Maintaining a used school bus is essential, especially a used school bus if you want to make the most out of its life. Proper used school bus maintenance will not only extend the school bus’s life but it will also make its operation less painful, less of the breakdowns, less mechanical headaches. If you properly maintain your bus you will also protect the lives of your riders. The first thing to know is that proper maintenance is regular maintenance. You have to regularly check for any issues in your school bus.
Here are some guides on how to properly maintain a used school bus after every trip.
1. Proper refueling
Refueling your school bus can seem like a no-brainer, but did you know there is a preferable way, more specifically, time to refuel your school bus. This is important if you want to properly maintain your used school bus. If possible, always try to refill your school bus in the evenings or nights rather than in the mornings before trips. We do this so that overnight condensation caused by water vapor in an empty fuel tank will not occur. The presence of water in the fuel will eventually cause harm to the engines in the long run.
2. How to park the bus properly
At the end of the day, it is advised that after you set the parking brake and set the transmission to neutral, instead of quickly turning off the engines, you should let it slowly idle for some time, as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions. Letting the engine of your school bus slowly idle will lubricate all the parts, which is especially important for diesel vehicles, which most school buses are.
3. Inspecting the interior
It is always a good habit to check your interior after every trip. The most convenient time to do this is while your engines idle after the trip. Use that tie to check for any interior damage to the seats and windows. If possible, fix the damages before the next trip. Also, check the seats for sleeping students, any lost books or items and properly secure them.
4. Maintain Proper Hygiene With Your Used School Bus
Maintaining proper bus hygiene is always a good thing. Sweep the floors and steps. This will encourage a clean bus policy. And also, wash the interior of the school bus periodically, including seats, windows, fabrics, floor rugs etc.
5. Inspecting the exterior
Always inspect the exterior for any possible damages. Check for burned-out bulbs, deformed body panels, even the school bus’s underbody if possible, or any other issues that may need to be repaired. If the repairs are quick and easy, you can do them right away or get a professional mechanic for more intricate repairs.
By the time all the inspection is done, the engine should have idled long enough, get in the bus, turn off all the electrical components, shut off the engines, remove the keys and properly secure the bus until your next trip.
Regular inspection will help you catch any little problems before they grow into more complicated problems.
Following these steps regularly should ensure that your bus remains healthy and you experience a hitch-free time while it is alive.