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Posted: 03/08/18 02:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Assuming you have hydraulic brakes all your rubber flex lines are well past their service life and should be replaced and system bled completely. Do you have the auto brake system? That is another can of worms all on its own! Dave


Hoses were replaced. Do not have the dreaded auto park system thank God.

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As for coolant. It uses Prestone (Green) but is there a preference of full strength vs 50/50 mix?

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udidwht,
No one that I know of has a magic crystal ball. No one can tell when something, especially auto engine/drivetrain related, is going to give up the ghost and leave you stranded. There are items, wearable items, that are pretty much a given. Things like v-belts and serpentine belts. Those run through such a thrashing and actually take quite a beating before they self destruct. Radiator hoses, well, that's one that is really tough to make a decision on.

Some will give an indication that they're not in the best of health. Others, like the ones on our CAT C-7 equipped '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD, looked pretty much like brand new, at 82,000 miles when I just recently decided to replace them. No weakness, no soft spots, no indication of pre-failure what so ever. It cost me around $315.00 for all the coolant hoses on our rig and, the two thermostats (CAT calls them "Regulators).

I feel I could have easily went to 100K miles with all those hoses. But, what the heck, better to be safe than sorry, even when it does cost that much as preventative maintenance just for coolant hoses.

But, anyway, these rolling Kleenex boxes do need some attention every now and then so, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
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With the water pump, you may want to see if the original pump is still available. There are a lot of pumps listed that will fit your engine but they are light duty and have a smaller shaft and bearings. This lighter pump will work and fit on the engine, but the heavy duty fan clutch, and fiberglass fan, will soon take a toll on the water pump bearings.
For my 8.1L GM engine I could get water pumps that cost from $75 to $350. I got one of the few remaining Workhorse water pumps and it is much heavier than the other available water pumps. If yours isn't leaking, I'd keep it as long as possible.

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