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MANUAL NO. 671-21
Printed in Canada
05/2013
A MESSAGE FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BUILT YOUR ARGO
Thank you for selecting an ARGO amphibious, off-road utility vehicle!
Ontario Drive & Gear Limited has been building ARGO vehicles since 1967. By listening carefully
to our customers and responding to their needs, we have been constantly improving the ARGO
and will continue to do so.
Over thirty thousand ARGO vehicles have provided reliable service all over the world. From
Britain to the Far East, Alaska to the Antarctic, and from the tropical forests of South America
to the deserts of Saudi Arabia. We are proud to provide you with a vehicle that represents the
ultimate in amphibious, all-terrain transportation.
Your safety and the safety of all ARGO users is of the greatest concern to us. You will find numerous safety statements in this manual. Please read and follow them carefully. Always be safety
conscious when you operate your ARGO and remember it is a motorized vehicle.
The ARGO is easy to drive and you will soon be tempted to take on new challenges. Please take
the time to develop your driving skills before doing so. Observe the recommendations outlined in
this Operator’s Manual and remember; some things are just impossible, even with an ARGO.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD WIDE ARGO FAMILY!
673-04-1 Argo Service Manual
673-04CD Argo Service Manual on CD-ROM
673-11 Argo Service Manual - Avenger & HDi
Ontario Drive & Gear has produced resources which provide the Argo owner
with step-by-step instructions on how to perform general service procedures
on vehicles produced since 1992. Everything from removal and replacement of
brake pads to rebuilding the transmission. It’s all there. Removal and replacement of engines is included, however, engine overhaul is not. A separate overhaul manual is available for each engine from your Argo dealer. Order these
materials from your selling dealer.
Read this manual before you operate your ARGO. It contains safe operating
instructions and warns the user about potential hazards that can result in personal
injury.
Warnings are identified in the text by the following symbol:
Warning text warns the user about potential hazards that can result in personal
injury or death.
Cautions are identified in the text by the following symbol:
Caution text contains cautions that can prevent damage to the vehicle.
This manual is based on the latest product information available at the time of
printing. Ontario Drive & Gear Limited reserves the right to make changes at
any time and without obligation.
Reproduction of any part of this publication is prohibited without prior written
permission.
Une version francaise du manuel d’operation est disponsible sous le numero
suivant 671-21FR.
© 2012 Ontario Drive & Gear Limited
I
PREFACE
This manual describes the controls, operation and basic maintenance procedures for all HDi, HD, AVENGER and FRONTIER
models of the ARGO from date of printing. Please take the time to read this manual carefully, for your safety and that of others.
By following these instructions, you will ensure extended, trouble free operation of your vehicle.
For maintenance and adjustment of the engine, refer to the engine manufacturer’s operation and maintenance manual included
in your vehicle’s information package.
Before you drive your ARGO, make sure you understand how to use all controls, particularly the brakes and steering system.
Learn how to drive your vehicle in an open level area, away from buildings, trees and other obstacles, until you are completely
familiar with its operating characteristics. Drive very slowly until your driving skills improve, and drive with caution and
consideration at all times. The risk of accident or injury is greatest during the first weeks of use. Take special care during this
period. ALWAYS RESPECT OUR ENVIRONMENT.
CAUTION TO THE ARGO OWNER/OPERATOR
• Make sure everyone who drives this vehicle receives proper operating instructions and reads this Operator’s Manual.
• No one under the age of 16 should be allowed to operate the ARGO. Children under the age of 16 may not have the skills,
abilities or judgement needed to operate the ARGO safely and may be involved in an accident causing severe injury or death.
• Never allow anyone under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance to drive or ride in the vehicle.
• Wear an approved safety helmet and eye protection when driving or riding in the vehicle.
• Special operating and safety procedures described in this manual must be observed before and during water operation as
outlined in Section 5.
• When operating your vehicle for extended periods of time, we recommend the use of approved hearing protection.
• Equip your vehicle with a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
• Equip your vehicle with basic tools for emergency repairs.
• Before starting your engine, check for spilled gasoline and wipe any up immediately. Gasoline is a potentially explosive
substance that can cause serious personal injury when ignited.
• Keep the floor pans secured in place at all times. Fingers, feet, animal tails or paws can be injured in the drive components
beneath the floor pans. The floor pans also help keep damaging debris out of the drive components.
• Make sure all passengers remain seated while the vehicle is in motion. Advise your passengers to hold onto the vehicle at
all times.
• Never overload your vehicle. Trying to steer an overloaded vehicle can overheat the brakes. This will lead to brake fade
which means loss of steering control and the ability to stop the vehicle. Overloading your vehicle can lead to premature
brake system failures and costly damage to drive chains, axles or bearings. Follow the recommended load capacity for your
vehicle listed in Section 1.
• Do not drive the vehicle at high speeds over unfamiliar or rough terrain. Personal injury or vehicle damage may result.
• Certain terrain and steep hills cannot be traversed safely with the ARGO or any other vehicle. Do not attempt to drive over
terrain that is questionable.
• Avoid driving your vehicle on asphalt or concrete roadways when possible. When the vehicle turns, its tires skid on the
driving surface. Asphalt or concrete causes extensive tire wear.
• Use common sense at all times when driving your vehicle.
• The ARGO engine hood is designed to stay fastened in place while the vehicle is being driven. If the ARGO is transported
by truck or trailer, the hood should be removed and carried in the transport vehicle or secured in place on the ARGO with
rope or tie down straps. Wind or turbulence at road speeds could result in the loss of the hood.
IMPORTANT
Operate this vehicle with safety constantly in mind. Off-road vehicles face unpredictable and often hazardous terrain conditions. It is ultimately the operator’s responsibility to handle the vehicle safely within its limitations and to decide when and
where to travel.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION
PAGE
1.0
GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1
AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION............................................................................................. 1
1.2
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES.................................................................................... 1
1.3
WIND CHILL FACTOR ................................................................................................. 1
1.4
MODEL IDENTIFICATION.............................................................................................. 1
1.4.1
Argo Vehicle Capacity.......................................................................................... 3
1.5
REAR SEATS - 8 WHEEL MODELS................................................................................ 3
1.6
IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION OF CONTROLS.................................................. 4
1.7
INFORMATION LABELS................................................................................................. 6
2.0
GENERAL OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
2.1
NEW VEHICLE “BREAK-IN” PROCEDURE................................................................. 7
2.2
PRE-OPERATION CHECKS............................................................................................. 7
2.3
CARRYING PASSENGERS AND CARGO...................................................................... 7
2.4
OPERATORS WITH DISABILITIES................................................................................ 8
2.5
FUELING THE VEHICLE................................................................................................. 9
2.6
VENTED FUEL SYSTEM - ALL MODELS..................................................................... 9
2.7 Instrument Cluster................................................................................................ 10
3.0
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1
BRAKES AND STEERING............................................................................................... 11
3.2
EMERGENCY/PARKING BRAKE SYSTEM ................................................................. 11
3.3
THROTTLE CONTROL.................................................................................................... 11
3.4
STARTING PROCEDURE................................................................................................. 11
3.5
NEUTRAL START SWITCH............................................................................................. 12
3.6
PRIMING THE ENGINE FOR HDi and AVENGER EFI................................................. 12
3.7
STOPPING THE ENGINE................................................................................................. 12
3.8
MANUAL STARTING PROCEDURE.............................................................................. 12
3.9
SELECTING AND CHANGING TRANSMISSION GEARS .......................................... 13
3.9.1 Changing Transmission Gears - Avenger and Frontier......................................... 13
3.9.2 Changing Transmission Gears - HDi and HD...................................................... 13
3.10HEADLIGHTS................................................................................................................... 13
4.0
DRIVING PROCEDURES
4.1
DRIVING STRAIGHT AHEAD........................................................................................ 14
4.2
STOPPING THE VEHICLE............................................................................................... 14
4.3
TURNING THE VEHICLE................................................................................................ 14
4.3.1
Left Turn............................................................................................................... 14
4.3.2
Right Turn............................................................................................................. 14
4.4
BACKING THE VEHICLE UP.......................................................................................... 14
4.4.1 Turning the Vehicle While Backing Up................................................................ 14
4.5 ARGO 750HDI OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.............................................................. 15
4.5.1 Selecting Forward, Neutral, Reverse, High or Low - HDi and HD...................... 15
4.5.2 HDi and HD Recommended Gear Selections....................................................... 15
5.0
DRIVING PROCEDURES DURING UNUSUAL CONDITIONS
5.1
REMOTE AREA USE........................................................................................................ 16
5.2
ANGLE OF OPERATION.................................................................................................. 16
5.3
UPHILL OPERATION....................................................................................................... 16
5.4
DOWNHILL OPERATION................................................................................................ 16
5.5
SIDE SLOPE OPERATION............................................................................................... 17
5.6
AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION - GENERAL....................................................................... 17
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SECTION
5.7
5.6.1
5.6.2
5.6.3
5.6.4
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Entering Water..................................................................................................... 18
Driving Procedures in Water................................................................................ 18
Driving Out of Water........................................................................................... 19
Outboard Motor Bracket...................................................................................... 19
WINTER OPERATION..................................................................................................... 19
5.7.1 Use on Ice Covered Bodies of Water................................................................... 19
6.0 OIL, FILTER AND LUBRICATION INFORMATION
6.1
ENGINE OIL INFORMATION......................................................................................... 20
6.1.1 Checking the Engine Oil Level............................................................................ 20
6.1.2 Recommended Engine Oil................................................................................... 20
6.1.3 Changing Engine Oil........................................................................................... 21
Draining the Engine Oil....................................................................................... 21
Refilling the Engine............................................................................................. 21
6.2
TRANSMISSION OIL INFORMATION.......................................................................... 21
6.2.1 Checking the Transmission Oil Level - Avenger and Frontier............................ 21
6.2.2 Checking the Transmission Oil Level - HDi and HD.......................................... 22
6.2.3 Changing the Transmission Oil - Avenger and Frontier ..................................... 22
6.2.4 Changing the Transmission Oil - HDi and HD.................................................... 22
Refilling the Transmission - Avenger and Frontier.............................................. 22
Refilling the Transmission - HDi and HD........................................................... 23
6.3
FILTER INFORMATION.................................................................................................. 23
6.3.1
Air Filter.............................................................................................................. 23
6.3.2 Fuel Filter - Avenger and HDi............................................................................. 23
6.3.3 Fuel Filter - Frontier............................................................................................ 24
6.3.4
Oil Filter............................................................................................................... 24
6.4
LUBRICATION INFORMATION.................................................................................... 24
6.4.1 General................................................................................................................. 24
6.4.2 Clutch Lubrication............................................................................................... 24
6.4.3 Drive Chain Lubrication...................................................................................... 24
6.4.4 Automatic Chain Oiler System............................................................................ 24
6.4.5 Idler Chain Lubrication........................................................................................ 25
6.4.6 Outer Axle Bearing Lubrication.......................................................................... 25
6.4.7 Idler Shaft Bearing Lubrication ......................................................................... 26
6.4.8 Output Shaft Lubrication..................................................................................... 26
6.4.9 Output Shaft Lubrication (2012 Models and on)................................................. 26
6.4.10 Inner Axle Bearing Lubrication........................................................................... 26
7.0 MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
7.1
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM................................................................................................... 28
7.1.1
GENERAL........................................................................................................... 28
7.1.2
BATTERY............................................................................................................ 28
Checking Fluid Level.......................................................................................... 28
Charging the Battery - Exide............................................................................... 28
Charging and Testing the Battery Optima........................................................... 28
Cleaning the Battery Terminals and Cable Connections..................................... 28
Cleaning the Battery............................................................................................ 29
7.1.3 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FUSES....................................................................... 30
