Maintenance challenge
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Keeping the Blue Line on track

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Mike Clantz, maintenance specialist, cleans coupler electrical heads during a Blue Line preventative maintenance inspection in Long Beach. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Lee Hetherington prepares a Blue Line rail car for interior painting as part of a graffiti refurbishment program. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Mike Clantz, maintenance specialist, inspects the coupler assembly during a Blue Line preventative maintenance inspection. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Quan Nguyen inspects a power truck assembly.  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Thi Vu installs new friction brake shoes on one of the Blue Line cars. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Stan Nocon presses new tires on a Blue Line wheel/axle assembly. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Danny Dinh, left, and Marcus Martinez install an overhauled air compressor. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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