It’s common sense that equipment works “best” when operated daily, weekly and on a monthly basis, right?
The cold reality is common sense flies out the window when a vehicle is allowed to sit idle for a long time. Batteries run down, hydraulic fluid turns to gunk, seals dry out and rot, electronic circuits and cylinder rods corrode, tires lose air, and condensation forms in the air tanks among other things.
On more than one occasion, you’ll hear a motor sergeant say, “We maintain it, but we don’t use it!”
Long story short: do your vehicle’s PMCS, exercise your equipment routinely, and let your vehicle’s engine run for at least 30 minutes a week – plain and simple!