3-9. GENERAL - Continued.
j. Always do your PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE in the same order so it gets to be a habit. Once you've had
some practice, you'll spot anything wrong in a hurry.
k. If anything looks wrong and you can't fix it, write in on your DA Form 2404. If you find something seriously
wrong, report it to Forward Intermediate Maintenance RIGHT NOW.
l. When you do your PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE take along the tools you will need to make all the checks.
Take along a rag, you'll always need at least one.
Cleaning solvent, Federal Specification P-D-680, is toxic and flammable. Use
solvent only in a well-ventilated area. Avoid prolonged breathing of fumes. Keep
solvent away from flames. Do not use in excessive amounts. Avoid skin contact.
(1) Keep it clean: Dirt, grease, oil, and debris only get in the way and may cover up a serious problem. Clean
as you work and as needed. Use cleaning solvent (Appendix E, item 2) on all metal surfaces. Use soap
and water when you clean rubber or plastic material.
(2) Bolts, nuts, and screws: Check them all for obvious looseness, missing, bent, or broken condition. You
can't try them all with a tool of course, but look for chipped paint, bare metal, or rust around bolt heads. If
you find one you think is loose, tighten it or report it to Forward Intermediate Maintenance if you can not
(3) Welds: Look for loose or chipped paint, rust, or gaps where parts are welded together. If you find a bad
weld, report it to Forward Intermediate Maintenance.
(4) Electric wires and connectors: Look for cracked or broken insulation, bare wires, and loose or broken
connections. Make sure wires are in good shape.