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battery in a cool (never below 32'F.) dry place. Keep
15. Apply a non-friction rust preventive compound to all
Storage 15.3 the battery fully charged and check the
exposed parts. If it is convenient, apply the rust
level and the specific gravity of the electrolyte regularly.
preventive compound to the engine flywheel. If not,
disengage the clutch mechanism to prevent the clutch
19. Insert heavy paper strips between the pulleys and
disc from sticking to the flywheel.
belts to prevent sticking.
20. Seal all of the openings in the engine, including the
Do not apply oil, grease or any wax
exhaust outlet, with moisture resistant tape.
base compound to the flywheel. The
cardboard, plywood or metal covers where practical.
substances which can "sweat" out
21. Clean and dry the exterior painted surfaces of the
during operation and cause the
engine. Spray the surfaces with a suitable liquid
clutch to slip.
automobile body wax, a synthetic resin varnish or a rust
16. Drain the engine cooling system.
22. Cover the engine with a good weather-resistant
17. The oil may be drained from the engine crankcase
tarpaulin or other cover if it must be stored outdoors. A
if so desired. If the oil is drained, reinstall and tighten
clear plastic cover is recommended for indoor storage.
the drain plug.
The stored engine should be inspected periodically. If
18. Remove and clean the battery and battery cables
there are any indications of rust or corrosion, corrective
with a baking soda solution and rinse them with fresh
steps must be taken to prevent damage to the engine
water. Do not allow the soda solution to enter the
parts. Perform a complete inspection at the end of one
Add distilled water to the electrolyte, if
year and apply additional treatment as required.
necessary, and fully charge the battery. Store the
PROCEDURE FOR RESTORING AN ENGINE TO SERVICE WHICH HAS
BEEN IN EXTENDED STORAGE
1. Remove the valve rocker cover(s) and pour at least
7. Check the crankcase oil level. Fill the crankcase to
one-half gallon of oil, of the same grade as used in the
the proper level with the heavy-duty lubricating oil
crankcase, over the rocker arms and push rods.
recommended under Lubricating Oil Specifications
2. Reinstall the valve rocker cover(s).
8. Fill the fuel tank with the fuel specified under Diesel
Fuel Oil Specifications (Section 13.3).
3. Remove the covers and tape from all of the openings
of the engine, fuel tank, and electrical equipment. Do
9. Close all of the drain cocks and fill the engine cooling
system with clean soft water and a rust inhibitor. If the
4. Wash the exterior of the engine with fuel oil to
engine is to be exposed to freezing temperatures, fill the
remove the rust preventive.
cooling system with a high boiling point type antifreeze
solution (refer to Section 13.3).
5. Remove the rust preventive from the flywheel.
10. Install and connect the battery.
6. Remove the paper strips from between the pulleys
11. Service the air cleaner as outlined in Section 3.1.
and the belts.
1970 General Motors Corp.
July, 1970 SEC. 15.3