Section IV. GENERAL MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
2-8. GENERAL MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS TASK SUMMARY
a. General Instructions. Cleaning procedures will be the same for the majority of parts and compo-
nents which make up engine subassemblies. General cleaning procedures are detailed in b through i.
b. The Importance of Cleaning. Great care and effort are required in all cleaning operations. The
presence of dirt and foreign material is a constant threat to satisfactory engine operation and maintenance.
The following will apply to all cleaning operations:
(1) Hands must be kept free of any accumulation of grease which can collect dust and grit.
(2) Clean all parts before inspection, after repair, and before assembly.
(3) After cleaning, all parts must be covered or wrapped in plastic or paper to protect them from dust
Compressed air used for cleaning purposes will not exceed 30 psi
(207 kPa). Use only with effective chip guarding and personal
protective equipment (goggles/shield, gloves, etc.).
c. External Engine Cleaning. All electrical equipment and other parts that could be damaged by steam
cleaning or moisture must be removed, and all openings covered before cleaning. Dry with compressed air.
d. Disassembled Parts Cleaning. Place all disassembled parts in wire baskets for cleaning.
(1) Dry and cover all cleaned parts.
(2) Place on or in racks and hold for inspection or repair.
(3) All parts subject to rusting must be lightly oiled and wrapped.
(4) Keep all related parts and components together. Do not mix parts.
Improper cleaning methods and use of unauthorized cleaning
solutions will injure personnel and damage equipment. See
TM 9-247 for correct information.
(1) Clean inner and outer surfaces of castings and all areas subject to grease and oil with cleaning
solvents. Refer to TM 9-247.
(2) Use a stiff brush to remove sludge and gum deposits.
(3) Use compressed air to blow out all tapped capscrew holes and dry castings after cleaning.