Fire Prevention and Explosion Prevention
Make sure that a fire extinguisher is on the machine.
Make sure that you are familiar with the operation of
the fire extinguisher. Inspect the fire extinguisher and
service the fire extinguisher. Obey the
recommendations on the instruction plate.
Do not spray ether into an engine when you use
thermal starting aid to start the engine.
Ether is poisonous and flammable. Inhaling ether
vapors can cause personal injury. Do not allow ether to
contact your skin repeatedly. Use ether only in well-
ventilated areas. Do not smoke while you replace ether
cylinders. Use ether carefully to avoid fires. Do not
store ether cylinders in living areas or in the operator's
Do not store ether cylinders in direct sunlight or at
temperatures above 49C (120F). Discard ether
cylinders in an approved place. Do not puncture ether
cylinders. Do not burn ether cylinders. Keep ether
cylinders out of the reach of unauthorized personnel.
Lines, Tubes and Hoses
Do not bend high pressure lines. Do not strike high
pressure lines. Do not install bent lines, bent tubes, or
bent hoses. Do not install damaged lines, damaged
tubes, or damaged hoses.
Repair loose lines, loose tubes, and loose hoses.
Repair damaged lines, damaged tubes, and damaged
hoses. Leaks can cause fires. See your Caterpillar
dealer for repair or for replacement parts.
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 Operation and
Maintenance Manual, Fluid Penetration, for more
details. Tighten all connections to the recommended
Replace the parts if any of the following conditions are
The end fittings are damaged or leaking.
The outer covering is chafed or cut.
The wire shield is exposed.
The outer covering is ballooning locally.
The flexible part of the hose is kinked or crushed.
The armoring is embedded in the outer cover.
The end fittings are displaced.
Make sure that all clamps, guards, and heat shields
are installed correctly. During machine operation, this
will help to prevent vibration, the rubbing between
parts, and excessive heat.