Before Leaving

Engine Coolant

  1. Open the radiator cap.
  2. Put the end of the hose pipe in the top.
  3. Turn the hose on.
  4. Turn off the hose when water is expelled from the overflow pipe.
  5. Remove the hose pipe.
  6. Close the radiator cap.
  7. Go and have a lie down.

Clutch Bearing & Lining

  1. Remove floorboards by driver’s seat.
  2. Depress clutch pedal half way (so as not to engage clutch brake) and rotate clutch assembly until the brass plug in the centre of the assembly is vertical.
  3. Fill with steam oil, pump the clutch and refill. If time allows, return after 5 mins and fill again.
  4. Replace brass plug.

Clutch Puller

  1. Remove floorboards by driver’s seat.
  2. Fill oiler on the clutch puller with steam oil.

Wheel Hubs

  1. Push the fire engine so that as many as possible of the hub plugs are greater than 1/3 of the way up the hub.
  2. Remove the hub plugs on these hubs.
  3. Fill with oil, upto the level of the plugs. (engine oil in the front hubs, steam oil in the rear hubs).
  4. Replace the hub plugs.
  5. Move the fire engine so that the other hubs are in a position to be filled.

Engine Oil

Oil Pressure

Before starting it should be checked that the oil pressure is reading ‘0’.

At regular intervals during running it should be checked that a pressure greater than 5 is maintained.

If this is not the case you should consider cleaning the cone.

Oil Condition

After the engine has been run (and stopped) the condition of the oil should be checked.

  1. Remove filler cap from oil tank.
  2. Look down into the strainer the oil should be half way across the bottom of the strainer, if it is not, add oil until it reaches this level.
  3. Remove the strainer and check for any particles that have accumulated.
  4. Remove any particles and examine them.

Particles in the oil could be be:

  1. Carbon deposits from the bottom of the piston crown (black crunchy lumps)
  2. White metal from the bearings (silver, solder like metal)
  3. Gasket sealant (soft and sticky)
  4. Other matter such as hardened steel.

It should be worked out what it is, as it gives an impression of what is going on inside the engine.

  1. Check the oil still has some film strength and viscosity.
  2. Replace strainer and cap. Try to ensure one of the holes in the top of the strainer lines up with the inlet pipe.

On Return

  1. Drain the radiator
  2. Briefly check for fuel, oil and water leakages.