Tuesday…

Normally, in garrison in the Army, Monday’s are devoted to “motor stables” where the vast majority of the company heads to the motor pool and performs weekly Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services on the vehicles and associated equipment. Check the fluid levels, look for rust, loose nuts and bolts, leaks, and update the maintenance records. If any parts on back order have come in, have the maintenance team apply them. Hey, if you want a Bradley or Humvee to last for 25 years or more, you have to take care of it.

I tend to try to do the same thing here at home, with a car, truck and golf cart that require a wee bit of care to keep running. But yesterday was the great bi-monthly battle of the hedge (I trimmed the damn thing down to stumps), so today will have to pretend it is Monday.

And since I’m doing all that fun stuff, I’m not spending a lot of time blogging.

8 thoughts on “Tuesday…”

  1. If your PMCS of a personal vehicle (done weekly no less) takes more than an hour, it may be time to start looking for a new steed.

    1. Brad drives a vintage BMW, so you do the math.

      (That said, it’s a pretty badass car, and WELL worth an hour a week of maintenance.)

  2. I’ve only ridden horses occasionally and never owned one, so forgive my ignorance, but does this have historical precedent in hoof-mounted ancestry of the cavalry? Or was equine PMCS a daily ritual rather than weekly? Maybe I should ask Eric Wittenburg over at http://civilwarcavalry.com/

    1. Indeed, it is a direct historical descendant from the daily stable duties of the cavalry (and horse artillery, more importantly). And you’ll still occasionally hear the priority of work described as “the horse, the saddle, the man” meaning take care of your gear before you get around to sleeping.

      There are daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual PMCS items for each piece of equipment, as noted in each items Technical Manual. But as a rule of thumb, most units only devote on day per week to the motor pool. That doesn’t mean you won’t hit the motor pool a good deal more often. Just that in a lot of units, Monday was set aside normally for maintenance. You might spend all day Tuesday in the motor pool doing training on the technical side for gunnery, practicing boresighting and pre-fire checklists and whatnot.

  3. BMW? Ouch. I’m sure it’s a pretty car. But that’s only a step up from owning a Jag.

    1. There’s not too many Jags within 10 years either way of Brad’s BMW that I’d rather have. You might be able to squeeze in one of the Series 3 E-types, but that’d be a hard choice.

    2. Sure, every repair from a burnt out bulb on up starts at about $500. But while some of the auxiliaries like the electrical system are problematic, the engine itself runs just great.

  4. Sorry, Rusty, I should have qualified my statement. I meant it was a step up in ease of maintainance from a Jag (which are the pits when it comes to reliability).

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