NEWS | Oct. 1, 2019

Stryker: Hatch Safety Heads Off Headaches

Crewmen, a big headache could be in your future if you drive your Stryker without securing the driver’s hatch.

Your vehicle has two safety devices to keep the hatch in place. But you’ve got to actually use them if you don’t want that
250-pound hatch crashing down on your head!


Stay Device

The stay device is a spring-loaded pivot support with a sliding latch. It’s located on the interior left-hand side of the driver’s compartment. When used properly, the stay device holds the latch open at the 10-degree and 25-degree positions.

Those are the only
two positions allowed for driving the vehicle. If the hatch springs or the detent assembly should fail, the stay device can save you from a world of serious hurt!

Detent Assembly

As the hatch is raised to each position, the spring-loaded pin on the detent assembly engages the teeth on the interlock plate to keep it in place.

The detent assembly needs lube so the pin doesn’t stick. If the pin sticks, it might not fully engage the interlock plate and could slip loose during operation.

Lube the pin anytime it shows signs of sticking. Just pump in GAA until you see grease coming out around the locking pin. Then wipe off the excess grease so it doesn’t attract dirt and sand.

Operating a Stryker without engaging the driver's safety hatch is dangerous
Operating a Stryker without engaging the
driver's safety hatch is dangerous