7.1.4
SPARK PLUGS................................................................................................... 30
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7.1.5
SPARK ARRESTER.................................................................................................. 30
7.2
DRIVE SYSTEM & TIRES..................................................................................................... 30
7.2.1
DRIVE BELT............................................................................................................. 30
Drive Belt Adjustment............................................................................................... 31
Drive Belt Removal................................................................................................... 31
Drive Belt Installation................................................................................................ 31
7.2.2
CLUTCH MAINTENANCE..................................................................................... 32
Clutch Inspection....................................................................................................... 32
7.2.3
DRIVE CHAINS....................................................................................................... 32
Drive Chain Removal................................................................................................ 33
Drive Chain Installation............................................................................................. 33
7.2.4
DRIVE CHAIN TAKE-UP SYSTEM....................................................................... 33
Replacement of Slider Blocks................................................................................... 34
7.2.5 IDLER CHAIN - Avenger and Frontier..................................................................... 35
Idler Chain Adjustment.............................................................................................. 35
Removal of Idler Chains............................................................................................ 36
Installation of Idler Chains........................................................................................ 36
7.2.6
TIRE INFLATION..................................................................................................... 36
7.2.7
TIRE REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT.................................................................... 37
7.2.8
AXLE BEARING MOUNTING............................................................................... 37
7.3
HYDRAULIC BRAKES ......................................................................................................... 37
7.3.1
GENERAL................................................................................................................. 37
7.3.2
BRAKE FLUID LEVEL........................................................................................... 37
7.3.3
CHANGING BRAKE FLUID................................................................................... 38
7.3.4 HYDRAULIC BRAKE PAD INSPECTION............................................................ 38
Firewall Removal....................................................................................................... 38
Brake Pad Inspection Procedure................................................................................ 38
Re-installation of Brake Pads.................................................................................... 38
Handbrake Inspection................................................................................................ 39
Brake Pad Inspection Procedure (HDi and HD Handbrake Pads)............................. 39
Brake Pad Inspection Procedure................................................................................ 39
Re-installation of Firewall......................................................................................... 40
Service Brake Bedding in Procedure......................................................................... 40
7.3.5 HAND BRAKE ADJUSTMENT (Frontier and Avenger) ........................................ 40
7.3.6
EMERGENCY/PARKING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT.............................................. 41
Adjusting the Emergency/Parking Brake (HDi and HD Models)............................. 41
Adjusting the Emergency/Parking Brake (Avengers and Frontiers)......................... 41
7.3.7
BRAKE PLUNGER ADJUSTMENT....................................................................... 43
7.3.8
BRAKE COOLING SYSTEM.................................................................................. 43
7.3.9 ENGINE COOLING & EXHAUST SYSTEM......................................................... 43
7.4 DAILY CHECKLIST............................................................................................................... 45
7.5
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE............................................................................................... 46
8.0TROUBLESHOOTING.............................................................................................................................. 47
9.0 CLEANING AND STORAGE
9.1
CLEANING THE VEHICLE................................................................................................... 49
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9.2
STORING THE VEHICLE.............................................................................................................. 49
Cleaning the Vehicle......................................................................................................................... 49
Drain the Fuel System......................................................................................................................49
Prepare the Battery for Storage........................................................................................................49
Protect the Electrical System............................................................................................................49
Raise the Vehicle .............................................................................................................................49
Preparing the Engine for Storage.....................................................................................................49
10.0 POTENTIAL HAZARDS ............................................................................................................................. 50
11.0 ACCESSORY INFORMATION
11.1 GENERAL....................................................................................................................................... 54
11.2
CARGO TIE-DOWNS (Part No. 614-06)....................................................................................... 54
11.3
ARGO TRACK SYSTEMS (Standard Track and Super Track)...................................................... 54
11.3.1 Assembly Instructions....................................................................................................... 54
11.3.2 Installing the Axle Extension (Super Track & Rubber Track)........................................... 54
11.3.3 Standard and Super Track Installation............................................................................... 56
11.3.4 Removal of Standard and Super Tracks............................................................................. 57
11.3.5 Operating Precautions (All Track Systems)...................................................................... 58
11.3.6 Standard Tracks................................................................................................................. 58
11.3.7 Super Tracks...................................................................................................................... 58
11.3.8 Rubber Tracks.................................................................................................................... 58
11.3.9 Installation Instructions (625-50 & 825-50-1 Rubber Track Systems)............................. 58
11.3.10 Removal of 625-50 & 825-50-1 Argo Rubber Track Systems.......................................... 60
11.4
ICE CLEAT KIT (Part Nos. 625-20, 825-20 & 825-21).................................................................. 60
11.5
OUTBOARD MOTOR BRACKET - SIDE MOUNT (Part No. 617-09 & 617-10)....................... 60
11.6
ARGO STORAGE COVERS (Part Nos. 621-21; 821-20 & 821-40).............................................. 61
11.7
POWER WINCH (Part Nos. 622-105 & 622-110).......................................................................... 61
11.7.1 Rules for Safe Operation................................................................................................... 61
11.7.2 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Winch....................................................................... 63
11.8
REAR MUD FLAP ACCESSORY (Part No. 625-10)..................................................................... 63
11.9
BILGE PUMP ACCESSORY (Part No. 638-30)............................................................................. 63
11.10 HANDRAIL ACCESSORY (Part No. 639-26; 839-30 & 839-35).................................................. 63
11.11 TOW HOOK ACCESSORY (Part No. 642-00)............................................................................... 63
11.12 WINDSHIELD (Part No. 648-79 & 648-80)................................................................................... 64
11.13 CONVERTIBLE TOP (Part Nos. 649-51; 849-40 , 849-45 & 849-51)........................................... 64
11.14 ALTERNATOR ACCESSORY for Avenger (Part No. 850-54)....................................................... 65
11.15 SNOW PLOW ACCESSORY (Part No. 657-21)............................................................................. 65
11.16 AMPHIBIOUS TRAILER (Part No. 695-75 & 695-80BL)............................................................ 65
11.16.1 Operating Precautions........................................................................................................ 65
11.17 HEATER ACCESSORY - Avenger (Part No. 848-32).................................................................... 65
11.18 ROLL OVER PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES (Part Nos. 648-47; 849-90-2 & 849-90-4)............ 66
11.19 REAR BENCH SEAT (Part No. 849-80)......................................................................................... 66
11.20 ROLL BAR ACCESSORY (Part No. 648-15)................................................................................. 67
11.21 12V ACCESSORY OUTLET ACCESSORY (Part No. 633-25)..................................................... 67
11.22 BRUSHGUARD KIT (Part No. 642-20 & 642-40)......................................................................... 67
APPENDIX
1 SPECIAL TOOLS
VICE GRIP MODIFICATIONS....................................................................................................... 68
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SECTION 1
GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1 AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION
If the engine requires servicing, take the vehicle to an authorized engine service outlet.
All models of the ARGO are amphibious and capable of traversing calm water. Special operating procedures and safety
precautions must be observed before entering the water and
during amphibious operation. Do not drive your vehicle into
water until you have read Section 5.6 Amphibious Operation.
1.3 WIND CHILL FACTOR
Why does it feel much colder outdoors on a windy day than
when there’s no wind, especially in winter?
The cooling effect of the wind makes it feel that it’s colder than
it really is. This combined effect of wind and low temperature
is known as the “wind chill factor”.
Operators with disabilities need to take certain precautions
in the interest of their own safety. Refer to Section 2.4 of this
manual for more details.
Argo operators should be aware of the wind chill factor. Dress
warmly and make sure exposed skin is protected. Pay particular attention that young passengers are properly “bundled
up” with their hands and faces well protected.
1.2 MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
Maintenance procedures described in this manual can be carried out by the operator. These procedures include:
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4.
5.
checking fluid levels
changing the engine and transmission oil
cleaning and replacing filters
preventative maintenance
inspections, adjustments, repairs and trouble-shooting
If you perform your own maintenance, carefully follow the
lubrication and preventative maintenance schedule (Section
7.5). By following this schedule, you will receive trouble free,
long term service from your vehicle. The following comprehensive ARGO service information is available:
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673-00 1977-1986 ARGO Service Manual
673-01 1987 ARGO Service Manual
673-02 1988 Supplement
673-04 Service Manual 1992 - CURRENT
673-04CD Service Manual on CD-ROM 1992 - CURRENT
1.4 MODEL IDENTIFICATION
Your Argo dealer will perform regular maintenance and lubrication for a reasonable service charge.
Vehicles are identified by a 17 digit vehicle identification
number - reference Section 1.6 for exact location. The last 6
digits of this number begin with one of the following prefix:
The trouble-shooting chart (Section 8) contains information
for locating and correcting mechanical problems. In many
cases, potential problems can be identified by unusual noises,
sluggishness or vibration, before they result in a breakdown.
Refer to the chart to identify these symptoms. Take immediate corrective action or take the vehicle to an Argo dealer for
service.
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This manual does not provide detailed maintenance or servicing information for the engine. Refer to the engine manufacturer’s manual (supplied with each Argo) for important
warranty, service and operating information.
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8x8 750 HDi
8x8 Avenger 700
8x8 Avenger 750 EFI
8x8 Frontier 650
6x6 Frontier 580
6x6 650 HD
8x8 700 HD
8x8 750 HDi SE
8x8 Avenger 700 EU
8x8 700 HD EU
SECTION 1
GENERAL INFORMATION
8x8 AVENGER 750 EFI (H)
Carefully observe the maximum load capacity for your vehicle
on land and in water as listed in the following:
Engine:
Kohler 748 cc (31 h.p.) V-twin 4 cycle, liquid cooled
Transmission: 2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converter
Fuel Capacity: 27 Litre (5.9 Imp. Ga., 7.1 U.S Gal.)
Steering/Brakes:Hydraulic Caliper, 10.25" disc with holding brake system
Drive Chains: Double RC-50 roller chains & Single RC 60 Roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
25 Amp charging system, electronic ignition
Speed:
Land - 32 km/hr (20 mph) *
Water - 5 km/h (3 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 6 persons or 522kg (1150 lbs)
SEE SECT.1.4.1 Water - 4 adults or 454kg (1000 lbs)
Tires:
25x12.00-9NHS, 4 ply **
Dry Weight:
567kg (1250 lbs)
8x8 750 HDi (P)
Engine:
Kohler 748 cc (31 h.p.) V-twin 4 cycle, liquid cooled
Transmission: Forward, neutral and reverse with high/low range
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converter
Fuel Capacity: 27 Litre (5.9 Imp. Ga., 7.1 U.S Gal.)
Steering/Brakes:Hydraulic steering disc brakes with hydraulic disc
stopping brakes
Drive Chains: Double RC-50 roller chains & Single RC 60 Roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
25 Amp charging system, electronic ignition
Speed:
Land - 32 km/hr (20 mph) *
Water - 5 km/h (3 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 6 persons or 522kg (1150 lbs)
SEE SECT.1.4.1 Water - 4 adults or 454kg (1000 lbs)
Tires:
25x12.00-9NHS, 4 ply **
Dry Weight:
567kg (1250 lbs)
8x8 Avenger 700 (V) and 8x8 Avenger 700 EU (W)
Engine:
Kohler 674 cc (26 h.p.) V-twin 4 cycle, liquid cooled
Transmission: 2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converter
Fuel Capacity: 27 Litre (5.9 Imp. Ga., 7.1 U.S Gal.)
Steering/Brakes:Hydraulic Caliper, 10.25" disc with holding brake system
Drive Chains: Double RC-50 roller chains & Single RC 60 Roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
25 Amp charging system, electronic ignition
Speed:
Land - 32 km/hr (20 mph) *
Water - 5 km/h (3 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 6 persons or 454 kg (1000 lbs)
SEE SECT.1.4.1 Water - 4 adults or 386 kg (850 lbs)
Tires:
25x12.00-9NHS, 4 ply **
Dry Weight:
567kg (1250 lbs)
8x8 750 HDi SE (X)
Engine:
Kohler 748 cc (31 h.p.) V-twin 4 cycle, liquid cooled
Transmission: Forward, neutral and reverse with high/low range
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converter
Fuel Capacity: 27 Litre (5.9 Imp. Ga., 7.1 U.S Gal.)
Steering/Brakes:Hydraulic steering disc brakes with hydraulic disc
stopping brakes
Drive Chains: Double RC-50 roller chains & Single RC 60 Roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
25 Amp charging system, electronic ignition
Speed:
Land - 32 km/hr (20 mph) *
Water - 5 km/h (3 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 6 persons or 454kg (1000 lbs)
SEE SECT.1.4.1 Water - 4 adults or 386kg (850 lbs)
Tires:
25x12.00-9NHS, 4 ply **
Dry Weight:
641kg (1410 lbs)
8x8 FRONTIER 650 (J)
Engine:
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 627 cc cooler cleaner running (23 h.p.) V-Twin, 4 cycle, air cooled
Transmission: 2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converter
Fuel Capacity: 27 Litre (5.9 Imp. Ga., 7.1 U.S Gal.)
