Maintenance

GM Customers Await 2010 Engine Solution

Customers attempting to order school buses built on GM diesel chassis are in a holding pattern as the auto maker incorporates next-generation selective catalyst reduction technology to meet the upcoming EPA 2010 emissions regulations.

Clean Air: Florida Realizes Benefits of Advanced Air-Conditioning Training, Maintenance

Florida realizes benefits of advanced air-conditioning training, maintenance with roof-top systems Florida’s central Atlantic Coast is known for its sandy white beaches and, not far from sunbather’s paradise of Cocoa Beach, the John F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. With humidity in the Sunshine State often times in the neighborhood of 120 percent, it’s enough to make a mosquito wilt.

Training Day: STN Survey Shows Budget Woes are Trickling Down to Garages

School Transportation News set out to determine the current state of knowledge necessary for school bus maintenance staffs to remain abreast of changing and challenging bus chassis and body technology via the nationwide survey “School Transportation Maintenance Training.” More than 900 magazine subscribers were emailed six questions in January pertaining to what resources were utilized by their transportation departments to keep mechanics and technicians in the know. STN received a total of 142 responses, and the size of school bus fleets ranged from six vehicles to 9,887. The school districts and private operators that responded maintain anywhere from two other school district or “white fleet” vehicles to more than 3,000.

Training for School Bus Technicians

Multiplexing, EMS, ABS, LEDs and hybrids are now part of the school bus technician’s lexicon, and the sophisticated technology keeps coming. For instance, model year 2010 heavy-duty diesel and gasoline engines, like cars and other light vehicles have for a couple of decades, are required to have onboard diagnostic (OBD) systems to monitor emission systems, alert drivers when faults are detected and store information to facilitate diagnosis and repair.