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Cooling system requires some basic precautions
June 1, 2000

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.

Keys to the Perfect Marriage of Engine and Transmission
April 1, 2000

First, determine how the bus will be used. Second, rate the importance of performance, fuel economy and serviceability. Third, consider affordability.

Invest in your technicians or risk the consequences
April 1, 2000

School bus technicians must stay even — or ahead — of the technology curve.

Essential Training Strategies for School Bus Mechanics
April 1, 2000

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.

Improving Your Parts Inventory Management
March 1, 2000

Computerized systems can improve parts department efficiency and make a mechanic's job easier.

How to Keep Your Fleet Healthy in Cold Weather
December 1, 1999

To proof your buses against frigid temperatures, pay attention to tires, fuel, belts and hoses. And don't ignore driver training.

LEDs Poised for a Breakthrough in School Buses?
September 1, 1999

The major benefits of light-emitting diodes are increased safety and longevity, but do they outweigh the higher initial costs?

Link oil-change intervals to engine hours, not mileage
September 1, 1999

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.

Weigh Your Options When Spec’ing a Suspension System
August 1, 1999

Finding the right balance between ride, handling and longevity requires planning and research.

Defining the role of the service manager
August 1, 1999

The service manager or the fleet maintenance manager or whatever title you want to use is a pivotal figure of a school bus operation.

Rating an oil's quality can be a slippery task
April 1, 1999

How do you choose from all the motor oils on the market? How do you even know you get what you're paying for?

New maintenance survey highlights need for mechanics
April 1, 1999

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.

Is Your Fleet Ripe for Computerized Brake Testing?
March 1, 1999

Sophisticated brake-testing systems may require a significant investment, but the potential rewards include improved efficiency and record tracking.

Why the industry should retire Dayton-style wheels
March 1, 1999

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.

Auxiliary heating system requires seasonal tuneup
December 1, 1998

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.

The finishing touches to a perfect bus garage
October 1, 1998

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.

Design elements for a perfect bus garage
September 1, 1998

(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.

Hazardous Waste Management in the Bus Garage
August 1, 1998

Know the basics of handling, storage and reduction, prepare an emergency plan and use care in choosing a disposal firm. The conclusion of a two-part article.

Roadeo event works for technicians, too
August 1, 1998

The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association created a school bus technicians contest to give mechanics the chance to showcase their talents and compare their skills with counterparts from other districts.

How to Choose a 'Clean Machine'
August 1, 1998

School bus operators need to consider fleet size, budget limitations and water quality before purchasing a bus-washing system.

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