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Old 07-27-2016, 02:26 PM   #21
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Also, upon looking around I noticed someone asking if the brake was really hard, that seems to the case. The brake is really hard when I press on it.
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:43 PM   #22
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thanks again. My mistake, you're right, no parking just neutral. So yeah my bus wheels do not turn very easy would it be safe to assume that the power steering is out? Any idea on what something like that would cost to replace?
Start by checking the power steering fluid levels. Make sure it is full of the appropriate hydraulic fluid.

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Also, upon looking around I noticed someone asking if the brake was really hard, that seems to the case. The brake is really hard when I press on it.
Are your brakes air or hydraulic controlled? A firm brake pedal is a good thing.

Overall, it sounds like I'd have a pro go over your rig just to make sure all is well. The couple hundred dollars you'll spend is good insurance.
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:21 PM   #23
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Many buses with hydraulic brakes will have a hydraulic power assist, often powered by the same hydraulic assist system for the power steering. The first thing to do is check the fluid level. It's rare these systems fail, but it can happen.

Assuming you find it low, add the appropriate fluid (usually any commonly available power steering fluid, but check the cap or dipstick or sticker on the pump to be sure). Start the engine, turn the wheel a couple times (all the way to either stop) to bleed the air out. Push the brake a couple times to do the same. Check again and top off as needed.

Now, assuming you find it full (or the above measure did not make any improvement), the most likely cause would be a failed pump or high-pressure line. The line will be obvious. It will be leaking fluid everywhere. The pump, not so obvious (some pumps "whine" with age, or low fluid) but hard steering, *AND* hard (hydraulic) braking? I'd be checking the pump.
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:37 AM   #24
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Thanks guys. I do believe they are hydraulic brakes. I'll definitely check the fluid and hopefully that will resolve it.
So I called a bus parts supplier yesterday just to find out what a pump would run and she said that finding parts for these things are getting hard to do. I wouldn't think that would be true, but is it?
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I can't imagine parts are that difficult to find. The drivetrains were used in far more than skoolies.
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Thanks guys. I do believe they are hydraulic brakes. I'll definitely check the fluid and hopefully that will resolve it.
So I called a bus parts supplier yesterday just to find out what a pump would run and she said that finding parts for these things are getting hard to do. I wouldn't think that would be true, but is it?
The booster pump for the hydraulic brakes on the Ford I used to own was obsolete. You may need to check around a bit.
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