Steering/Brakes:Hydraulic Caliper, 10.25" disc with holding brake system
Drive Chains: Double RC-50 roller chains & Single RC 60 Roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
20/50 Amp magneto type charging system, electronic ignition
Speed:
Land - 30 km/h (19 mph) *
Water - 5 km/h (3 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 6 persons or 454 kg (1000 lbs.)
SEE SECT.1.4.1 Water - 4 adults or 408 kg (900 lbs.)
Tires:
24x10.00-8NHS, 4 ply
Dry Weight:
476 kg (1050 lbs.)
8x8 700 HD (S) and 8x8 700 HD EU (Y)
Engine:
Kohler 674 cc (26 h.p.) V-twin 4 cycle, liquid cooled
Transmission: Forward, neutral and reverse with high/low range
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converter
Fuel Capacity: 27 Litre (5.9 Imp. Ga., 7.1 U.S Gal.)
Steering/Brakes:Hydraulic steering disc brakes with hydraulic disc
stopping brakes
Drive Chains: Double RC-50 roller chains & Single RC 60 Roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
25 Amp charging system, electronic ignition
Speed:
Land - 32 km/hr (20 mph) *
Water - 5 km/h (3 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 6 persons or 522kg (1150 lbs)
SEE SECT.1.4.1 Water - 4 adults or 454kg (1000 lbs)
Tires:
25x12.00-9NHS, 4 ply **
Dry Weight:
567kg (1250 lbs)
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SECTION 1
GENERAL INFORMATION
6x6 650 HD (D)
Accessory
On Vehicle
Regular Tracks 6x6
Regular Tracks 8x8
Supertracks 6x6
Supertracks 8x8
Rubber Track 8x8
Rubber Track 6x6
Winch Kit
Brush Guard
Windshield
Roll Bar 6x6
ROPS 6x6
ROPS 8x8
Half Top
Full Top 8x8
Full Top 6x6
Snow Plow
Dump Box
Suspension Seats *
Rear Bench Seat
Engine:
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 627 cc cooler cleaner running (23 h.p.) V-Twin, 4 cycle, air cooled
Transmission: Forward, neutral and reverse with high/low range
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converter
Fuel Capacity: 27 Litre (5.9 Imp. Ga., 7.1 U.S Gal.)
Steering/Brakes:Hydraulic Caliper, 10.25" disc with holding brake system
Drive Chains: Single RC-60 roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
20/50 Amp magneto type charging system, electronic ignition
Speed:
Land - 35 km/h (22 mph) *
Water - 5 km/h (3 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 4 persons or 317 kg (700 lbs.)
SEE SECT.1.4.1 Water - 2 adults or 227 kg (500 lbs.)
Tires:
24x10.00-8NHS, 4 ply
Dry Weight:
404 kg (890 lbs.)
6x6 FRONTIER 580 (M)
Engine:
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 570 cc cooler cleaner running (18 h.p.) V-Twin, 4 cycle, air cooled
Transmission: 2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converter
Fuel Capacity: 27 Litre (5.9 Imp. Ga., 7.1 U.S Gal.)
Steering/Brakes:Hydraulic Caliper, 10.25" disc with holding brake system
Drive Chains: Single RC-60 roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
20/50 Amp magneto type charging system, electronic
ignition
Speed:
Land - 35 km/h (22 mph)*
Water - 5 km/h (3 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 4 persons or 317 kg (700 lbs.)
SEE SECT.1.4.1 Water - 2 adults or 227 kg (500 lbs.)
Tires:
24x10.00-8NHS, 4 ply
Dry Weight:
386 kg (850 lbs.)
Reduce By
On On
Land
Water
135 lbs. (60 kg) 85 lbs. (40 kg)
175
(80)
110 (50)
145
(65)
90
(40)
210
(95)
135 (60)
295
(135) 175 (80)
230
(105) 150 (68)
50
(23)
50
(23)
11
(5)
11
(5)
33 (15)33 (15)
50
(23)
50
(23)
130
(60)
SEE WARNING
155
(70)
155 (70)
16
(7)
16
(7)
27
(12)
27
(12)
22
(10)
22
(10)
190
(85)
SEE WARNING
100
(45)
500 (225)
110
(50)
110 (50)
34
(15)
34
(15)
* Suspension seats are already included in the load capacity rating for SE and EU models.
Do NOT use an Argo on water when equipped with a
snow plow. Do NOT use an Argo 6x6 in water when
equipped with a ROPS. The increased weight of the
snow plow out front or the top-heavy weight of the ROPS
on the 6x6 will make the Argo unstable and could cause
the vehicle to capsize, causing injury or drowning to the
driver and passengers.
* Speed is 20% less with 34-100-8.4 or 34-200-3.3 transmission
** Load capacity in water is 100lbs. less if equipped with optional
24x10.00-8NHS tires.
1.4.1 Argo Vehicle Capacity
1.5 REAR SEATS - 8 WHEEL MODELS
Argo 8 wheel models are fitted with “quick-release” rear
seats.
Vehicle capacity includes occupants, cargo, fuel, and
all accessories. Capacity for occupants and cargo is
reduced by the weight of accessories as shown in the
following chart.
Removal
1. Grasp the inner edge of the rear seat at both ends.
2. Lift the inner edge of the rear seat upwards until both plastic
bumpers are clear of the upper body.
3. Using an upward motion, pull the seat toward the centre
of the rear compartment.
4. Remove the seat.
Available vehicle capacity must be reduced if your vehicle is
equipped with any accessories. Reduce the available capacity
by the total weight of accessories fitted to your vehicle.
Installation
Load capacity on water is reduced by 100lbs. if your
8x8 Argo is equipped with optional smaller 24x10.00-8
tires when the standard spec would include 25x12.00-9
(see Section 1.4). The reduced buoyancy could cause
the Argo to become swamped and sink, causing injury
or drowning to the driver and passengers.
1. Place the rear seat over the seat mounting holes in the upper
body. Insert the large seat washers through the holes.
2. Using downward pressure, slide the seat towards the outside of the vehicle to lock it in place.
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GENERAL INFORMATION
1.6 IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION OF CONTROLS
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GENERAL INFORMATION
1.6 IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION OF CONTROLS
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GENERAL INFORMATION
1.7 INFORMATION LABELS
There are labels on all models which indicate operating hazards and provide special operating instructions. Information about
the use of the holding brake system, the use of the vehicle in water, correct fueling procedures and placement of the floorpans
has been provided on distinctive coloured labels fastened to the various locations on the Argo.
Figure 1-1 Location of Information Labels - All Models
The label shown below is located behind the seat in the rear compartment of all 6-wheel models.
Figure 1-2 Rear Compartment Capacity Label - All 6x6 Models
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GENERAL OPERATING INFORMATION
2.1 NEW VEHICLE “BREAK-IN” PROCEDURE
2.2 PRE-OPERATION CHECKS
To obtain long term, trouble free service from your vehicle,
observe the following break-in guidelines:
Carefully follow the engine manufacturer’s recommended
pre-operation/daily checks as well as the following:
1. Vary the speed of the vehicle for the first tank of fuel.
Avoid full throttle operation during break-in period.
1. Check the fuel level in the see-through tank located under
the driver’s seat.
2. Check engine and transmission oil levels daily during
break-in period.
2. Check the air pressure in all tires. NOTE: Improperly
inflated tires can cause the vehicle to pull to one side,
requiring constant steering correction. See Section 7.2.6
for tire pressure specifications.
3. Change the transmission oil after initial 20 hours of operation. Failure to do so can result in damage to the transmission bearings or gear surfaces. Refer to Section 6.2.3 and
6.2.4 for transmission oil changing instructions.
3. Test the operation of the twist grip throttle control by
turning it to the fully open position and releasing it. The
throttle must operate smoothly and return automatically to
the fully closed position. Take the vehicle to an ARGO
dealer if the twist grip requires adjustment.
4. Change the engine oil in the Vanguard engine after the
first 8 hours of operation and in the Kohler engine after the
first 20 hours of operation. Refer to Section 6.1.3 of this
manual and the oil change section of each engine owner’s
manual for oil change information.
4. Check hand operated brake lever on left hand steering bar
for braking capability Section 7.3.5. Check steering handle
bar travel to the left and to the right for steering capability.
See Section 7.3.7 for Plunger Pin Adjustment.
5. On Avenger and Frontier models, check the idler chain
adjustment each day before driving the vehicle, and after
the initial 2 hours of operation. Refer to Section 7.2.5 for
idler chain inspection and adjustment information. There
are no idler chains on the HDi or HD models.
5. Check the engine intake and exhaust screen for obstructions. Clear any debris that has accumulated.
2.3 CARRYING PASSENGERS AND CARGO
6. Never overload your vehicle. Trying to steer an overloaded
vehicle can overheat the brakes. This will lead to brake fade
which means loss of steering control and the ability to stop
the vehicle. Overloading the vehicle can lead to premature
brake system failures and costly damage to drive chains,
axles or bearings. Follow the recommended load capacity
for the vehicle listed in Section 1.4.
1. Keep cargo as low as possible and evenly distributed.
2.Use extreme CAUTION when negotiating inclines with a
loaded vehicle. Heavy loads and high loads decrease the
stability of the vehicle and may cause it to roll. Be prepared to shift occupant weight and load forward or have
passengers get out of the vehicle to climb an incline.
7. Do not allow the brakes to drag, particularly during the
first 10 hours of operation. To maximize brake pad life,
start by making several low speed turns to both sides. Allow the brakes to cool by driving in a straight line. Repeat
the low speed turns. Allow the brakes to cool again. This
procedure will properly seat the brake pad friction material
to the brake disc. The handlebar should be kept centered
during straight ahead operation. Dragging the brakes will
cause overheating of the brake components and result in
brake fade.
3. Secure cargo to prevent it from shifting while driving.
4. Do not mount any heavy fixtures to the upper body without
support to the vehicle frame. The added weight may cause
body deformation that could result in the tires rubbing
through the body.
The rear compartment capacity of all 6 wheel ARGO
vehicles is 65 kg (140 lbs.) MAXIMUM. Exceeding
this weight limitation will decrease the stability of the
vehicle on inclines and increase the possibility of rolling over backwards when climbing a grade. Do NOT
exceed this weight in the rear compartment.
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GENERAL OPERATING INFORMATION
We recommend that you do not venture out in your Argo
without being accompanied by an able-bodied person to assist
you in case you encounter difficulty. If this is not possible,
make sure that adequate communications equipment (eg. cell
phone, two-way radio) with an independent power supply is
on-board and communication lines are open at all times to call
for help if necessary. Remember, a simple technical failure
could leave you stranded.
Make sure all passengers riding in an ARGO equipped
with tracks and ice cleats are informed to keep hands,
feet and clothing inside the vehicle, well away from
the tracks and ice cleats, while the ARGO is in motion.
Serious injury or death could result from getting caught
by the ice cleats.
2.4 OPERATORS WITH DISABILITIES
If parts of your body are pain insensitive, please take extra
care to ensure that your skin does not touch components of
the Argo that may be hot. Also, be aware of hot air exhaust
outlets and moving parts.
The information below pertains to safety procedures,
which, if not followed, can result in personal injury
or death or damage to the Argo vehicle.
If your vehicle is equipped with an optional wheelchair swingarm lift, make sure that the lift line and the swing arm are
secured. An unsecured lift arm or line could injure bystanders or property and can also result in loss of control over the
vehicle if it gets caught while driving.
We advise persons with disabilities who operate Argo vehicles,
to take certain precautions in the interest of their own safety.
Since the nature of disabilities can vary widely, it is impossible
to give complete instructions that apply to every specific case.
Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Argo driver to take
steps beyond the ones suggested in the following that take
the special nature of his/her disability into account in order
to operate the vehicle safely.
If your vehicle is equipped with a transfer board, ensure that
the board is removed from the body support bracket when not
in use and safely stored in a spot convenient to reach.
Water Operation
Please read this Operator’s Manual thoroughly BEFORE
OPERATING YOUR NEW ARGO VEHICLE.
