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ABA announces BusMARC

ABA announces BusMARC New council will raise the level of maintenance awareness in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry The American Bus Association is again taking a significant leadership role in the motorcoach industry, announcing the formation of its new Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (recognized as BusMARC).   According to ABA, the BusMARC mission […]

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Where does the rubber from tire wear go?

Where does the rubber from tire wear go? By Christopher W. Ferrone A great episode from Seinfeld has Jerry musing about where the rubber on his BMW tires goes when it rubs off. This is truly an enigma. Like Jerry, it’s good to stop and remind ourselves of all that goes on with a set […]

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Air-disc brakes: What operators need to know

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Air-disc brakes: What operators need to know What do bus and coach operators need to know about bus brake systems, brake technology, and replacement components and parts? In terms of foundation brakes, transit buses top the list of the most difficult applications to supply and manage (ahead of refuse trash collection). The reason is the […]

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TPMS

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TIRE-PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS: What operators need to know   BUSRide called on leading tire-pressure monitoring system OEMs for benefits, features, potential ROI and critical points to fit the most effective system to a given fleet.   Why should I consider retrofitting my bus fleet with a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS)? A tire pressure monitoring system […]

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Polyurea coating – Could it save your wash bay?

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By Mark Ellis and Justin Tripp The use of polyurea coatings in maintenance facilities has been increasing in popularity for the past decade, although their use in automotive and facility applications has been around for nearly 30 years. Traditionally, polyurea coatings have been used to line the inside of truck beds to protect the underlying […]

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BUS WASHING: What operators need to know

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BUSRide called on leading bus wash OEMs for best practices, pitfalls to avoid and critical points to fit the most effective, cost efficient system to the company and fleet. Why is a bus wash system important to the company? Nothing makes a better first impression on the paying customers than the arrival of a clean, […]

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Focus On: Heavy-Duty Lifts

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What constitutes a good heavy-duty lift? By Steve Perlstein When a transit vehicle or motorcoach needs to be serviced, agencies and operators want to be sure the lift that is being used to service the vehicle is safe and also efficient so the vehicle can return to operation. Before purchasing a heavy duty lift, such […]

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Maintenance Facility Design

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Maintenance doesn’t have to be the “pits” By Ken Booth Preventive maintenance (PM)/inspection bays, or “pits” as they are often called, play a very vital role in making any maintenance facility more efficient. An agency’s maintenance approach, as well as their mechanics’ preferences often drive how the undercarriage of a bus is accessed. Typical PM/inspection […]

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DPF comes clean with FSX Inc.

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TrapBlaster 7 corrects for failures in traditional methods By David Hubbard The Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) has proven a huge success in removing soot particulate matter from the exhaust stream since the 2007 EPA emissions mandate went into effect. The good news is these vehicles no longer belch black smoke and leave the stench of […]

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MAINTENANCE FACILITY DESIGN

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Bus parking–inside and out By Ken Booth and Sheena Zimmerman Interior versus exterior bus parking has become a hot topic for transit providers in cold weather climates. Proponents of interior storage assert that warmer, sheltered parking improves and extends the life of the buses, makes maintenance easier, reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions, and enhances […]

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