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Mitchell 1 adds school bus models to troubleshooting website
September 29, 2014
Repair-Connect.net provides access to complete engine diagnostic repair information for all of the most common school bus types, company officials said.
Seon acquired by Safe Fleet
September 22, 2014
Safe Fleet designs and manufactures safety- and productivity-oriented components for the school bus, emergency vehicle, truck and trailer, utility vehicle and transit bus end markets. Video surveillance provider Seon’s headquarters and main operations will remain in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Terry Akiyama will continue in his role as president.
Diesel price down to lowest point in 2 years
September 18, 2014
The average on-highway diesel price in the U.S. was down to $3.801 per gallon as of Monday, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The latest average is the lowest since July 30, 2012, when it was $3.796 per gallon.
Tire Offerings Aim to Lower Costs, Enhance Safety
September 15, 2014

Early warning systems for wear-and-tear, and features that extend tire life and improve
drivability in difficult weather conditions, help school bus operators navigate tough roads and handle frequent starts and stops safely and efficiently.

Trico issues new guide for school bus wiper blades
September 3, 2014
The supplier’s 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide provides details on all TRICO wiper blade products applicable to school and transit buses, Class A and C RVs, and heavy trucks. The 92-page compilation includes information on all wiper blade, refill, washer pump and wiper arm options.
Rain-X donates visibility products for 2 districts’ buses
August 27, 2014
Spring Independent School District (ISD) in Houston receives glass cleaner and windshield washer fluid from Rain-X for the district’s fleet of 440 school buses and other vehicles. Rain-X will also make a donation to another Houston-area district, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.
HSM equips Lion buses with seating
August 21, 2014
The seats traveled from the supplier’s New Washington, Ohio, manufacturing plant to the Lion Bus facility in Quebec, Canada, where they were installed in new school buses before going full circle and getting shipped back to Ohio. Bedford City Schools is the first Ohio district to add buses from Lion Bus to its existing fleet.
New LED upgrade offered for school bus warning lights
August 20, 2014
UltraLED’s new H3X LED takes the place of an H3 halogen bulb, common to school bus eight-way warning lights. The LED upgrade uses the existing fixture for a direct interchange.
New oil analysis lab opens in Michigan
August 12, 2014
Apex Oil Lab, based in Grand Rapids, offers lubricant testing to a wide variety of customers nationwide, including those in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. “We see ourselves as an extension of the customer’s maintenance team, collaborating toward greater performance, longevity and savings for them,” the lab's owner says.
Stertil-Koni unveils ‘Vehicle Lift Connection’ blog
August 6, 2014
The blog features tips, tricks, product updates, news, features, interviews and other content focusing on the heavy duty vehicle lift community.
Solar-powered solution extends school bus battery life
August 5, 2014
PulseTech Products’ SP-5 provides 5 watts of power in a solar panel, and offers renewable energy for vehicles that are unable to hook up to outlets, according to the company. The SP-5 also replaces power loss from electrical accessories that occurs even when the ignition is turned off, and its patented Pulse Technology removes damaging sulfate crystals from the battery plates, company officials said.
Bus washing: soft touch or touchless?
August 5, 2014
When it comes to wash systems, two thoughts prevail: brushes scratch and a touchless wash doesn’t clean the film off the vehicle. Both are somewhat true when you are not optimizing the equipment or using the proper methods to maximize the results. Here are tips for effective use.
Thomas Built Buses adds FuelSense as standard equipment
July 31, 2014
Allison Transmission’s FuelSense fuel-saving technology will come standard on Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2, Saf-T-Liner EFX and Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses produced on or after Oct. 1, 2014.
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.
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