Executive bus fleet owners need to stay on top of maintenance issues from the moment they purchase a vehicle. Even if you’re using your fleet for fewer events during winter months, it’s still important to keep up with maintenance. Today’s blog from CoachWest discusses some winterizing tips for cold weather and executive buses.
Coolant & Antifreeze
You need to do more than just check the level of your coolant and antifreeze. You must also examine your antifreeze’s strength using a coolant tester. A coolant tester usually has a little bulb on it with a short tube to extract some coolant from the reservoir. The tester indicates if you need to add additional fluid to the reservoir.
In many climates, a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water works well all year long. Many brands come pre-mixed with this ratio of coolant to water. Make sure you maintain the right level of coolant in your executive bus to prevent overheating, freezing, and engine damage due to oil viscosity problems.
There are two things to look for when it comes to windshield wipers. First, check for cracking or splitting along the rubber of your wipers. Cold weather and frequent use may lead to this kind of damage. Second, add de-icer fluid to your windshield wiper cleaner tank. This fluid can keep the outside of your windshield free from icy condensation during frigid days.
Your executive coach’s battery is responsible for starting the vehicle. Fully charged batteries should measure a specified voltage to provide enough power to start the engine when cold. Use a multimeter to measure the voltage coming from the battery. Once started, the alternator recharges the battery. Follow the battery’s specifications for measuring what you should see on the multimeter.
Executive buses rarely have problems in the snow when it comes to tires and traction. However, we strongly recommend snow tires or chains if you’re using your fleet in snowy conditions. Make sure all of the buses’ tires have enough tread on them for traction. Look for gouges, cracks, and splits in the sidewalls and replace any damaged tires as soon as possible.
Before you pick up passengers, blow your heater at least once to get out any dirt, dust, or debris that may have accumulated in the heating portion of the HVAC system. No one wants that burnt dust smell to permeate your executive bus! Open a few windows to air it out to get rid of any lingering smell.
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