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Old 02-16-2009
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Hello Everyone,

My brother was real close to pulling the trigger on an 2001 LXI until he went to test drive it and the dealer said he would have to come back after they repaired the rear steerable axle. He received a call Saturday that he could test drive it anytime and that the repair had been completed. He was told that the fix for the axle was to weld it solid so it would not move anymore. Does this sound right? Should I weld my steerable axle?

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I would want to know whose engineering specs were followed. Welding may seem like a workaround for problems, but what assurance do you have that it won't create bigger problems?
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what dealer was this?
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While I have read the "fix" for the steerable axle is to weld it solid; I can't believe this is the correct way to fix it. Other coaches have steerable tags, so why can't the BB tag work as it was designed?
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I had mine my axle checked when I was at the factory and was told it was working fine. I asked if there were any known problems with the steerable axle and was told that they had a few issues. When I said the dealer I should have added they were not a bluebird dealer. I'm sure there is other members on here with the steerable rear axle and hope they will add there input.

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On one of the lists, I'd heard that the steerable axle had "problems" on some units and that there was a factory fix that made them non-steerable. However, the was not a recall (that I could find) and not all coaches had problems, so some were "fixed" and others were left as designed.

The advantage of the steerable tag is that it reduces tire wear and may help the coach turn a little tighter. The disadvantage is that it may not track properly, causing excess tire wear and handling problems. So, if it works, great. If not, it's better to revert to a solid axle, if a repair is not practical.
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The air bag system on the steerable axle only allows the pressure to be dumped on the axle. The steerable axle will not lift off the ground. The straight axle will lift off the ground for tight turns. If you weld the steerable axle and do not modify the air bag system you will be putting side loads on the wheel and tire in tight turns.
Only when MCI and Prevost stop using steerable tag axles would I consider modifying mine. I consider the streerable axle the best application.
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Does anyone have the number for the electric valve that controlls the lock up and unlock on the steerable tag for a 2000 LX. Thanks in advance

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Here's some more info for the mix, which differs with other info I have heard.

Four years ago we stopped by Ft. Valley for a factory tour. There were no coaches under construction, so not much of a tour. However, they had some on the lot they were selling. I asked Ronnie Lamb about the steerable axle issue. He said they were welding all in place because they didn't lock properly due to the design. He said they locked at 35 mph, and if you were on an on ramp going through that speed it would lock off center causing wear problems with the tags.

That sounds weird to me, but that's what I remember of the conversation.
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Does anyone have the number for the electric valve that controlls the lock up and unlock on the steerable tag for a 2000 LX. Thanks in advance

Jamie Erwin
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Jamie,

I don't have that solenoid valve's number but I may know how you can get it. I am attaching the air suspension diagram which shows the locking valve but the detail (part #'s) for that locking mechanism is on two other diagrams #0010173 and #010181. See attached.

Parliment Coach in Clearwater, FL probably has the build drawings for your coach and if you call and ask them to pull those diagrams, they may be able to give you that part #. Hope this helps.

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