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Old 04-22-2016, 07:22 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I've been lurking around the forums and searching for a bus for a while and finally won a bus auction today! The bus is a 1991 Thomas 84 Passenger RE with a CAT 3116 with around 100k on it This bus was an activity bus. I paid $4k which I though was a good deal. After calling the school to schedule a time to pick up they mentioned that it sometimes had a hard time starting and sometimes would not start. After leaving it for a while apparently it starts right up. Sounds like it is an intermittent problem...not sure how intermittent though. I haven't seen the bus in person yet. Does this sound like a some what common problem? Or am I getting into a lemon...

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Old 04-22-2016, 09:23 PM   #2
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Was this problem disclosed in the auction description? If not, I would file a dispute the purchase.
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:52 PM   #3
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Was this problem disclosed in the auction description? If not, I would file a dispute the purchase.
No it wasn't. It just came up in conversation when I was discussing the logistics of picking it up. I'm supposed to hear back from a mechanic on Monday for clarification on the issue, if there is an issue. The guy I spoke to was some sort of school supervisor and didn't work on the buses.

Really want this bus to work out but having second thoughts now.
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Could be a bad starter........ my s10 had that issue and it turned out to be just that.
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Old 04-22-2016, 10:13 PM   #5
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Could be a bad starter........ my s10 had that issue and it turned out to be just that.
Just did a google search, starters aren't too badly priced.
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:50 AM   #6
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Just did a google search, starters aren't too badly priced.
Might lean on them to throw in a spare if it was a known problem they didn't tell you about.
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:51 AM   #7
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You don't say what "hard to start" means. Does it turn over but, not start? Does it not turn over? Does it not turn fast enough to start? Does it not do anything?
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:36 AM   #8
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You don't say what "hard to start" means. Does it turn over but, not start? Does it not turn over? Does it not turn fast enough to start? Does it not do anything?
Not sure myself. The person I spoke to couldn't really elaborate on what he meant. Hoping to find out more on Monday.

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Old 04-23-2016, 08:42 AM   #9
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the 3116 is mechanical correct?

could be air bubbles getting into the injectors maybe? without more info its going to be hard to tell what they mean by hard start..
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:04 AM   #10
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the 3116 is mechanical correct?

could be air bubbles getting into the injectors maybe? without more info its going to be hard to tell what they mean by hard start..
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I believe it is mechanical.

I'm diy inclined when it comes to cars, I do everything myself. Not sure how much different it is working on buses, never worked on big stuff before.

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