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Old 11-23-2022, 04:19 PM   #1
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2004 8.3 ISL, 370 HP. Have a leak from the radiator hydraulic fan motor? Or it could be just the hose? Typically I'd get into this myself but not allowed at this park I'm in. Reaching out for input from someone who has had a successful experience with a diesel shop in the McAllen, TX area. Possibly a shop that could rebuild the hydraulic motor. It's quite possible that the seals have dried out? Rig only has 115,000 miles so I don't believe there would be any shaft wear? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated and distance not an issue!
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Whether you can work on it or not, SOMEONE need to identify the source of the leak.


Then you can form a game plan.


Said another way, replacing a hose is very different from rebuilding a hydraulic motor.
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Old 11-23-2022, 04:29 PM   #3
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Not allowed?
What park is this?
I'll put it on my "stay away from" list.

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Old 11-24-2022, 08:12 AM   #4
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Thanks! I do understand the importance of identifying the source. I'm just preparing for the possibility it is the motor and it can't be rebuilt and main reason for reaching out, don't want to be told the motor needs to be replaced when it's only a hose???
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Old 11-24-2022, 08:13 AM   #5
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Old 11-24-2022, 11:09 AM   #6
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So what's the difference between you out there tinkering with your coach or a mobile tec's truck cluttering up your space?
Are they really that picky?

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Out of necessity I've put in starter motors, repaired brakes, made adjustments to vehicles, and everyday checks. Don't tell, don't ask. Don't be obvious.
If they try to enforce some rules I'm going to ask for free rv parking until I've got it repaired and can move on.
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Old 11-25-2022, 08:13 AM   #8
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As for the mobile tech service, I was going to pose that question to management today? Last park, manager said okay but don't tell anyone she told me it was okay. It makes no sense when someone quite capable of doing repairs can't do it but a mobile tech can???
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Can just spray it clean with some brake cleaner and then see where the leak is coming from?
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Can just spray it clean with some brake cleaner and then see where the leak is coming from?
X2 on that.
A quick diagnosis will likely go unnoticed.
Better to ask forgiveness than permission applies here.

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How'd it turn out? As for not being allowed to work on it, it isn't like you are doing an oil change. RV parks should understand that these beasts do break down from time to time, and there is nothing that can be done other than fix it. Kind of hard to force a tow on an unwilling owner. No tow company is going to tow it if the owner decides to block it with a vehicle and load it up with people and pets. Anyway, I'm assuming it would never come to this. Making a bigger scene than allowing a repair isn't worth it to the RV park owner. I believe most RV park owners understand the difference between performing a non-time sensitive maintenance item from a repair that otherwise will leave it stranded in the spot. Curious how it worked out for you.
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Old 12-03-2022, 08:50 AM   #12
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I've decided to take it to Border Engine Rebuilders as recommended through another group. Nice facility and I can stay in yard if torn apart and awaiting parts; locked in of course. After discussing my problem, learned that to replace the fan motor, radiator and cooler have to be removed. Much larger job than just crawling under and removing the motor from behind the fan. Park was willing to work with me on this but it's much more involved than what I'm prepared to do. Tires being replaced next week and then taking it to the shop for a diagnosis. I'll update when completed as shop said it could possibly be the pump?
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