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<p>Topics covered in this school bus maintenance quiz include valve timing, air brakes and hard starting.</p>

School Bus Maintenance

Shop pop quiz: brakes, transmission and more

Here’s a stimulating quiz on school bus maintenance issues to share and discuss with your shop team. Topics covered include valve timing, air brakes and hard starting.

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5 New Products to Boost Shop Efficiency
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Offerings are designed to organize and expedite maintenance work and keep the shop floor clean.
How to Pinpoint and Prevent Common Brake Problems
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Brake experts give guidance on conducting thorough inspections, servicing the brake systems and teaching school bus drivers what to watch out for.
<p>Spring ISD reorganized its two-story parts room last year and now groups fast-moving parts in one area for quicker access.</p> 5 Tips to Streamline Parts Inventory Management
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Managers say setting up a barcoding and scanning system, fleet standardization and daily tracking of pricing have been indispensable practices. Additionally, good housekeeping and strategic organizing expedite jobs.
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Four-post vehicle lift
CR Series four-post vehicle lifts are designed to help heavy duty service facilities efficiently get trucks and buses back on the road, company officials said.

Battery grip device
The K-1320 Battery Grip features textured grippers that clamp onto batteries with a powerful, controlled squeeze, according to the company.

Light mast
The five stage telescoping steel light mast with electric winch is designed to quickly and safely deploy 1,600 watts of intense LED lighting in locations where elevated illumination is needed, company officials said.

Rotary latch
Southco’s newest rotary latch, the R4-10, is available in single and two-stage options, and features an integrated rubber bumper that eliminates noise and vibration caused by normal operation, company officials said.

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<p>Here&rsquo;s something you don&rsquo;t see every day: a clown bus. John Devine, owner of North Suburban Transportation in Woburn, Massachusetts, is seen here driving the company&rsquo;s whimsical vehicle in the local Halloween parade. As noted on the side of the bus, the seating capacity is &ldquo;1 Clown,&rdquo; who is pictured in the rear window.</p> PHOTOS: School bus oddities

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VIDEO: School bus drivers prep for winter with chain contest

Washoe County (Nev.) School District holds an annual event to showcase its winter preparedness. Drivers take part in a competition in which they install tire chains on their buses. Also, transportation officials talk about the procedures that are in place to deal with winter weather.

VIDEO: School bus shop staff gets in the groove

Watch the maintenance team at Oregon’s Salem-Keizer Public Schools groove to the swinging sounds of “Pencil Full of Lead” by Paolo Nutini. Michael Shields, the district’s director of transportation and auxiliary services, says that the staff shot the video a few years ago as a fun surprise for an in-service session.

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