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Old 03-23-2019, 02:25 AM   #1
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Bus just died while driving

I sold my bus to someone and he sends me a text saying he's an hour away and it just died on him. Could it be the battery? It hesitated a bit when starting but it did crank up. I kept the batteries disconnected when it was sitting, but I thought once it was started, the alternator did the work. Hopefully it's not a bad alternator.

Anyway, it sat for a while but before that it was working just fine. Old diesel perhaps?

It's a 2001 T444E International with only 180k. I haven't heard back from him yet on the status, but wanted to get some feedback in case anyone had experienced that before.


My first thought would be to buy 2 new batteries and try that, although the batteries are "new" (2 years old and never got used).


Ugh, it's always something!
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Old 03-23-2019, 06:23 AM   #2
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Could be a failed CMP camshaft position sensor, failed injection pressure regulator, batteries, almost anything. Hopefully he gets it running.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:48 AM   #3
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Ouch. Feel for you both.

Could be anything, but my money is on clogged fuel filters.

It is an incredibly common problem on diesel vehicles that have been parked for a while.
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Old 03-23-2019, 04:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, in a year and a half I drove it 130 miles, so surely sitting and getting minimal use may have gunk'd up something. Hopefully it's a cheap and easy fix. I'll report back on Monday what they say at the fleet place it was towed to. I did put diesel Stabil in it though at least and he put $70 worth of diesel (hopefully not gas) in it he said just before hitting the highway.
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Old 03-23-2019, 04:58 PM   #5
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I'd second the fuel filter. The diesel stabil and adding some fresh fuel to the tank are both good things, but the fuel filter will pick up water and gunk if it hasn't been driven/run recently.
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