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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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Sorbents
3M Medium Capacity Sorbents clean lower-volume spills and contain everyday drips and leaks, company officials said.

CNG fueling systems
The XF70 and TF25 compressed natural gas fueling dispensers are engineered for heavy-duty fleets, company officials said.

Antifreeze, engine coolants
AMSOIL’s new antifreeze and engine coolants are formulated to deliver extended service life in gasoline and diesel vehicles up to 600,000 miles or 12,000 operation hours in heavy-duty and off-road applications.

Bolt-on parallel electric system
The Kinetics Hybrid, a parallel electric system that captures regenerative braking energy and reuses it on vehicle launch, bolts onto new or existing vehicles to quickly transform class 3-7 trucks into more fuel-efficient and cleaner running vehicles, company officials said.

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<p>The OEM decided how it wanted to build its buses and then built the 275,000 square-foot plant in 2004 to accommodate that process. <font size="1">Photo by Thomas Built Buses.</font></p> Virtual Tour: Thomas Built Buses plant expansion

Take a virtual tour of the Thomas Built Buses plant and see some of the new equipment and... Visit photo gallery

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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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