OPERATION IN SANDY OR DUSTY CONDITIONS
Refer to FM 90-3, Desert Operations.
1. Maintain steady, even movement at lower speeds. Try to keep machine rolling without straining engine and
powertrain. If machine gets stuck, notify Field Maintenance.
2. Whenever operating in sandy or dusty areas, you should:
a. Service engine air cleaner (WP 0021) more frequently than indicated in PMCS (WP 0020) as conditions
b. Ensure each tire has a valve cap.
If machine overheats, stop and perform Coolant Temperature Warning Light and Alarm indicate engine is
d. Ensure engine and transmission dipsticks and oil filler caps are cleaned before they are removed to check
fluid levels. Clean buildup of sand and dirt from around fluid filler locations before checking or adding
DO NOT smoke or permit any open flame in area of machine while you are servicing fuel
system. Be sure hose nozzle is grounded against filler tube during refueling to prevent
Operating personnel must wear fuel-resistant gloves when handling fuels. If exposed to
fuel, promptly wash exposed skin and change fuel-soaked clothing.
Always stop engine prior to refueling. If equipped with an engine pre-heat cold start
system, turn engine coolant heater off.
Failure to follow these warnings may result in death or injury to personnel or damage to
Ensure portable fire extinguisher is within reach prior to refueling.
e. Clean spouts of fuel containers and area around filler cap on fuel tank before adding fuel (WP 0020).
Under extremely sandy or dusty conditions, filter fuel when filling tank.
Notify Field Maintenance to clean, inspect, and lubricate as conditions warrant.
g. DO NOT allow dust, dirt, or sand to collect on cylinder rods.
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