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NEWS | Nov. 4, 2022

FMTV: Prep Shackles for the Winter

BLUF: It’s easier to clean and paint shackles in warmer weather so service them now.

Photo by Capt. Aaron Moshier

Winter is approaching, so now’s the time to do some easy prep work on your FMTV’s shackles. Why? It’s harder to remove and clean shackles in freezing temperatures.

Also, shackles tend to be used more often for towing and emergencies in the winter, so you’ll want them serviced and ready to work when you need them.
While performing your next PMCS, remove the FMTV’s shackles and clean them with soapy water.
Once the shackles are clean and dry, give them a good coat of CARC paint to prevent corrosion. Make sure the shackles are completely dry before re-installing them on the truck.
If you need guidance for spot painting, then download TM 43-0242, Chemical Agent Resistant Coating Spot Painting for Army Ground Equipment (Dec 21) from the LDAC ETM website HERE.
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