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Old 02-05-2019, 06:13 PM   #1
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Coolant filter DT466e

Hey guys, I appreciate the knowledge and willingness to share it on this page! Been following since I started my conversion in April but just recently ran into an issue I can find the answer to. I have a 2004 Thomas FE300 flat nose bus with a DT466e in it. Since I purchased it the overheating lamp and buzzer has chirped when driving it. However the temp gauge always read around 205 so I assumed it was a bad sensor for the light. Unfortunately I recently discovered that it was actually a faulty temp gauge as it wont go above 205. Unfortunately that also means I drive my bus a few hours with it being hot and I am hoping I didnt cause damage to the sleeves. Anyway, I'm in the process of oil/tranny/fuel/coolant fluid and filter changes. Had no issues performing all with the exception of the coolant/water filter. Everything I've read points to my bus having a coolant filter but for the life of me I can not find it. It's a decent sized filter (or at least the one they sold me is!) So would think after a dozen times crawling all under the bus I'd be able to find it. Can any of you guys point me in a direction of either confirming I do not have a filter or where it might be located? I believe they may be a blockage in my system and want to eliminate all possibilities. Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2019, 06:43 PM   #2
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We've got a mechanical DT466, so it might be different....but I think I remember it being horizontally mounted, and it was definitely on the passenger side of the engine about 1/2 way up? There's a petcock you need to shut, too, that cuts off flow to the filter. Don't forget to open the petcock after you change the filter. On ours, the petcock was jut a little lever but the mechanic that walked me through it said sometimes they get stuck....so watch for that. Again, the 466E might be a different beast, I dunno.
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Old 02-05-2019, 07:56 PM   #3
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Thanks Drew. I've literally spent probably 2 very frustrated hours looking for it. Like I said it's about the size of my oil filter for my pickup so it really shouldn't be that hard to find. I'll remember to look for valves now too, thanks
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Old 02-06-2019, 06:28 AM   #4
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We've got a mechanical DT466, so it might be different....but I think I remember it being horizontally mounted, and it was definitely on the passenger side of the engine about 1/2 way up? There's a petcock you need to shut, too, that cuts off flow to the filter. Don't forget to open the petcock after you change the filter. On ours, the petcock was jut a little lever but the mechanic that walked me through it said sometimes they get stuck....so watch for that. Again, the 466E might be a different beast, I dunno.
That is where it is on our 2003 DT466E (conventional).
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Old 02-06-2019, 06:32 AM   #5
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Thanks Dave. By "conventional" are you talking about a dog nose bus? I'm wondering if my flat nose has a different location? I'm at a loss and am starting to think I may not have one.
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Thanks Dave. By "conventional" are you talking about a dog nose bus? I'm wondering if my flat nose has a different location? I'm at a loss and am starting to think I may not have one.
I guess, front engine, under a hood, as God intended....
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:59 PM   #7
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I dont mean to sound like an idiot here, especially seeing as I've already posted one thing but even then I had trouble. Can someone walk me through making a new thread? I have another issue (now my dt466e wont start after a coolant swap) that I need some help with. Thanks!
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:09 PM   #8
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Never mind I found some info in the help section that pointed me in the right direction!
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