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Question Access to steering box on 1985 PT36?

I just developed a leak near the steering box on my coach. It's probably a hose but I can't see anything so I need to know how to access it. Randy said the back wall of the front compartment comes out on the earlier coaches and the box is right there but mine has the radiator for the generator in that space. I am hoping it's just the clamp on the return hose.......



Anyone had one of these apart?


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I’d be interested if someone could chime in on this. Mine does not have the generator radiator there but the back of the compartment does not look like it comes apart
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I was looking at mine for Dennis, but I have the generator radiator on the side. The radiator tilts down and will give you some access in to get to the power steering hoses. It looks like with a long arm and reaching kinda blind up there you would be able to get to the hoses.

Dennis can you get some pictures inside the compartment? Hopefully the back of the compartment comes off like Randy said, then your "in like Finn".
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I’ll try to get some pictures tomorrow...
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I got the hose replaced. WHAT A JOB! I ended up removing the headlight panel and getting access from there. The hose is run through the inside of the frame rail. I'm not saying it can't be replaced in that location but it would require more time and effort than I had to do it by myself on the ground outside.


I was able to disconnect the hose fro the steering box using a 7/8" crowfoot wrench with a long extension. Sawed the old hose off at the frame rail to get about a foot of it out of the way. Removed the exhaust pipe from the turbo to the muffler and the air cleaner in the engine compartment. My son was able to worm his way through that hole and access the other end of the hose on the pump.


Had a new 38' hose fabricated and snaked that the length of the bus on the outside of the frame by the heater hose and wiring. Of course both fittings faced the wrong way but we were able to turn the hose enough to make them work.



It's all connected now and 11 qts. of oil later we were done.



We drove down to Virginia for my sister-in-laws funeral and everything worked well, no leaks! PTL! I'm going to have the remaining old tires replaced and rotate the good ones while we are down here.


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Had this happen to us about 3 years ago after leaving Quartzsite for the winter. Got as far as Lake Havasu before it took a major dump.
Bought extra ps fluid and kept refilling it till got to Vegas.
Had the entire hose replaced on the outside of the frame rail.
Was told had to many wires in the frame rail to run a new one there.
Had the new one tied up with stainless straps and good to go.
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Here is a pic of the compartment
I would start by removing the panel with the generator start switch.. just to see what I looks like behind there.. other than that you may have to peel some of the carpet back.. maybe Randy will chime in, as it sound like he’s had one of these apart..
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Here is a pic of the compartment
I literally just removed all of the back wall from mine. All of it screws in and can be replaced without cutting anything. The top bent section with the gen switch in it comes out, too. There is a flange all the way around the back of the compartment.
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I literally just removed all of the back wall from mine. All of it screws in and can be replaced without cutting anything. The top bent section with the gen switch in it comes out, too. There is a flange all the way around the back of the compartment.
Appreciate that info...
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