5-12. OPERATION UNDER UNUSUAL CONDITIONS.
This section provides special
procedures, safety precautions, etc., for weather conditions and modes of operation that are not
Cold Weather Operation.
Cold weather operation requires additional caution on
the part of the operator.
While performing your PMCS in cold weather, there
may be instances where you notice minor leakage at
the spin-on filter elements. If leaking is noted, hand-
tighten the filter to stop the leak. If necessary,
Check operation procedures for cold weather starting.
Don't touch metal surfaces that could freeze you to them.
Keep the crane clean and free of ice and snow, especially the boom.
Allow ample time for the hydraulic oil to warm up before beginning crane
Frequently check and drain all air tanks of water.
Check that your load is not frozen to the ground before attempting a lift.
Use only the cold weather starting aids provided with
your crane. Do not use aerosol-type sprays or other
starting fluids since they are volatile and can cause a
fire or explosion.
If needed, use the cold weather starting aid provided for the diesel engine.
The crane's drive line can be damaged when
attempting to move or free a crane that is frozen in
In freezing weather, be sure to park the crane in an area where it can not
become frozen to the ground.