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Old 01-21-2015
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I went to start the bus and found oil on the floor (see pics). It appears to be coming from the blue thing that has stickers saying to use special grease for the PTO shaft on the side of the transmission (3 months or 5000 miles which ever comes 1st) and service with Rando HD 32 oil or equivelent.

1. Service it?? What is involved with that?
2. Is it ok to drive to take it to a shop for serevice?

I have not serviced it or grease it since purchase in 2008. Another rookie mistake I guess.

Any advise is greatly appreciated.




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That blue thing is your hydraulic fluid reservoir. Takes about 4 gallons of hydraulic fluid. And 3 filters, mine takes Wix 57317. Rando 32 is hard to find, but you can get it at West Marine by special order. AW 32 is pretty much the same thing I am led to believe, and any auto parts store probably can get that. There is a dip stick on top. Check the level, that is a small amount on the floor, level is probably good and I would say ok to drive if it is not pouring out when you start the engine.
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Thanks Brian, I will check the dip stick tomorrow.
I started the engine to see if there was any gusher, and while engine was running, I read the stickers on the bliue thing. Concerned about running something dry I shut it down.
thank you,
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Dennis, among other things, this reservoir provides hydraulic fluid for the power steering in your coach. I know by experience that when the fluid level in the blue tank gets too low (below the minimum fill line), the power steering fails. You are a LONG way from that if all you have is a few drops on the floor.
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Dennis, the oil drips means you have a leak, nothing more. 3 month of 5,00 miles?? Does not sound right to me. The oil does not get a lot of heavy service, and virtually no heat. It may need to be serviced, but first find where it is leaking. Probably a loose fitting or gasket. Clean it up and find where the oil is coming from.
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I think the 3 months/5000 miles refers to the PTO shaft lube.
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That would make more sense Brian. As far as the oil, absolutely nothing special required! Just need to be thin enough to not create cavitation when cold. The 32 hydraulic is equal to 10 weight in engine oil terms.
I used Mobile 1, 5W20.
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Yes the 3 months/5000 miles refers to the PTO shaft lube.

Special grease P/N 0029995. Whatever that is and brand????

Another yes on the dipstick and I found the HD fluid level to be ok at the full cold line.

I ran the bus to try to find the leak but no luck. No leak. I am going to cut the tie wraps and remove the mesh surrounding the smaller hose on the bottom that looks most suspect.

One other note, the oil that was on the floor looked more like enginie oil (dark and gritty) vs the clear HD fluid. It could be road dirt/black hose stuff being mixed with the HD fluid on the way to the ground.

More later and as always thanks for help.

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I use Chelsea spline grease, part # 379831. Fleetpride ordered it for me.
David Brady was the source for that part number.
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Dennis, if you can clean the area all you can, then dust it with a powder, like baking Powder, makes it easier to trace source of leak.

But as far as your pto/pump spline, if you have not already, you need to separate and check spline.
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