Re: Leaving and Need tune-upish advice
Hello. Here are a list of things to look at and do. Its a start.
Change oil, filter, fuel filter, air filter if not done recently. (If nothing was done at all since you've had the bus,then a full service would be in order. All fluids and filters changed)
Inspect hoses, lines for chafing or leakage
Check for fluid leaks under bus
Inspect belts for cracks. Engine pulleys for loose/worn bearings
Top off all fluids
Lugnut tightness (look for shiny spots around the lugnut that would indicate one might be loose)
Oil level in front wheel hubs (if applicable)
Check condition of brake linings/pads (if air brakes.. Have them adjusted)
Check front end components for wear. (tie rods, drag link, king pins)
Check rear differential fluid level (if not changed already)
All exterior lights ( directionals,brake,reverse,parking/tail,4 way flashers,clearance lamps,headlights(high/low)
Loose and or broken glass or mirrors.
Exhaust pipes and hangers
Operational emergency exits (if applicable)
Instrument panel gauges working properly
Low air warning light/buzzer (if air brakes)
Automatic 20psi air brake pop up. This is to check to make sure the air brakes will apply when the air pressure gets around 20psi. Depress air brake knob and pump brakes until almost all the air is out and the brake knob should automatically pop up.
These are a few things that come to mind. A lot of these are CDL pretrip inspections. Others are for a routine PM (preventative maintenance).
You could also find a local heavy truck shop and walk in and tell them you would like a routine PM service done to your bus.
Have a safe trip!