Bus & Coach Technical Training

Technical Training for Bus & Coach Operators

ZF Services Bus & Coach training courses are fully designed to give you both theory and hands on experience to enhance your product knowledge and develop your existing technical skills.

The team are experts on ZF products, transmissions and can answer your questions to ensure that you are fully competent after attending a one or two day course, many which are available at our customers sites.

Our training team know the importance of Health Checks. This is why all our transmission courses also provide insight into the latest updates and techniques on how to help you analyse the transmission for the best maintenance solutions for your fleet.

Read about the courses on offer in our Bus & Coach Technical Training brochure. (PDF, 8.1 MB)Bus & Coach Technical Training brochure. (PDF, 9.1 MB)

Course Outlines

Commerical Vehicle Steering and Suspension

This course is aimed at garage technicians / mechanics for Commercial Vehicles (LCV & PSV) applications.

What is it about?
This one day course considers the key aspects of modern steering systems and gives an insight into the developments currently taking place in both steering and suspension systems. This is done by both classroom and hands on tutorials.

Course Overview

  • Steering System Integration and Safety
  • The correct handling and installation of parts
  • Shock Absorber development including continuous damping control systems
  • Cab Dampers
  • Suspension developments and the use of composite materials
  • Pneumatic Dampers
  • Vehicle system faults and investigation
  • The requirements for improved accuracy with regards to steering geometry on commercial vehicles

What will you get out of it?
  • An understanding of: Steering and suspension systems as integrated parts
  • Modern developments in steering and suspension systems
  • The principles of active steering systems
  • The importance and complexity of steering geometry Potential workshop costs reduction (reducing chances of repeat vehicle failure)

CV Clutch / Dual Mass & Concentric Actuation Systems

This course is aimed at garage technicians / mechanics for Commercial Vehicles (LCV) applications.

What is it about?
This one day course considers the key aspects of clutch and Dual Mass Flywheel system awareness, illustrating the clutch and DMF functions, components and types through presentation, discussion and hands on tutorial. Concentric Actuation Systems and programming requirements are also discussed.

Course Overview

  • Components involved in both Clutch and DMF operation
  • Clutch release systems - CSC fitting awareness and installation
  • Concentric Actuation System designs
  • Vibration damping - damper design, functions and features
  • XTend self-adjusting clutch - features and fitting awareness
  • Fitting awareness theory
  • Practical fitting awareness (workshop)
  • Clutch testing and demonstration (workshop)
What will you get out of it?
  • Skills to undertake a correct clutch and release system installation
  • Recognition of the clutch components Knowledge of vibration reduction as affected by Dual Mass Flywheel Systems
  • Skills to undertake a practical clutch damage assessment and understand root cause failures
  • Awareness of Concentric Actuation Systems, programming requirements and damage assessment.
  • Guidance from experienced tutor; with extensive practical knowledge of SACHS clutches and Dual Mass Flywheel Systems
  • Potential workshop costs reduction (reducing chances of repeat vehicle failure)

AS Tronic Transmission

This course is aimed at garage technicians / mechanics for Commercial Vehicles (LCV) applications.

What is it about?
This two day course considers the key aspects of the transmissions design and operation, including associated components, the interpretation of errors, field experiences and basic programming requirements.

Course Overview

  • The design and operation of the AS Tronic Transmission
  • An overview of associated components (clutch) and its effect on the transmission
  • Lubrication requirements and servicing needs
  • An overview of common problems and rectifications
  • The basic interpretation of fault codes and signals
What will you get out of it?
  • Skills to undertake a correct clutch and release system installation
  • Recognition of the clutch components Knowledge of vibration reduction as affected by Dual Mass Flywheel Systems
  • Skills to undertake a practical clutch damage assessment and understand root cause failures
  • Awareness of Concentric Actuation Systems, programming requirements and damage assessment
  • Guidance from experienced tutor; with extensive practical knowledge of SACHS clutches and Dual Mass Flywheel Systems
  • Potential workshop costs reduction (reducing chances of repeat vehicle failure)

Ecolife

This Ecolife course is aimed at workshop technicians/mechanics for Bus & Coach and Commercial Vehicle applications.

What will you get out of it?
An understanding of:

  • How the Ecolife transmission operates
  • The lubrication requirements of the transmission
  • The correct process for oil change and setting the correct oil level
  • How to correctly identify transmission faults in order to ensure correct diagnosis


What is it about?
This one or two day course considers the key aspects of the transmission operation, servicing requirements and basic diagnostic skills.

Course Overview (1 day)

  • Transmission design and operation
  • Lubrication requirements The use of our ZF Testman diagnostic system
  • The use of TEXA as an alternative diagnostic tool

Course Overview (2 days)

All of the above plus:

  • Removal and a full strip down of the transmission valve block
  • Electrical tests of the internal componentry (on bench)
  • Pressure tests on a transmission within the vehicle
  • Examination and appreciation of the transmission electrical architecture associated with the test vehicle
  • Statistical analysis based on information uploaded from the test vehicle Health checks that can be carried out on a fleet based on this data

Ecomat

This Ecomat course is aimed at workshop technicians/mechanics for Bus & Coach and Commercial Vehicles applications.

What is it about?
This two day course considers the key aspects of the transmissions operation and servicing requirements and covers basic diagnostic skills.

Course Overview

  • Transmission design and operation
  • Lubrication requirements
  • Correct oil change processes
  • Basic diagnostic skills
  • The use of the ZF Test Man diagnostic system
  • Usage of a generic diagnostic system
  • Strip and rebuild a transmission in order to better understand power flows

What will you get out of it?
An understanding of:

  • How the 6/8 speed automatic transmission operates
  • The lubrication requirements of the transmission
  • The effect of using the incorrect lubricants
  • The correct processes for oil changes
  • How to correctly identify transmission faults in order to ensure correct diagnosis

(A separate course operates covering detailed transmission diagnostics, including information on the mechatronic unit)

Health Checks for your Fleet

This is important for the longevity of your fleet‘s transmission.

Our teams know the importance of Health Checks. This is why we can offer on-site fleet Health Checks. These checks include:

  • Vehicle checks with an emphasis on the gearbox and associated cooling system condition
  • Operator maintenance procedures with up- to-date technical information
  • Analysis of gearbox software and settings to ensure economical fuel efficiency and performance
  • Analysis of gearbox oil condition and coolant strength
  • Peripheral equipment checks and the effects it can cause on the gearbox‘s condition
  • Correct set up and performance of the gearbox.

Read about Health Checks at Dublin Bus depots (PDF, 94.2 KB) in our latest Case Study.

Tim Jordan

CV Technical Support Manager

07776 298 151

tim.jordan@zf.com

Andy Derz

Product Support Engineer

0115 935 5462

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Bob Glazebrook

Product Support Engineer

07776 298 148

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Matt Whitehead

Product Support Engineer

07824 311 670

matthew.whitehead@zf.com

Nigel Marson

Account Manager

0115 935 5482

nigel.marson@zf.com

Audrey Rooney-Ellis

Marketing Coordinator

01788 825 003

audrey.rooney-ellis@zf.com