MAINTENANCE OF THE M88A1 - OD1672 - LESSON 1/TASK 1
An Armor/Cavalry Maintenance Technician Warrant Officer will be primarily
responsible to ensure that proper maintenance is performed to keep this
materiel system in top operating condition. To do this, it is necessary to
become very familiar with the vehicle. The following paragraphs, therefore,
provide a description of the vehicle, its major systems, and its components.
The following subparagraphs describe the purpose, capabilities, features,
major systems, assemblies, and components of the M88A1 series recovery
a. General. The recovery vehicle, full tracked, medium, M88A1 (figures
1 and 2 on pages 3 and 4) is an armored full track-laying, low-silhouette
It is used for hoisting, winching, and towing tanks and other
It is equipped to assist in repairing disabled vehicles under
general field conditions.
The vehicle carries a crew of four: commander,
operator, mechanic, and rigger.
b. Equipment and Stowage Facilities. Racks, boxes, brackets, hangers
and straps are installed and conveniently located in and on the hull and
They provide stowage and supply facilities for such vehicular
equipment as water cans, tools, parts, wheels, sprockets, paulins, track
connecting tools, and tow cables.
c. Major Vehicle Systems and Assemblies.
(1) The M88A1 is powered by a Continental, V-type, air-cooled, 12
cylinder, fuel-injected turbosupercharged, diesel engine Model AVDS 1790-2DR
(1) (figure 3 on page 5).
The vehicle transmission (2) is a combined
transmission, differential, steering and braking unit. The controls (3) for
these components are located inside the vehicle in the operator's
(2) The vehicle suspension system (4) is located on both sides of the
vehicle; each side comprises 6 roadwheels with support arms, 3 pairs of
track support rollers, 3 shock absorbers, 1 track adjusting link, 2 bumper
assemblies, 2 track drive