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Old 04-09-2015, 04:11 PM   #1
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Coolant Leak or Coolant Drip?

I had a sporadic coolant leak in the area of the radiator last year. I took it to a Cummins Service Center in Flagstaff. They tightened the infamous hose clamps and added 5 gallons of coolant.

The leak has returned, sort of. I had a 3" puddle in the same area a couple times on our recent trip. Like most, I couldn't see fluid in my sight glass so decided to take apart, clean it then add coolant. I found Final Charge at the second Walmart I went to and bought 4 gallons, hoping it would be enough. When I removed the sight glass the hole dribbled coolant. Put it back together and filled it with coolant. It took about a pint! Now I have 3 3/4 gallons of coolant for the next leak or another camper in need!
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Vance, if you know of someone that has a radiator pressure pump, some auto parts stores use to lend them out. You can pump pressure to the system for the PSI that is listed on the cap and check everything with a flashlight without the engine running to see if you can locate the leak. Or bring it by the hanger, I have a tester
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Chuck: Hanger? No wonder you do all the climbing around and research. Impressive!

If you don't mind, where is the hangar.

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I rent space in a hanger in a private air park called Pine Shadows in N. Ft. Myers. I have been there for 12 years and the facility is fantastic. Two security gates to get in and a 24/7 on site care taker/security that lives in an apartment connected to the hanger. Water, electric and air for my air tools or tires. It's my "man cave" and I didn't have build it.
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Looked online at homes, hangars and aircraft based there. It is a very smart way of doing business (charter) while keeping overhead low. Plus building equity in the residences, and for tax purposes leasing aircraft back to yourself. Life is good!!
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Looked online at homes, hangars and aircraft based there. It is a very smart way of doing business (charter) while keeping overhead low. Plus building equity in the residences, and for tax purposes leasing aircraft back to yourself. Life is good!!
There is a charter Cessna Citation owner there that has a hanger full of nice planes. He is also an instructor, Cessna 152, and just bought a chopper. I stopped and shared in the cutting of the shirt tail of a 16 year old girl that just soloed. The family had a big party on the driveway. Nice way to run a business out of your home Being an ex-pilot, (182) I really enjoy being in the community there.
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Being a pilot is like being a Marine or Eagle Scout; there is no such thing as an "ex."
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Being a pilot is like being a Marine or Eagle Scout; there is no such thing as an "ex."
Accorded to the DW I am now She won't set foot in a small plane or I would have another one tomorrow.
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Sorry to hear that Chuck. Did she ever try it? I have converted several non flyers who ended up loving it after their first flight. Steve
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Accorded to the DW I am now She won't set foot in a small plane or I would have another one tomorrow.
Me too! I've been associated with aircraft my whole working career from USAF, to TWA, to Fedex and I gave it up for motor homing. Brilliant move huh. Oh well you can see more from the ground!! Noel
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Accorded to the DW I am now She won't set foot in a small plane or I would have another one tomorrow.
Same here, DW wants no small planes or motorcycle, that is how I ended up with the Entegra.


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I soloed on my 16th birthday. My Dad flew his Cessna 310 until he was about 80.
DW's aversion to small planes also has me an Entegra ground-pounder.
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You can always spot an aviator/pilot. When an aircraft is taking off or flying low (into Page Field), he or she stops everything and stares at the aircraft.

By my estimate, there are several hundred aircraft drivers scattered throughout IRV2.
Cat320 flew Chinooks in support of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam during the "lots of shooting" period of time....."And young once".
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Add me to the list of recovering aviators. 56 knots on airway 95 is about it these days.
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