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Old 09-07-2017, 01:52 AM   #1
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Coolant leak help needed

Hi I recently had a coolant leak during a trip. We had stopped for dinner and an hour later walking back towards the bus, the coolant was gushing out. It was night and I couldn't see where it was coming from. We had to tow about 400 miles. I have run the engine and have my seen any liquid leak anywhere. I'm in Florida and need to drive off by tomorrow night before hurricane Irma hits. I need help identifying what is causing the leak. I really don't feel comfortable leaving the bus behind in this major storm. Any help or input is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:33 AM   #2
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Need a little more to go on. You may have to get it good and hot for the leak to appear again. Make sure it's full before running it.

What engine do you have? Did it actually overheat?
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:02 AM   #3
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It could be a water pump or just a hose clamp. Like brad said start it up and let it warm up to temp so that the thermostat opens and circulates the coolant.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:04 AM   #4
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I feel you though on not wanting to leave the bus behind, we live in sw Oregon and we are surrounded by wildfires and are on the verge of being evacuated. Good luck!
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:37 PM   #5
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HI! Thank you for reaching out. It looks like it's a faulty radiator cap. I consulted with an experienced skoolie builder and mechanic along the way. I ran the engine (dt466e) for 2 hours the day before we left. Nothing leaked anywhere. The engine never overheated. We made it from the Redlands in South Fl to New Orleans. She ran like a champ. I do have to change a tire though, in case anyone knows someone in New Orleans that could help without charging us all the cash we have to get back home.
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