The use of water with high mineral content will result in less damage to the battery
than allowing electrolyte level to drop below the plates. A dry battery has a short
(2) A battery will discharge at a greater rate if left standing for long periods at high
temperatures. If necessary to park for several days, remove batteries and store in a cool place.
Do not store acid type storage batteries near stacks of tires, as acid fumes have a
harmful effect on rubber.
d. Body and Chassis. In hot, damp climates, corrosion will occur on truck, especially during
rainy seasons. Pitting and paint blistering occur on metal surfaces; mildew, mold, and fungus
grow on fabrics, rubber, and glass. Protect all painted surfaces from corrosion by touchup
painting. Electrical cables and terminals should be protected by ignition insulation compound.
Make frequent inspections. Clean and lubricate often to prevent deterioration.
e. Parking the Truck.
(1) Do not park truck in the sun for long periods, as heat and sunlight will shorten tire
life. When practical, park under cover to protect truck from sun, sand, and dust.
(2) Cover inactive truck with paulins if no other suitable shelter is available. Where entire
truck cannot be covered, protect window glass against etching by sand, and protect engine
compartment against entry of sand.
(3) Correct tire inflation pressure as prescribed in table 1-7.
When checking tire pressure, do not reduce pressure if tires are hot from driving.
on Unusual Terrain.
a. Deep Snow, Mud, or Sand.
(1) Select a gear ratio low enough to maintain engine speed above the recommended
minimum speed (rpm) without causing the wheels to spin.
Do not spin wheels. Tires can easily become buried by spinning.