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PMCS with no LO? No go!

Some soldiers try to PMCS their equipment just with the steps listed in the operator's TM. When it comes to the specific items that need lubrication, they work from memory.

Unfortunately, memory isn't always reliable. As a result, lube points are missed or the wrong lubes are used. Eventually, moving parts lock up from no lube or the wrong lube. In war, that could mean a death sentence. During normal operations you could find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere with equipment needing major work.

So PMCS without the LO is a no go. When you go to do PMCS, take the -10 TM AND the LO. Follow them both to the letter, remembering these tips:

* Look at the back of the LO first. The notes there have critical info you'll need for the lubing instructions in the front, like how many squirts of the lube gun to give each fitting.

* Remember that dirt (or sand) and lube don't mix. If you pump lube in that has dirt or sand in it, you're hurling--not helping--your equipment. So wipe off fittings before yon connect the grease gun and keep grease containers capped to seal out dirt.

* If grease doesn't seem to be going into the fitting and you feel backpressure, try cleaning the fitting with a piece of wire. Then make sure the grease gun snaps on the fitting. Most of the time that should unplug fittings. If it doesn't tell your mechanic

Just remember the LO is the way to go at PMCS time.

SAYS HERE NOW WE NEED TO DO ALL REQUIRED LUBRICATION. DID YOU BRING THE LO?

LO? PHHT. I DON'T. NEED NO STINKIN' LO! I CAN REMEMBER

UH-OH FAMOUS. LAST WORDS.
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Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
Date:Apr 1, 2006
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