my wife doesn't drive the bus. she's afraid of it. tooo big. couldn't even get her to sit in my lap and just steer (some of you get your mind back on driving and out of those other thoughts) while going down the interstate. i thought that would be an easy way to get comfortable without worrying too much. Nope.
today, i found out how to get her behind the wheel. easily.
thanks to all the advice i've gotten on this board, today i finally bought some 2x12 planks to drive the bus up on. i've had a hydraulic fan oil filter for 2 months, but not the courage to tackle it. it's way up behind the fan in the engine compartment, on a tank that holds about 5 or 6 gal. Turns out NAPA has the handy strap filter remover, with a rachet fitting, and a 18 in extension.
changing a filter may not be a big deal to most of you, but to me this is a big deal. take it off wrong, not know the trick to get it on, or not be able to re-assemble it, and not having done it before ... anyway, you get the drift. as i said, knowing that i can post questions, troubleshoot, and get good (most of the time) answers has helped my to do more bus maintenance than i have car maintenance in the last 10 years.
it was a bear to get to. Naturally, it slipped as i undid the last thread, so oil spilled on the cardboard. then i noticed it was too big to get it out. pipes, engine, engine mount in the way and no gap. so i'm thinking this is where i was supposed to read the manual about removing the radiator. found a gap and by sitting up, reaching through some hoses, with my nose against the torsolactic mounts, i could wiggle it out. got the new one, reversed the procedure and managed to get it back on.
found my wife and suggested she flip the switch on, and i'd start the bus in the rear to watch for leaks. NO LEAKS!!!
found my wife again and told her she could go ahead with supper because i was gonna clean up after i got the bus down off the ramps. She said how bout if she gets it down off the ramps!!!!
other than fighting the 100lb park brake with her 100lb body, it went well.
Now you know how to get your wife behind the wheel. Get as oily and greasy as possible, then start toward the inside of the bus and the recently cleaned driver's seat. she'll beg to let her drive.