In Mike Aksamit’s line of work, there’s nothing worse than a mechanical failure. He and his wife, Jenny, own Aksamit Transportation, Inc., a fleet of 76 school buses and vans in central Minnesota.
Half-a-dozen school districts depend on the fleet year-round to transport more than 3,000 students to schools, homes, sporting events, field trips and more. The buses and vans put on about 1.25 million miles each year.
“That might be peanuts to a big trucking company, but we’re a school bus company, and our motto is Transporting America’s Pride,” Mike says. “If a bus breaks down with 40 children on board and it’s 25 degrees below, we can’t have that. And that was a real situation years ago.”
Aksamit Transportation, Inc. is based in Browerville, Minnesota, where below-freezing temperatures are the norm for half the year, along with plenty of snow and ice. Harsh weather, combined with the frequent starting and stopping school buses have to perform each day, can wreak havoc on diesel engines and drivetrains.
Untreated fuel would lead to clogged filters and injectors, hard starts, and sluggish performance. Poor oil circulation wore out engine components, EGR systems, and turbos. The cold also caused a host of transmission problems—enough to dedicate a whole wall of the company’s inventory room to transmission parts.
At the peak of the Aksamits’ problems several years ago, they had to tow 25–30 buses a year because of breakdowns and were replacing up to 10 transmissions a year. Having backup buses ready to go at a moment’s notice became the norm and the couple was spending a fortune on repairs. They knew it wasn’t sustainable, for their business or their reputation.
“It’s horribly embarrassing when a bus comes in on a hook,” Mike says. “It was apparent to us that we had to change something.”
THE SEA FOAM SOLUTION
The Aksamits had tried numerous fuel and oil additives, none of which helped to solve the problems they experienced with their fleet.
When their parts supplier suggested giving Sea Foam a try a couple of years ago, the Aksamits went all in. They ordered 220 gallons of Sea Foam Motor Treatment, which they mixed in their bulk tanks at a ratio of one gallon for every 150 gallons of fuel.
“Within a day we noticed the difference,” Mike says. “Not one bus had a starting issue.”
The Motor Treatment worked quickly to dissolve and clean residue, ultimately leading to fewer fuel filter replacements and injector problems. The Aksamits started using Motor Treatment in crankcases between oil changes as well, cleaning key engine components for better performance and longevity. And in the fleet’s transmissions, the Aksamits started using Sea Foam Trans Tune, helping to smooth rough shifting, control moisture, and improve transmission life.
Since the company started using Sea Foam, breakdowns requiring tow-ins dropped to just a couple a year, and only one transmission has needed replacement.
An unexpected bonus:
The fleet’s overall mileage improved by nearly 2 miles per gallon—a huge cost savings for the company.
“It’s a worry-free product,” Mike says. “Honestly, if I were to say anything about it to anyone, it would be to just give it a try. We did and we hit a home run, and we’re very fortunate we went the way that we did.”
For fuel system treatment, add up to one 16-ounce can per 16 gallons of fuel; for fuel stabilization, add one ounce per gallon of fuel; for crankcase cleaning, add 1 to 1.5 ounces per quart of oil, 100 to 300 miles before an oil and filter change.
In Gas and Diesel Fuel
- Cleans harmful fuel system residues
- Stabilizes fuel
- Adds lubricity and controls moisture
- Dissolves harmful oil residues and deposits
- Cleans lifters, tensioners and actuators
- Cleans control rings and oil passageways
Add one 16-ounce can of Trans Tune to the transmission filler for most cars and trucks.
- Dissolves and removes harmful varnish residue and moisture contamination to overcome rough operation and shifting problems
- Works in transmissions, power steering systems, and most hydraulic systems