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Retrofitting company Complete Coach Works (CCW), Riverside, CA, says its all-electric Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) and ZEPS-equipped transit bus will save customers hundreds of thousands in fuel and maintenance costs. The ZEPS remanufactured transit bus, with its Gen 1 system, debuted in 2012. Gen 2 followed just over a year later, with Complete Coach […]


PM: What is the cost of doing nothing?


By Don Leidy and Mark Ellis Money talks, and when a public entity discovers how much time, energy and money it can save with a comprehensive facility maintenance plan, money practically screams. However, properly and vigilantly conducted facility maintenance is not just about saving money. A comprehensive facility maintenance plan also extends the functional life […]


Leak detection

Repairing a leak is not the biggest problem — it’s finding the leak in the first place.

Leak detection Turning a nuisance into routine maintenance By Valerie Scherer Leaks are more than just a nuisance. If not repaired in a timely manner, even a minor leak can lead to more costly repairs, downtime and ultimately vehicle failure. Leaks can also cost bus and coach companies hundreds of dollars each month in lost […]


Why amp-up air repair costs?

Why amp-up air repair costs? Routine voltage checks ensure good health in clutches and compressors By Steve Montgomery Clutch circuit low voltage is a common cause of clutch failure, and possibly the compressor. But it is preventable. Performing a routine voltage check as part of the routine maintenance procedures could save operators and fleets untold […]


It’s time to winterize


It’s time to winterize Thermo King provides HVAC maintenance tips and checklist By Steve Johnson With the busy holiday season just around the corner, transit authorities and motorcoach operators are dusting off their checklists and winterizing their fleets from the tires up. For HVAC system performance and reliability, there is no substitute for a proactive […]



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Lift Safety Steve Perlstein 1.800.833.2006 Sales and Marketing Manager                     Q: What is the most overlooked aspect of lift safety? A: The most overlooked aspect of lift safety is technician training. While most people know that anyone who drives a forklift has to watch a […]


5 essential lift safety tips


Mohawk Lifts offers this advice to stay safe and avoid noncompliance fines By Steve Perlstein The vehicle lifts that are supporting the motorcoaches, school buses and shuttle buses in your garage can represent one of the most productive tools in your shop, or potentially one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment you own if […]


Advances in vehicle safety technologies

Second in a two-part series: MGM Brakes highlights air disc electronic brake monitoring technology and addresses confusion about brake pad wear indication By Tom Wallace VP Electronic Brake Monitoring Systems & General Manager, Transit/Brake Monitoring Business Unit MGM Brakes Current air disc electronic brake monitoring technology Over the past several years, innovations in electronic brake […]


Maintenance tips on wipers and windshield care


Presented by Trico Products The American Optometric Association reports that 90 percent of all driving decisions are based solely on visual cues, which means functioning and clean windshield wipers are essential to safe driving. At each fueling, clean the rubber element and remove loose dirt and road grime from the windshield using a small amount […]


Advances in vehicle safety technologies


First in a two-part series: MGM Brakes breaks down electronic brake monitoring for commercial air-disc equipped vehicles By Tom Wallace VP Electronic Brake Monitoring Systems & General Manager, Transit/Brake Monitoring Business Unit MGM Brakes Commercial Vehicle Air Disc Brakes Overview Commercial air disc brakes are quite different from the more well-known s-cam (or drum brakes) […]


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