GENERAL MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
These general maintenance instructions contain general shop practices and specific methods you must be
familiar with to properly maintain the ATLAS. You should read and understand these practices and methods
before starting maintenance tasks on the ATLAS.
2-10. WORK SAFETY
a. Before starting a task, think about the risks and hazards to your safety as well as others. Wear
protective gear such as safety goggles or lenses, safety shoes, rubber apron, or gloves. Protect yourself against
b. When lifting heavy parts, have someone help you. Make sure that lifting equipment is working properly,
that it is suitable for the task assigned, and is secured against slipping.
c. Always use power tools carefully.
d. Disconnect negative battery terminal before performing any maintenance.
2-11. GENERAL INFORMATION
a. Before beginning a task, find out how much repair, modification, or replacement is needed to fix the
equipment as described in this manual. Sometimes the reason for equipment failure can be seen right away
and complete teardown is not necessary. Disassemble the equipment only as far as necessary to repair or
replace damaged or broken parts.
b. All tags and forms attached to the equipment must be checked to learn the reason for removal from
service. Check all Modification Work Orders (MW0) and Technical Bulletins (TB) for equipment changes and
c. In some cases a part may be damaged by removal. If the part appears to be good, and other parts behind
it are not defective, leave it on and continue the procedure. Here are a few simple rules:
Do not take out dowel pins or studs unless loose, bent, broken, or otherwise damaged.
Do not pull bearings or bushings unless damaged. If you must get at parts behind them, pull out
bearings or bushings carefully.
Replace all gaskets, seals, and preformed packings.
2-12. CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
The cleaning instructions will be the same for the majority of parts and components that make up
The importance of cleaning must be thoroughly understood by maintenance personnel. Great care
and effort are required in cleaning. Dirt and foreign material are a constant threat to satisfactory
maintenance. The following should apply to all cleaning, inspection, repair, and assembly