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Link oil-change intervals to engine hours, not mileage
September 1, 1999

When to change the oil in your school bus engine is a controversial question. The answer is an important one because it affects your operational costs and the environment.

Weigh Your Options When Spec’ing a Suspension System
August 1, 1999

Finding the right balance between ride, handling and longevity requires planning and research.

Defining the role of the service manager
August 1, 1999

The service manager or the fleet maintenance manager or whatever title you want to use is a pivotal figure of a school bus operation.

Rating an oil's quality can be a slippery task
April 1, 1999

How do you choose from all the motor oils on the market? How do you even know you get what you're paying for?

New maintenance survey highlights need for mechanics
April 1, 1999

Our survey found something that at first glance might seem the opposite of what you might expect. We asked: "Do you have problems recruiting and/or retaining mechanics?" The study found that managers of larger fleets were far more likely to say yes to that question than smaller fleets.

Is Your Fleet Ripe for Computerized Brake Testing?
March 1, 1999

Sophisticated brake-testing systems may require a significant investment, but the potential rewards include improved efficiency and record tracking.

Why the industry should retire Dayton-style wheels
March 1, 1999

Although the vast majority of today's school buses are spec'd for Budd-style disc wheels, some fleets still prefer the Dayton-style spoke wheel.

Auxiliary heating system requires seasonal tuneup
December 1, 1998

Before the start of the heating season, auxiliary coolant heaters should be inspected for proper functioning and possible tuneup according to the manufacturer's instructions.

The finishing touches to a perfect bus garage
October 1, 1998

In the September 1998 issue, we discussed the structure, floor and lighting of a perfect school bus garage. In this second and final part, we take care of the rest of the facility.

Design elements for a perfect bus garage
September 1, 1998

(First of two parts) One garage is not perfect for all. There are differences between garages for school buses and transit buses. But the hypothetical garage will have parts from which all garages can find some pieces.

Hazardous Waste Management in the Bus Garage
August 1, 1998

Know the basics of handling, storage and reduction, prepare an emergency plan and use care in choosing a disposal firm. The conclusion of a two-part article.

Roadeo event works for technicians, too
August 1, 1998

The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association created a school bus technicians contest to give mechanics the chance to showcase their talents and compare their skills with counterparts from other districts.

How to Choose a 'Clean Machine'
August 1, 1998

School bus operators need to consider fleet size, budget limitations and water quality before purchasing a bus-washing system.

Arkansas workshop lifts maintenance standards
June 1, 1998

For the past 47 years, the Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Workshop has offered some of the best training available in school transportation.

Choosing New Bus Lift Requires Proper Grounding
June 1, 1998

Before installing an in-ground or surface lift, bus operators need to know the pros and cons of each type.

N.Y. Inspection System Creates Operator Profiles
April 1, 1998

BUSNET has improved safety and reduced a torrent of paper to a manageable information stream.

Meeting the Challenge of Hazardous Waste Management
April 1, 1998

First of a two-part series: Identification of hazardous waste if the first step to proper handling, storage and disposal.

Competition Fierce for Aftermarket Parts Sales
April 1, 1998

School bus operators are in a strong position to reap savings as manufacturers and other parts suppliers vie for lucrative aftermarket sales.

Improper tire inspections cause early trip to scrap pile
April 1, 1998

One of the most important parts of the pre-trip inspection of any school bus is the examination of the tires. Too many drivers merely thump the tires,...

Take time to fine-tune your parts operation — now
April 1, 1998

For a variety of reasons I'll get to in a moment, the school bus industry will likely need to hang onto existing buses a bit longer and order more spa...

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