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  1. Update - I called a local Freightliner dealer who found a part number for that shifter. Discontinued of course, but I found one on Ebay, unopened in original packaging, for $16-. It's on its way now. In mean time, I'm going to try a JB Weld repair on the broken one. A fishing friend wraps rods as a hobby; will have him wrap/epoxy the repaired shifter - should be stronger than new. Thanks for the suggestions.
  2. My transmission shifter T-handle broke in half and fell to my feet while driving. A bit distressing until I found I could push in the metal pin with my thumb and still shift (clumsy, but got home). Now, I need to repair/replace it. It’s just the plastic T handle, rest of shift linkage is fine. Googling is finding me complete linkage assemblies for $500- 800. All I need is the handle. Has anyone had a similar problem and found a universal shift handle that worked? My next best idea is JB Weld (plastic version) and some sort of wrap (maybe hose clamp) to repair what I have. Chassis is 1998 Freightliner XC, ISB, 4 speed Allison MT643 trans. Thx
  3. Good information, thank you. Btw - don't think I was over tightening the cores. I pull cores regularly to air down/up the jeep when going off road. Treat RV cores same way (but hopefully not as frequently).
  4. Thanks for the feedback, think I've figured out what happened. Turns out they did use balancing beads (I don't remember any discussion on that subject, didnt notice that line on the receipt). The problem is they didnt use the special "filtered" cores, so dust/particles from the beads can get in onto the core(s) and hold them open. Have now swapped out out cores for filtered ones, all ok so far.
  5. Last trip, for first time, my speedometer almost stopped working. At low speeds it stayed on zero. At 50 mph it would read 3 - 4 mph (I've had the coach 15 yrs, know how fast I'm going by the tach). All other gauges were functional. Cruise control worked. Odometer turned over, but at very reduced rate - probably corresponding to the reduced reading from the speedometer. On the return trip 3 days later, speedometer worked properly. Chassis is 1998 Freightliner XC with ISB/MT643 powertrain. I looked at wires under dash - nothing was obviously loose (but, there are several dozen wires there, no idea which drives the speedometer). Suggestions?
  6. Since getting new tires a month ago, I've had 3 instances of a valve stem core being stuck open after I remove the TPMS cap (TST TPMS). I checked the core, it was tight. Removed core and put back in, didn't fix problem. Tire continued rapid deflation. Cores are red band, without filter (no balancing beads were installed, filter shouldnt be needed). Changing to a new core, which the tire shop did, "fixed" the problem. I now carry a dozen spare cores in case this happens again. Tire shop (Pete's Road Service) said the TPMS cap might have been on too tight, pushing down too hard, causing the core to be stuck open after cap is removed. Don't buy that idea - problem started w new tire install. Plus, I screw TPMS caps on only right enough to create a seal. Anyone had this issue? Have a root cause?
  7. Ordered them from Stuart's. They picked up the phone (unlike HWH), I talked to a knowledgeable person, and they had them in stock. Good combination, thanks for the recommendation. Cliff
  8. Both places show out of stock .
  9. My spring (R3847) seems to be out of stock everywhere and I'm getting no where w HWH customer service ( have been waiting a week for a return call). Has anyone found a cross reference table to an alternative springs I might actually find?
  10. cvdell

    New Tire Questions

    Looked more closely at Hankook and BFG web sites, found LR G tires from FMCA quote are no longer are made (FMCA quote info is mostly obsolete). Only option in size and and LR I want is Continental (which is a little more costly). So back to original question, am I likely to notice ride degradation by going from LR F to H?
  11. cvdell

