Terms ready/available and mission capable refer to same status: Equipment is on hand and
ready to perform its combat missions. (See DA Pam 738-750).
The EQUIPMENT IS NOT READY/AVAILABLE IF: column in Table 2-1 tells you when your equipment is
nonmission capable and why the equipment cannot be used.
If the equipment does not perform as required, refer to Chapter 3, Section II, Troubleshooting.
If anything looks wrong and you can't fix it, write it on your DA Form 2404. IMMEDIATELY, report it to your
When you do your PMCS, you will always need a rag or two. Following are checks that are common to all
(1) Keep It Clean. Dirt, grease, oil, and debris only get in the way and may cover up a serious problem. Clean
as you work and as needed. Use dry cleaning solvent, P-D-680 ( App E, item 1) on all metal surfaces.
Use soap and water when you clean rubber or plastic material.
(2) Rust and Corrosion. Check equipment for rust and corrosion. If any bare metal or corrosion exists, clean,
and apply a thin coat of oil (App E, item 15). Report it to your supervisor.
(3) Bolts, Nuts, and Screws. Check for looseness, missing, bent, or broken condition. Look for chipped paint,
bare metal, or rust around bolt heads. If you find a bolt, nut or screw you think is loose, report it to your
(4) Welds. Look for loose or chipped paint, rust, or gaps where parts are welded together. If you find a bad
weld, report it to your supervisor.
(5) Electric Wires and Connectors. Look for cracked, frayed, or broken insulation, bare wires, and loose or
broken connectors. Report any damaged wires to your supervisor.
(6) Hoses and Fluid Lines. Look for wear, damage, and leaks. Make sure clamps and fittings are tight. Wet
spots show leaks, but a stain around a fitting or connector can also mean a leak. If a leak comes from a
loose fitting or connector, report it to your supervisor. If something is broken or worn out, report it to your
Check operating condition.
Listen for unusual noise, clinking, rubbing or squealing.
Watch and feel for unusual shaking or vibration.