You can't control the marketplace, but there are a few things you can do to keep fuel costs down, such as monitoring fuel efficiency, minimizing idling time and purchasing in volume.
Improper diagnosis can lead to frustration and wasted expense. Successful repairs require basic knowledge, patience, logic and the right tools.
Improving the efficiency of your tire management program can return significant savings. Here are some basic, but often overlooked, strategies to ensure that your tire program is rolling smoothly.
In today’s advanced diesel engines, the cooling system stands at the center of attention. Studies have shown that four out of 10 engine problems are related to improper mixture of coolant and additives or inadequate cooling system maintenance.
First, determine how the bus will be used. Second, rate the importance of performance, fuel economy and serviceability. Third, consider affordability.
School bus technicians must stay even — or ahead — of the technology curve.
With the proliferation of computerized engines and transmissions and ABS systems, shop managers need to find new ways to train and motivate school bus mechanics.
Computerized systems can improve parts department efficiency and make a mechanic's job easier.
To proof your buses against frigid temperatures, pay attention to tires, fuel, belts and hoses. And don't ignore driver training.
The major benefits of light-emitting diodes are increased safety and longevity, but do they outweigh the higher initial costs?
When to change the oil in your school bus engine is a controversial question. The answer is an important one because it affects your operational costs and the environment.
Finding the right balance between ride, handling and longevity requires planning and research.
The service manager or the fleet maintenance manager or whatever title you want to use is a pivotal figure of a school bus operation.
How do you choose from all the motor oils on the market? How do you even know you get what you're paying for?
Our survey found something that at first glance might seem the opposite of what you might expect. We asked: "Do you have problems recruiting and/or retaining mechanics?" The study found that managers of larger fleets were far more likely to say yes to that question than smaller fleets.
Sophisticated brake-testing systems may require a significant investment, but the potential rewards include improved efficiency and record tracking.
Although the vast majority of today's school buses are spec'd for Budd-style disc wheels, some fleets still prefer the Dayton-style spoke wheel.
Before the start of the heating season, auxiliary coolant heaters should be inspected for proper functioning and possible tuneup according to the manufacturer's instructions.
In the September 1998 issue, we discussed the structure, floor and lighting of a perfect school bus garage. In this second and final part, we take care of the rest of the facility.
(First of two parts) One garage is not perfect for all. There are differences between garages for school buses and transit buses. But the hypothetical garage will have parts from which all garages can find some pieces.
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