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Old 12-17-2005, 11:53 AM   #1
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I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH COOLANT FLUID ON MY 2004 JOURNEY. I AM HAVING TO PUT FLUID IN EVERY TWO TO THREE WEEKS AND I MEAN TWO TO THREE GALS AT A TIME. I HAVE HAD IT CHECKED BY WORKHORSE SERVICE BUT THEY HAVE NOT FOUND THE PROBLEM. MY TEMPERATURE GAUGE GOES FROM THE MIDDLE MARK UP PAST THE THIRD MARK AND BACK DOWN AGAIN ALL THE TIME IS THIS NORMAL.I TRAVEL AT 62 TO 65 MILES PER HOUR.I HAD THE MISS FORTUNE TO PURCHASE ONE OF THE FEW JOURNEYS WITH A WORKHORSE CHASSIS
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Old 12-17-2005, 11:53 AM   #2
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I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH COOLANT FLUID ON MY 2004 JOURNEY. I AM HAVING TO PUT FLUID IN EVERY TWO TO THREE WEEKS AND I MEAN TWO TO THREE GALS AT A TIME. I HAVE HAD IT CHECKED BY WORKHORSE SERVICE BUT THEY HAVE NOT FOUND THE PROBLEM. MY TEMPERATURE GAUGE GOES FROM THE MIDDLE MARK UP PAST THE THIRD MARK AND BACK DOWN AGAIN ALL THE TIME IS THIS NORMAL.I TRAVEL AT 62 TO 65 MILES PER HOUR.I HAD THE MISS FORTUNE TO PURCHASE ONE OF THE FEW JOURNEYS WITH A WORKHORSE CHASSIS
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Old 12-17-2005, 05:27 PM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">TEMPERATURE GAUGE GOES FROM THE MIDDLE MARK UP PAST THE THIRD MARK AND BACK DOWN AGAIN ALL THE TIME </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Not sure what you mean by the above statement ...that the temp gauge goes up and down quite a bit while you are driving? All the DP engine temp gauges I have seen have numbers on them indicating degrees fahrenheit. My 350 Cummins normally runs in the 175 degree range with slightly higher temps when pulling harder, like up long hills, etc.

Frankly, rather than dealing with Workhorse, I would be dealing with the engine manufacturer via their warranty ...you don't say whether you have a Cat or a Cummins.
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afchap my temperature gauge only has marks and I have a 350 Cummins.I have been to both about the problem.
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My '03 has 7 marks on the water temp gauge in a semi-circle. Mark #1 is labeled 100, #3 is 150, #5 is 200, and #7 is 250. You say yours "goes from the middle mark up past the third mark..." I'll guess that you have three marks on the gauge in the operating range, and you by "middle" you mean second mark. So when it goes "from middle to third" it is getting hotter, then cooler again.

If the temp fluctuates a lot while driving, that is not normal unless you are pulling the engine really hard, then coasting. Even then I would not expect fast fluctuations, but relatively gradual.

One thought does occur to me ...I had my engine coolant changed in April of this year (2 yr change coolant interval per Cummins manual), and it kept emptying the coolant recovery tank. I would fill it, and the next time I drove it the tank would go empty again. When I questioned the service guy I discovered they had not put enough coolant in the system to fill it, but apparently had air trapped in the system. Each time I drove it the air apparently would burp out and then when it cooled the system would suck the overflow tank dry pulling liquid back into the engine. I didn't notice my temp gauge fluctuating, but suppose air pockets could easily cause hot spots in the engine. I also found they had not put the type coolant I had requested in writing, so they drained it again and replaced the coolant with what I had requested and managed to get more in it the second time. And I had no more problems with coolant disappearing...
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John, Paul is right . Air trapped in the system can cause you to have to add fluid. Altho with the amounts you are adding at frequent intervals I would suspect a leak somewhere.
As Paul stated I would take it to a Cummins dealer and let them have a look. Merry Christmas
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