OPERATION UNDER UNUSUAL CONDITIONS - CONTINUED
OPERATE IN SANDY OR DUSTY CONDITIONS
Maintain steady, even movement with transmission in lower gears. Try to keep machine rolling without straining engine
and powertrain. If machine gets stuck, notify Organizational Maintenance.
When operating machine on soft sand at slow speeds, tire inflation pressure may be decreased for improved traction.
Refer to FM 21-305.
Whenever operating in sandy or dusty areas, you should:
Have engine air cleaner serviced more frequently. Notify Organizational Maintenance.
Ensure each tire has a valve cap.
Clean engine oil filler tube and transmission fluid filler tube before dipsticks are removed to check fluid levels.
Clean accumulations of sand and dirt from around fluid filler locations before checking or adding fluids.
Clean spouts of fuel containers and areas around filler caps on fuel tanks before adding fuel. Under extremely
sandy or dusty conditions, filter fuel when filling tanks.
Inspect mast slider blocks and mast chains daily.
Check hydraulic cylinder rods for leakage. Dirt may enter system where leak starts. Notify Organizational Mainte-
nance if leaks are found.
Cover windshield to protect against sand blasting.
Notify Organizational Maintenance to clean, inspect, and lubricate more frequently.
Check hydraulic cylinders frequently. DO NOT allow dust, dirt, or sand to collect in these areas, especially on cyl-
OPERATION IN SALTWATER AREAS
Keep machine as clean as possible. Wash down with fresh water after use.
Inspect wiring connections closely for corrosion.
Keep lubrication points clean and well lubricated.
Carefully check for rust all areas that could seriously affect operation of RTCH.
Check all hydraulic cylinders for rusting and pitting. If you see rusting or pitting, notify Organizational Maintenance.
Have Organizational Maintenance check for water in any of the oils.
OPERATION AT HIGH ALTITUDES
Engine operates at less than peak performance at high altitudes.
Coolant level and engine indicators must be watched closely.
Add coolant if necessary.
OPERATE IN SNOW AND ICE
Fuel tank should be kept full. Keep snow and ice away from fuel filler.
Clean snow away from outside indicators.