21-1. PREPARATION FOR SHORT-TERM STORAGE (CONT)
f. When moderate temperatures (down to -25°F) are expected, batteries may be left in place. If extreme cold (lower than -
25°F) is expected, remove batteries and store in a protected area.
g. Use an accurate hydrometer to check engine coolant. Make sure coolant has the proper mixture for expected
temperatures (refer to Table 21-1).
i. Fill fuel tank completely to prevent condensation from forming. Drain water and sediment from fuel/water separator
and primary fuel filter element.
j. Ensure that cab windows and doors are closed and latched.
k. Ensure that engine access doors are closed and latched.
l. Fill in DD Form 1397 completely and attach to a conspicuous part of vehicle.
21-2. PREPARATION FOR RETURN TO SERVICE FROM SHORT-TERM STORAGE
a. Remove seals from all engine openings, including air intake, exhaust outlet, and crankcase breather tube.
b. If removed, install batteries.
c. Check oil level in crankcase, axles, transmission, hydraulic reservoir, and wheel ends.
d. Check radiator coolant level.
e. Crank engine with auxiliary fuel shut-off switch in OFF position, until oil pressure gauge registers oil pressure. Place
auxiliary fuel shut-off switch in ON position.
f. Start engine. Allow engine to idle for a few minutes and ensure that it is receiving lubrication.
g. Drive the vehicle without a load and check the engine, transmission, brakes, and steering for proper operation. Check all
hydraulic functions and electrical accessories for proper operation.
21-3. PREPARATION FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE
a. Perform operator preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS + lubrication instructions) contained in TM 10-
b. Perform unit preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS+ lubrication instructions) contained in Table 2-1 of
c. Thoroughly clean vehicle. Use touch-up paint where necessary to prevent rust.
d. Coat all exposed areas of cylinder rods with GAA grease to protect polished surfaces.