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OPERATORS, ROUTINE MAINTENANCE WON'T HACK IT IN COLD WEATHER.

SO HERE ARE TWO COLD WEATHER TIPS TO KEEP YOUR ROUGH TERRAIN CONTAINER HANDLER (RTCH) MISSION-READY THIS WINTER.

Hard to Start?

These vehicles have a canister that automatically injects ether into the engine for cold weather starting. If your RTCH is hard to start, chances are the canister is empty. Have your mechanic replace it.

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Drain Out Water

Water in your RTCH's fuel leaves the engine running rough-if it runs at all.

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Water gets in the fuel when warm days and cool nights cause condensation to form in the vehicle's fuel tank. Get rid of that water by draining the fuel/water separator every week like it says in TM 103930-675-10.

You'll find the fuel/water separator behind the left-side engine access door.

Turn the drain knob counterclockwise to open it. Drain the water/fuel mixture into I a can and dispose of it in an approved hazardous waste container. Never dump it down a drain or let it run on the ground.

Once the fuel runs clear, you're OK. But if the fuel still contains water after you've drained half a pint or so, turn the knob clockwise to close the valve and report it to your mechanic.

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Date:Dec 1, 2014
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