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Old 05-16-2016, 09:08 PM   #11
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not all engines have them... My bus doesnt have glow plugs or a grid.. you just hop in start it and go.

im not sure if the cats have glow heaters or not.
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I'm thinking mine doesn't have them either. I have no beeping or any lights. Hopefully winter starting isn't too bad

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Old 05-16-2016, 10:53 PM   #12
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No glow plugs or grid heat on my Cummins but I do have a 110v block heater I could plug in if needed. The seem to be fairly common on skoolies...at least those I have seen.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:45 AM   #13
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No glow plugs or grid heat on my Cummins but I do have a 110v block heater I could plug in if needed. The seem to be fairly common on skoolies...at least those I have seen.

I think I have one of those too.. being its original in service is ohio.. the place where im going to store it indoors has power.. so i should probably remember to plug it in.. or that -10 degree day I want to take it out might prove difficult... or smoky at the very least

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Old 05-17-2016, 06:00 AM   #14
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If you have a Williams air throttle the switch is most probably the high idle switch. Those were famous for not working correctly after a few years.

Since prolonged idling is a no--no in almost every urban area when the fast idle switch stopped working they were rarely ever fixed.

The other switch, if it turns on a light might be for the transmission retarder.

Every one of your air tanks should have an air drain. It might be an automatic type or a manual type of drain. But there should be a drain on every tank.

Most newer buses have automatic spitter valves that help to keep tanks dry and/or an air dryer with a dessicant to dry out the air before it enters the tanks. Regardless of what type of dryer you have, you should manually drain every tank on a regular basis. You really do no want any moisture to get into your brake valves, brake air cans, or into any of your air operated accessories.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:37 PM   #15
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I've got a 91 Thomas as well. The air tanks must be drained manually. On that note, how often is "regularly" when you're talking about draining the tanks to prevent moisture?
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:17 PM   #16
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I've got a 91 Thomas as well. The air tanks must be drained manually. On that note, how often is "regularly" when you're talking about draining the tanks to prevent moisture?
I drain mine after I shut down the bus.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:41 PM   #17
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I found my tanks drains, guess I didn't look hard enough the first time, but when draining a lot of moisture came out. I'm going to start draining mine after driving it for the day.

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Old 05-23-2016, 09:05 PM   #18
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What engine is this? That will tell us if you have glow plugs or not.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:06 PM   #19
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I drained mine a couple times esp aftyer being in humid florida but I never get any moisture out... does that likely mean my AD-9 drier still works like it is supposed to?
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:17 PM   #20
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What engine is this? That will tell us if you have glow plugs or not.
Hi, it's a cat 3116

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