Carefully read Section 5 of the Operator’s Manual covering
water operation.
Equipment
Enter the water from a firm gradual slope. If the water is deep
enough for the vehicle to float, unlatch all safety belts and
restraining devices, including the operator's. In shallow water
be prepared to free yourself from restraining devices quickly.
If an emergency arises, you and your passengers may have to
leave the vehicle quickly.
For mobility-impaired drivers, the following additional equipment should be installed in the Argo vehicle:
-roll-over protection
- a special seat assisting the driver in maintaining his/her seating position
-four-point safety harness
-fire extinguisher within reach of the driver
If the vehicle is equipped with an optional convertible top
assembly, fold the top assembly down to allow for a quick
exit in case the vehicle submerges and to reduce the surface
exposed to the wind.
Maximum Payload
Be aware that the weight of the ROPS makes the vehicle more
likely to rollover in water than an unmodified vehicle.
Due to the additionally installed equipment, including any
other ARGO accessories, the maximum available payload of
the vehicle must be reduced accordingly; refer to Section 1 in
your ARGO Operator’s Manual under Argo Vehicle Capacity.
Never exceed the maximum load capacity of the vehicle.
We do not recommend the use of your Argo on frozen water
surfaces because of the danger of breaking through the ice and
the risk of exposure in cold water. (Refer to Section 5 of the
Operator’s Manual.) If you must cross ice-covered bodies of
water, take along an able-bodied person to assist if difficulties
are encountered.
General
Ensure that the on-board fire extinguisher is fully charged at
all times and have it inspected on a regular basis by qualified
personnel.
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SECTION 2
GENERAL OPERATING INFORMATION
Land Operation
tions, an ARGO can be driven for 7 to 12 hours on one tank
of fuel. Verify your vehicle’s actual fuel consumption before
attempting any long trips. Never travel in remote areas or set
out on long trips without a full tank of fuel and adequate spare
fuel stored in approved watertight fuel containers.
When operating the vehicle on land, make sure all occupants
including yourself are wearing the seat belts and you are
strapped in your seat firmly at all times. Loss of seating position could result in loss of control of the vehicle.
The fuel filler neck and fuel cap are located on the right side
of the vehicle behind the driver’s seat. Replace the fuel cap
if fuel leakage occurs, or if moisture is detected in the fuel.
Use ARGO Part No. 126-46 fuel cap.
Be constantly aware of the overall height and width of your
Argo vehicle equipped with the ROPS. Watch out for low
objects, eg. brush, branches, etc. which could strike the ROPS
and cause the vehicle to stop abruptly, rollover, or go out of
control.
Never fill the tank to the point where the fuel level rises into
the filler neck. If the tank is overfilled, heat may cause the
fuel to expand and overflow through the vent.
Due to the weight of the ROPS, your vehicle is more likely
to rollover on land than a standard Argo vehicle. Ensure passengers and operator remain seated at all times and keep all
cargo low and evenly distributed.
Portable fuel containers may contain contaminants (dirt, water,
etc.) that will cause engine operating problems. Use only
clean, approved gasoline containers.
Seat belts must be properly adjusted and worn by all occupants
at all times EXCEPT when the vehicle is floating in water.
After filling the fuel tank, be sure the fuel cap is replaced
securely. Do not drive the vehicle unless the fuel cap is
properly in place.
We have provided this information because we want you
to enjoy your mobility in the outdoors safely. However,
please keep in mind that all the warnings and instructions
in the world cannot replace common sense. You’ve got
it – please use it.
Never use untreated gasoline that has been stored
for more than 45 days. Stale gasoline can cause
deposits to form in the fuel lines and carburetor. These
deposits clog the fuel system and cause engine starting
and operating problems.
2.5 FUELING THE VEHICLE
When storing the ARGO for 45 days or more, use
ARGO Part No. 127-77 Fuel Stabilizer to treat fuel in
the fuel tank and fuel containers.
Gasoline is extremely flammable and can explode
under certain conditions. Do not add fuel while the
engine is running or hot. If fuel is spilled in, on or
around the vehicle, wipe it up immediately. Flush out
any fuel spilled in the vehicle with water and allow
it to drain out through the drain plug holes. Do not
smoke when filling the fuel tank.
2.6 VENTED FUEL SYSTEM - ALL MODELS
All ARGO models have fuel systems that are vented through
a special hose connected to the filler neck assembly that runs
along the upper body forward to the engine.
Use clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline in all models of the ARGO.
Minimum 87 octane fuel is recommended.
Leaded gasoline can be used as a substitute fuel. However, if
leaded gasoline is used, the engine will require more frequent
servicing.
When installing the Handrail Kit or Convertible Top Kit;
Since the fuel vent hose runs along the under side of the
upper body, care must be taken when drilling mounting
holes. The fuel vent hose could be pierced during the
drilling process, resulting in a dangerous fuel leak into
the vehicle and a costly repair procedure.
Never use gasoline containing methanol or white gas since
engine or fuel system damage could occur.
All Argo models are equipped with a 27 litre (5.9 Imp. Gal,
7.1 U.S. Gal.) "see-thru" polyethelene fuel tank located under
the driver's seat. Depending on loading and driving condi-
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GENERAL OPERATING INFORMATION
Never use gasoline or other harsh solvents to clean the
Argo body. All Camouflage material is especially vulnerable to damage and peeling if it comes into contact with
gasoline. Take precautionary action when refueling to
protect the body from any such occurances.
2.7 Instrument Cluster
Beginning with 2009 model year, Argos are equipped with an
LCD instrument cluster. Figure 2-1.
It displays battery voltage, hourmeter, odometer, speedometer,
coolant temperature (on Avengers). Tachometer display was
added for 2010. There are indicator lights for parking brake,
low oil pressure, and diagnostic light (on Avenger 750 EFI).
Gauges are calibrated in metric, speed is in km/h and odometer
is in km. Pressing the KM/MILE buttom will switch the speed
to mph and the odometer to mi.
To toggle between odometer and hourmeter, press MODE.
The temperature reading on the gauge is as follows:
1 bar: <131‌°F / <55°C
2 bars: 132-166°F / 56-74°C
3 bars: 167-202°F / 75-94°C
4 bars: 203-237°F / 95-114°C
5 bars: >237°F / >115°C
EU and SE Models
EU and SE models have an additional lighting and horn
package with dash indicator lights as shown in Figure 2-2.
Controls for these items are located on the right handlebar
unit. See Section 1.6.
Figure 2-1. LCD Instrument Cluster.
Figure 2-2. EU and SE Dash.
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SECTION 3
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1 BRAKES AND STEERING
3.2 EMERGENCY/PARKING BRAKE SYSTEM
When in use, the emergency/parking brake system keeps the
wheels locked in the full braking position.
Do NOT oversteer. Avoid the tendency to push or pull
harder on the steering system if the vehicle is not responding as expected. Once the steering brakes have
been locked, pushing or pulling harder on the steering
system will not increase the turning capacity of the
vehicle. Damage may occur to the steering system as a
result of oversteering.
To apply the emergency/parking brake system:
1. Pull the hand brake lever up firmly so the ratchet mechanism engages.
To release the emergency/parking system:
1. Pull up on the hand brake lever and press the button on the
end to release the ratchet mechanism.
The moto-cross style steering handle bar is used to turn the
vehicle when it is moving in forward or reverse. Pulling back
on the right side of the steering handle bar while pushing on the
left side of the handle bar, causes the vehicle to turn right.
Pulling back on the left side of the steering handle bar while
pushing on the right side causes the vehicle to turn left. (Figure
3-1). To stop the vehicle, pull back on the hand brake lever
located on the left handle bar.
3.3 THROTTLE CONTROL
Vehicle speed is controlled by the throttle twist grip. To increase vehicle speed, turn the twist grip as shown in Figure
3-2. To decrease vehicle speed, release the twist grip so the
engine returns to idle.
The ARGO is a skid steer vehicle. During a turn, the rear of
the vehicle swings outward as the vehicle pivots on the front
tire on the inside of the turn. To make a right hand turn, the
rear of the vehicle skids out to the left. To make a left hand
turn, the rear of the vehicle skids out to the right.
When turning, the back of the vehicle swings to the
opposite direction of the turn. 8-wheel vehicles swing
out further than 6-wheelers. Always take care to avoid
hitting persons or objects with the rear of the vehicle!
Serious injury or death can result!
Figure 3-2. Operation of the throttle twist grip
3.4 STARTING PROCEDURE
Never start or run the engine in a closed building or
confined area. Engine exhaust gases contain poisonous carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odourless,
colourless and can cause serious personal injury or
death.
All ARGO models are equipped with key operated, electric
start systems. Starting procedure is identical for all models.
To start the vehicle, proceed as follows:
1. Place the gearshift in the neutral (N) position.
2. Apply the emergency/parking brake system.
Figure 3-1. Making a left hand turn.
3. Use the choke (if equipped) if the engine is cold. Open the
accelerator twist grip control 1/8 turn.
4. Turn the key to the “START” position. (See Figure 3-3).
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SECTION 3
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
2. Turn the key switch to the "START" position, crank and
start engine.
3. If the engine fails to start, repeat steps 1 and 2. If the engine
does not start after two priming intervals, contact your
Kohler Engine Service Dealer for further assistance.
3.7 STOPPING THE ENGINE
Release the throttle twist grip. Let the engine speed return to
idle and turn ignition switch to the “OFF” position. Always
remove key from ignition switch when leaving the vehicle
unattended.
Figure 3-3. Ignition Switch.
3.8 MANUAL STARTING PROCEDURE
Do not operate the starter continuously for more than 5
seconds or the starter may overheat. Wait 30 seconds
between each operation of the starter to let it cool and
the battery power recover. Never attempt to restart the
engine until the engine completely stops. Always remove
key from switch when leaving vehicle unattended or when
vehicle is not in use.
FRONTIER models can be manually started using the recoil
starter on the Vanguard engine.
1. Turn the key to the “RUN” position.
2. Place the gearshift in the neutral (N) position. Engage the
hand lever holding brake, if equipped, and the emergency/
parking brakes.
5. Release the key as soon as the engine starts: the key will
automatically return to the “RUN” position.
3. Pull out the choke if the engine is cold.
6. Release the twist grip control and allow the engine to come
to an idle.
4. Remove the engine compartment hood.
5. Grasp starter grip as illustrated and pull slowly until recoil
engages (Figure 3-4).
7. Push the choke (if equipped) in halfway after the engine
starts, and push it in all the way as the engine warms up.
Release the parking brake.
8. If the engine fails to start, refer to the troubleshooting chart
in Section 8 for corrective action.
6. Open the accelerator twist grip control 1/8 turn, then pull
cord rapidly to overcome compression, prevent kickback
and start engine. Repeat if necessary with choke pushed
in slightly.
3.5 NEUTRAL START SWITCH
7. When engine starts, push choke in gradually.
If the vehicle will not start in neutral, the battery has a charge,
and the electrical connections to the neutral start are all ok,
find the two green wires labelled "override" and unplug them
from the wire harness. (Open the hood and locate them to the
right of the fuse block.) Connect the 2 wires that are labelled
"override" together. This bypasses the neutral start switch on
the transmission. Have the problem corrected by your Argo
dealer ASAP. Connect these two wires together and start the
unit. Make sure that the neutral start device is repaired
and reconnected at the earliest convenience as an accident
may occur.
8. Release the parking brake.
Figure 3-4. Recoil Starter - Vanguard Engine.
3.6 PRIMING PROCEDURE FOR HDi and AVENGER
EFI
If the vehicle has run out of fuel, follow the procedure below
to prime the fuel system to restart.
1. Turn the key switch to the "ON" position for one minute.
Allow the fuel pump to cycle and prime the system. Turn
the key switch "OFF".
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NO MANUAL STARTING PROCEDURE IS
AVAILABLE FOR THE HDi OR AVENGER.
SECTION 3
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
3.9 SELECTING AND CHANGING TRANSMISSION
GEARS
DO NOT CHANGE TRANSMISSION GEARS WHILE THE
VEHICLE IS MOVING. To change gears, bring the vehicle to
a complete stop, let the engine idle down completely, engage
hand brake and move the shift lever to the selected gear.
