THIS 👆is the cause of ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS! .
This little tiny piece was clogging up the transfer pump, starving the engine of fuel. When we first broke down, we thought it was just the fuel filter, because that was the light that lit up on the dash. The weird thing about it was the engine would start, then die like it ran out of gas...but there was plenty of gas in it 🤔 .
So we had to call anyone that would help us, and of course, they all kept refusing to help us (even AAA) because it was a school bus 😩 Me & Chris actually DID end up getting it started, ran it for a bit, we shut it off, turned it back on—nothing. GREAT! .
So we got our bus towed to the mechanics. The bus kept running for a bit, but after 2 minutes it would die again. The mechanic said the diagnostics ran normal, even looking under our hood and a lot of pieces were brand new in our bus, everything looked great - but for some reason it doesn’t want to run... So that didn’t make us feel good, and things weren’t looking promising. The mechanic said he has 30+ years experience and couldn’t figure it out. He also mentioned that International buses are different than any other bus on the market, they’re difficult to figure out if you’d never worked on an International bus before. .
👉 So we cut our loses and towed our bus to a mechanic that we know & trust, he even has 2 IT buses of his own- we thought, if anyone can do it, it’ll be him. .
And he did!!! Pretty much the spring to the transfer pump broke off (rusted off) and this piece was clogging the fuel line. THAT’s why it kept on working for a bit & always sounding like it ran out of gas... because essentially, it did. Our bus was pretty much ‘choking’ because this TINY PIECE got in the way! .
Our advice is-If you have an IT bus like us, find a mechanic that has worked on them before. Our mechanic (that knew these busses) figured it out and fixed it in 2 hours. .
All said and done this has been a learning experience FOR SURE! Slowly but surely we’re understanding the mechanics of our bus, and hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out!