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Old 12-20-2020, 04:47 PM   #21
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:14 PM   #22
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And, evidently, I need adult supervision!

I just found the other fuel filter! Right in front of my old blind eyes!.
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Not sure what was going through my addled brain until now.
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Hopefully I can pick up the filter when I go to town tomorrow.

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Also. Why is my coolant clear?
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:24 PM   #23
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And, evidently, I need adult supervision!

I just found the other fuel filter! Right in front of my old blind eyes!.
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Not sure what was going through my addled brain until now.
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Hopefully I can pick up the filter when I go to town tomorrow.

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Also. Why is my coolant clear?
Probably just water if its clear. Watch for leaks anywhere in the cooling system. A lot of times when there's a slow constant leak folks will just top off with water.
If your coolant is clear and has no color at all think about doing a flush and fill.
Also totally unrelated but check the condition of your water pump drive belt. Its behind the main serpentine belt.
Try to get a genuine Cat filter for that fuel filter if you can. They're not anymore $ than store brands and I've seen them cut open on YT. They're the best filters.
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:34 PM   #24
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Well that sucks. I was just googling clear coolant. Found something called "global" coolant??? Its supposedly clear with a slight gold tint to it.
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I'm surprised that I could drive almost 300 miles with just water in the engine. It never went more than a needle mark above 195*...
Of course it was very mild temps outside the whole trip back.
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I'm not really in a position to flush and fill the coolant. I'll be able to do an oil change easily enough. There is no real running water or a drain near me for accidental coolant spills.

I did check the belt behind the harmonic damper. It's pretty new looking and is adjusted properly.

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Hopefully I can find the Cast fuel filter in Yuma tomorrow!
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:39 PM   #25
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Well that sucks. I was just googling clear coolant. Found something called "global" coolant??? Its supposedly clear with a slight gold tint to it.
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I'm surprised that I could drive almost 300 miles with just water in the engine. It never went more than a needle mark above 195*...
Of course it was very mild temps outside the whole trip back.
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I'm not really in a position to flush and fill the coolant. I'll be able to do an oil change easily enough. There is no real running water or a drain near me for accidental coolant spills.

I did check the belt behind the harmonic damper. It's pretty new looking and is adjusted properly.

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Hopefully I can find the Cast fuel filter in Yuma tomorrow!
Well- running straight water is better for cooling so it won't hurt anything in that sense. Why racers run straight water. But you want antifreeze for a variety of reasons.
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:40 PM   #26
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any freightliner shop/dealer or Cat shop/dealer should have it for around $20.
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:45 PM   #27
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The coolant properties of engine coolant is basically just the water. If it never gets below freezing then it's not a major risk. The antifreeze properties of engine coolant is what matters because an engine won't run on ice and also water can crack the cast iron engine block when it freezes. The color is usually indicative of the antifreeze chemicals as well as specific additives recommended by engine manufacturers. Some are orange, some are green, best to verify which is recommended by the manufacturer and do a flush and fill. Even if you don't expect freezing temps you don't want to neglect the additive benefits that combat corrosion and provide other benefits lacking with simple water cooling alone.
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Old 12-21-2020, 02:00 PM   #28
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Okay...
I will stop around for someone in Yuma to do the flush and fill. I have plenty of coolant (or water) in the resevoir now. Just preparing to spill some when I pull the middle of the bus heater, I'll definitely be keeping the front heater/defroster for driving!
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Also, is there an off the shelf belt part number for when I remove one of the a/c systems?
I need the overhead room in the bus for my kitchen and the underbody space for the frame mounted propane tank.
We wanted to keep both, but just can't seem to find a way to do it...

Thanks all!
Any of you gonna be at skoolie palooza in Ehrenburg this Feb? I'll pour you a cup of coffee or get you a beer! Can't tell you how much help you all have been!
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Old 12-24-2020, 02:26 PM   #29
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I changed the primary filter this morning.
Still waiting on UPS to deliver the water separator filter, should be here by Tuesday.
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When I used the primer on the engine, after replacing the filter) it never got stiff or hard to push. It did leak a tiny amount of fuel.
My limited googling has said that's bad and might even be the reason for my Loss of Power!
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Is there an easy way to test it to see if its sucking air?
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Thanks all!
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