FORDING -- CONTINUED
1. Start main engine (WP 0012 00).
2. Do not move vehicle until engine is at operating temperature.
3. Drive vehicle in low range while fording.
Fording Procedure and Precautions
1. Have at least one hatch cover opened throughout the fording operations.
2. Enter water slowly to avoid surge of bow wave.
3. Speed up engine to overcome possibility of stalling when engine is chilled by the water.
4. Do not operate the engine below 950 rpm while fording.
5. Drive at a moderate speed of 3 to 4 mph to avoid forming a bow wave. Hold this speed by braking if necessary.
6. If it becomes necessary to stop the vehicle while the engine is submerged, place transmission in neutral, locking
brakes, and use throttle to maintain engine speed at 950 to 1000 rpm.
Should the engine accidentally stop while the vehicle is submerged, restart the engine
1. Open floorplate (WP 0036 00) to observe bilge pump. When water covers bilge pump, turn on bilge pump only
when excessive water seepage is apparent.
2. After completion of deep water fording operation or when tactical situation permits, return vehicle to unit
maintenance for removal of deep water fording kit and required services.
AFTER FORDING OPERATIONS
1. Open hull drain valves (push drain valve handle down).
2. Run the main engine for a few minutes to help evaporate and blow out any water that may have entered.
3. Check main engine and transmission oil for presence of water (WP 0101 00). If water is present, oil color will be
lighter or water will be seen. If oil color is changed or if water is present, notify unit maintenance to drain and refill
with correct oil (WP 0101 00).
4. Wipe dry any wet vision devices, and turn them in for reconditioning as soon as possible.
5. Wash and clean vehicle, especially if vehicle was forded in salt water. Do not allow water to enter engine exhaust
or air intake vents.
6. Perform after fording maintenance (WP 0120 00).
END OF TASK