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Old 05-20-2015, 12:26 AM   #1
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The Snoball Effect

They had bought a daycare and the bus came with the sale. They did not need the bus, so they decided to sell it on Craigslist. The list is numerous, but it runs well. Mostly wear and tear items along with some maintenance. The muffler has a hole in it, so that is a big need along with a tuneup. Transmission screen and fluid conditioner. Tires and need to find out why the horn is not working. Scratching the surface a little and finding more to dig into. Does anyone know what window size is needed to replace the two closest windows on the passenger side with a concession style window? More questions to follow. No doubt.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:05 AM   #2
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A few pics would help and where are you located? I know a place in my area that does good exhaust work at a fair price.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:56 AM   #3
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We are in the Dallas area. Anyone know anything about odometers and what to do if one is not working. Trip odometer too. Will try to upload some pics soon. We just painted it light blue today and will be working on the lettering/graphics soon. Rustoleum "custom" color mix.
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:36 PM   #4
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Has it worked at all since you got it home?
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:35 AM   #5
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No sir. Did not notice when we test drove.

New question: the transmission does not like to easily engage reverse. We usually have to go back and forth between drive and reverse and really give it gas to move in reverse. I was told it would need a new transmission screen and fluid change (minus what is in the torque converter) adding Lucas transmission conditioner. More recently, I have been told that it may be a bad idea to drop the pan and change the fluid. Please let me know what you think. The engine is a GM 5.7l V8 350. I am not sure what the transmission is, but it has P R Overdrive Drive 1 2 if that makes a difference. Seems to run well in overdrive. Not sure what is up with reverse.
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:52 PM   #6
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If it was mine, I'd toss a quart of TransX in it (being careful not to overfill) and then take it for a 10 or 15 mile drive. I've had good luck with the product curing the lazy reverse problem in just a matter of minutes. Who da thunk? Good luck!
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:10 PM   #7
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TH700R4 i guess???, do not have anyone "flush it" that is for sure, drop the pan and change the filter, see what it looks like.

When you pull the dipstick, use a white napkin, what color is the fluid? does it smell burnt? kind of acidic and burnt? is it brown?

Doing what OlTrunt said could definitely help, esp. if the spools in the valve body are varnished and sticky, slow into reverse normally means lack of pressure

do the above and see how it responds
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:12 PM   #8
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I was told, by the shop that replaced the fuel pump, to change the transmission screen/fluid minus the torque converter. He suggested I substitute one of the quarts of fluid with Lucas Transmission Conditioner. I was not able to engage reverse at all last night when bringing it to the muffler shop to drop it off after hours. I let them know about the issue and they had the same. They found it needed fluid and added some. Still no success. They seem to think the transmission is going out soon. Rebuild cost is estimated at about $2800 for the T88(?) transmission. I am probably way off on the model and Google is not cooperating with me right now. Guy at local O'Reilly had recommended Lucas Transmission Fix instead of Lucas Transmission Conditioner. Not sure that I can add it now that they topped the level off to where it should be. People are scaring me by saying do not drop the pan. I may be trying to find a used transmission and see about getting a swap done. This was not supposed to be so much of a money pit. I feel like the seller or the shop nearby may have been dishonest with us.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:30 PM   #9
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I'd check and see if your odometer cable has been disconnected.

But from your latest post, I'd say you have bigger problems to worry about.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:34 PM   #10
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I need to go through and check Through the fuses as well. I am going to need to score some wiring diagrams for thus thing at some point.

I appreciate your sympathy.
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