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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q - With the IC hydraulic full power brake system (yellow knob on dash), can a driver pull this knob during an emergency situation and what will happen?

A - Yes. If a parking brake is applied on a vehicle in motion, the foundation brake will be used in conjunction with anti-lock brakes to slow the vehicle to 2 mph. The parking brake will then be applied. This allows the driver to stop under control. This feature will help reduce damage to the driveline and parking brake and maintain vehicle stability. Once the parking brake is set, the engine torque is reduced to ensure that the driver does not "drive against" the parking brake.

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Q - Is "traction control system" the same as the limited slip differential that other manufacturers offer?

A - No. The automatic traction control system works in conjunction with the full power foundation brakes and anti-lock system to keep the bus under control. The systems reduce wheel slip on surfaces through the use of differential braking and engine torque reduction. This leads to increased traction and stability. When the vehicle is at speeds above 25 mph, engine torque reduction is used for stability. Limited slip differential only transfers traction to both rear wheels without the use of anti-lock brakes, engine torque or foundation brakes.

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Q - Will the IC International MaxxForce engines use SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology that requires the use of UREA injections in the exhaust system to meet the 2010 EPA emissions standards like other bus manufacturers?

A - No. The MaxxForce engines will use Advanced EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) to meet the 2010 emission standards just like the 2007 emission standards. ALL MANUFACTURERS will use EGR technology to meet the new standards, but some will also use UREA injections. SCR technology puts the burden of emissions compliance largely on the customer, who must constantly focus on assuring that each vehicle maintains an adequate supply of urea, or else face the prospect of interruptions in operating the vehicle. Urea becomes a "second fuel" that is required to operate the vehicle. If the UREA runs out, the engine will "de-rate". Customers are responsible to purchase and store the UREA solution. International MaxxForce engines are using a "simple solution" without requiring additional CUSTOMER action and avoid the additional cost, inconvenience and operational complexity associated with SCR.

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Q - Why does IC prefer to sell buses with power-operated entrance doors?

A - There are several reasons why power entrance doors (electric or air) are used on IC buses.

  • Safety: The IC entrance door cannot be opened while the bus is moving. The IC bus has an "in motion interlock" computer feature that requires the bus to be stopped to operate the door. Not all bus manufacturers have the "in motion interlock" for their power doors. With manually operated doors, the driver can open and close the door while the bus is moving.
  • Convenience: All the driver has to do is push a switch to open and close the door. With manual doors, the drivers has to push and pull the entrance door to open and close.
  • Workman's Compensation Claims: A driver is may be required to open and close the door hundreds of times a day and this may result in workman's comp. claims. Power doors will eliminate this potential problem.

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Q - Are extended warranties available for IC buses?

A - Yes. IC offers a large variety of warranties for new and late model buses. They offer standard format warranties or they can customize one to meet your specific needs. One of the huge advantages IC has over competition is that IC builds the chassis, engine, and body and is able to offer a COMPLETE warranty. Tow warranties are also available for the COMPLETE bus, chassis, engine and body.

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Q - Where can I bring an IC bus for warranty and service?

A - IC is the only bus manufacturer that offers "ONE STOP" service and warranty locations. All International and IC dealers can warranty the COMPLETE bus. No need to bring the bus to a separate location for the body and another for the chassis.

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