4 Check disabled vehicles technical manual for any special towing
procedures before towing (such as disconnecting final drives).
4 Ensure the head end of all pins are facing up or into the center of the
TOWING WITH TOW CABLES
4 A holdback/third vehicle or braking method is mandatory when using
tow cables, ref: FM 9-43-2. Shackles will not fit rear towing eyes of all
vehicles. Use highest strength shackle available for each application.
4 Position the M88A2 in front or rear of disabled vehicle, depress
brakes, shift transmission selector lever to park (P) to lock brakes.
Shut down engine.
4 Stay out from between vehicles while the M88A2 is being positioned.
Failure to comply may result in personnel being crushed between
4 Do not bend or loop cables when rigging vehicle for towing. This will
weaken the cables and cause them to break. Failure to comply may
result in injury or DEATH to personnel or damage to equipment.
4 Ensure locking pins are securely fastened in clevis pins to avoid
separation of tow cable from vehicle. Failure to comply may result
in injury or DEATH to personnel or damage to equipment.
4 For towing, connect 50-ton shackles to front lifting eyes of disabled
vehicle, and rear towing lugs, upper eyes only, on M88A2. Tow cables
should cross when installed properly.
4 Use crossed tow cables as the method for attaching the braking or
holdback vehicle. Connect tow cables using two 21-ton shackles to
lower towing eyes on the Abrams FOV. Do not connect tow cables
to Abrams lifting eyes.