Fire or Explosion Prevention
All fuels, most lubricants and some coolant mixtures
Fuel leaked or spilled onto hot surfaces or electrical
components can cause a fire.
Do not smoke while refueling or in a refueling area.
Do not smoke in areas where batteries are charged, or
where flammable materials are stored.
Batteries can be located in separate compartments.
When using jump start cables always connect positive
(+) cable to positive (+) terminal of battery connected
to starter solenoid and negative (-) cable from external
source to starter negative (-) terminal (If not equipped
with starter negative (-) terminal, connect to engine
See the Operation Section of this manual for specific
Clean and tighten all electrical connections. Check
daily for loose or frayed electrical wires. Have all loose
or frayed electrical wires tightened, repaired or
replaced before operating the machine.
Keep all fuels and lubricants stored in properly marked
containers and away from all unauthorized persons.
Store all oily rags or other flammable material in a
Do not weld or flame cut on pipes or tubes that contain
flammable fluids. Clean them thoroughly with
nonflammable solvent before welding or flame cutting
Remove all flammable materials such as fuel, oil and
other debris before they accumulate on the machine.
Do not expose the machine to flames, burning brush,
etc., if at all possible.
Shields, which protect hot exhaust components from oil
or fuel spray in the event of a line, tube or seal failure,
must be installed correctly.
Have a fire extinguisher available and know how to use
it. Inspect and have it serviced as recommended on its
A fire extinguisher can be mounted to the ROPS legs,
by strapping the mounting plate to the leg. Keep the
fire extinguisher over 4.5 kg (10 lb) size, as low as
possible on one leg. But, never mount it in the top
one-third length of the leg.
Ether is poisonous and flammable.
Inhaling ether vapors or repeated contact of ether with
skin can cause personal injury.
Use ether only in well-ventilated areas.
Do not smoke while changing ether cylinders.
Use ether with care to avoid fires.
Do not store replacement ether cylinders in living areas
or in the operator's compartment.
Do not store ether cylinders in direct sunlight or at
temperatures above 40°C (102°F).
Discard cylinders in a protective place. Do not puncture
or burn cylinders.
Keep ether cylinders out of the reach of unauthorized
Lines, Tubes and Hoses
Do not bend or strike high pressure lines. Do not install
bent or damaged lines, tubes or hoses.
Repair any loose or damaged fuel and oil lines, tubes
and hoses. Leaks can cause fires. Contact your
Caterpillar dealer for repair or replacement.
Check lines, tubes and hoses carefully. Do not use
your bare hand to check for leaks. Use a board or
cardboard to check for leaks. See Fluid Penetration in
the Safety Section for more details. Tighten all
connections to the recommended torque. Replace if
any of the following conditions are found:
End fittings damaged or leaking.
Outer covering chafed or cut and wire reinforcing
Outer covering ballooning locally.
Evidence of kinking or crushing of the flexible part
Armoring embedded in the outer cover.
End fittings displaced.