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Shop pop quiz: Brakes, transmission and more
March 27, 2015

Here’s a stimulating quiz on school bus maintenance issues to share and discuss with your shop team. Topics covered include valve timing, air brakes and hard starting.

Grant helps Ohio bus service company boost safety
March 26, 2015
Bobby’s Truck and Bus Repair will use a $27,000 grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to buy a Rotary mobile lifting system.
5 Tips to Streamline Parts Inventory Management
March 18, 2015

Managers say setting up a barcoding and scanning system, fleet standardization and daily tracking of pricing have been indispensable practices. Additionally, good housekeeping and strategic organizing expedite jobs.

Thomas Built to hold 2 tech training events in 2015
February 11, 2015
The Thomas Built Institute’s Service Training East will take place in North Carolina in May, and the Service Training West will be held in Nevada in July.
NSTA, Zonar award $50K grant
January 19, 2015
New Jersey contractor B.R. Williams wins the grant to outfit school buses with the hardware needed to use Zonar’s technology systems.
Top 4 most-viewed feature articles of 2014
December 22, 2014
Articles that attracted the most traffic on Schoolbusfleet.com this year covered such topics as post-accident procedures, the NAPT Summit and diesel exhaust fluid.
Ownersite enhances fleet maintenance software
December 4, 2014
The update includes added functionality, such as manufacturer-recommended service intervals, vehicle archiving, management dashboards and mobile-friendly design.
New vehicle lift from Rotary designed to fight rust
October 2, 2014
With the introduction of the MOD35 modular heavy-duty in-ground lift series, Rotary Lift adds several weapons to its corrosion-fighting arsenal: nitriding, electrocoating and zinc/aluminum coating. Company officials say that the result is a lift that is more durable than its predecessor, the MOD30.
Arsenault Associates changes name to Dossier Systems
October 1, 2014
The company is known in the school bus industry for its Dossier fleet maintenance software. Company officials say that the name change reflects the increasing recognition of the Dossier brand and the growth of the business.
New school bus window among Blue Bird’s enhanced features
July 29, 2014
The manufacturer’s new E-Z Window, which is featured on the Vision and All American school buses, is said to feature a smoother, more ergonomic design. Blue Bird also launches enhanced features in luggage compartments, air conditioning and brakes for its buses.
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.
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.
85% of Missouri school buses pass initial inspection
June 9, 2014
Nearly 12,000 school buses are inspected in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 2014 school bus inspection program. In all, 10,161 of the buses are approved upon initial inspection.
IC Bus offers technician training program
May 1, 2014
Sessions will be held at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla., on June 23-26; July 7-10; July 21-24 and Aug. 4-7, and the registration fee is $425. The sessions focus on engines, diagnostics, and preventive maintenance and repair procedures.
Indiana district sees maintenance savings with propane buses
April 21, 2014
Tippecanoe School Corp. uses 32 quarts of oil per oil change with its diesel buses versus seven quarts for its propane buses. Tippecanoe's Alan Fidler, who has twice won the title of America's Best School Bus Technician, discusses savings and other maintenance-related advantages of the district's five propane buses.
Dallas County Schools techs train on lubrication, oil analysis
April 9, 2014
More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs take part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex. Also in attendance are high school students who are in a co-op program that focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.
Vehicle lifts that promote shop safety, productivity
March 11, 2014

Features such as mechanical locks, remote control, LED lighting and lighter weights for more portability make servicing buses even safer and more efficient.

Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
February 25, 2014

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

Collins boosts bus serviceability
February 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer has upgraded many of the features on its buses to give technicians improved access to several areas as they perform maintenance. Among the changes: Bigger access holes were added behind the warning lights, and wires were rerouted below instead of in the wall for rear lighting.
Vehicle lift safety training course offered online
February 13, 2014
The new online version of the Automotive Lift Institute's "Lifting It Right" vehicle lift safety training course is now live. A narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process, and lift maintenance.
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