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OPERATION ON SIDE SLOPES - CONTINUED
Operations on slopes can cause material to build up around tracks. This material, when compacted
between track and hull, or track and track retainers, can cause the vehicle to throw a track. Periodically
clean dirt and mud from tracks when operating on side slopes.
OPERATION IN GRAVEL
a. General. Operation in gravel causes rapid wear of suspension components. Also,
flying rocks and rock chips create a hazard to personnel. The operating procedures
and limitations listed in paragraph b, below, should be followed to avoid damage to the
vehicle and injury to personnel.
b. Operation. Observe the following procedures when operating in gravel.
When turning the vehicle, make as wide a turn as possible. Avoid sharp
turns and pivots.
2) Restrict backing operations. Use reverse only when it cannot be avoided.
Do not allow gravel to pile up more than 1/3 of the height of the apron/dozer
Do not drive near personnel. Rocks can be thrown out of the drive sprockets
with high velocity.
c. After-Operation Procedures. After operating in gravel, inspect suspension compo-
nents, hull, and track retainers for excessive wear and damage. Inspect cutting edges
and scraper for wear or damage.
Do not stand in line with drive sprockets when operating in gravel. Rocks and rock chips can be
thrown out of drive sprockets with high velocity, causing severe injury to personnel.