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Old 12-19-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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Allison shift pad 94 HR Navigator

I have to a use a hair dryer to heat my shift pad during cold weather to get it to shift and now sometimes it starts blinking. I have a feeling it is about to bite the dust. It works fine during warm weather.
Does anyone know where to locate surplus ECU and shift pads? I under stand new replacements are over $3000 if they can be found.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:02 PM   #2
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Welcome wglasson to irv2.
Have you tried a contact cleaning and lube spray to see if it will react better than it is.
Here is a link to parts suppliers if you need replacement.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:07 AM   #4
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Allison shift pad

Had a 93 Fleetwood with the 3000 Allison and somewhat the same problem. Wasn't in the ECU but rather in the pushbutton pad itself. Took it apart and exposed the touchpad contacts and cleaned everything with alcohol and WA LA !!! Everything worked great for about 2 years and then the ECU did go out and yes, they are $2600 plus labor to find problem and install. OUCH. Good luck with yours
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PS - I understand there is a guy in TX somewhere who rebuilds them if you can be without it for a few weeks. Don't remember name or where I saw the post but do a search here or possibly rv.net.
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It is about 40 degrees here and I had a hard time getting it to shift into Reverse for the first time.

I will try to take the keypad apart and see if I can clean it.

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One of the major manufacturers of the shift pads is Ahrens Controls.

Perhaps you might find some useful repair tips on their website or perhaps you can speak to one of the technicians.
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I took it out and cleaned the circuit board and the pads on he back of the inner membrane it with alcohol.

It all appeared to be in perfect condition. No residue came off on the q-tips and there was no evidence of any heat or corrosion on the PCB.

I put it back together and it seemed to work better.

I took the opportunity to fix the generator slide switch while I had the panel out. Some of the wires had fallen off, perhaps when I last took it off!

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Despite not seeing any gunk in the keypad area, it is much, much easier to select a gear now.

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Thank you for the update.

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Despite not seeing any gunk in the keypad area, it is much, much easier to select a gear now.

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Old 12-26-2011, 07:48 AM   #10
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For the past 4 years I have had to use a hair dryer on my shifter pad to get it to shift into gear in weather 40 degrees or below. Lately, it started blinking and my tech. told me I had better start looking for a replacement. New ones run between $2600 and $3500. I sent mine to an engineer in Flower Mound, Tx who rebuilds them for $495 and gives you a 2 year warranty plus I had it back in 3 days. It works great now. I am out of town and don't have the guys card on me but will post his contact info. in a few days for anyone interested.
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Just saw the info above. Tranmission Instruments.
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