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Old 02-27-2011, 01:47 PM   #1
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Transmission Woes

I am the '03 alpine owner with no shift indicator lights.

I think I found the problem. The main transmission circuit fuse was loose. It is located in the right rear engine check compartment. The fuse was not blown, just making contact because of a bad fuse holder. It would make contact and everything was fine. Sometimes vibration, moisture, heating / cooling would cause the fuse to make intermittent contact or no contact at all. This would result in a mirriad of symptoms. I tightened up the fuse holder and cleaned the 'Cluster' of grounds connected to the frame and all seems well. Only time will tell.

Thanks to everyone who offered help and advice.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:10 PM   #2
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Great update!! I'll sure keep that in my memory bank....thanks!

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Old 02-27-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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Peridically, it's a good idea, to get out the tools, and go around the coach, tightening all the electrical connections, pushing & pulling to make sure the "crimp on" ones are not losing there bond. There is a large ground connecton on the engine PS side, which should be checked also. Grounds & lose connections are the biggest problem with our coaches, i.e., an earthquake happening every second it's moving. Also, there is a huge "HOT" connection up front behind the gen slide PS side, more of a stud which goes through the firewall, it's held in place with a few nut/bolt assemblies which get lose and need to be tightened. Before touching this connection, turn off the coach, and then check with a meter to make sure it's dead. I think someone told me it's 200A DC, which can kill you. EM knows for sure.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:06 AM   #4
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........make sure it's dead. I think someone told me it's 200A DC, which can kill you. EM knows for sure.
Is he dead?????
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He thought he was, but after more than a few adult beverages he felt much better. He did say the first few beers warmed faster than usual. I think it was because of his smoking hands. :-).

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