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The Preventive Maintenance Monthly: Bigger cages available

Bigger cages available – Tires … Mechanics need a bigger tire inflation cage to stay out of harm’s way, especially when they have to inflate big tires, meaning ones larger than HEMTT tires. NSN 4910-00-025-0623 gets a cage 76 inches long, 32 inches wide and 78 inches high. It weighs 1,600 pounds and is big […]

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The Preventive Maintenance Monthly: Rough start reminder

Rough start reminder – Hyex … Operators, your hydraulic excavator may be hard to start when the temperature drops below freezing. The cold weather starter system has a fuel canister that automatically injects ether into the engine when you push the cold start button. If your excavator is hard to start even when using the […]

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The Preventive Maintenance Monthly: Parts for hospital cot

Parts for hospital cot GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT, DOC! HOW BAD IS IT? THE BAD NEWS IS YOUR LEG IS BROKEN. THE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU IS, REPLACLEMENT PARTS CAN KEEP YOUR FOLDING HOSPITAL COT, NSN 6530-00-299-8517, IN GOOD HEALTH. HERE’S THE PRESCRIPTION … [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Item Description NSN 1 Cover, hospital cot 6530-01-298-7448 […]

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The Preventive Maintenance Monthly: Medical “insurance” – First Aid Kits – Brief Article

Medical “insurance” – First Aid Kits – Brief Article – Illustration Make sure your first aid kit, NSN 6545-00-922-1200, stays well-supplied. If items are missing or have passed their expiration date, see your medical support folks to get them replaced. They usually keep a large supply on hand. Here’s what you need for each kit: […]

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Change com port settings manually

Change com port settings manually There’s an important new maintenance procedure required for Stryker mechanics. When followed correctly, it allows you to use the RS485 PCMCIA card to conduct intrusive diagnostics of the chassis electronic systems through the maintenance support device (MSD). National Instrument software version 1.5 for the RS485 PCMCIA card locks up the […]

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The Preventive Maintenance Monthly: Clean contacts, clear signals

Clean contacts, clear signals Dirty and corroded contacts on the SINCGARS vehicular antenna mean intermittent or broken traffic. Worse yet, dirt and corrosion can lead to high reflected RF power, which can damage the receiver-transmitter. Here are a few tips for clean contacts: * Unhook the RF cable before you begin cleaning. Don’t take a […]

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BA-5590A/D with SOCI coming soon 1

BA-5590A/D with SOCI coming soon 1 For all standard BA-5590 applications (like SINCGARS, Javelin, AN/PRC-104, ACADA, etc.), the Army and DLA will soon introduce a version of the battery with a state-of-charge indicator (SOCI). The SOCI allows users to determine how much life is left using LED indicators on the battery. Using SOCI will make […]

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Water purification devices – Personal Gear

Water purification devices – Personal Gear – Brief Article Being stuck in the boonies without fresh water can leave you real thirsty. What you need is an individual water purification device that treats any freshwater source for microbiological contaminants. These purification devices are like the ones used by campers and backpackers. They can treat up […]

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Swing bearing needs lube

Swing bearing needs lube – Hyex … A drop in temperature may cause the slowdown in your excavator’s upper structure when it turns (rotates) during construction operations. But when it continues to move in an unusual way or at a snail’s pace, the structure probably needs some lube–EL PRONTO! The two grease fittings that lubricate […]

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The Preventive Maintenance Monthly: Desert redeployment cleaning

Desert redeployment cleaning Well, you’ve served your time in the sandbox, and redeployed to your home station. But this is no time to kick back and relax! Your bird put in long hours in the sand and had a long sea voyage home. But sand (remember the sand?) got into every nook and cranny, and […]