PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE CHECKS AND SERVICES (PMCS) INTRODUCTION
To ensure that the machine is ready for operation at all times, it must be inspected on a regular basis so that defects may
be found and corrected before they result in serious damage, equipment failure, or injury to personnel. This PMCS contains
systematic instructions on inspections, lubrications, adjustments, and corrections to be performed by the operator to keep your
equipment in good operating condition and ready for its primary mission.
EXPLANATION OF TABLE ENTRIES
Item Number (Item No.) Column. Numbers in this column are for reference. When completing DA Form 2404 or DA
Form 5988-E (Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Worksheet), include the item number for the check/service indi-
cating a fault. Item numbers also appear in the order that you must perform checks and services for the interval listed.
Interval Column. This column tells you when you must perform the procedure in the procedure column.
Before procedures must be done immediately before you operate the machine.
During procedures must be done while you are operating the machine.
After procedures must be done immediately after you have operated the machine.
Weekly procedures must be done once each week.
Monthly procedures must be done once each month.
Man-Hours Column. This column indicates man-hours required to complete prescribed lubrication service.
Location, Item to Check/Service Column. This column provides the location and item to be checked or serviced.
The WARNINGs and CAUTIONs appearing in your PMCS table must always be observed. WARNINGs
and CAUTIONs appear before applicable procedures. You must observe these WARNINGs to prevent seri-
ous injury to yourself and others, and CAUTIONs to prevent your equipment from being damaged.
Procedure Column. This column gives the procedure you must perform to know if the equipment is ready or available
for its intended mission or for operation. You must perform the procedure at the time stated in the interval column.
Not Fully Mission Capable If: Column. Information in this column tells you what faults will keep your equipment
from being capable of performing its primary mission. If you perform check/service procedures that show faults listed in
this column, the equipment is not mission-capable. Follow standard operating procedures for maintaining the equipment
or reporting equipment failure.
GENERAL PMCS PROCEDURES
Always perform PMCS in the same order. With experience, you should be able to identify problems easily. If the
machine does not perform as required, refer to the Troubleshooting Symptom Index (WP 0009 00). If anything looks
wrong and you can't fix it, write it on your DA Form 2404 or DA Form 5988-E. If you find something seriously wrong,
IMMEDIATELY report it to your supervisor.
Before performing preventive maintenance, read all the checks required for the applicable interval and prepare every-
thing needed to make all the checks. For example, you'll always need a rag (Item 12, WP 0016 00) or two.