RECOVERY VEHICLE, FULL TRACKED: MEDIUM, M88A1
OPERATIONS DURING DEEP WATER FORDING
Maximum depth of water should be known. Do not exceed a depth of 8 ft, 6 in. (2.59 m). Highest wave
should not reach opening of engine air intake pipes.
Do not operate APU or personnel heater until after deep water fording kit has been removed.
Placing in Service
Engine. Refer to TM 9-2350-256-10 for operational instructions pertaining to deep water fording kit.
a. Warm up vehicle engine as directed in TM 9-2350-256-10.
b. Do not move vehicle until engine is properly warmed up.
c. Drive vehicle in low range while fording.
Fording procedure and precautions.
a. Have at least one hatch door open on cab top throughout fording operations.
c. Enter water slowly to avoid surge of "bow wave."
d. Speed up engine to overcome possibility of stalling when engine is chilled by water.
e. Do not operate engine below 950 revolutions per minute while fording.
f. Drive at moderate speed of 3 to 4 miles per hour (4.8 to 6.4 kilometers per hour) to avoid forming a "bow wave."
Hold this speed by braking if necessary.
g. If it becomes necessary to stop vehicle while engine is submerged, place transmission in
neutral, lock brakes, and use throttle to maintain engine speed at 950 to 1000 rpm.
Should engine accidentally stop while vehicle is submerged, restart engine immediately. If engine does
not start, continue cranking. Vehicle engine has a restart capability after being stopped for a period of
Bilge pump. Turn on bilge pump only when excessive water seepage is apparent.
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