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Old 06-23-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Bad vacation

!995 Amtran 466 with 545. So we were traveling up to Ontario from Cleveland Ohio for a vacation, and to teach water rescue classes for our Canadina dog cub we belong to. Made it to the duty free onramp at the Peace Bridge and the bus came to a halt almost as if the rear maxis set. Sat on the ramp for two hours till tow showed up,fun... The brakes were fine it just would not go forward at all. No loud clunks , bangs, or puddles of fluid. Trans fluid is new, when dropped into reverse or all forward gears it will not load. Lucky my brother in law was able to borrow a van and come and get us, along with our 4 Newfoundland dogs. So now the bus sits awaiting a diagnosis at a repair shop in Buffalo. So that's our weekend, what do you guys think it could be? This sucks because I could drop the trainnie if it were at home. Arrrrg.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: Bad vacation

so did you check the trans with the driveshaft disconnected?
its a 545, so they are simple and cheap, but if its an internal problem it could be more expensive than just getting a $1800 rebuilt one. i would also check the filter and drop the pan to check for metal. could even be a cable adjustment, or valve body issue.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:03 PM   #3
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The tow disconnected the last shaft by the rear end to tow it. But I did not try to check it running with it disconnected. I'm waiting to hear from the shop on Monday what they find. The fluid did not smell burnt and there was no smoke coming out of the fill tube when I checked it right after it happened. It was weird the way it just slowed down going up the ramp, stopped and then I could not get it to move.
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
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i would suggest checking external stuff first - and shift linkage..., and pull the pan. so with no burnt fluid, your clutches should be ok, but it was driving fine u said, unless you had it under a real heavy load or something.
next question would be . have the trans always shifted properly or had any hiccup problems?
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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Re: Bad vacation

Yes it was working fine before this. We did check the linkage and it was working as well. One of the techs at the shop where it is at felt the same way as you, it might be a bad switch, sensor, adjustment.
Man I sure hope so, it just seems weird not having it in the drive. Crap happens I guess, hope for an easy fix.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:57 AM   #6
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Bummer about the no-go situation. I had that with an old Volvo once. Not so much as burned up the clutches, more like there wasn't enough clutch left to make it up that last hill. Not so much stuff, so wife, kid, & I stuck out our thumbs for the next thirty miles. Left that car on the side of the highway for a month before I could drag it home on the end of a chain.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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Re: Bad vacation

Hey, you are not the first and you will not be the last but it still sucks to be the one stuck on the side of the road......
Best of luck on getting it going again,
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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When your stuck like that the bus just becomes a 16 thousand pound radio...
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #9
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there u go the name said it all,,,hank ,,,,,u got to give your bus a woman name. or something dif, i bet its the switch,,,,my 10 wheel done the same thing . so ,when pulling a hill on them 545 trans u need to dope down to a low gear,like d 2 or 3 depending on the hill.. good luck..




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Old 06-24-2012, 07:23 PM   #10
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Can't change the name, wife named it, you know how that goes...But to me I see Hank as being one tough bitch. I just won't tell my wife that one.
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