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Old 03-23-2017
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Default LXI Transmission leak

My 01 LXI started a slow leak from a part off the transmission. I'm not sure what this part is (see pic) but my best guess is a pump. It's located on the curbside on the side of the transmission. It looks like it may be weeping from the seal connecting the part to the transmission. The LXI is not the easiest bus in the world to get under and take a look. Any help in identifying the part and answer the big question - "How bad is it Doc?" would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm guessing the pic is upside down?
That is the PTO and pump that runs the hydraulic fan motor.
The PTO is red and yours looks like its been leaking for a while,seeing all the dirt and crud on it.
You may luck out by tightening the 4 bolts on the end cover,they are small bolts,maybe 1/2'' wrench fits them?
Mine was leaking slightly,tightened the bolts and its good to go.
We are taking up a collector to buy a new PTO/Pump to have in stock for Bird owners,just in case you want to join in!
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Thanks Randy. You are correct, the pic is upside down, I should know better. So the red end faces the back of the bus, not the front. So that is my PTO. Luckily I haven't had any issues with engine or trans temps. I'll have to figure out how to get under the bus and clean it up and tighten. Looks like it may be time to build ramps or buy some big jack stands.

Randy, I sent you an email about the 'PTO club' a week or so ago.
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Pressure washer too.
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Thanks Randy. You are correct, the pic is upside down, I should know better. So the red end faces the back of the bus, not the front. So that is my PTO. Luckily I haven't had any issues with engine or trans temps. I'll have to figure out how to get under the bus and clean it up and tighten. Looks like it may be time to build ramps or buy some big jack stands.

Randy, I sent you an email about the 'PTO club' a week or so ago.

Yes,you did,i have that email,thanks
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Dan,

It is assumed that you know you need to grease that PTO every 3-5K miles...???
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Dan,

It is assumed that you know you need to grease that PTO every 3-5K miles...???
Thanks for the reminder Ron. That is part of my annual service. I would like to start doing more of that myself, but I still need to get that pesky state safety inspection.
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Dan, Every 3 to 5 thousand miles not once a year. Hope you get to drive more than 3 to 5 a year. Also I would not assume whoever is doing your service knows that fitting is on the pump. Even if they happen to see the Zerk, Im 99o/o sure they will not have the right type grease for the PTO.
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Dan, Every 3 to 5 thousand miles not once a year. Hope you get to drive more than 3 to 5 a year. Also I would not assume whoever is doing your service knows that fitting is on the pump. Even if they happen to see the Zerk, Im 99o/o sure they will not have the right type grease for the PTO.
Unfortunately for me, 3-5k is once a year I've always had a concern as to what the shop is actually doing what I ask, but they are definitely billing me for it. I like the shop I take it to now and they seem to take good care of me. However, point taken, since I plan on ordering jacks soon (and make cribbing because I really like myself) I will start taking over the PTO maintenance myself.
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I know I was putting this leak off due to travel (non-bird) and other projects but it looks like it's been 4 months. So last week I backed the bus out and jacked it up a bit (and used jack stands) and cleaned up the PTO. I was able to tighten the four 1/2" bolts between a quarter and half turn but it still is leaking. I could probably get them a little tighter with an impact driver but tightening them didn't seem to make much of a difference. Is this repairable, or am I looking at a replacement?
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