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Extreme case highlights value of maintenance
February 1, 2003

In pupil transportation we often take for granted the excellent work done by the vast majority of maintenance staffs. Mechanics can never get enough c...

Advice for Better School Bus Paint Maintenance
February 1, 2003

What would you think if you saw a red school bus rolling down the street? The idea is almost too ridiculous to imagine. National School Bus Yellow has...

School bus paint jobs
November 1, 2002

It depends on the type, size and condition of the bus. The paint shop’s schedule and materials needed are also factors. If the bus is prepped and read...

Cooling System Maintenance
November 1, 2002

There are many cooling system problems and failures. Some due to defective equipment but most of these problems have occurred due to incorrect informa...

Proper Preparation, Prevents Poor Performance
October 1, 2002

Help to reduce road calls this winter with proper hose maintenance. As fall turns to winter and temperatures drop, hoses can become brittle, crack or...

Bus refurbishment program generates savings
August 1, 2002

A school district in suburban Dallas has found a way to save money by turning its oldest buses into its newest. Mike Williams, transportation dire...

International introduces 3200 chassis, VT 365 engine
June 1, 2002

International Truck and Engine Corp. in Warrenville, Ill., has introduced a new chassis and engine for the Type A-2 school bus, cutaway shuttle bus an...

Our friends in the shop deserve recognition, too
April 1, 2002

We often describe school bus drivers as the backbone of the pupil transportation industry. Certainly, in sheer numbers, they are the dominant force. A...

Cost-effective retreading
March 1, 2002

It is possible to reduce tire costs while all other operating costs soar upward, says Paul Robotham, manager of vehicle maintenance services for North...

New Motor Oil Category Makes Debut This Fall
March 1, 2002

Motor oil isn’t usually a topic that school bus fleet operators spend much time discussing. But that might change soon, after new-and-improved l...

Quiz Your School Bus Technicians
January 1, 2002

The following questions are from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test for school bus technicians, which certifies techn...

Cold-weather checklist
January 1, 2002

To help avoid unnecessary damage to the engine in harsh winter weather, the International Bus Vehicle Center, www.InternationalDelivers.com, offers th...

Speedy PM lube job
January 1, 2002

To simplify and speed up a lube, oil and filter PM, try these easy steps. • Prior to removing the oil filter, puncture a hole in the bottom of it to...

Finding electrical shorts
December 1, 2001

It can be frustrating and time-consuming to locate a short in an electrical system, especially in a school bus, which has seemingly miles of wiring. B...

Leaky radiator diagnosis
December 1, 2001

Leaky radiator diagnosis I have a leaky radiator with multiple pinholes on the core and a failed header-to-tube joint. It all seems to be happenin...

Spec’ing for rough roads/Leaking radiator tanks
November 1, 2001

Spec’ing for rough roads How can you spec your buses to best handle rough rural roads? • Spec heavy-duty components for increased vehicle longevity....

Advantages, challenges of vaunted 42-volt systems
November 1, 2001

Already being developed for cars and light trucks, 42-volt electrical systems will soon come to heavier-duty vehicles. They will first migrate to ...

Preventing Accidents in the School Bus Garage
November 1, 2001

A school bus garage is full of hazards. Maintenance workers’ daily duties involve lifting and moving heavy equipment, using harsh chemicals and ...

How to Repair Vinyl Seats on School Buses
September 1, 2001

In the school bus business, seat repair is as common as yellow paint, costing the industry millions of dollars annually and keeping thousands of peopl...

Preparing Your Fleet for Wintry Conditions
September 1, 2001

In many areas of the nation, the sweltering summer heat belies the harsh, cold reality of winter. The summer also tends to allow some slack in operati...

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