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Old 06-15-2017, 04:20 PM   #11
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$2,500 to $3,500 would be a more common price for a decent bus, but that's at a bus barn, so at $3k you'd be right in the ballpark.

Have you researched the steering gear?
I'm waiting for a call back from a friend who is a diesel mechanic to find out more about the steering gear box leak.

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Old 06-16-2017, 04:53 PM   #12
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I feel dumb. Steering gear box has nothing to do with diesel. Duh. Can anyone tell me if its easily accessible? We'd prefer to diy but with my limited knowledge I could be in way over my head.

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Old 06-16-2017, 05:04 PM   #13
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Is it the steering gear box or the power steering pump? You wouldn't happen to have a camera, would you? That's how you show us what you got going on. Our money back rates (free) are generally much much better than any diesel mechanic.
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Old 06-16-2017, 05:37 PM   #14
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Is it the steering gear box or the power steering pump? You wouldn't happen to have a camera, would you? That's how you show us what you got going on. Our money back rates (free) are generally much much better than any diesel mechanic.
I can take a picture if I knew how to locate what it is you need to see. it's not the pump.

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Take a picture of the leak wherever it is. It should be easy for people here to identify exactly what it is and if it's a problem.
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Take a picture of the leak wherever it is. It should be easy for people here to identify exactly what it is and if it's a problem.
Ok I just emailed the auction guy that I'd be there Monday morning to take a picture and to ask the mechanics there to point out where the leak is so he can show me.

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Just take a picture of what you're talking about. Whatever leak you were talking about. We'll work out what it is later.
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Thats the plan! Auction ends at 4pm Monday so hopefully I get quick responses.

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For the most part these buses are so reliable they remind me of old pickup trucks. Well built and for the most part well maintained. There are some areas of the country where the maintenance is questionable.
You got to do what you think is right for you. Were you able to ask them about the $3k offer?
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Steering gearboxes are a somewhat common replacement item in larger vehicles such as trucks and buses. Not terribly difficult to do, you just need some big tools (and some muscle) to do it. For a one-off job, the cost of having it done may be cheaper than buying the big tools to do it, but it is within the realm of DIY.

They can also be rebuilt, though this is often a "bench job" and if paying hourly labor on a shop, it may be much more cost effective to simply buy a rebuilt/reman unit and skip all that (and with a warranty, the job done professionally in a factory, who knows if the mechanic will get a rebuild right the first time?) Aside from that, there's like 4-5 big bolts (including the Pittman arm), separating that arm from the steering link (probably the hardest part of the job as it's usually stuck on tight), the steering input shaft, and a couple hoses. You may have to remove the Pittman arm and attach it to the new steering box (and some have a ball joint on the end - if there's *ANY* play in this ball joint, you may as well replace the Pittman arm while it's off).
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