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PT & WB (Twin Axle Pusher Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your PT or WB model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it....list your PT Parts here too.

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Old 12-03-2008
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Thanks to Randy and his helper, Blue Thunder now has new coolant hoses for the air compressor, and we can quit worrying about this known problem for a good many years!

During removal of the longer hose it snapped apart in 4 places; we were going to take pictures, but it got left at the shop that made up the new hoses.

Of course Randy had to show me a new problem, which is a leaking transmission seal!
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dons hoses just fell apart,man,i'm glad we both made time to get them changed!
they were a bear to get too,but we got them done before lunch.
we had lunch at 2pm!
drive safe don.
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It's quite a sight when the helper has disappeared and not much of Randy is visible but his feet!
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Don/Randy is there any easy way to remove and replace the hoses to the compressor in a PT? Or is it
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Tom,
Easy way--hire Randy
Hard way- do it yourself
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Gardener I want to have the fun of doing it myself but I am not so dumb as to not take pointers on doing it easier, from someone that has already invented the wheel . Isn't that the whole idea of these forums? Now if Randy wants to come here to NY and work in my garage then he is welcome to come, stay as long as he wants and show me how to do some of the things on my list that I have not done before Who could refuse that offier. I offer free coffee, a shot of steinhager once an hour and a bathroom break once a day. How many are coming?
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The problem of removal is two-fold. First is access, and the other is not breaking the fittings off when undoing the lines.

I gather from listening to the conversations between Randy and his helper that no two Birds present exactly the same access issues, but all of them are difficult. Generally someone small enough to fit on top of the transmission is the primary key.
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Tom,

Had mine done last summer and they cut a section of tailpipe out to provide easier access to the compressor. Cost around a grand for the new compressor, governor and labor to R & R. They were able to do the job without getting in from the top.
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we didnt open the floor hatch in the bedroom.
we did it all from the bottom and the curb side louvered door.
getting to the water line thats above the starter is bad,i have long arms,and i could get a wrench on the hose,but the hose was not budging,the hose connects to a 90 degree adapter that screws into the block,you don't want to break it off in the block,so you have to get two wrenchs in place,one to hold the dapter,and one to turn the hose.
the next problem with that is theres only so much room above the starter,no room for two arms and still see,plus you need a drop light up there too.
On Dons coach,while i was trying to loosen the hose,it snapped off,that allowed me to spin the adapter out of the block so i could remove the hose fitting from the adapter.
meanwhile my helper Glen was on top of the tranny,un-screwing the other end of the hose.
then i went in through the louvered door and could get to the other hose,it runs from the compressor to the head,its 8'' long.
i could get to both ends of that hose,and had it out in minutes,my long arms came in handy,i had an arm around each side of the exhaust pipe with my whole body except feet up over the batterys.
all in all Dons was not too bad.
But,as Don says,no two birds are alike,his is a 90wb,and the tranny filter was mounted differently,making access hard from that side.

Tom,without a pit,i don't think you can get the hose of above the starter without removing the starter,unless you can sit up under the coach,and you need long arms,we even have a wrench with an extension welded to it,to gain a few inchs.
you have all winter to figure it out,and Don wanted to be on the road this morning,so we busted our buttes getting it done.
he showed up here at 8am,28 degrees and frost everywhere.
i was hoping he would get here around the crack of noon!hahaaa!
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Randy,

Do you lose much coolant when you open the lines? Do you need to have temp plugs to avoid coolant loss?

It sounds like we need to have a Rally Around the Pit.

Thanks,

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