Safety & Maintenance Program - Karst Stage
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Safety & Maintenance Program

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HIGHEST QUALITY EQUALS HIGHEST SCORES

Keeping our vehicles in good working order pretty much sums up our maintenance philosophy. As graded by the Department of Defense, which has some of the most stringent inspection standards, Karst Stage currently has the highest quality vehicle maintenance programs around, receiving the highest score possible. Our staff takes pride in keeping vehicles in working order, minimizing the frequency of mechanical breakdowns.

Through the use of our daily vehicle inspections and rigorous preventative maintenance program, issues can be identified early and taken care of before they become problems. When a maintenance issue is identified, it is evaluated by the maintenance department immediately. A determination is made regarding the severity of the issue and appropriate action is taken. This action could be to fix the problem immediately, get non-critical issues scheduled for maintenance, or designate the bus as out of service until the issue is fixed.

KEEPING YOU SAFE

Our #1 focus is your safety.  Our inspections ensure a terrific experience.

DRIVER INSPECTIONS

The maintenance process starts with the driver. Each driver is trained to do a complete vehicle inspection each time the unit is driven. This includes both a pre-trip and post-trip inspection. We believe the people who drive the vehicle can accurately identify vehicle problems.

If at any point the driver feels the vehicle is unsafe, he or she can put the vehicle out of service and have a mechanic look at it. This responsibility is one of the most powerful tools we give to our drivers to determine the safety of the vehicle. If the driver puts a vehicle out of service, that vehicle cannot be used until a mechanic completely inspects the vehicle and signs off that the issue has been corrected.

MECHANIC INSPECTIONS

The drivers do a great job of looking for and identifying issues. However, it is imperative that a mechanic also inspect our vehicles. Our maintenance program is designed to have a mechanic look at each vehicle every 45 days or 4000 miles, whichever comes first. Our fleet does over a million miles a year; as a result, the frequency in which vehicles are inspected by a certified mechanic is usually more often than is specified in our program requirements.

OUR PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

Our preventative maintenance schedule is second to none. As part of our routine maintenance program, we have 4 inspection services designed to address every vehicle system. The preventative maintenance schedule is outlined below.

A-SERVICE (EVERY 45 DAYS OR 4,000 MILES)
  • Check brake adjustments.
  • Check brake system leaks, low air warning device.
  • Check two-way check valve in dual air system.
  • Check all mounting brackets.
  • Check battery water and clean connections.
  • Check tires, lug nuts, and wheels.
  • Check tire wear.
  • Check entry door operation & lock.
  • Check all interior seat mounting brackets.
  • Check steering & suspension.
  • Check all safety equipment (fire extinguisher, reflector, jack, belts & bulbs).
  • Check all A/C motor brushes, and clean the condenser and filters.
  • Check S-Cam bushings and height, wheel seals, and brake springs.
  • Check tire pressure.
  • Check all belts & hoses.
  • Check emergency exits.
  • Check shutter operation.
  • Check clutch pedal height 1 1/4″ play.
B-SERVICE (EVERY 12,500 MILES)
  • Brake adjustment.
  • Take oil sample.
  • Replace engine oil.
  • Replace oil filters.
  • Replace water filters.
  • Replace primary & secondary fuel filters.
  • Check fuel pressure.
  • Check voltage regulator – 27.2V.
  • Lubricate drive shaft U-joints.
  • Lubricate slack adjusters.
  • Fill blower oil.
  • Steam clean undercarriage.
  • Check freon pressure at compressor 24-28lbs.
  • Clean air filter.
C-SERVICE (EVERY 25,000 MILES)
  • Inspect and adjust brakes.
  • Inspect all electric motors & brushes.
  • Take transmission oil sample.
  • Drain and refill transmission oil.
  • Inspect undercoating.
  • Lubricate all zerk fittings.
D-SERVICE (EVERY 50,000 MILES)
  • Brake adjustment.
  • Drain and refill differential.
  • Replace power steering filters.
  • Check ride height.
  • Check alternator output.
  • Check all regulator valves.
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FLEET VEHICLES

Maintained impeccably each month.