EXTREME COLD WEATHER MAINTENANCE
THIS WORK PACKAGE COVERS:
Extreme Cold Weather Maintenance
WP 0101 00
DA Form 2404
1. Special care in cleaning and lubricating the vehicle must be taken where extremes in temperature, humidity, and
terrain conditions exist. Good care of vehicle ensures proper operation and functioning. It also guards against
excessive wear of the working parts and deterioration of the materiel. Approved storage and handling instructions
for lubricants and fuels should be followed.
2. Refer to WP 0101 00, Table 6 for lubrication instructions. These services should be done often during extremely
cold and hot weather, prolonged travel periods, fording, continued exposure to wet or salty air, operation in sand,
dust, mud, or for short start--and--stop operation periods. Any of these conditions may reduce the effectiveness of
3. When repeated failure of the materiel results from exposure to extreme conditions, report the problem on DA
Form 2404 and notify unit maintenance.
Make frequent inspections of inactive vehicles.
Extreme cold causes batteries to freeze and prevents them from furnishing enough power for engine starts. FM
9--207 gives information about the effects of cold weather on batteries. Have unit maintenance remove batteries
from vehicle and store them in a warm place whenever the vehicle is not used for long periods.
5. Tracks and Suspension.
Park the vehicle on a footing of planks or brush to prevent tracks from freezing to the ground. Chock if necessary.
Clean mud, snow and ice from tracks and suspension as soon as possible. Refer to FM 9--207 for the effects of
cold weather on the tracks and suspension.
6. Canvas Covers and Tarpaulins.
Canvas covers and tarpaulins are hard to use in cold weather. Whenever possible tarpaulins should be warmed
and unfolded in heated areas. Clean the vehicle of snow, ice and mud before covering. Cover and shield the
vehicle, but keep ends of cover off the ground to prevent them from freezing. Always cover the rear deck of the
vehicle to keep snow out of the engine compartment.