21-3. PREPARATION FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE (CONT)
If vehicle has accumulated very low miles since the last scheduled lubrication service, do not drain
and refill transmission or axles (skip Step e. and h. below).
e. Drain and refill transmission and axles with new oil.
f. Schedule next preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) on DD Form 314.
g. Store vehicle indoors in a dry, protected area with boom lowered and retracted, and with forks resting on ground. Cycle
controls after engine shutdown to relieve any pressure in the hydraulic circuits.
h. Completely drain crankcase and refill with recommended oil.
i. Completely drain fuel tank. Mix a solution of diesel fuel and flushing oil per instructions supplied with flushing oil.
Pour solution in fuel tank. Run engine for at least 10 minutes on this solution.
j. Before stopping engine, treat upper cylinders by spraying recommended engine oil into air intake for about two
minutes. Then open throttle momentarily, shut engine off, and continue spraying oil into air intake as engine comes to a
k. Use an accurate hydrometer to check engine coolant. Make sure coolant has proper mixture for expected temperatures
(refer to Table 21-1).
m. Lift fan belt tensioner and remove engine drive belt from around alternator pulley.
n. Remove and thoroughly clean batteries and ensure they are fully charged. Store batteries in a cool, dry place at above
freezing temperatures. Periodically charge batteries during storage.
o. Completely drain fuel tank of flushing oil mixture.
p. Ensure that all cab windows and doors are closed and latched.
q. Ensure that engine access doors are closed and latched.
r. Place blocking under axles to remove weight from tires.
s. Fill in DD Form 1397 completely and attach to a conspicuous part of vehicle.
21-4. PREPARATION FOR RETURN TO SERVICE FROM LONG-TERM STORAGE
a. Inflate tires to the recommended pressures and remove blocking from under axles.
b. Fill fuel tank with fuel. Check oil level in crankcase, axles, transmission, hydraulic reservoir, and wheel ends.
c. Check radiator coolant level.