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Old 06-25-2015, 06:33 PM   #11
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CO does for sure. But if you can get it done by notary for MI, go visit your bank.

How are you figuring $800 to register here???
Actually I think $800 is overboard...got that number off some other forum, but that may have been for a newer bus (less than 10 years old). The estimate I ran from Larimer County's website earlier only came up to $250ish. I'm in El Paso County (Colorado Springs).

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Old 06-25-2015, 06:41 PM   #12
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That sounds more reasonable. My estimate from someone at the Boulder County clerk's office was no more than $200 for any reasonable possibility we tried. We shall see...
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:38 PM   #13
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Yep. rear main seal also cummins seem to have a rep for oil pan leaks so check it out under there. A school system should have service records.

When we were looking, we stalked one of our more affluent districts and got to know the mechanics at the bus garage so well that they were giving us the lowdown on each bus and subtly making recommendations.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:43 PM   #14
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Yep. rear main seal also cummins seem to have a rep for oil pan leaks so check it out under there. A school system should have service records.

When we were looking, we stalked one of our more affluent districts and got to know the mechanics at the bus garage so well that they were giving us the lowdown on each bus and subtly making recommendations.
Great info! I do have to ask, is either leak location something that is manageable at least to a certain point (ie can I just top off the oil)?

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Old 06-26-2015, 06:05 AM   #15
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is either leak location something that is manageable at least to a certain point (ie can I just top off the oil)?
I don't know about repairing the main seal part.

I guess this depends on how far gone the oil pan leak is...I've seen some dodge threads (and even youtube vids of someone replacing theirs! $20.00 filter and on PITA day) in which the narrator "finally got around to" and threads where the author had calculated how much the added oil (some with each tank of fuel) was costing.

I suppose one would have to consider the stink, amount of smoke from burning oil that lands on the exhaust pipe etc.

I have not dealt with this specifically so hopefully someone with the relevant experience will chime in and educate both of us.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:17 AM   #16
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Bus newbie question: what kind of trouble can I expect from a 99 Cummins ISB?

Okay - a Cummins 12valve Forum will do you LOADS OF GOOD.
That motor can be manipulated with little money and little problems. You can grind the fuel plate and gain HP - 3000RPM Gov Spring kit... Etc (just remember HP = Life) the more you use at the pedal... I'm just saying
I ground my fuel plate only and my Bus loves it - I don't Hot Rod - I just like having the option to "Go" if I need to get past a truck dropping rocks or so...
Also... Research a thing called KDP (Killer Dowel Pin) it's a metal pin behind all of your pullies that COULD give you a broken motor.
It's an easy fix and there's even jigs available to fix it - people will mail you - you just mail them back. It's a factory metal pin inside used to line things up for assembly but on rare disastrous occasion some fall loose and get into your internal gears cracking the block~
Then you're done - and dodge has never been responsible for ONE... Though it be a factory default.
Don't get scared - it's rare but possible like the bird flu~
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:44 AM   #17
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Bus newbie question: what kind of trouble can I expect from a 99 Cummins ISB?

I dropped my Cummins and AT Pans and put several more Magnets in the bottom - I used the Neodymium super strong magnets... And they do collect "Metal Dust" from your fluids and help your filters a great deal~

Also - little known fact Automatic Transmissions LOVE John Deere Hy-Gard Hydraulic Fluid. There is some debate that is just opinion - facts are the guys who are running high performance output will swear by it. I've put it in every dodge I've owned (94, 97, 03, 06, 2014)
It's like $14/Gal vs $80 or whatever ridiculous amount the Stealerships sell it for.
You will notice a cleaner more distinct shift and the viscosity tests blow the Transmission Fluids away...
Just a thought.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:25 AM   #18
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In my experience here in Michigan purchasing government owned vehicles. They used to require a vin check. Any police officer or michigan state trouper could do them. More recently i just had to sign a paper attesting to the accuracy pf the vin. They probably checked in their computer at the "secretary of state office" to see if it was stolen. You should call one of them to dounle check as it has been three years since i purchased one.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:38 AM   #19
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Okay - a Cummins 12valve Forum will do you LOADS OF GOOD.
That motor can be manipulated with little money and little problems. You can grind the fuel plate and gain HP - 3000RPM Gov Spring kit... Etc (just remember HP = Life) the more you use at the pedal... I'm just saying
I ground my fuel plate only and my Bus loves it - I don't Hot Rod - I just like having the option to "Go" if I need to get past a truck dropping rocks or so...
Also... Research a thing called KDP (Killer Dowel Pin) it's a metal pin behind all of your pullies that COULD give you a broken motor.
It's an easy fix and there's even jigs available to fix it - people will mail you - you just mail them back. It's a factory metal pin inside used to line things up for assembly but on rare disastrous occasion some fall loose and get into your internal gears cracking the block~
Then you're done - and dodge has never been responsible for ONE... Though it be a factory default.
Don't get scared - it's rare but possible like the bird flu~
Regarding Killer Dowel Pin...would the engines with this problem still be in 1999 model year buses? I read that it's only an issue through 1998.5 year engines...

Also in your second post you mentioned Hy-Guard AT fluid, is that something that Allison recommends, or is it just conventional knowledge?

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Old 06-26-2015, 12:06 PM   #20
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You know what - you are correct sir - '98.5 - it's been a while since I was a 12v forum guy - haha - my apologies

No I don't think any Manufacturer would ever suggest anything but their own. Hy-Gard is too affordable and better than what they offer In My Opinion - search what people are saying and make your own call - I have used it for years now and took my bus up and down the mountains (hills) of West Texas hammered down - with no issues
But definitely come to your own conclusion - it's your transmission and its a pretty important piece - Haha...
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