Follow a Systematic Procedure.
The technical manuals assist
you in this process by providing detailed fault isolation
Recognize Trouble Indications.
Of the three skills, this
skill is the hardest to acquire, since you must acquire it
through time and experience.
PART A - STANDARD TROUBLESHOOTING
This part of the lesson provides a description of the approach used
to troubleshoot the M1A1 tank.
We can define troubleshooting as a
step-by-step process for finding the cause of a problem when the tank
does not operate correctly.
When using TM 2350-264-20-1 to
troubleshoot the X-1100-3B transmission, you will see that the TM
references other tasks within the -20-1 series by page number only.
If the troubleshooting procedure in the -20-1 series manual refers
you to another manual, the TM gives you the manual number only (i.e.,
TM 9-2350-264-10), and you must use the index for that manual to find
the location of the task you must perform. In addition, TM 9-2350-
264-24-1 provides you with functional schematic fold-outs for the
M1A1 series tank.
For you to troubleshoot effectively and efficiently, you must follow
a four step process:
a. Identify the Symptom.
This step has two parts.
filled out by the tank crew, and by asking the crew questions to
and if that particular tank was in maintenance recently, talk to the
mechanic who worked on the tank.
DO NOT OPERATE THE TANK IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE
THE SYMPTOM MAY INJURE PERSONNEL OR DAMAGE THE
"NO STEERING CONTROL." BEFORE
OPERATING THE TANK, NOTIFY NEARBY PERSONNEL AND
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE SURROUNDING AREA CLEAR, TO
PREVENT INJURY TO PERSONNEL AND DAMAGE TO THE