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Old 07-19-2010, 08:53 PM   #1
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1998 Freightliner leans to the left

I just bought a 98 Freightliner with the 5.9 Cummins and after
getting it home I noticed that it leans a little bit (about exactly 1 inch)
to the left. Is this something I could adjust myself? And where would I begin
looking at this? There are some canisters that might be ride adjusters (not the brakes). The springs don't appear to be broken and the bus has just 64k miles on it. Hmmm. I need to look closer.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:15 PM   #2
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Re: 1998 Freightliner leans to the left

Check the spring hangers and their bolts to be sure neither have sheered. You may find the frame resting on the end of a spring. Very common issue with semis up north by the way......
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:38 AM   #3
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Re: 1998 Freightliner leans to the left

check all suspension parts and check for broken springs to!
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:31 AM   #4
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Re: 1998 Freightliner leans to the left

to level it back out, assuming nothing is broken, you could always mount a couple of 55 gallon drums on the "high" side of the bus and fill them with your potable water.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:31 PM   #5
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Re: 1998 Freightliner leans to the left

Well,
It's not broken springs or bolts or u-clamps
I'm thinking it's something to do with the air springs.
anyway,
I got other things to work on now after I changed the
fuel filters it started and ran for 30 seconds and now.
she won't start.
I have been driving a diesel mercedes beater for years
so I am familiar with the operation. How could I have
botched a simple filter change? Anybody? I filled both
filters the way they were when I removed them.
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:35 PM   #6
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Re: 1998 Freightliner leans to the left

maybe they didnt seal right and sucked air?
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Sounds like it's time to crack the fuel lines (one by one) at the injectors and crank the engine. You'll know if you got some air, and if so, you tighten the lines when the fuel flows solid.
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:46 PM   #8
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Thanks, I'll try the cracking the fuel injectors fittings.
I might try this first;

A Mercedes mechanic suggested cracking the line into the
injector pump and forcing fuel through the lines from the tank
with air pressure. He thinks the flow goes back to the tank
when the system is opened. After cranking until the battery
went low, I looked in the debris filter and the level was lower
than when I installed it (full).
This makes me want to install valves everywhere so I can lock it
out and save myself from having to deal with this again.
There should be a manual pump on the block like Mercedes has.
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Oh, I have a danged Cat 3208. At least it has a hand pump.
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Re: 1998 Freightliner leans to the left

On my last diesel pusher when i changed both fuel filters engine would not start. After checking my filters i found the primer button near them, pumped it up until I could not pump it anymore and she fired right up....
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