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The art of effective complaining

The art of effective complaining By Robert Buchwalter Service Training Manager PrevostThese are the type of statements that service managers from all coach OEMs often hear. Clearly, there is a difference in those statements! The first three are anecdotal. Without further questions, there is little information that we can act on. But the fourth statement […]


Preparing for Winter


Maximizing bus engine efficiency By Colin Dilley, Ph.D. With cold weather approaching, fleet professionals will check antifreeze/coolant (AF/C) as a safeguard against extreme cold and freezing, but AF/C plays a much larger role in engine efficiency. The cooling system affects the performance of other vehicle systems and proper maintenance will ensure the best possible operating […]


Heavy-duty Lifts

Maintaining a lift Tips and best practices that ensure optimum performance and safety at all times By Steve Perlstein Ensuring vehicle lifts are performing at optimal performance and safety levels helps guarantee motorcoaches, paratransit, commuter and shuttle buses spend less time in the shop and more time on the street. Vehicle lifts must be maintained […]


Maintenance Facility Design


Keeping your buses clean – vacuum systems By Jared Weismantel Part of servicing a bus fleet means regular vacuuming to keep buses clean for passengers and to extend the useful life of the interior surfaces. The larger the fleet, the more variables that enter into the decision of selecting the best vacuum system for an […]




Remanufacturing aids collision repair By Al Runfola IBP Industries (IBP), Apopka, FL, formerly International Bus Parts is a one-of-a-kind manufacturing service company that specializes in metal fabrication for the bus and coach industry. The company produces bus parts, components and assemblies only for buses and coaches, and in full support of  the collision repair work […]


Parts and Service

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Parts inventory management By MCI Parts, Service and Support Business Parts inventory management can make or break the efficiency of a maintenance shop. A technician’s ability to quickly locate a needed part or component often means the difference between extended downtime or a quick turnaround. Thankfully, there are some basic best practices that operators can […]


What makes a well-equipped service facility?

What makes a well-equipped service facility? By David Beagle Service facilities for coaches and buses range from the basic facility that handles small maintenance jobs to full service facilities that overhaul entire vehicles.  So how does an operator decide which is best for the company? The first step is to understand the needs of the […]


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 […]


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 […]


Air-disc brakes: What operators need to know


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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