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Old 06-08-2011
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Default 8V92 compressor coolant hose replacement

Hi All,
We are on our way to the Tampa St Pete area to visit family and I'm quite sure the compressor coolant hoses have not been replaced on our 89' PTWB.
Any recommendations for a shop in the St Pete Tampa area?
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Dean
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Thanks, I am going to give them a call.
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prepare to spend a good day of downtime. techs- unless real skinny- have to access engine from bedroom on a couple of those fittings. They have to drain coolant, etc which equals time. But peace of mind is worth it.
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Mine is just being finished at Sequin Diesel. Since the chassis build date is July 1989, our hoses are likely about the same age. Clyde called today to tell me that mine were badly crystalized and certainly needed replacement. Other than the transmission filters, that was just about all the old Bird needed.

In other words, I figure you're making a real good call.
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Donn: Did you have to pull the bed out? I'm headed to Seguin for the same thing sometime next month whenever Clyde can work me in. I know he has a pit and was wondering they were able to replace those hoses from below.
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Donn: Did you have to pull the bed out? I'm headed to Seguin for the same thing sometime next month whenever Clyde can work me in. I know he has a pit and was wondering they were able to replace those hoses from below.
Holy Smoke...1983! I hope Sequin isn't too far.
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Rob, thats my previous coach. I believe that the air compressor is located lower on the engine then an 8v
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Rob, thats my previous coach. I believe that the air compressor is located lower on the engine then an 8v
Seriously Ernie I hope the location makes a difference. Randy and I have ragged on and on about these two hoses and we're going to keep at it until everyone listens
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Donn: Did you have to pull the bed out? I'm headed to Seguin for the same thing sometime next month whenever Clyde can work me in. I know he has a pit and was wondering they were able to replace those hoses from below.
Ernie has it right. The two engines are very different. Honestly I don't know if Clyde and his hands had to pull the bed because I wasn't there when they were doing it, but unless they are mighty skinny and handy at twisting wrenches on something they can't see very well, I'd expect they'd have to pull the hatch behind the bed. Yours may not require it.

At this point I've got to put in a plug for Clyde and his shop. I do not think I've ever encountered a business so ethical and willing to please and take care of a customer. I'm supposed to pick it up tomorrow, but got a call that the transmission filter sent by Stewart & Stevenson was the wrong one. This caused them to fall behind and it may take another day. I'd already booked a flight to get back down there, can't change it without paying a ridiculous fee, so they said not to worry. Come on and it it takes another day I can stay in the coach in their lot.

Since I needed to know how much money to bring, I asked about what work had been done. When I dropped the coach off I'd pretty much given them carte blanche. I'm no mechanic and neither have I sufficient experience with these busses to recognize what needs to be done. He started explaining all that they had checked, and all the work they HAD NOT done... because the work didn't need to be done. Another shop would have been replacing parts and charging me for things Seguin Diesel passed as okay. They could have taken me for a ride and I'd never have known it... but they didn't. I figure my bill will likely be half of what I expected.

Can't say enough about these guys. I'm impressed.
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