maintenance. It never fails though. The people want us to warranty the tire (we will never get reimbursed for that failure) because somehow the tire was faulty.

It's a two sided fence. But in this case I think it's safe to say that there is a certain good faith warranty that is implied for failures that are absolutely not the fault of the customer such as this case and someone needs to make some effort to make it right.
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:46 AM   #65
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they are looking at this thread they are the guests that you do not see this is the sign for the FCB to redeem good fellowship now........ timbuk
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:38 AM   #66
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gee we'd love to see the LINK to the message greg posted on the other group lambasting vanguy.... AND we'd love to see the email where thw "whackjob" who owns the other group threatened PHYSICAL HARM to ANYONE, ANYWHERE at ANYTIME! I looked you up on the OTHER site and found you're side of the story posted there, as well as greggs response. apparantly the whackjob simply let you both say you're piece but deleted any further arguing.. TYPICAL!
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Even that isn't enough to make me join their "group" so I can read it.



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gee we'd love to see the LINK to the message greg posted on the other group lambasting vanguy.... AND we'd love to see the email where thw "whackjob" who owns the other group threatened PHYSICAL HARM to ANYONE, ANYWHERE at ANYTIME! I looked you up on the OTHER site and found you're side of the story posted there, as well as greggs response. apparantly the whackjob simply let you both say you're piece but deleted any further arguing.. TYPICAL!
yeah arky I'd love to see that link too... can I view it, or do I have to BECOME A MEMBER FIRST?

Gee arky, how many people does that make that think you're completely nuts? I bet it's in the 100's now at least. Just keep telling us otherwise though, I'm sure eventully we'll what an awesome guy you are. Oh and brag some more about how awesome the Yahoo site is... so awesome that you have to come over here and check up on us all the time. Be sure to include a few links noone can view. Maybe you'll pick up a few more members.


"The site owner had deleted almost all of his post about the experience but, after some detective work, I was able to find... " - Wow what a cool site... wish I was still a member.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:27 PM   #69
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they are looking at this thread they are the guests that you do not see this is the sign for the FCB to redeem good fellowship now........ timbuk
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:36 AM   #70
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replace the radiator but do not bypass the trans cooler in the radiator, you can add an auxiliary cooler in front but be sure that the direction of flow is aux cooler first then radiator cooler then back to transmission, too cold of fluid can also damage transmissions which is what makes the radiator mounted heat exchangers so popular with manufacturers they maintain heating when necessary as well as cooling for the transmission, there are exceptions where the transmissions are equipped with t-stats that control the rate of flow through the cooler but unless you know the vehicle is equipped this way it is important to keep the radiator mounted heat exchanger
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