Computerized systems can improve parts department efficiency and make a mechanic's job easier.
To proof your buses against frigid temperatures, pay attention to tires, fuel, belts and hoses. And don't ignore driver training.
The major benefits of light-emitting diodes are increased safety and longevity, but do they outweigh the higher initial costs?
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.
Finding the right balance between ride, handling and longevity requires planning and research.
The service manager or the fleet maintenance manager or whatever title you want to use is a pivotal figure of a school bus operation.
How do you choose from all the motor oils on the market? How do you even know you get what you're paying for?
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.
Sophisticated brake-testing systems may require a significant investment, but the potential rewards include improved efficiency and record tracking.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
School bus operators need to consider fleet size, budget limitations and water quality before purchasing a bus-washing system.
For the past 47 years, the Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Workshop has offered some of the best training available in school transportation.
Before installing an in-ground or surface lift, bus operators need to know the pros and cons of each type.
BUSNET has improved safety and reduced a torrent of paper to a manageable information stream.
First of a two-part series: Identification of hazardous waste if the first step to proper handling, storage and disposal.
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