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Old 01-25-2009, 01:21 PM   #81
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:34 PM   #82
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reminds me of the well known saying....Cant Understand Normal Thinking........
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:44 AM   #83
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:58 AM   #84
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:21 PM   #85
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It got a little warmer today and the pavement was dry. I crawled under Carpy to investigate removing the transmission and found something I think is odd. There is a 1" hose coming out of a port on the driver's side of the transmission. It is looped under the transmission and goes into a port on the other side of the transmission. The hose is 4" off of the ground. Does anyone know what this hose is supposed to be for? is it supposed to be routed like that?
Maybe those are cooler lines supposed to go to the radiator but doubled back on itself? If so it would explain your tranny dying like it did. Can you get us pics?

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Old 02-01-2009, 07:48 PM   #86
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Re: SO Bummed out! Bus is dead.....

Ok bender477. Your a genius. I don't know why I didn't think of that recently when the tranny on my Windstar van went out. I bought another vehicle for almost the same price they wanted to repair the other one for. The guy one ebay didnt put a reserve on hiis listing and fell short of his exected $3500 with my sale price of $1875 on a 2000 Pontiac Montana with a KBB valus of $5995. In a few weeks my tax check will be direct deposited and I will be in search of a bus. I think I will locate a school between now and then and bring it to them for the once over. When I attended culinary school, we had a fine dinning restaurant on the property and served the public. I don't know why I didn't think about it myself.

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Old 02-02-2009, 09:45 AM   #87
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You know its not original if the the song goes... "The wheels on the bus go round and round"!!
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:43 PM   #88
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I hate that you had to sell your Carpy, Vanguy. But I guess it's better to love and lost than never loved at all. Hey could have been worse.you could have gotten it all rigged up be on the road and then the tranny takes a dump. I've got a 545 aiice-sun tranny in my schoolie. Its got me worried from what Iv'e heard they seem to be weak,I'm thinking about converting to standard four speed gear box with a two speed rear end. I want too pull a trailer and climb mountains. I hope you find a good bus and that your wife has a speedy recovery. My prayers will be with you. Russell :
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Weak is a relative term. Have you ever climbed under your bus and looked at the transmission? The AT545 might be the smallest transmission Allison made for MDT applications, but rest assured...it dwarfs all the "big" transmissions considered bulletproof by auto manufacturers like the TF727, 47RH, C6, 4R100, TH400, TH475, 4L80/85E, 6L90E, etc.
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I'd actually put the TH-475 and the AT545 on about the same level...in fact, some people build extreme-towing-duty 475's using AT545 torque converters. It's durable, but not especially strong and terribly inefficient, with its non-lockup converter.
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