ABS AND TRANSMISSION 2019 Seneca
FYI to my fellow Seneca owners. About three weeks ago, while driving my 2019 Seneca RB, from Montana to Oregon, the ABS light came on. I checked the owners manual and called Freightliner 24/7. Both said I needed to get to a dealer and have it checked out. The tech with 24/7 said it wasn't an emergency, but I need to get to a shop. I called Freightliner Spokane, as I was passing through. The service rep told me the earliest they could see me, mid October, I explained that i was passing through I that I wouldn't be there in mid October. The rep said, they really didn't cater to RVs, but said the ABS light wasn't a big deal.
I called Freightliner 24/7 asked for assistance with making an appointment in Spokane. The tech told me, each dealer/service center is independent and that Freightliner has no control over or influence with them. Sorry... The tech assured me that the ABS light would not interfere with my brakes or have any affect on my driving. So, we continued through WA, through the Cascades to the WA coast. About a week after the ABS light came on, we were driving down the coast of Oregon, and the transmission started to have issues.
The RPMs would climb to 2800 and drop to 2000, jump to 2800 and drop to 2000, while going up the hills. While losing speed, from 55 to 15 mph. Driving on level terrain, there were no problems. I checked the transmission fluid; full, oil level, full. This continued all the way, until we arrived in Coos Bay, to attend a Freightliner Chassis Owner Rally and Camp Freightliner training. Meanwhile, we looked for a Freightliner Oasis dealer near Coos Bay. We found a dealer in Salem and made an appointment for October 1st. But the way, the dealer is not an Oasis dealer.... Trust me...
While at the rally, I spoke with reps from Freightliner, Cummins and Allison. The Allison hooked up his computer and checked for any issues with the transmission. He found none. All three agreed, the ABS was the issue. Yep, the ABS. The reps told me that there is a fail safe program in transmission's computer. When the ABS sensor stops working, the transmission will not shift properly forcing the driver to seek assistance.
After the training, we drove to Salem and had the rig checked out. The tech replaced the ABS sensor and we have had no problems since. So, I thought I would share my experience with you. If your ABS light comes on, and does not turn off, find a dealer and have it looked. Don't listen to the 24/7 rep...
2019 Seneca RB
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