Decompression Knob (5). The decompression
knob is used to relieve the engine compression
during the start-up cranking of the engine. Turn-
ing the knob fully clockwise will set the decom-
pression device for starting. The decompression
knob is automatically reset to operating mode dur-
ing the cranking operation.
Section II. PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE CHECKS AND SERVICES (PMCS)
you discover before, during, or after operation, un-
less you can fix them. You DO NOT need to re-
Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services
cord faults that you fix.
(PMCS) means systematic caring, inspecting, and
Be prepared to assist unit maintenance when
servicing of equipment to keep it in good condition
they lubricate the compactor. Perform any other
and to prevent breakdowns. As the compactor's op-
services when required by unit maintenance.
erator, your mission is to:
2-3. OPERATOR'S PMCS TABLE
a. Be sure to perform your PMCS each time you op-
erate the compactor. Always do your PMCS in
Your Preventive Maintenance Checks and Set-v-
the same order, so it gets to be a habit. Once
you've had some practice, you'll quickly spot any-
quired to keep your compactor in good operating
condition. It IS set up so you can make your BE-
FORE OPERATION checks as you walk around
b. Do your DURING PMCS just before you operate
the compactor. Pay attention to WARNINGs,
CAUTIONs, and NOTEs.
when to do a certain check or service.
c. Do your DURING PMCS while you operate the
compactor. During operation means to monitor
the compactor and its related components while it
you how to do required checks and services.
is actually being operated. Pay attention to
Carefully follow these instructions. If you do not
WARNINGs, CAUTIONs, and NOTEs.
have tools, or if the procedure so directs, notify
d. Do your AFTER PMCS right after operating the
compactor. Pay attention to WARNINGs, CAU-
The "NOT FULLY MISSION CAPABLE IF" col-
TIONs, and NOTEs.
umn in Table 2-1 tells you when your plate com-
pactor cannot be used.
e. Do your WEEKLY PMCS once a week.
f. Do your MONTHLY PMCS once a month.
The term "mission capable" indicates
g. Use DA Form 2404 (Equipment Inspection and
equipment is on hand and IS able to per-
Maintenance Worksheet) to record any faults that
form its mission (See DA PAM 738-750)