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Old 07-07-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
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just bought a 1991 36ft sinbad with detroit 250 hp and 5speed allison with 36k on it, what did i get and what should i watch for problem wise, thanks for any input i can get

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Old 07-11-2005, 04:38 AM   #2
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It very likley needs a set of tires, regardless of how good they look. Do you know how to check the DOT date codes on tires? If any tire is 6 years or older, replace it immediately. If 5 years old, replace it within the next 6 months.

I would change the engine oil and transmission fluid on general principles. Use a 100% synthetic tranny fluid and top-grade filters. This is not something to save a few dollars on.

Probably should change all belts and hoses too, or at least carry spares for the major ones.

Have you checked all the appliances for proper operation?

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Old 07-12-2005, 02:30 PM   #3
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I very much agree with what Gary said, particularly about tires. If you locate the DOT code it will be a long string of numbers and letters. At the trailing end will be an area where three or four numbers will be pressed into the tire. An example of three numbers might be 267, which would mean that the tires were made in the 26th week of 1997. Four digits might be 3103, which would mean that the tires were made in the 31st week of 2003. If six years or more old, they should be replaced for safety.

I would also replace the radiator hoses if you don't know that they have been, all belts and have the brake system checked out. Since this is a diesel I would think that it has air brakes. If not, the fluid should be replaced and the system flushed.
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