3.9.1 Changing Transmission Gears - Avenger and
Frontier
Avenger and Frontier models are equipped with a four position
transmission. The gearshift lever extends through the firewall
and is moved in an "H" pattern. Low Range is located to the
left of neutral, high range to the right of neutral and reverse
up and to the right of neutral. (See Figure 3-5.) PLEASE
OBSERVE CAUTIONS.
Figure 3-6. HDi gear shift travel and gear positions.
Figure 3-7. HDi Hi/Low range positions.
Figure 3-5. Direction of gear shift travel and gear positions.
Do not attempt to move the gearshift from the neutral (N)
starting position until the engine idles down completely.
The ARGO is equipped with an automatic clutch that
is activated by engine speed. If the engine idle speed
is too high, the transmission will grind during gear
engagement.
Do not attempt to move the gearshift from the neutral (N)
starting position until the engine idles down completely.
The ARGO is equipped with an automatic clutch that
is activated by engine speed. If the engine idle speed
is too high, the transmission will grind during gear
engagement.
3.10 HEADLIGHTS
3.9.2 Changing Transmission Gears - HDi and HD
All ARGO vehicles are equipped with 2 headlights that are
operated through the dash mounted light switch. To turn the
lights on, push the switch.
The HDi and HD models are equipped with two shift levers.
One gearshift lever extends through the firewall and moves
left and right. Forward gear is located to the left of neutral
and reverse gear to the right of neutral. (See Figure 3-6.)
PLEASE OBSERVE CAUTIONS. There is a second shift
lever located on the right dash of the HDi. High range is
selected when the lever is in the up position and should be
used for most driving conditions. Low range is selected when
the lever is in the down position. (See Figure 3-7.)
Do not shift from Hi to Lo range or vice versa while
vehicle is in motion. Ensure vehicle is at a complete
stop before placing the lever into the desired range.
Do not leave the lights on for any length of time when
the engine is not running. Leaving them on will drain
the battery.
Always turn the ignition switch to the ‘OFF’ position
when turning off the engine. On AVENGER models the
brake cooling system remains operational in the ‘RUN’
position after the engine has been turned off.
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Avoid frequent starting of the engine and extensive
idling. Both will lead to a drain of the battery because
the electrical draw may be greater than the charging
rate at engine idle.
SECTION 4
DRIVING PROCEDURES
4.3.1 Left Turn
4.1 DRIVING STRAIGHT AHEAD
The Moto-Cross style steering bar is spring loaded to return
to a centered position. (See Figure 4-1). At this location, no
braking is applied to either of the calipers. It is at this position
that the steering bar should be when driving straight ahead.
Turn the throttle twist grip slowly until the clutch system
engages and the vehicle moves forward.
Do NOT oversteer. Avoid the tendency to push or pull
harder on the steering system if the vehicle is not responding as expected. Once the vehicle's brake disc has
been locked, pushing or pulling harder on the steering
system will not increase the turning capacity of the
vehicle. Damage may occur to the steering system as a
result of oversteering.
To make a left turn, pull back on the left steering bar while
at the same time pushing on the right to stop the brake on the
left side of the vehicle. When the turn has been completed,
return the steering bar to the centre position.
4.3.2 Right Turn
Pull back on the right steering bar while at the same time
pushing on the left to stop the brake on the right side of the
vehicle. When the turn has been completed, return the steering
bar to the centre position.
Figure 4-1. Position of moto-cross style steering bar in straight
ahead operation.
4.2 STOPPING THE VEHICLE
Allow the throttle grip to return to the idle position. Squeeze
the handle mounted brake lever with your left hand.
4.4 BACKING THE VEHICLE UP
With the engine at idle, shift the transmission into reverse.
Ensure that the steering handle bar is centred. Turn the throttle twist grip slowly until the clutch engages and the vehicle
moves backwards. Increase speed by gradually turning the
accelerator twist grip. For the HDi and HD models, it is recommended that the Hi/Low shift be set in the Low position
when operating in reverse.
4.3 TURNING THE VEHICLE
The ARGO is a skid steer vehicle. The rear of the vehicle
swings outward during a turn. Always take precautions when
making turns to avoid hitting persons or objects. The proper
way to make a wide turn is illustrated in Figure 4-2. Make a
series of short turns. Centre the steering handle bar. Riding
the brakes while making turns will result in excessive heat,
brake fade and lead to premature brake wear.
4.4.1 Turning The Vehicle While Backing Up
Pull on the right bar and push on the left to turn right. Pull on
the left bar and push on the right to turn left. When turning
the vehicle while backing up, the rear of the vehicle swings in
the direction of the turn. This is unusual for most people who
are not familiar with skid steer vehicles. Carefully practice
backing up and turning in an open area until you become accustomed to this procedure. Take precautions to avoid hitting
persons or objects.
Figure 4-2. Correct method of making a wide turn
Do not push against the firewall with your knees. Damage to the firewall and serious personal injury can result
from the driven clutch wearing through the firewall.
Sharp turns, especially at high speeds or when heavily
loaded, may cause the vehicle to roll over. Slow the
vehicle down before making a turn. Do not apply the
brakes too suddenly.
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DRIVING PROCEDURES
4.5.2 HDi and HD Recommended Gear Selections
4.5 OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS - 750 HDi, 700 HD
and 650 HD
Trails and higher speed driving: Recommended gear
selection HIGH range: In High range, the 750HDi and HD
models will turn as tight as most ATV’s and UTV’s, which
is ideal for trail riding. Compared to previous braked skid
steer vehicles, these models will corner with minimal loss
of speed or engine power. The increased efficiency results in
cooler running temperatures for the engine, transmission and
steering system.
The 750 HDi and HD models are equipped with the ADMIRAL steering transmission. The ADMIRAL is a triple differential transmission with unique steering characteristics not found
in prior Argo models or traditional skid steer vehicles. The
ADMIRAL features two distinct modes of operation, HIGH
range for typical trail riding and LOW range when tight turns
are required. This transmission allows the ARGO to tackle a
wider range of terrains and operating conditions.
Towing: Recommended gear selection HIGH range: With
increased efficiency and positive all-wheel drive in high range,
the operator is able to maintain momentum, traction and control while under load. Engine power and smooth steering is
maintained, point-turn operation is eliminated, allowing for
smooth operation and towing. The elimination of point-turn
while in high range reduces the likelihood of a “jackknife”
situation.
When operating in HIGH range, a full lock right steering
input will cause the right side wheels to turn forward at a
lower rate (approximately 1/3 the speed) compared to the left
side wheels and vice versa when full lock left steering input
is applied. While this does not allow for zero radius turns, as
found on Avenger and Frontier models, it does greatly increase
efficiency, reduces engine, transmission & brake temperatures
and reduces driver steering effort.
Climbing hills: Recommended gear selection HIGH
range: Similar to a towing situation, climbing hills successfully means maintaining traction and momentum. It is usually
unwise (and unsafe) to perform sharp turns while climbing
hills, so Low range, if required, should be used with caution
in these situations.
When operating in LOW range, a full lock right steering input
will cause the right side wheels to turn backwards slightly.
This will result in a tighter turn compared to transmissions
found on the Avenger and Frontier. This mode of operation
should only be used for slow speed operation when tight
turning is required.
Mud and Snow (including track use): Recommended gear
selection HIGH or LOW range: Low traction situations
are usually handled best in high range due to the fact that
any turning inputs will “lock the differential” and force all 8
wheels to drive. If tightly spaced obstacles are present, low
range will provide added maneuverability, albeit at a cost in
both traction and efficiency.
NOTE: Extended use of Low range at higher speeds may
result in increased engine, transmission and brake temperatures. This mode of operation should be avoided unless the
terrain or obstacles warrants its use.
4.5.1 Selecting Forward, Neutral, Reverse, High or Low - HDi
and HD
Water / Amphibious use: Recommended gear selection
HIGH or LOW range: While operating the vehicle in deep
water, either range selection may be appropriate. In High
range, the operator may notice a lack of maneuverability, especially at full throttle. In Low range, the inside, or steered,
tires can counter rotate thereby providing greater maneuverability and control when turning the vehicle. There is a slight
reduction of top speed when selecting Low range for water /
amphibious use.
The ADMIRAL transmission uses dog clutches to engage
internal gears. The dog clutch is not synchronized to allow
for shifting-on-the-fly. To avoid personal injury, transmission, vehicle or property damage, always bring the vehicle to
a complete stop, allow the engine to return to idle, compress
and hold the hydraulic hand brake, then select the appropriate
gear function. Once selected, release the hydraulic hand brake
and accelerate to desired speed.
Low speed (with obstacles): Recommended gear selection
Low range: While traversing a rock field or a wooded area,
increased maneuverability available in Low range is a valuable
asset. Switching back to High is highly recommended when
the terrain clears and tight / sharp turning is not required.
NOTE: When selecting from HI to LOW or LOW to HI, the
dog clutch may not automatically engage its mating gear.
This is normal and expected. The HI and LOW selector is
spring-loaded and will lock into place once engine RPM rises
and clutches begin to engage. A slight, but normal, “clunk”
noise may be heard during this procedure.
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5.1 REMOTE AREA USE
5.3 UPHILL OPERATION
When traveling in remote areas or when traveling long distances, the following items are essential:
Never accelerate or brake suddenly while driving up or
down a hill. Sudden acceleration or braking can cause
the vehicle to roll over, causing serious personal injury
or death.
• a first aid kit
• a complete survival kit
• protective clothing and footwear
• waterproof safety matches
•candles
• emergency flares
• communications equipment
• adequate fuel supply in approved, watertight containers
• fire extinguisher
• back-up battery
• basic mechanic’s tools and Argo spare parts
The rear compartment capacity of all 6 wheel ARGO
vehicles is 65 kg (140 lbs.) MAXIMUM. Exceeding this
weight limitation will decrease the stability of the vehicle
on inclines and increase the possibility of rolling over
backwards when climbing a grade. Do NOT exceed this
weight in the rear compartment.
Never attempt to turn the vehicle around on a steep hill
or grade. Turning the vehicle around on a hill can result
in the vehicle rolling over.
Approach the hill head on to minimize the possibility of sliding sideways or rolling over. Accelerate slowly to prevent
loss of traction. When traction is lost, the vehicle may slide
sideways or backwards. If this occurs, apply the brakes gently
and evenly to stop the slide. Allow the vehicle to coast to the
bottom of the hill by carefully releasing the brakes.
Before venturing into remote areas, carry out all inspections,
adjustments and lubrication checks detailed in this manual.
Do not proceed unless your vehicle is in good working condition.
Inform someone of your departure and return plans and your
route so that help can be dispatched if you do not return as
scheduled. Do not travel into a remote area alone.
Try to avoid steep hills. When a steep hill can’t be avoided,
be prepared to shift occupant weight forward, or have them
get out of the vehicle to prevent the vehicle from rolling over.
As a general rule, driving up a steep hill greatly increases the
possibility of rolling over.
Choose your equipment and supplies to meet the climate and
terrain conditions that you may encounter.
Practice safe driving habits when traveling in remote areas.
Avoid terrain that may be impassable.
5.4 DOWNHILL OPERATION
5.2 ANGLE OF OPERATION
Always approach the hill head on to minimize the possibility
of sliding sideways, or rolling over. Gently apply the brakes
to control downward vehicle speed. Do not jam on the brakes
while traveling downhill. Sudden braking can cause the vehicle
to roll over frontwards. Continuous or excessive use of the
brakes while going downhill can overheat them, leading to
brake fade. An alternative to applying the brakes while going
down a gentle decline is to use engine braking. Select low
range and keep the engine speed up just enough to keep the
clutch engaged.
When operating any Argo vehicle on an angle, (up and down
hills or across uneven terrain that causes the vehicle to tilt
in any direction) the engine oil level and fuel delivery to the
engine is affected.
If the engine oil level falls below the oil pump intake, damage
can occur because of inadequate lubrication. To avoid engine
damage and costly repairs:
• Do not operate your engine continuously on angles or
inclines that are greater than 30 degrees in any direction.
• Make sure the engine oil level is near the “full” mark
(However, do not overfill.)
The engine may also starve for fuel if the angle of operation
is excessive. An engine starved for fuel is likely to sputter and
hesitate, and may cause the vehicle to “buck.” This can lead
to loss of control and rollover. To prevent this, do not operate
the vehicle on slopes greater than 30 degrees.
