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Old 12-18-2017, 02:53 PM   #441
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Nice. Congrats on the unicorn.
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Old 12-18-2017, 02:58 PM   #442
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I think i'll start by pulling off the alternator so I can get a better view of the source of the leak. If its leaking BEHIND the INNER timing cover I'll probably go get a shop estimate. I really hope it doesn't come to that.

Oh- and you really should change your screen name to Debbiejay8.3!
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Old 12-18-2017, 03:03 PM   #443
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I think i'll start by pulling off the alternator so I can get a better view of the source of the leak. If its leaking BEHIND the INNER timing cover I'll probably go get a shop estimate. I really hope it doesn't come to that.

Oh- and you really should change your screen name to Debbiejay8.3!
Hmm...flaunt it a little? Haha!

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Old 12-18-2017, 03:04 PM   #444
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I don't think I'll be refilling with this blue bs coolant again.
Gona go with some yellow stuff from Shell that the DT guys all say is the good stuff to run.
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Old 12-18-2017, 03:12 PM   #445
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so the blow-by gasses are fine? no leaks into the crankcase?

ill bet you can do that front cover.. pull the bonnet off. get an engine hoist and yank that whole rad / CAC assembly as a unit then you can stand right there and get at it.. when I did front work n redbyrd i was able to stad right at the engine and that makes a huge difference.. you are looking at it from the side thinkings its rough... the hardest part is taking care to re-align the gears correctly when you put it back together.

only reason you would have to pull the head would be if you have to pull the cam.. but from what it seems you can leave the cam in, I didt look to see if the thrust plat has to come off ... if it does just care not to slide the cam forward and drop lifters..
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Old 12-18-2017, 03:22 PM   #446
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so the blow-by gasses are fine? no leaks into the crankcase?

ill bet you can do that front cover.. pull the bonnet off. get an engine hoist and yank that whole rad / CAC assembly as a unit then you can stand right there and get at it.. when I did front work n redbyrd i was able to stad right at the engine and that makes a huge difference.. you are looking at it from the side thinkings its rough... the hardest part is taking care to re-align the gears correctly when you put it back together.

only reason you would have to pull the head would be if you have to pull the cam.. but from what it seems you can leave the cam in, I didt look to see if the thrust plat has to come off ... if it does just care not to slide the cam forward and drop lifters..
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I think I could do the outer cover. Its the inner one I'm not so sure about.
I don't think the head has to come off for either.
Just a regular engine hoist? will it reach?
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Old 12-18-2017, 03:38 PM   #447
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NO definitely NOT the head gasket.
as stated- zero signs of any contamination in the oil or coolant. NO smoke, runs like a beast.
Its trickling right where the inlet and outlet for water are at the block/front cover junction.
Why is a new head gasket in my future???
That rusty spot looks like its been there for many years. I spent HOURS staring at every part of this bus, especially the engine. There was NEVER any sign of coolant on any part of the engine till this leak started pissing out right when I was looking at it the other day. When I got the bus it had just done 20 hours on the interstate and the entire engine was dry, no coolant and only MINOR oil here and there that would be expected.

Coolant pressure and compression are definitely on the "to-test" list. But I don't have the stuff to do either.
Well it was hard to tell from the video.

Good news that it's not the head gasket.
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Old 12-18-2017, 03:54 PM   #448
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So here's where my leak is coming from-
great pic CB. I notice there aren't many bolts in that area for tightening the cover. Have you tried tightening them up a squeeze with some gasket maker on the joint? Might be a temporary fix but I would try and tighten all the cover bolts to the specified torque. Not knowing what that is, I assume there must be an online pdf doc for maintenance. Good luck bro,
just one of the downfalls of aluminum parts I think but a temp fix might get you a long ways. And good to hear some if not all electrical issues addressed.

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great pic CB. I notice there aren't many bolts in that area for tightening the cover. Have you tried tightening them up a squeeze with some gasket maker on the joint? Might be a temporary fix but I would try and tighten all the cover bolts to the specified torque. Not knowing what that is, I assume there must be an online pdf doc for maintenance. Good luck bro,
just one of the downfalls of aluminum parts I think but a temp fix might get you a long ways. And good to hear some if not all electrical issues addressed.

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There's no access to do that on this part of the engine. MAYBE when I take off the alternator I'll get a better view. But its up in a crevice.
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Old 12-18-2017, 04:10 PM   #450
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Sure thing, nothing is easy. hard on the hands in there too, take care.

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