The CJ-3A Owners Manual contains a wealth of information about the
vehicle. In the days of the 3A the owner did much of the regular
maintenance themselves. The following recommendation is from the Owners
Manual on page 16 "At least once a year, preferably in the Spring,
remove the oil pan and floating oil intake and wash thoroughly with
cleaning solution." and on page 18 "Once each year (12,000 miles)
(19,200 Km.) the axle shafts and universal joint assemblies should be
removed, thoroughly cleaned and the housings filled with new lubricant.
When the vehicle is used for dusty field work, clean and repack the
housings twice each year." This is refering to the front axle shaft
U-joints inside the steering knuckle. Imagine doing this type of
maintenance on your Jeep every year!
The complete manual, in pdf format, is broken down into 3 sections
below. Acrobat Reader is required to view these files. The copyright
date of this manual is 1948 and the printing date is Dec. 10, 1948
Section A (230KB) is
from the inside of the front
cover to page 18. This includes Forward, Caution, Standard Warranty,
General Data, Inspection, Special Precautions, Proper Operation, How To
Save Gasoline, and General Lubrication.
Section B (807KB) contains
Proper Maintenance pages
19-52. This is the largest section of the Owners Manual and contains
valuable information about servicing almost every part of the Jeep.
Section C (209KB) starts
with Cold Weather
Precautions and continues through Emergency Chart (troubleshooting
tips), Extra equipment, Draw Bar Pull, Directions For Ordering Parts
and Alphabetical Index. This covers page 53 through 71 and the index.