1.1 The purpose of this recommended practice for installation, maintenance, and operation of internal-combustion engines is threefold, viz.:
a. To present information of a general nature pertaining to their installation and to emphasize installation recommendations for specific types of service, observation of which is often overlooked.
b. To present maintenance check-off lists for daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance of such engines.
c. To present trouble-shooting recommendations with which the causes of most common engine troubles can be determined. This publication does not purport to be a detailed instruction manual; and, in cases where additional information is required on a particular piece of equipment, the manufacturer should be consulted.
1.2 To present (see Appendix A) recommendations for minimizing potential fires and/or explosions.
1.3 The information presented under installation and maintenance has been classified as:
a. Applicable generally to all types of internal-combustion engines in all types of service.
b. Particularly applicable to engines in drilling or semi-portable plant service.
1.4 Particularly applicable to engines in oil-well pumping, oil-pump, or similar service where the engines may or may not be under daily observation. Both multiple-cylinder and single- or two-cylinder engines are considered in the latter category.