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Continuous or excessive use of the brakes while going
downhill can overheat them, leading to brake fade. Loss
of brakes could result in serious injury or death.
Avoid steep declines when possible. When a steep decline
cannot be avoided, shift occupant weight to the rear of the
vehicle to prevent the vehicle from rolling over. As a general
rule, driving the vehicle down a steep decline greatly increases
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current. Avoid water operation under windy conditions.
the possibility of rolling over.
5.5 SIDE SLOPE OPERATION
5. Do not use the Argo in water when equipped with tracks
unless it is also equipped with an outboard motor. The
tracks do not propel the Argo in water.
Do not drive your vehicle across the side of a hill. Side slope
operation greatly increases the risk of rolling the vehicle over
sideways.
6. Use extra caution when operating the ARGO in cold water.
If the vehicle upsets or swamps, exposure in cold water
significantly reduces the chance of survival.
Prolonged side slope operation may cause engine damage.
Observe the engine angle of operation limitations in Section
5.2.
7. Be prepared to adjust the position of cargo and passengers
so the vehicle floats level.
Operation on side slopes will require frequent use of the brakes
for steering correction since the vehicle tends to head downhill.
This may cause brake overheating or fade.
8. Care must be taken when encountering submerged obstacles that may upset the vehicle.
5.6 AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION - GENERAL
Observe the following safety precautions BEFORE entering
the water:
1. All occupants must wear an approved personal flotation
device (PFD) or life jacket while traveling in water.
ARGO vehicles may sink if they fill with water. If water
starts entering the vehicle, head to the nearest shore
immediately. Be prepared to abandon the vehicle if it
appears that the vehicle will fill with water before you
reach the shore. Be especially cautious when operating
a loaded vehicle (cargo and/or passengers) in water.
Observe the capacity limits.
2. Equip the vehicle with a paddle and bailing can for water
operation. An optional bilge pump kit (ARGO Part No.
638-40) is available from your ARGO dealer and is recommended in addition to the onboard bailing can.
Drain Plugs
Use caution and good judgement when entering water. Drowning can occur even in shallow water. Watch for obstacles under
the water that could destabilize or upset the vehicle and may
cause occupants to be ejected from the vehicle. Make sure
all persons in the vehicle are wearing approved life jackets
or Personal Flotation Devices.
1. Drain Plugs are accessible from the outside of the vehicle.
Make sure both drain plugs in the rear of the lower body
(Figure 5-1) are in place and properly tightened. To install,
locate the drain plugs at the rear of the vehicle and thread
each drain plug in a clockwise direction into the plug fitting
ensuring a snug fit. Check the O-ring on drain plug periodically. When removed, each drain plug remains attached to
the hole opening to prevent loss or misplacement of the
plug while the vehicle is draining. (Figure 5-2).
All ARGO vehicles are self-propelled, amphibious vehicles,
capable of navigating calm water, provided the following
precautions are observed:
1. Do not enter water if the vehicle is overloaded. Refer to
Section 1.4 of this manual for recommended load capacity
in water.
2. Do not use seat belts or any restraining device while the
ARGO is floating in water. In shallow water, be prepared
to free yourself from restraining devices quickly. If an
emergency arises, you and your passengers may have to
leave the vehicle quickly.
Figure 5-1. Location of rear drain plugs.
3. Do not attempt to cross large bodies of water. Stay close
to the shore in case an emergency arises and you have to
leave the water.
4. Do not attempt to navigate any body of water with a strong
2. Visually check the lower body of the vehicle for cuts, punctures or holes that will allow water to enter the vehicle.
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3. Make sure that any cargo in the rear of the vehicle is evenly
distributed.
possible. With the wheels partially submerged but still in
contact with the bottom, stop and check thoroughly for water
entering the lower body.
4. Periodically inspect the outer bearing flange and gaskets
of each axle (Figure 5-3) to ensure they are water tight. If
there are signs of water leaking into the lower body, take
corrective action before entering water again. Make sure
there is sufficient grease in the bearing flange and that the
grease seal is in good condition.
If a leak is detected, drive back onto shore. Drain the vehicle
and repair the leak before re-entering the water.
If the body of water must be entered from a steep slope or
uneven terrain, back the vehicle into the water. With the engine and transmission weight concentrated in the front of the
vehicle, the rear is lighter and floats higher.
Be careful not to submerge the bumper as you enter the water.
With the bumper submerged, water can enter through the
openings in the upper body.
5.6.2 Driving Procedures in Water
After the vehicle is floating evenly on the water, turn the
throttle twist grip to increase speed. (Note: If the vehicle is
equipped with a ROPS, unlatch all seatbelts.) Use only part
throttle when traveling through water. Full throttle only results
in excessive turbulence, not higher speeds.
Figure 5-2. Removing and Installing the drain plug.
The vehicle is steered by a combination of pulling on the right
bar and pushing on the left to steer right or vise-versa to travel
left. The turning radius is somewhat greater in water, and the
vehicle does not respond to changes in direction as quickly
as it does on land. Turning the HDi and HD models in water
may be more effective in Low gear.
The vehicle is propelled forward through the water by the web
of the tires as they rotate. To back up in water, release the throttle, shift the transmission into neutral, and use a paddle.
Figure 5-3. Outer bearing flange sealing area.
Avoid rocks, stumps or other obstacles that are below the
surface of the water. Striking these obstacles may damage
the bottom or upset the vehicle.
Always observe the recognized rules of boating while
traveling in water.
If your vehicle begins to fill with water, immediately head to
the nearest shore. Get the vehicle out of the water and drain
it by removing both rear drain plugs. Correct the leak before
entering the water again.
5.6.1 Entering the Water
Load capacity on water is reduced by 100lbs. if your
8x8 Argo is equipped with optional smaller 24x10.00-8
tires when the standard spec would include 25x12.00-9
(see Section 1.4). The reduced buoyancy could cause
the Argo to become swamped and sink, causing injury
or drowning to the driver and passengers.
The point of entry should be free of rocks, stumps and other
obstacles. Enter the water from a firm, gradual slope whenever
Do not leave the vehicle in water for extended periods of
time. Water could enter the axle seals and cause damage
to the axle bearings.
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5.7.1 Use on Ice Covered Bodies of Water
5.6.3 Driving Out of Water
When driving out of water, choose an area of the shore that is
reasonably flat and free of rocks, stumps and other obstacles.
Steer the vehicle so that both front wheels reach the shore
at the same time. Accelerate slowly until the vehicle is out
of the water. If vehicle is equipped with a ROPS system, refasten seatbelts.
Using the ARGO on ice-covered bodies of water is potentially hazardous. Use extreme caution. Exposure to cold
water reduces a person’s chance of survival. Protective
clothing, such as a marine survival suit will significantly
decrease the effect of exposure in frigid water.
5.6.4 Outboard Motor Bracket
Before venturing out onto ice-covered bodies of water, it is
extremely important to:
Your vehicle may be equipped with an optional outboard motor bracket (ARGO Part No. 617-09 or 617-10) to mount an
outboard motor up to 9.9 h.p. A long shaft outboard motor is
preferred to prevent cavitation.
• Check the ice thickness and condition to be sure it will
support the vehicle.
• Take all precautions as in Section 5.6, particularly paragraph 3 referring to drain plugs.
Do not mount an outboard motor on the vehicle unless the
special bracket is used. Damage to the vehicle will occur if
an outboard motor is mounted directly on the vehicle body.
If the vehicle breaks through the ice, it will float in the water,
provided that there are no leaks in the body, the drain plugs
are in place and vehicle is not taking on water through any
body openings. However, there is a risk of the vehicle tipping, particularly if the load is unbalanced. Be prepared to
shift occupants’ weight for balance.
Gasoline is extremely flammable and can explode if
ignited. Fill outboard motor fuel tanks outside of the vehicle. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately. Do not carry
or store fuel tanks in a vehicle equipped with a cab or
convertible top unless adequate ventilation is provided.
Getting back onto safe ice depends on various conditions and
the expertise of the driver. Be especially careful to prevent
water from entering the vehicle.
• Balance the cargo and passenger load.
• Keep openings, like air intakes/exhaust, etc. above the
water line.
• Keep the bilge pump running.
• Winch the vehicle out.
• Back onto ice, as the back end is lighter and floats higher
in the water.
• Avoid getting the wheels on only one side onto the ice
surface as water could enter over the opposite side of the
vehicle.
• Avoid turning as the Argo is climbing out to avoid vehicle
tip-over.
• Break the thin ice around the vehicle with the paddle until
there is firm ice for the vehicle to climb onto.
• Be wary of currents which may pull the vehicle under the
ice.
5.7 WINTER OPERATION
Follow these precautions when operating the ARGO in winter
conditions:
• Equip the vehicle for remote area use, as listed in Section
5.1.
• Keep the battery fully charged and in good condition.
• Use the recommended winter grade of engine oil.
• Do not allow water or snow to accumulate in the vehicle.
Snow may melt during operation of the vehicle, collect
in the lower body and freeze around the chains and final
drive components, immobilizing the vehicle.
• Store the vehicle indoors or under cover.
• Equip your vehicle with snow tracks for travel over deep
snow.
• Steep, snow-covered or icy hills may be more difficult
to ascend. Ice cleat kits (625-20 for 6 wheel or 825-21
for 8 wheel) are available for Super Track and Rubber
Track systems.
• Never travel alone into a remote area. Leave your route
and arrival plans with someone who can send help if you
fail to arrive as planned.
If you feel that you may not be able to get the vehicle back
onto safe ice or land, you might consider staying put to await
rescue. This may be safer than trying to leave the vehicle to
walk over thin ice.
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OIL, FILTER AND LUBRICATION INFORMATION
6.1 ENGINE OIL INFORMATION
Do not run the engine if the oil level is above the FULL
mark or below the ADD mark. Premature engine damage or total engine failure can occur when the oil level
is not properly maintained.
Detailed information on standard workshop and safety
procedures and general installation practices is not
included here. ODG assumes no responsibility or liability for PERSONAL INJURY or VEHICLE DAMAGE
which results from any procedure performed, including
those procedures outlined here. Before performing any
procedure, an individual must have determined to his/
her satisfaction that personal injury or vehicle damage
will not result from the procedure, working environment
or tools selected.
6.1.1 Checking the Engine Oil Level
Check the engine oil level each day before operating the
engine.
Figure 6-2. Oil fill and level location Kohler Aegis engine.
6.1.2 Recommended Engine Oil
To check the oil during an operating period, shut the engine
off, let it cool down and allow the oil time to drain into the
sump before checking the oil level. Position the vehicle so
the engine is level.
Use a high quality detergent oil of API (American Petroleum
Institute) service class as listed in chart. Choose the correct
viscosity of oil for seasonal driving conditions. Using the
proper type and weight of oil in the crankcase is extremely
important. So is checking oil daily and changing oil regularly. Failure to use the correct oil, or using dirty oil, causes
premature engine wear and failure.
The BRIGGS & STRATTON VANGUARD (Figure 6-1) and
Kohler engines (Figure 6-2) are equipped with a dipstick and
a separate oil filler tube. To check the oil level, clean the area
around the dipstick before removing. Remove the dipstick and
wipe it with a clean cloth. Re-insert the dipstick and push it
all the way into the tube. Remove the dipstick and check the
oil level. The oil level should be between the ADD and FULL
marks. If the level has dropped, add oil to bring the level up
to the FULL mark. DO NOT OVERFILL.
Figure 6-1. Oil fill and level location BRIGGS & STRATTON
engine.
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2. Level the vehicle so the oil will drain completely.
3. Place a suitable container under oil drain of engine and
remove drain plug with a wrench: an 8 point 7/16" square
socket for Briggs & Stratton engines or a 5/16" Allen socket
for Kohler engines.
Briggs & Stratton API Service Class SE, SF or SG
There is limited space between the engine and power
pack frame. Cut down an empty plastic container to the
correct height so it will fit under the engine oil drain.
Make sure the container will hold the correct amount
of oil in the engine.
As an alternative to draining the engine oil from the
drain plug you can use a vacuum pump and remove the
oil through the dipstick tube. A pump suitable for this is
available through your Argo dealer, Part No. 638-02.
PLEASE DISPOSE OF WASTE OIL PROPERLY TO
CONSERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT.
