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NEWS | Dec. 26, 2023

M113-Series FOV: Cold Weather Tips

BLUF: Cold weather can take a toll on your M113-series vehicle.
 
Soldiers attached to 1st Battalion of the 4th Infantry Regiment maneuver an M113A3 carrier during Combined Resolve XI
Photo by Spc. Richard Trinh
 
Crewmen, extreme cold weather can cause a variety of problems for your M113-series armored personnel carrier. Here’s how you can keep your vehicle mission ready no matter how low the temps go:
 
  • Install air inlet and exhaust grille covers when the engine isn’t running.
  • Always do all preventive maintenance checks and services.
  • Start the engine coolant heater (if so equipped) when the vehicle will be stationary for more than a few hours.
  • Park your vehicle in shelter whenever you can. If there's no shelter available, try to park in an area protected by the wind.
  • Drain the fuel filters regularly and keep the fuel tanks filled as often as you can.
  • Remove the hull drain plugs any time water collects in the hull.
  • Don't operate lights or electrical equipment for long periods of time if the coolant heater is on.
  • Don't run the engine while the coolant heater is operating.
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