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NEWS | May 25, 2022

M88A2 Recovery Vehicle: Follow TM When Separating Transmission

The M88A2 Armored Recovery Vehicle, aka Hercules, is being repaired and refurbished at Production Plant Barstow, Marine Depot Maintenance Command.
Photo by Keith Hayes

Mechanics, avoid expensive damage by making sure you follow the TM when separating the M88A2 recovery vehicle’s transmission from the engine. The proper procedures are in TM 9-2350-292-23 (May 22).
Anniston Army Depot recently received several damaged mounting flanges that were cracked or broken off altogether. This increases overhaul cost for the depot and units.
Follow TM during transmission removal...
Follow TM during transmission removal...
...or serious damage can occur
...or serious damage can occur
Specifically, verify all the nuts holding the engine and transmission together are removed before separating them. Trying to separate the engine and transmission with nuts still attached can cause serious damage to both components.

Also, pay attention to lifting angles and slack so the transmission doesn’t swing back into the engine, which can damage the mounting flange, engine studs or other engine components.       
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