4. When all the oil has been drained from the engine, clean
and replace the drain plug. MAKE SURE it is properly
tightened before refilling the engine.
5. See Oil Filter Replacement in Section 6.3.3.
Refilling the Engine
Refill the engine through the oil fill port with the correct
amount of oil (Figure 6-3). Make sure the appropriate grade of
oil is used (Section 6.1.2). As you add oil, frequently check the
level with the dipstick. Do not overfill. Start engine. Check
for leaks. Stop the engine. Check the oil level. Add oil only
to the “Full” mark on the dipstick.
Figure 6-3. Oil Capacities.
6.2 TRANSMISSION OIL INFORMATION
6.1.3 Changing Engine Oil
6.2.1 Checking the Transmission Oil Level - Avenger
and Frontier
During the initial engine break-in period, change the oil after
the first 8 hours of operation for the Briggs & Stratton engine
and the first 20 hours of operation for the Kohler Aegis engine. After the break-in period, change the engine oil every
150 operating hours for Kohler and every 50 hours for Briggs
and Stratton, or more frequently if the vehicle is operated in
dusty or dirty conditions.
Check the transmission oil level every 50 operating hours.
Most models of the ARGO are equipped with a transmission
oil dipstick (Figure 6-4a). Clean the area around the dipstick
before removing. Remove the dipstick by pulling up.
Draining the Engine Oil
Each engine is equipped with a drain plug for draining the
oil. The drain plug location is shown in the engine owner’s
manual. Drain the oil from the engine as follows:
1. Start and warm up the engine so the oil will drain easily.
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Figure 6-4b. HDi transmission.
6.2.3 Changing the Transmission Oil - Avenger and
Frontier
Figure 6-4a. 34-100 Transmission showing dipstick and drain
plug locations
Change the transmission oil after the first 20 hours of operation.
After this, change the transmission oil every 100 operating
hours. Remove firewall to access the drain plug located at the
bottom of the transmission. Drain the transmission oil into
a suitable container and dispose of the oil at a disposal site.
The transmission oil level should be even with the mark on
the dipstick as shown in Figure 6-4. Add 80 W 90 Gear Lube
HYPOY-C through the transmission oil fill/dipstick hole
until the transmission is filled to the correct level. DO NOT
OVERFILL. Replace the dipstick securely.
While draining the transmission oil, be sure to clean off any
metal particles that are on the magnet of the drain plug. These
fine metal particles are a result of the transmission gears meshing during the initial break-in period. Re-install the plug and
tighten it securely.
6.2.4 Changing the Transmission Oil - HDi and HD
Figure 6-4. Transmission dipstick.
Removing the oil from the ADMIRAL transmission requires
the use of a vacuum style pump such as the 638-02 Big Boy,
Top Sider (available from Ontario Drive and Gear). Due to
the design of theADMIRAL transmission, the majority of the
oil in the case will be below the drain plug.
6.2.2 Checking the Transmission Oil Level - HDi and HD
HDi and HD (ADMIRAL) transmission models do not have
an oil dipstick. Check for correct oil level by viewing the
site glass installed to the lower portion of the transmission
housing (Figure 6-4b). To view this site glass, remove the
quick release firewall. Oil filling half the site glass indicates
correct oil level.
Remove the drain plug (Figure 6-4b) and drain the oil until
the flow stops. Insert the vacuum tube of the Big Boy VacuPump into the drain plug hole and remove the remaining oil
from the transmission sump.
Refilling the Transmission - Avenger and Frontier
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Refill the transmission through the oil fill/dipstick hole. Oil
capacity for all transmissions is 38.7 oz.( 1.1 L) of 80 W 90
Gear Lube HYPOY-C. As you refill the transmission, check
the oil level with the dipstick. Check that the oil level is even
with the mark on the dipstick, after it has been seated fully in
the dipstick hole. DO NOT OVERFILL.
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Overfilling may result in oil being forced out the breather
hole that could contaminate the brake pads and lead to brake
failure.
For instructions to remove, clean and replace the air filter
components, refer to the air cleaner section of the engine
Owner’s Manual.
Refilling the Transmission - HDi and HD
6.3.2 Fuel Filter - Avenger and HDi
Install the drain plug. Remove the fill/vent plug located on
the top of the transmission. Fill the transmission with 80W90
Gear Lube HYPO-C. Fill the transmission until the sight
glass is half full. For Oil capacity see Oil Capacity Chart
(Figure 6-5).
All models of the ARGO are equipped with an in-line fuel filter.
HDi and Avenger EFI models have 1 fuel filter, located in the rear
compartment at the fuel tank (Part No. 24 050 03). Figure 6-6.
Figure 6-6. HDi and Avenger EFI fuel filter location.
Figure 6-5. Transmission Oil Capacity
6.3 FILTER INFORMATION
6.3.1 Air Filter
All Briggs and Stratton engines are equipped with a foam
precleaner and dry paper air filter element housed in an air
cleaner assembly attached to the carburetor.
Wash and oil the precleaner after every 25 hours of operation
or more often under extremely dusty or dirty conditions.
Check the paper air filter element every 100 hours of operation
or more often under extremely dusty or dirty conditions.
AVENGER and HDi Models
The Kohler Aegis engine is equipped with a heavy duty high
density paper air cleaner element surrounding a canister style
inner element. Cleaning is not recommended, each element
should be replaced when dirty. See Figure 6-5a.
Figure 6-6a. Avenger 700 fuel filter location.
Replace the Kohler high pressure fuel filter after every 1000
hours of operation or once a year. To replace the filter, loosen
the gear clamps with a standard screw driver and pull the rubber fuel lines off of the filter. Install the new filter with the
flow arrow pointing toward the engine. Tighten the clamps
securely. Start the engine and check for fuel leaks.
6.3.3 Fuel Filter - Avenger 700, 700 HD, 6x6 HD and
Frontier
On all other Argo models the fuel filter is located at the engine
(ARGO Part No. 125-64). Replace every 250 hours or once
a year.
Figure 6-5a. Air Cleaner Element and Inner Element.
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6.4.3 Drive Chain Lubrication
Your ARGO vehicle is equipped with roller chains to each
axle. Lubricate the chains every 10 hours with Aerosol Chain
Lube (ARGO Part No. 125-86), or more frequently in dirty
or wet conditions.
After every 100 hours of operation, or for extended periods
of storage, remove all the drive chains from the vehicle and
clean them thoroughly in a suitable solvent, i.e. degreaser.
Figure 6-6b.Frontier fuel filter location.
Never use gasoline as a cleaning solvent. Gasoline is
extremely flammable and can explode if ignited, causing
serious personal injury.
6.3.4 Oil Filter
Allow the chains to dry thoroughly, re-lubricate generously
with ARGO Chain Lube and re-install.
Change the oil filter when the oil is changed (Part No. 126-95
for Briggs & Stratton engines or Kohler Part No.12 050 01-S
for Aegis engines).
Refer to Section 7.2.3 of this manual for drive chain removal
and re-installation instructions.
Before installing the new filter, lubricate the rubber filter
gasket with clean engine oil. Screw the filter on by hand until
the gasket contacts filter adapter. Tighten 1/2 to 3/4 turn more.
Start and run engine to check for oil leaks. Stop engine and
re-check oil level. Add oil if required.
6.4 LUBRICATION INFORMATION
6.4.1 General
The following parts and components require regularly scheduled lubrication to prevent premature wear and replacement.
1. Idler Chain (if equipped) 2. Drive Chains 3. Bearings
Use the recommended lubricants listed in this section and
carefully observe the recommended lubrication intervals.
6.4.2 Clutch Lubrication
No lubrication is required for either the driven clutch or driver
clutch. They are designed to run dry. If lubricant is used, use
of the vehicle will attract dirt and cause damage to the clutch
components. Contamination by dust and dirt can cause poor
performance, premature wear or failure.
A complete service of the clutch units is required after
every 250 hours of operation. To perform this procedure, the
clutches must be disassembled. Special tools are required to
disassemble the clutch units. We recommend that you return
your vehicle to an authorized ARGO dealer to have the clutch
units serviced.
6.4.4 Automatic Chain Oiler System (if equipped)
Proper lubrication of the chain drive components greatly
increases their service life. Keeping chains out of water
and dirt will also improve the effectiveness of chain
lubrication.
Operation:
The automatic chain oil system operates on a timed circuit
that starts as soon as the key is turned to the run position.
The system starts with a 15 minute off cycle followed by a 5
second on cycle when the pump runs and supplies oil to the
oil drip tubes. The drip tubes, direct the drips to land between
each inner and outer plate of the chain.
The override switch on the dash bypasses the timer and will
run the pump for as long as the switch is pressed (switch does
not interrupt the timer program). The switch is meant to be
used to run the pump for initially priming the system, checking drip tube alignment, or manually re-lubricating the chains
after cleaning them.
Recommended Oil:
Any good quality oil of the proper viscosity (based on
temperature, see chart) can be used. The oil must be able to
penetrate into the bushings and side plates to be effective.
Do not use used oils, high tack oils (i.e. chainsaw bar oil),
heavy oil, or grease.
TEMPERATURE
OIL VISCOSITY
24 -40 ~ 0 C
0 ~ 40 C
40 ~ 50 C
(-40 ~ 32 deg. F) (32 ~ 104 deg. F) (104 ~ 122 deg. F)
SAE 10
or 5W-30
SAE 20
or 10W-30
SAE 30
or 10W-40
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First time operation:
1. Fill the reservoir with appropriate oil.
2. Remove the front floor pan, firewall, and rear floor pan.
3. Turn the key to run position, press and hold the override
switch. You will hear the pump.
4. With the pump running watch below the drip tubes to see
when the oil begins to drip. It may take close to 2 minutes
of continuously holding the switch before the system is
primed. The oil will start dripping on the front chains
several seconds before it drips on the rear.
5. Once the oil starts dripping watch the drips to make sure
they are falling onto the side plates of the chain.
6. Loosen the bolt holding the drip tube and adjust the position as required.
When applying the chain lube, protect the brake discs with a
rag or simple cardboard shield (Figure 6-8). DO NOT SPRAY
CHAIN LUBE ON THE BRAKE DISCS OR PADS. Roll the
vehicle so that all of the idler chain is accessible for lubrication.
System may require priming if reservoir is run dry or after
extended periods of non use.
Maintenance:
• Check the level in the reservoir prior to daily operation.
• For optimum pump and chain life, do not let the reservoir
run dry.
• Periodically check to make sure all holes are dripping
oil correctly.
• Wiping the bottom of the drip tubes with a rag will remove
any larger deposits of dirt.
• A full reservoir of oil should last approx 40 hrs of run time.
Figure 6-8. Lubricating the idler chain.
Do not use regular oil or grease to lubricate the idler chains.
Regular oil or grease will be thrown off the idler chains during normal operation, and contaminate the brake pads or
discs. When these components become contaminated, brake
effectiveness can be compromised or complete brake failure
can occur.
6.4.5 Idler Chain Lubrication (All models except HDi
and HD)
Lubricate the idler chains after 10 hours of operation, and more
frequently if the vehicle is operated in dirty or wet conditions
(Figure 6-7). Use only ARGO Chain Lube (ARGO Part No.
125-86) to lubricate the idler chains.
After every 100 hours of operation or for prolonged periods of
storage, remove both idler chains from the vehicle and clean
them thoroughly in a suitable solvent. Allow the idler chains to
dry thoroughly, re-lubricate them generously with Argo chain
lube and re-install. (Refer to section 7.2.5 of this manual for
idler chain removal and re-installation instructions.)
There are no idler chains on HDi and HD models.
6.4.6 Outer Axle Bearing Lubrication
DO NOT USE HIGH PRESSURE
PNEUMATIC GREASING EQUIPMENT
Figure 6-7. Location of the idler chains.
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Each outer axle flange is equipped with one grease nipple. This
grease nipple supplies grease directly to the outer axle bearing.
It requires re-greasing every 25 hours of operation or before
the vehicle is taken out of service for any extended period. Use
a pistol grip type grease gun to avoid dislocating the bearing
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seals due to excessive grease pressure. Figure 6-10.
and coupling connectors. Lubricate every 25 hours with a
lithium based, NLGI #2 or 3 mineral oil based grease, (such
as Shell Alvania #3). Wipe off excess.