    New Tire Questions

    Tires are 8 yrs old, time for new. Last were purchased via FMCA program, seems more difficult this time. FMCA shows a couple Hankook options, which seem like a good value for my needs (tires that will get 40k miles in 8 years, then be aged out). Two questions: 1) My current load range F 245/70/19.5 adequately carry my weight. I set tires are at 80 – 85 PSI for my weight; max for LR F tires is 95 psi. Dealer (Pete’s Road service) says he can only get my size tire in "AH35", he doesn’t understand the 3 models from the FMCA quote. That one tire only comes in LR H for my size. I wouldn’t mind going “up” one LR, from F to G – just in case. Anything wrong with going to H, as long as I still inflate to correct pressure for my weight? 2) Dealer says he will match FMCA prices, without me bothering to register credit card with FMCA. Seems easier. But he charges $70- per tire for mounting, balancing and valve stem. That’s $420 for 6 tires. Is that reasonable? Thx, Cliff
  12. That Tiffin 33AA has a very short wheelbase for a 35 ft coach (198” wb). Wondering how much that contributes to his handling problems. Any comments from other 33AA owners having the same problem, or not? BTW – I would love a mid level ~35 ft DP, but all seem to have marginal wheelbase/total length ratios. There is only so much manufacturers can do to balance out a short DP. Given the weight behind the rear axle is fixed, they have to “pull” the front axle backward to get enough weight on it. That results in a short wheelbase/total length ratio, which is a contributor to twitching handling.
  13. Thanks for the feedback. I’ve also made a couple calls. Here’s what I’ve figured out: My OEM Bilstein’s, AK2255(f) and AK2256(r) now have 33-025452(f) and 24-186452 (r) Bilstein equivalents (per call w Bilstein). New Bilstein’s run ~$125 ea from Shockwarehouse.com, ~$100- from Amazon/Bilstein. Per email from Koni, FSD’s 8805 1020(f) and 8805 1022 (r), are also equivalents. About $165, from Shockwarehouse or Amazon. Koni FSD’s seem to consistently get more positive feedback for ride quality than Bilstein’s For both Bilstein and Koni, It looks like one shock is used on all XC chassis for a given year, without regard to wheelbase or GVWR. Surprising; seems like a shock that “fits” a 38,000 lb, 276” wb chassis would be stiff for a 23,600 lb, 228” wb version. But, that’s what seems to be out there. Please tell me if I’m wrong. Cliff
  14. It’s time change shocks and airbags. Strictly preventive, but I think 20+ years is long enough. Question is how to I get the right shock for my specific chassis? If I go to any on-line shock sites; based on year/model (e.g. 1998 Freightliner XC), I get one choice per manufacturer (e.g. one Bilstein and one Koni choice). I have a 23,600 lb GVWR version of the XC chassis. I think they made versions of that chassis up to nearly 40,000 lb GVWR in 1998. Does one shock perform properly for every size XC chassis? BTW – per Freightliner dealer, per my VIN, my original shocks are Bilstein AK2255 and AK2256. I can’t find a shock cross reference that shows those numbers (probably too old).
  15. #1) I just checked 3 cars in my garage, a Camry, CRV, and Wrangler (2 are towed). On all 3, when pushing the brake pedal, the brake lights would come on regardless of key position (key out, key in and on Accessory or On) #2) I’d also like to hear from an EE Additional info – In rereading the literature on the taillight wiring harness, I was reminded of a recommendation to also install a “Brake-Lite Relay Kit”: http://www.etrailer.com/p-RM-88400.html The description said “The purpose of a brake light relay kit is to prevent your towed car's brake signal from overriding the turn signal that comes from your RV.” I.e. if the Brake Buddy is pushing the CRV brake pedal, the CRV brake light will activate, overriding flashing turn signal coming from the RV. I wasn’t too worried about that condition, didn’t buy the relay kit. I just now closely looked at the video to determine exactly what that relay kit does. In a nut shell, it modifies the CRV “brake pedal to tail light” circuit so that it is only powered when the ignition key is on. Thus, when being towed (key in Accessory, not On) only the RV signal tail light signal will be produced. Thus, this relay kit should prevent the “double signal” that I’m theorizing may have caused my overload problems. Technically – the relay is wired with the 87 connector (triggering signal) coming from the CRV brake pedal, 86 connector (power) coming from a fuse that is only active with key in On, and 30 connector (power out) going to the tail light. I’ve done plenty of small wiring projects like this on the Jeep, but was hoping to avoid cutting factory wires on the more modern, more complex CRV. I’ve already seen the dealer instantly go into “Warrantee Deny” mode when any non OEM wires are visible. In hind site, this wiring harness with built in diodes is not as plug/play as I’d expected. If I were to do it again, I’d use one of the kits were you drill a hole and install your own bulb in the tail light (absolutely no contact w OEM circuits). Live n Learn, Cliff
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