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Old 02-09-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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Help! Oil leak on a trip.

We're on our way to New Orleans from New York, passing through PA, and our '04 International IC3000 has begun to leak oil. It's not a fast leak, so we can cover some distance by putting more oil in every time we stop, but we are looking for a repair shop that does work on school buses without charging the balance of my entire bank account. (Unfortunately I don't think I have the ability to fix this myself.) Any recommendations for shops that might be along our way would be appreciated!!
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:29 AM   #2
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no idea about shops but where's the leak look like its coming from?
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:35 AM   #3
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It's hard to see, but somewhere up inside the engine block, above the metal plate which is the lowest point in the engine. Sorry if that's not very descriptive! I don't know much about the names of parts. Another question: should the oil pressure gauge be all the way up? Or what's a good reading for that to have?
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:43 AM   #4
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My 466 reads just under 50 at cold idle and once it gets up to operating temp its around 20 at idle.
My engine seeps oil out of a few places. I've looked at it and had it looked at and it isn't worth fixing yet. I do plan to have it addressed before driving across the county. Your engine and mine are a bit different. But as long as you're not losing enough to cause an amergency just stay calm and keep an eye on it. Try to figure out how much it loses in "x" amount of miles.
And if and when you can, try to get a picture of the leak or the area of it.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:28 AM   #5
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@noir77: For these engine specific questions it's good to post what you have for an engine. Do you know?
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:49 AM   #6
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Get up under there when it has cooled off. Mine has a vent tube that is supposed to blow excess fumes. It leads down the passenger side of my DT360. My old straight 6 53 chevy had the same.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:53 PM   #7
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Before you start throwing $$$ at the problem I would go somewhere and get the engine cleaned off completely.

Once everything is clean you will be better able to determine where the oil leak originates.

It could be something simple like a hose connection that has come loose, a leaking pressure hose, or a bad gasket.

The seal behind the front pulley has been known to start leaking after a lot miles much like the rear seal. If it is either the front or rear seal that could get very expensive quickly. Using a high mileage synthetic diesel service oil might help rejuvenate the rubber parts and seal things up.

I have also seen the front cover get stress cracks and start leaking.

In other words, determine where the oil is leaking before you start any remedies.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:58 PM   #8
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Thank you all for the tips! I just got the bus, don't know the engine model but it's a ford. It didn't come with a lot of information unfortunately, and I don't have a lot of experience with big diesel vehicles, I'm just trying to get it home so I can start converting it and get the engine all tuned up. In the daylight it was easier to see and I'm suspecting the gaskets on the pan that comes out to let you change the oil. Going to tighten some things and try to keep trucking along until I can get it somewhere to figure things out better. Thanks East Coast for reassuring me. Wish us luck
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:09 PM   #9
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Your first post says International and your third post says Ford. It is very unlikely that you have an International bus with a Ford engine. I understand that you just got the bus but you really should know more about what you have if you expect to get any real information to solve your issues.
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You might think it's a Ford motor because Ford used Navistar's PowerStroke diesel engines during the mid-late 2000's? Did someone tell you it was a Ford motor?
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