(1) Body. Clean all surfaces that have been exposed to water, and touch up paint where
necessary. Coat unpainted metal parts with engine lubricating oil (OE).
Salt water fording causes rust, especially on unpainted surfaces. Remove all salt
water and salt deposits from every part of truck by rinsing with clear fresh water.
Components should be disassembled, dried, and relubricated as soon as possible.
After fording, wheel bearings must be disassembled and repacked. Deliver truck as
soon as possible to organizational maintenance unit, regardless of maintenance
(2) Power train. Check lubricants in engine, transmission, differentials, and transfer case.
If inspection indicates that water has contaminated the lubricant, drain, flush, and refill as
specified in LO 9-2320-211-12.
Water found in power train components after fording will generally be the result of
(3) Suspension. Clean and lubricate all parts as specified in LO 9-2320-211-12.
(4) Brakes. Remove water from brake lining by gradual application of brakes after
leaving water, until braking can be accomplished without "grabbing." If there is any evidence of
improper brake action, notify organizational maintenance.
(5) Instruments. Although most units are sealed, sudden cooling of the warm interior air
may cause condensation of moisture within the cases or instruments. A period of exposure to
warm air after fording should eliminate this condition. Cases which can be opened may be
uncovered and dried.
(6) Batteries. Check electrolyte level in each cell. This is of special importance if truck
was submerged in salt water.
(7) Fuel system. Drain fuel tank(s) of any accumulated water; clean fuel falter and lines.
If water is found in air cleaner, clean and refill with oil (gasoline engine) or install new dry-type
element (diesel or multifuel engine).
(8) Distributor gasoline engine. Remove distributor cap and check for water. If water
is present, drain, clean, and lubricate, as required.
(9) Electrical connectors. Check all electrical connections for corrosion, particularly the
bayonet-t ype connectors.
d. Accidental Submersion. If accidental submersion of the truck occurs beyond fording
capabilities, it must be salvaged and sent to organizational maintenance as soon as possible for