Maintaining Your Used School Bus

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A used school bus is an investment that can be used in a variety of ways. School buses are purchased for bus fleets, home conversions, food truck conversions, party buses, and more. Because most used buses are operated daily, it is imperative to be sure each bus is safe and roadworthy.  With proper maintenance, your bus will provide you many years of service, regardless of what you use it for.

If you’ve recently purchased a used bus, here are some routine maintenance checks to keep it running smoothly: 

Inspect tires – Before operating the bus, check that all tires are inflated to the proper pressures. If possible, store your bus in a garage or under a tarp when not in use. Direct sunlight and drastic temperature changes can significantly affect air pressure or even damage tires.  If you live in a particularly cold climate, checking your tire pressure regularly is even more important.  For every 10 degrees of temperature drop, the tires will drop 1-2 pounds of pressure.

Check Cooling System – It is estimated that half of premature engine failures are due to cooling system problems, but routine maintenance can help to prevent this.  It is important to check your bus’s cooling system for proper levels and water-to-antifreeze ratios at least once a month.

Regular cleaning – Routinely cleaning your bus is key to maintaining the interior. This is also a good way to discover any problems that may be occurring on your bus. Check the seats for any rips or tears, and for loose or missing hardware. You should also check that the seatbelts are working properly if equipped.  While cleaning the exterior, inspect for any other damage or areas that may need attention.

These simple tips, along with routine professional maintenance, can help keep your bus in the best possible condition and prevent unnecessary damage.

Whether you are looking for a bus for personal or business use, American Bus Sales has the one for you!  Our inventory of professionally inspected, pre-owned shuttles, school buses, and coaches are both safe and reliable. In addition to providing quality pre-owned buses, we also work to maintain them by providing a professional service department, specializing in bus repairs.  Visit our service page to see how we can help keep your fleet in tip-top shape!