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“This year’s theme for NAPT is Driving Innovation. That’s something we know a lot about at Thomas Built Buses. In fact, it’s been our company theme for decades. We’re recognized leaders in new technology and innovative manufacturing techniques. And our partnerships with OEM suppliers raise the bar even higher. Visit our booth at NAPT, and we’ll show you the latest and greatest Thomas Buil...
Before winter approaches, make sure your biggest investment is well cared for with corrosion protection. Some protective finishes can wear off over time, or become damaged from rocks or gravel. Then, when corrosive elements such as acid rain or de-icers settle on the body or up in the undercarriage of your bus, they slowly eat away at the chassis, bumpers or even the wiring of the bus, resulting in destructive and costly damage.
Don’t get caught with corrosion this year. Ask your local dealer about corrosion protection today.
“What we’ve learned after 10 years of building the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner® C2
In 2004, the Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner® C2 changed the school bus industry. And that didn’t happen by chance. When designing and building the C2, Thomas Built implemented a simple and effective strategy: do a handful of things better than anyone else. That’s right...
We know how tempting it is to buy the lowest priced replacement parts. Sometimes that may actually be the best bet. But other times, low cost just gets you low quality. And low quality parts fail more quickly, costing you more money in the long run. That’s why it’s important to have a candid conversation with your dealer, whose job is to help you determine the best options for your specific needs.
In addition to quality, look for the latest technology. Engineering departments are designing some truly innovative parts these days. When you must replace something, consider upgrading. For example, some newer transmission parts now include idle parameters, fuel economy modes and the ability to gear with the powertrain of your bus.
“There has been a lot of buzz surrounding propane buses, but what is all of the fuss about? Hasn’t propane been around for years?
It’s true that propane is not a new fuel source, but its popularity in the school bus industry is definitely on the rise. As district budgets are tightened and environmental standards become as much of a public mandate as they are governmental, fleets ar...
Train your team; time is running out
Downtime is costly. Technician training is an important aspect of TCO because the sooner your technicians can perform routine maintenance checks, the more quickly your buses can be back on the road. Solid training keeps your buses in optimal condition, and it saves you time and money on maintenance that can be performed quickly on-site.
Each year, Thomas Built Buses offers hands-on intensive technician training and factory-certified curriculum all in one week. Thomas Built Institute 2014 – West will take place from September 9 – 12 in Dallas, Texas. Registration is now open.
To register or learn more, visit the Thomas Built Institute page.
“The cost of parts and services plays a significant role in the total cost of ownership. Obviously, the more you spend on parts and services throughout the year, the higher your total cost of ownership. Purchasing cheaper parts or skimping on maintenance and necessary service visits might lower your initial cost, but in the end you’ll pay much more when parts start to fail.
Oil Testing Raises Red Flags for Poor Performance
Engine oil says a lot about your engine and how it is performing. From a faulty injection system or pressure regulator to cooling system failures, the trace elements and contaminants in your engine oil indicate what’s going on (or not going on) in your engine. In addition to changing the oil at regular intervals, periodically test the oil to monitor the performance of your engine and uncover red flags before they become expensive issues.
Identifying potential problems early will help increase the reliability of your engine and save you money in the long run. To learn more, talk to your local dealer about how to have your engine oil tested.