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Old 01-12-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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Hi, I have only just joined this great forum but have used it before for info - window regulator fix.

I have owned my 05 ex Ambo sprinter for about 4 years and done 75000 kms trouble free.

I replaced the water pump when I first bought it, at 100000 kms.

I have just had a fibregass high roof fitted which is fantastic, finally able to stand!

When I picked the van up from the fibreglass guy, I needed to put in the radio code so I guess the battery was disconnected without using a memory minder, anyway since then it seems to be doing about 300 rpm more than it used to in top gear or not actually getting into top.

Has anyone experienced this and is there an easy fix?
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:12 PM   #2
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Can't help with your problem, but where did you get the roof from, and how much?

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Hi Charlie
We got the roof done at Ballina Fibreglass Supplies in Ballina, they have moulds both for our 05 shape and the next model shape. We got 2 vents fitted and it came to around $5400.
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Maybe your transmission adaptations got reset. Can you manually change into top gear? (Tap the stick right and it should upshift). After a few good runs it should re-learn your driving style.

I doubt the high roof adds that much wind resistance, mine is stock high roof and runs about 2400rpm @100kph in top. There is some leeway because the torque converter will vary its lockup clutch based on load and stuff, but on the flat it should be similar to mine.
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Yeah I think it has more to do with the battery disconnection than the wind resistance, i have towed some heavy loads in the past and has been fine. Manually hitting the shifter doesn't help, i think it may just be the convertor not locking up. I have driven about 800kms since and hasn't fixed itself.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:35 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. Can you give more details of where and what was cut out of the roof. Is there a new lining and do the inside lights operate as before?. Did they remove the front seats to do the cutting? Eric.
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Thanks for the welcome Eric.

The roof was cut across at the front pillars behind the seats and all the way back just above the gutters, leaving the existing roof over the cabin, forming a storage area as the new roof starts from just above the windscreen.

The new roof was simply glued on to the remaining lip around the sides and back and onto the old roof at the front.

The lights were put back in the top of the van wall where there are existing mounts.

There is wiring to the vents in case I want to swap to electric fan vents and also wires for solar panels which are all neatly ran under the fabric carpet like hood lining.
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Elbriano.
The seat removal question remains. There is a lot of wiring under the seats that would not be improved by spraying it with metal from a grinder. If you don't know what happened I would remove the seats and use a vacuum cleaner to try to get any metal out. You should be able to find the transmission control module under the drivers seat. Remove the module and clean the plug, any oil in the plug indicates the "O" ring in the transmission plug needs replacing. Eric
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I now understand the seat question Eric, they weren't removed.
Thanks for your help, i will check the module plug, unload the van and see if it fixes itself.
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