Heaters Out Coolant Redirected
We realized preparation was key today as we have been researching online about skoolie conversion, taking out the heaters and redirecting the coolant properly. So, we grabbed the listed items: bucket, rags and blanket, razor knife, and locking crescent wrench and headed for hazardous material (hazmat) cleanup on our future home! We have a rear engine (RE) Thomas Built Bus (Read More About Buzz Here) which means our source flow starts in the rear and goes all the way to the front components like the passenger heaters we had (x3), driver air conditioning (A/C), and the defroster.
We were ready as can be to remove these heaters and drain the coolant!
So we went to the back of the bus and found the interior access point from the engine and several shut off valves for the coolant lines which I confirmed, and then reconfirmed I closed by not only watching the knob fall downwards but followed the standard technique of clockwise is closed and counterclockwise is open, before we began to avoid any additional spills that we didn’t want. Now, we both agreed the passenger heaters could be scrapped and pulled those out carefully by lifting them on its side so that the fluid line was higher than any other portion of the line, used the razor knife to cut the tube in half, and dumped it into the hazmat bucket. This process was definitely easier with two people but can be accomplished with a solo party and several crescent wrenches to clamp off the ends to make the process a one-way method.
Side note, the color of your coolant can tell you a lot about your system, ours was brown… brown is bad… We will require a coolant flush which I will most likely be conducted in the future and that will not only contain a video but of course, another blog! Also, I saw a couple of online demonstrations where people used their mouths to either blow or suck, to get coolant through hose lines. NO NEED FOR THAT! Use gravity, it’s amazingly strong and if that won’t work, keep thinking. Do not get coolant in your mouth!
Lastly, we always take a break to look at wildlife that crosses our path for a multitude of reasons:
- It teaches our children that some wildlife is okay to interact with if you understand what you’re dealing with.
- They are then excited to research and learn more about it in hopes that they can nurture it for a moment (i.e. feed the snake).
- Lastly, how to part with it in a safe manner by releasing it back in the woods or it’s preferred environment to assist it with a successful life.