2-4. Purpose of PMCS Table. The purpose of the PMCS table is to provide a systematic method of
inspecting and servicing the equipment. In this way, small defects can be detected early before they become a
major problem causing the equipment to fail to complete its mission. The PMCS table is arranged with the
individual PMCS procedures listed in sequence under assigned intervals. The most logical time (Before, during or
after operation) to perform each procedure determines the interval to which it is assigned. Make a habit of doing
the checks in the same order each time and anything wrong will be seen quickly. See paragraphs 2-5 for
explanation of the columns in table 2-1.
2-5. Explanation of Columns. The following is a list of the PMCS table column-headings with a
description of the information found in each column.
Item No. This column shows the sequence in which the checks and services are to be performed, and is
used to identify the equipment area on the Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Worksheet, DA Form 2404.
Intervals. This column shows a () when each check is to be accomplished.
Item to be Inspected/Procedure. This column identifies the general area or specific part where the check or
service is to be done, and explains how to do them.
Equipment is Not Ready/Available If. This column lists conditions that make the equipment unavailable for
use because it is unable to perform its mission, or because it would represent a safety hazard. Do not accept or
operate equipment with a condition in the "Equipment is Not Ready If" column.
The terms ready/available and mission capable refer to the status Equipment is on hand and is able to
perform its combat mission. Refer to DA PAM 738-750.
2-6. Reporting Deficiencies. If your equipment does not perform as required, refer to Chapter 4, Section IV for
troubleshooting procedures. Report any malfunctions or failures on DA Form 2404, or refer to DA PAM 738-750.
2-7. Special Instructions. Preventive maintenance is not limited to performing the checks and services
listed in the PMCS table.
Keep it Clean. Dirt, grease, oil, and debris get in the way and may cover up a serious problem. Clean as you
work and as needed. Use soap and water to clean rubber or plastic material.
Bolts. Nuts. and Screws. Check them all for obvious looseness, missing, bent, or broken condition. You can't
try them all with a tool, but look for chipped paint, bare metal, or rust around boltheads. If you find one you think is loose,
tighten it, or report it to unit maintenance if you can't tighten it.
Electrical Wires and Cable Connectors. Look for bare wires, and loose or broken connectors. Report defects to
Fluid Lines. Look for wear, damage, and leaks. Make sure clamps and fittings are tight. Wet spots and stains
around a fitting or connector can mean a leak. If a leak comes from a loose connector, tighten it. If something is broken
or worn out, report it to unit maintenance.