Military Vehicles, June 1997,: Re: [MV] DUKW's

Re: [MV] DUKW's

Gordon.W.I. McMillan (
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 17:17:19 +0100

Welcome to the club, John.

Do yourself a big favour and pull all the axle shafts from the beasts
before you try moving them. Differentials and particularly pillow
blocks ( over the intermediate axle) can go solid, caused by or causing
total destruction of the transfer case. I would pull all the shafts
and then winch them onto a transporter - expensive but safe.

Before running the transmissions jack them up and turn all the wheels
and shafts by hand (the hand crank is particularly good for this - you
just put everything in gear, including the marine drive, and then get
some exercise with the crank - dont force it if it doesnt want to go,

If it is sticking just disengage everything and try engaging one
system at a time. Engines will be no problem (why doesn't America make
them like that anymore?) but dont run them without checking the
compressor oil level in the forward compartment !

Go out now and buy a big barrel of grease and a good grease gun. 8-)
Gordon. Falkirk, Scotland.

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