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Jasper offers remanufactured MaxxForce DT engine
July 30, 2014
Jasper Engines and Transmissions’ remanufactured MaxxForce DT Complete engine is available on exchange for a variety of 2007 to 2009 International/Navistar applications, including the IC Bus CE, FE and RE 300.
Delco Remy alternators now standard on IC Bus
July 30, 2014
IC Bus selects the 28SI (200 amp) as its standard alternator. Other Delco Remy products — the 29MT and the 39 MT — already hold the standard starter position.
6 Tips for School Bus Seat Cover Care and Replacement
July 17, 2014
Regular cleaning and inspections of school bus seat covers can increase their life expectancy while easing tight budgets and helping to ensure children’s safety. Here’s guidance on how to maintain the seat covers — and when they should be replaced.
Trans/Air unveils 3 new products
July 9, 2014
The supplier is now offering its RT65 Rooftop Climate Control System, Driver Air Diverter for the Trans/Air Flush Mounted FM55 Evaporator, and its dual 13 CID Mount & Drive kit for IC Bus conventional chassis with Cummins ISB engines.
Cummins engine veteran Steve Charlton retires
July 2, 2014
During his more than 20 years with the engine manufacturer, Charlton’s notable efforts included working on early plans for the V-8 light-duty diesel engine and leading the development of heavy-duty engine products to meet the 2007 EPA emissions standards. He is succeeded by Jennifer Rumsey.
Apprentice, Intern Programs Groom Great Workers
July 1, 2014

In addition to giving students work skills and experience, districts get employees who are already familiar with the shop and its practices.

Iowa announces school bus tech competition winner
June 25, 2014
Mike Ehrlich, a bus technician from Western Dubuque Schools, won the sixth annual “Best of the Best Technician’s Training & Competition,” held in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 12. Ehrlich will advance to the “America’s Best” competition to be held at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in Kansas City, Mo.
District displays rusted bus, gets funding greenlight
June 19, 2014
Medina (Ohio) City School District officials parked one of the district’s buses outside Medina High School before a city school board meeting took place so board members and the public could see the corrosion that has rendered many of the district’s buses irreparable. The board approved funding for 15 new school buses and approved soliciting bids for the purchase of two additional school buses equipped to transport students with special needs.
Automotive International unveils enhanced hybrid coating
June 16, 2014
ValuGard Hybrid Technology Undercoating features a darker finish and less porosity, leaving “virtually no chance” of moisture migration and providing better corrosion resistance, according to the company.
Thomas Built to hold tech training program in Dallas
June 12, 2014
The Thomas Built Institute Service Training – West will be held Sept. 9-12. The 2014 curriculum for the school bus maintenance training program covers such topics as propane, emissions systems, advanced electrical and wheelchair lifts.
Thomas Built Buses extends warranty coverage
June 12, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage, up from one year, for units built on or after Oct. 1. Also, Thomas Built’s standard body and chassis paint warranty will be extended from three years to five years.
Zonar launches new telematics bundle packages
June 12, 2014
All packages include a comprehensive set of features with hardware, installation, activation, 24/7/365 support, access to the Zonar Knowledgebase and lifetime hardware warranties, company officials say. Prices start at less than $20 per month.
Thieves steal, sell school bus batteries
June 11, 2014
The Canton (Ohio) City School District bus garage director discovers that 18 batteries are missing. The batteries had been disconnected rather than cut, and 14 of them are recovered from a local scrap business, police say.
Parker Hannifin debuts CNG fuel dispenser
June 11, 2014
The supplier introduced a complete industrial and fleet fuel dispensing solution for high-flow, high-cycle CNG applications to the North American market at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo. Central to the solution is the new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser, the only entirely integrated fuel dispenser on the market, according to the supplier.
85% of Missouri school buses pass initial inspection
June 9, 2014
Nearly 12,000 school buses are inspected in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 2014 school bus inspection program. In all, 10,161 of the buses are approved upon initial inspection.
Durham technician earns ASE master certification
June 5, 2014
Joseph Marek, who works for the company’s Spokane, Wash., location, is among 19 Durham employees who hold master technician status.
The impact of bus washing
June 5, 2014

A consistent wash system can have a positive impact on image, driver satisfaction, extended equipment life and environmental considerations.

Electric buses could save districts millions, study finds
June 3, 2014
The study, conducted by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, examined the cost-effectiveness of electric school buses that use vehicle-to-grid technology, discharging their batteries into the electrical grid when not in use and getting paid for the service. Over 14 years, an electric bus fleet using the technology could save an estimated $38 million, according to the research.
First Student earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
May 29, 2014
The contractor’s Marlboro, Mass., multi-maintenance shop, which employs five ASE-certified technicians, receives the certification. A company official says its success is attributed to its emphasis on “safety, training and keeping up with current technology trends.”
Rotary Lift expands facility planning assistance
May 7, 2014
The vehicle lift supplier is increasing digital options in its free assistPRO service to give customers additional options for creating custom shop layouts. The number of shops taking advantage of the program has more than doubled over the past five years as the economy has improved, Rotary Lift officials say.
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