New Bus Update: Pix and Fix
Wed., May. 30. 2012 12:50pm UTC
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On Thursday, our bus goes into the repair shop for new leaf springs and to adjust the area around the air bags (not the kind in your car), so they don't rub against the bus frame. That should greatly reduce the crash-boom-bang we currently feel any time we hit the slightest bump.
Here are a couple of definitions from Wikipedia to help you understand:
Leaf spring - a simple form of spring, commonly used for the suspension in wheeled vehicles ... Today leaf springs are still used in heavy commercial vehicles such as vans and trucks ... For heavy vehicles, they have the advantage of spreading the load more widely over the vehicle's chassis, whereas coil springs transfer it to a single point.
Air bags - a type of vehicle suspension powered by an electric or engine-driven air pump or compressor ... using compressed air as a spring ... in heavy vehicle applications such as buses and trucks ... improper installation may cause the air bags to rub against the vehicle's frame or other surrounding parts, damaging it.