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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.
District displays rusted bus, gets funding greenlight
June 19, 2014
Medina (Ohio) City School District officials parked one of the district’s buses outside Medina High School before a city school board meeting took place so board members and the public could see the corrosion that has rendered many of the district’s buses irreparable. The board approved funding for 15 new school buses and approved soliciting bids for the purchase of two additional school buses equipped to transport students with special needs.
Automotive International unveils enhanced hybrid coating
June 16, 2014
ValuGard Hybrid Technology Undercoating features a darker finish and less porosity, leaving “virtually no chance” of moisture migration and providing better corrosion resistance, according to the company.
Thomas Built to hold tech training program in Dallas
June 12, 2014
The Thomas Built Institute Service Training – West will be held Sept. 9-12. The 2014 curriculum for the school bus maintenance training program covers such topics as propane, emissions systems, advanced electrical and wheelchair lifts.
Thomas Built Buses extends warranty coverage
June 12, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage, up from one year, for units built on or after Oct. 1. Also, Thomas Built’s standard body and chassis paint warranty will be extended from three years to five years.
Zonar launches new telematics bundle packages
June 12, 2014
All packages include a comprehensive set of features with hardware, installation, activation, 24/7/365 support, access to the Zonar Knowledgebase and lifetime hardware warranties, company officials say. Prices start at less than $20 per month.
Thieves steal, sell school bus batteries
June 11, 2014
The Canton (Ohio) City School District bus garage director discovers that 18 batteries are missing. The batteries had been disconnected rather than cut, and 14 of them are recovered from a local scrap business, police say.
Parker Hannifin debuts CNG fuel dispenser
June 11, 2014
The supplier introduced a complete industrial and fleet fuel dispensing solution for high-flow, high-cycle CNG applications to the North American market at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo. Central to the solution is the new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser, the only entirely integrated fuel dispenser on the market, according to the supplier.

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