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Old 05-29-2019, 10:50 AM   #1
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Not turning over, fix or tow?

Y'all have been such a lifeline.

I have to move this thing in four days. Just had a guy out to help fill the coolant because I wasn't sure about the bleed valves, and it starts but doesn't turn over. Usually needs a little gas but that's not doing anything. He said some things about glow plugs, then said well it doesn't have glow plugs, then he just sort of left. Thought he was a diesel mechanic but ok.

My driver has been supposed to come look at it for a few weeks now. He's booked to drive it Saturday. Can't find anybody with a shop to come out and if I'm going to tow it somewhere I'll just tow it 8 miles to the new site.

Or sell it. Maybe I'll just freakin' sell it. Anybody want a 74 seater '95 Bluebird with a stripped interior, new insulation & subfloor?

I got my plates from Vermont the other day but I haven't been to the DMV yet to make sure NC thinks it's an RV. I do have AAA with RV coverage.

Advice sought: tow or fix? How to best use AAA at this point given questionable title designation?
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:22 AM   #2
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Y'all have been such a lifeline.

I have to move this thing in four days. Just had a guy out to help fill the coolant because I wasn't sure about the bleed valves, and it starts but doesn't turn over. Usually needs a little gas but that's not doing anything. He said some things about glow plugs, then said well it doesn't have glow plugs, then he just sort of left. Thought he was a diesel mechanic but ok.

My driver has been supposed to come look at it for a few weeks now. He's booked to drive it Saturday. Can't find anybody with a shop to come out and if I'm going to tow it somewhere I'll just tow it 8 miles to the new site.

Or sell it. Maybe I'll just freakin' sell it. Anybody want a 74 seater '95 Bluebird with a stripped interior, new insulation & subfloor?

I got my plates from Vermont the other day but I haven't been to the DMV yet to make sure NC thinks it's an RV. I do have AAA with RV coverage.

Advice sought: tow or fix? How to best use AAA at this point given questionable title designation?
What engine do you have?
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:24 AM   #3
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It starts but doesn't turn over?
If you have Vt. registration, N.C. has no say in it. Your insurance may though.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:26 AM   #4
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It starts but doesn't turn over?
Give him a break...
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:32 AM   #5
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Haha I flip them every time. Y'all go right ahead and get it out of your system, you're still nicer than Reddit.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:35 AM   #6
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:43 AM   #7
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The engine serial is 45095013 and I'm struggling to find an engine lookup online. Cummins from the serial though, right?
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:50 AM   #8
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So is it turning over? Clogged fuel filters? Is it turning over slow or fast? Are the batteries good and are they fully charged?

All of those things can be what makes the difference.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:53 AM   #9
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So is it turning over? Clogged fuel filters? Is it turning over slow or fast? Are the batteries good and are they fully charged?

All of those things can be what makes the difference.
Batteries are new as of a month ago and it's run a couple of times since I put them in. No idea about fuel filters. It makes the normal degree of initial noise, as far as I can tell from having just let it run without driving it, but does not then escalate to the second amount of noise. Depressing the gas pedal does not cause any change in noises.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:25 PM   #10
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Luckily diesels require two things, (newer require 3)

Fuel, Air, and Electric


You can check to see if the fuel pump is working, check to see if the air filter is clear, and check if there's current to the injectors if you have electronic injectors.

This is your opportunity to dive head first into your first skoolie adventure.

I knew NOTHING about diesel engines when I bought my bus a year ago. So don't fear. I'm now confident I could tear mine down and do a rebuild if I had to.
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