FORDING PROCEDURES CONTINUED
Maintenance After Fording
Although the machine housings are sealed to prevent leakage, water may enter, especially during submersion. The following
services should be performed when the machine is exposed to partial or total submersion, especially in salt water:
1. Machine Structure and Cab. Drain water from superstructure and from work tools. Coat unpainted metal parts with
Engine and Transmission. Check the lubricant in the engine and transmission. If water or signs of water are present,
have Field Maintenance drain and refill the assemblies with the correct lubricant (WP 0017).
Suspension - Axle Swivels and Steering Joints. Clean and lubricate all parts of the suspension and steering as specified
in WP 0017. Force lubricant generously into each lubrication fitting to force out water.
Front Bucket and Backhoe. Clean and lubricate all parts of the front bucket and backhoe as specified in WP 0017. Force
lubricant generously into each lubrication fitting to force out water.
Electrical Connections. Check all electrical connections for signs of corrosion. Notify Field Maintenance to clean or
repair electrical connectors.
Fuel System. Drain the fuel system of any accumulated water. Notify Field Maintenance.
Condensation. The sudden cooling of the warm interior air upon fording may cause condensation of any moisture within
the instruments. A period of exposure to warm air after fording should eliminate this condition.
Propshafts. Clean and lubricate all parts of the propshafts as specified in WP 0017. Force lubricant generously into each
lubrication fitting to force out water.
Excavator Valve - Valve Spool End Caps.
Check all valve functions by operating each service fully in both directions. If the service is slow or doesn t function one
way, notify Field Maintenance to service the end caps.
Maintenance After Fording if Maximum Fording Depth is Exceeded
If the maximum fording depth of 40 in. (102 cm) with wake is exceeded, notify Field Maintenance.
END OF TASK
NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL (NBC) DECONTAMINATION
If NBC exposure is suspected, personnel wearing protective equipment must handle all air cleaner
media. Consult your NBC NCO for appropriate handling or disposal procedures.
Refer to FM 3-11.3, MultiServe Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Chemical, Biological,
NBC contaminated filters must be handled using adequate precautions and must be disposed of by
Failure to follow these warnings may cause injury or death to personnel.