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HYEX: Cold Weather Jitters
By | March 24, 2022
A hard-to-start engine and cold weather seem to go hand in hand. Keep these PM pointers in mind to get rid of your excavator’s cold weather jitters...

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HMEE-I: Blackout Drive Light Reminder
By | Aug. 18, 2021
Operators, the excavator’s blackout (BO) drive light is mounted to a moveable drive light assembly that can be mounted on the loader bucket for Department of Transportation (DOT) approved on-road travel or to the vehicle’s...

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HYEX: Upper Support Rollers Need Oil
By | April 7, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 752 (Jul 15), p. 12. Hydraulic excavators are getting full-time workouts in Afghanistan tearing down wooden buildings and removing rubbish. Working around the clock means these vehicles...

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HYEX: Hold Down the Chatter!
By | March 11, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 759 (Feb 16), p. 26. Old cruddy grease that’s mixed with dirt and sand will chew up the teeth on your hydraulic excavator’s swing bearing ring gear...

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230LCRD HYEX: Get The Right Engine!
By | Dec. 29, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 794 (Jan 19), p. 19. Mechanics, make sure you check the data plate on the 230LCRD hydraulic excavator’s (HYEX) engine before ordering a new one...

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HMEE-1: A Good Tip for Traveling
By | Nov. 12, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 757 (Dec 15), p. 12. Operators, move the backhoe on your high-mobility engineer excavator (HMEE-1) all you want during operation. But it needs to be still as a statue when HMEE-1 goes...

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HMEE-1: Detach Head Lamps
By | Sept. 8, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 779 (Oct 17), p. 16. Operators, remember to detach the front bucket headlamps whenever you’re uploading the HMEE-I’s bucket and BII boxes. If you don’t, the headlamps, NSN...

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M9 ACE: Blade and Hydraulic Preventive Maintenance
By | July 31, 2020
Operators, your armored combat earthmover has a lot of dirt to move. If you remember to do your PM, you’re well on the way to a job well done. Keep these PM pointers in mind before you head back for the next load...

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M9 ACE: Exhaust Hose Reminder
By | July 20, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 724 (Mar 13), p. 14. Mechanics, do your armored combat earthmover a favor by not stepping on the exhaust hose inside the vehicle’s engine compartment. Sure, the hose looks like a...

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M9 ACE: Keep Rollers Rollin’
By | July 8, 2020
Without lube, ejector guide rollers in the earthmover’s bowl will lock up. A roller that won’t turn on one side of the bowl causes the ejector to bind or drag on the other side of the bowl...

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HYEX: Battery Compartment Rust Removal
By | Dec. 19, 2019
Corrosion is a continual challenge to guard against. As part of your weekly PMCS, make it a point to open the battery compartment access doors on your HYEX to look for wet areas...