Before starting the engine, familiarize yourself with
Proper engine operation and maintenance are
these procedures and apply the principles to your
essential to long engine life and maximum performance.
The essentials for proper operation and normal periodic
maintenance are outlined in this guide. However, your
Caterpillar dealer is available for troubleshooting and/or
repairs when required.
Observe NO SMOKING signs.
Safety is basically common sense.
standard safety rules but each situation has its own
Do not smoke around batteries. Hydrogen gas
peculiarities which cannot always be covered by rules.
generated by charging is explosive. Keep
Therefore with your experience and common sense, you
batteries in a well ventilated area.
are in a position to do something about safety. Lack of
attention to safety can result in: accidents, personal injury,
Do not wear loose clothing around machinery.
reduction of efficiency and worst of all-loss of life. Watch
Be sure the engine room is properly ventilated.
for safety hazards. Correct deficiencies promptly.
Always disconnect and tape the ground battery
Use the following safety precautions as a general
lead before working on the electrical system.
guide to safe operation.
All electrical equipment must be grounded
Never adjust or repair a machine while it is in
according to local building ordinances.
Be sure an automatic start-stop system is
Remove all tools and electrical cords before
being worked on. Disconnect and tape the
Keep the engine room and floor area clean.
ground battery lead.
Store oily rags in containers.
Remember, safety is everyone's business.
Never store flammable liquids near the engine.