Operation Under Unusual Conditions (Cont)
When operating M977, M984E1, or M985 vehicle in a blowing sand
environment, perform the following:
Check gear teeth of rotation gear bearing and pinion for an
accumulation of sand within the lubricant.
If level of sand prevents rotation of crane, notify organizational
maintenance and have lubricant removed.
If necessary, notify organizational maintenance to apply a light
coating of wax to gear teeth for rust prevention.
Refer to LO 9-2320-279-12 for proper lubrication of gear teeth when
returning to normal operating conditions.
Park vehicle as follows:
Park so vehicle does not face into wind.
Clean mud off vehicle as soon as possible.
Do not hit axle breathers when cleaning mud from
Do not direct high pressure water stream at glass
surfaces, seals, air intake, axle breathers, exhaust
outlet, or any other component of vehicle that could
be easily damaged by high pressure water stream.
Clean mud from wheels, brakes, axles, universal joints, steering
mechanism, and radiator as soon as possible.
Make sure axle breather vent caps move freely on breather body.