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Old 05-20-2016, 10:31 PM   #1
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Cat Losing Oil Fast, No Smoke

I've found a crazy good deal on a nice bus here locally. It runs great and is a 2000 RE Thomas with a Cat. Its a great bus and is nicely equipped but it loses oil pretty quickly. About a gallon every five to ten miles.
The owner has no idea whats wrong, but it doesn't smoke at all. I'm going to give it a good look again tomorrow, but I'm wondering what you guys think could be the problem.

Are there any bad oil loss problems that anyone knows of with the Cats?
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:23 PM   #2
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check the air tanks.. or possibly the turbo.. im assuming the oil is going down but not showing up on the ground?
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check the air tanks.. or possibly the turbo.. im assuming the oil is going down but not showing up on the ground?
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I haven't been under it, only had a quick look and talked to the owner on the phone.
He said its been his church's bus and that it has very low miles and runs great but he oil issue has them wanting to get rid of it.
If its something I can fix for less than a grand I'm thinking I'll buy it and resell it.
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:26 AM   #4
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Friend just bought an exhaust manifold for a 3406B...over $1000. Just sayin.....
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If it is pumping oil out that quickly it has to be going somewhere.

If it isn't going out on the ground it has to be going into the coolant, the intake, or into the air system.

If it is the air system you most likely have a failed air compressor--R&R cost less than $1K in addition to the cost of cleaning all of the dirty oil out of the air lines and air tanks.

If it is going into the intake you have a major engine issue--R&R cost well in excess of $1K.

If it is going into the coolant you have a different major engine issue--R&R cost well in excess of $1K.
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so many things it could be.. almost have to get to the bus in person and see it run... the other thng is if its losing oil that fast theres a good chance its been run dry at some point too...

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Must have been an easy fix. The first guy to look at it bought it.
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So the local shady bus dealer bought this bus for like a grand or two.
Its already on their lot with a price tag of $13,000

Couldn't have been too broken!
Wish I'd just snagged this up. I keep looking for a crazy bargain on something to flip and make a few bucks on to get some cash together for my own project.
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Oil leaks are sometimes really easy.. An air compressor or turbo feed can often be the source of very fast oil loss in a vehicle ..

Those fixes are often just a simple hose or clamp and you are back up and running..

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Oil leaks are sometimes really easy.. An air compressor or turbo feed can often be the source of very fast oil loss in a vehicle ..

Those fixes are often just a simple hose or clamp and you are back up and running..

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yep.. I didn't get back over there fast enough.
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