Figure 6-11. Output shaft grease fitting.
Figure 6-10. Outer bearing flange.
To promote regular maintenance of important Argo components, Ontario Drive & Gear has provided an access hole
through each rim and hub for ease of bearing lubrication.
Do NOT apply excessive amounts of grease as this could
contaminate brake discs when vehicle is under application and output shafts are turning at a high rate of speed.
6.4.9 Output Shaft Lubrication (2012 Models and on)
Do not use high pressure or excessive amounts of grease.
Damage to the bearing seals could result.
Output shaft spline couplers are equipped with a grease fitting
(Figure 6-12) to allow lubrication to the spline of the shaft
and coupling connector. Lubricate every 25 hours with a
lithium based, NLGI #2 or 3 mineral oil based grease, (such
as Shell Alvania #3). Wipe off excess.
6.4.7 Idler Shaft Bearing Lubrication (Frontier and
Avenger models)
Left and right hand side inner and outer idler shaft bearings
are fitted with a right angled grease fitting. With the front
floor pan removed, the left side inner idler shaft grease fitting
is accessible at the bottom of the bearing flange. The right
side inner idler shaft grease fitting is located at the top of
the flange. Both outer idler shaft bearing grease fittings are
located at the top of the flange. All of these can be accessed
conveniently with a grease gun fitted with a flexible extension
head. Grease with a small amount of a lithium based, NLGI
#2 or 3 mineral oil based grease, (such as Shell Alvania #3).
Apply every 50 hours of operation, if vehicle has been used
in water for extended periods of time or whenever major
maintenance is performed on the vehicle.
Figure 6-12. Output shaft grease fitting.
There are no inner greaseable idler shaft bearings on
HDi and HD models.
6.4.10 Inner Axle Bearing Lubrication
6.4.8 Output Shaft Lubrication (All HD & HDi Models
from Serial #'s 31035 & 17063)
Output shaft assemblies are equipped with a grease fitting
(Figure 6-11) to allow lubrication to both splines of the shaft
The inner axle flanges are equipped with a grease nipple
(Figure 6-13). Lubricate the bearings with a small amount of a
lithium based, NLGI #2 or 3 mineral oil based grease, (such as
Shell Alvania #3). Apply every 50 hours or before the vehicle
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is taken out of service for any extended period. Dirt, dust and
exposure to water will accelerate this servicing to less than
50 hour intervals. Only a small amount of grease is required.
Figure 6-13. Inner axle flange grease nipple.
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as shown in Figure 7-1. If the fluid has dropped below the
fill well, add distilled water until the cell is filled to correct
level. DO NOT OVERFILL.
7.1 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Detailed information on standard workshop and safety
procedures and general installation practices is not
included here. ODG assumes no responsibility or liability for PERSONAL INJURY or VEHICLE DAMAGE
which results from any procedure performed, including
those procedures outlined here. Before performing any
procedure, an individual must have determined to his/
her satisfaction that personal injury or vehicle damage
will not result from the procedure, working environment
or tools selected.
7.1.1 General
To prevent damage to the electrical system:
• Never weld on the vehicle. If welding is required, take
your vehicle to an authorized Argo dealer.
• Connect battery booster cables properly, positive to
•
positive and negative to negative. Connect negative cable
last, disconnect first. It is not a recommended practice
to boost your argo if the battery is dead. If possible,
avoid the use of booster cables from an external battery source. Damage can occur to the engine ignition
system.
Connect switch terminals properly, especially the ground
wire.
Figure 7-1. Battery fluid level
Charging the Battery - Exide
If the battery loses its electrical charge, remove the battery
from the ARGO and recharge it with a 12 volt battery charger
at the rate of 10-12 amps maximum. The battery should remain on charge until the specific gravity reaches 1.265 on a
hydrometer. Re-install the battery in the vehicle and try to
start the engine. If the battery fails to perform properly, have it
tested by a battery service dealer. Replace a defective battery
with ARGO Part No. 127-54, Exide group 45-60 or Optima
Battery, ARGO Part No. 613-161.
7.1.2 Battery - ARGO Part No. 127-54 (Exide 45-60)
- Optima Battery, ARGO Part No. 613-161
Battery fluid contains sulphuric acid. If battery fluid
comes in contact with skin or eyes, flush thoroughly with
water. If swallowed, call physician or poison control
centre immediately. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
Serious personal injury can occur. Always wear rubber
gloves and safety glasses when servicing the battery.
Charging and Testing the Battery - Optima
Batteries can explode and cause serious personal injury if exposed to flame or sparks. Never smoke while
servicing the battery.
The battery is located beneath the drivers bench seat, along
side the fuel tank, to the right side of the driver.
Checking the Fluid Level (All vehicles except those with
Optima Battery (sealed))
Check the fluid level every 50 hours of operation. Remove
the pod vents and make sure each cell is filled to the fluid level
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The following process has been recommended by OPTIMA
Batteries to support your charging concerns about this unique
product. Note that steps 3D and 4B can help you minimize
your recharge requirements and prevent unnecessary recharge
effort.
STEP 1 Check the appearance of the battery. If there is any
physical damage or alteration to the battery — holes in
case / cover or post alteration, missing flame arrestor
disc(s)/vent/valves — do not charge the battery. Batteries
are not eligible for warranty with these conditions.
STEP 2 Check the Open Circuit Voltage (OCV) of the battery
to determine its state of charge.
STEP 3 OPTIMA battery technology will allow discharging
a 12V battery below the normal 10.5 volts without sig-
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nificant decreases in performance. However, the design of
many standard constant-voltage chargers may not permit
it to recognize a battery with a voltage below 10.5 volts.
If the OCV is less than 10.5 volts, take the following steps
to get the OPTIMA battery to accept a charge:
A Begin the process by connecting a good battery to the
charger.
B Connect the discharged OPTIMA battery (below 10.5 volts
OCV) in a parallel connection with the good battery as
shown. Turn the charger on.
C If the discharged OPTIMA battery voltage increases to 10.5
volts or higher, remove it from the parallel connection and
go to step 4 (charging/testing).
D If the OPTIMA battery voltage does not increase within
one hour, fail the battery.
The RBR (Return Battery Report) can include the description “Failed Step 3D” as reason for warranty return.
After the battery is fully charged, go to Step 5 to load test
the battery.
Note:
1. 12V batteries received at severely low voltages of less than
8 volts may require 50% longer charging times (50% more
Amp-Hour input).
2. During the charge process, batteries that are hot to the touch
(>120°F) should be removed from charge. If this occurs
on a series charger, the 12V battery may have a terminal
voltage greater than 16 volts.
If it occurs on a constant voltage charger, fail the battery.
STEP 5 If the OCV is 12.55 volts or higher, load test the
battery following Battery Council International (BCI)
load procedure. (A load test @ 1/2 the CCA for 15 sec is
required to pass or fail the battery for warranty consideration.)
Ventilate area when charging. Keep away from spark,
heat, cigarettes or open flame.
STEP 4 If the OCV is between 10.5 and 12.55, connect the
battery to a constant-voltage charger, such as a (1) parallel
charger or (2) single battery 5/15/50-type roll-around shop
charger for no more than 5 minutes to see if it accepts a
charge.
A If it accepts equal to or greater than 5 amps, follow the
“constant charge” or “constant current” charging recommendations below or those on the Interstate “Approximate
Charge Times · Key Shop Procedures” chart.
B If it does not accept 5 amps, do not charge the battery. Fail
the battery based on this test.
The RBR can include the description “Failed Step 4B” as
reason for warranty return.
Cleaning the Battery Terminals and Cable Connections
Clean the battery terminals and cable connections every 100
hours. Remove the black NEGATIVE (-) cables first. Make
sure you reconnect the NEGATIVE (-) cables to the NEGATIVE (-) post and the red POSITIVE (+) cables to the POSITIVE (+) posts. Damage to the electrical system will occur
if the cables are reversed.
Cleaning the Battery
Clean the top of the battery every 250 hours with a mixture of
baking soda and water. Before cleaning the battery, remove
it from the vehicle and make sure the pod vents are in place
(non-sealed batteries only). Soak a cloth in the soda/water
mixture and scrub the top of the battery. After the foaming has
stopped, flush with clean water and dry with a clean cloth.
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7.1.3 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FUSES
replace the assembly with Part No. 607-171.
All models of the ARGO are equipped with push-in type automotive fuses. The fuses protect the electrical circuits of the
vehicle. They are located in the fuse block, inside the engine
compartment, just in front of the steering system. Replace
any blown fuses. Return your vehicle to an ARGO dealer for
inspection of the electrical circuit if a fuse blows repeatedly.
9. Return the screen assembly to the tailpipe and outlet tube
assembly and re-fasten it with the screw and internal tooth
lock washer from Step 4.
7.2 DRIVE SYSTEM & TIRES
7.1.4 SPARK PLUGS
Do not attempt to adjust, repair or replace the drive belt,
clutches or any moving part while the engine is running.
Doing so will cause injury. Before servicing the vehicle,
disconnect the battery to prevent accidentally starting
the engine.
Remove and inspect the spark plugs after every 100 hours of
operation. Clean the plugs and reset the gap as detailed in the
engine owner’s manual.
Replace the spark plugs if the electrodes are corroded or damaged or if the insulator is cracked. Use the correct plug for the
engine as detailed in the engine owner’s manual.
Keep the engine compartment hood, clutch guard and
firewall securely in place when the engine is running.
Severe injury can result if the drive belt, clutch components or other moving parts come loose.
Re-install the spark plugs carefully, taking care to start the
threads properly. Torque the plugs to 10 - 15 ft. lbs (14 to 20
N·m). Do not over tighten.
If engine compartment inspection is necessary while the
engine is running, use EXTREME CAUTION! Keep
engine RPM low. Avoid standing directly in line with
moving components. Use a mirror to view the components.
7.1.5 SPARK ARRESTER
Cleaning the Spark Arrester
7.2.1 DRIVE BELT
The drive belt transmits power from the driver clutch (on
the engine) to the driven clutch (on the transmission). These
components are located on the left side of the engine compartment (Figure 7-2).
After operating the engine, do not touch any part of the
exhaust system until it has had sufficient time to cool!
1. Keep a record of the number of hours of engine use. The
spark arrester should be removed, cleaned and inspected
every 50 hours of operation.
2. Remove the tail pipe assembly by disconnecting the springs
from the muffler attached to the tail pipe.
3. The screen-type spark arrester assembly is located inside
the tail pipe. It is fastened with one (1) slotted washer-head
hex screw and one (1) internal tooth lockwasher. Find the
screw on the side of the outlet tube.
4. Remove the screw and save it for step 8.
5. Take out the screen-type spark arrester assembly.
Figure 7-2. Location of drive clutches and drive belt.
6. Shake loose particles out of the screen assembly.
Check the drive belt after every 25 hours of operation, or
whenever there is a noticeable reduction in clutch performance. Replace the belt when:
7. Clean the screen with a wire brush. (Soak it in oil solvent
if necessary.)
8. If any breaks in the screen or weldments are discovered,
• the top width of the belt has worn to 1-1/16" (27mm)
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• cracks, fraying or shredding is apparent
• it becomes contaminated with oil or some other fluid
Refer to the ARGO Parts Manual for correct drive belt part
number.
Drive Belt Adjustment
To extend the life of the drive belt, the INVANCE driven
clutch allows for some adjustment to reset the belt height if
necessary. If belt wear causes the belt to start sitting below
the sheaves at idle, adjustment can be made to bring the belt
back up to flush or 1/10" above the sheaves.
1. Remove the driven clutch from the vehicle and move to
a clean work bench.
Figure 7-2b. Turn the adjustment set screw.
2. Loosen both jam nuts located on the fixed face of the
clutch. Figure 7-2a.
To Remove the Drive Belt
The Invance Driven Clutch (transmission clutch), is
manufactured with a 6mm x 1.0 threaded hole in the clutch
face. This hole is provided to assist in spreading the driven
clutch pulleys apart by threading a 6mm x 1.0 thread bolt
in through the face. This bolt should be a least 2” in length
with full thread. Spreading the pulleys allows for easy
removal and installation of the 127-137 (Avenger) or 127-159
(Frontier) drive belt. Figure 7-2c.
Figure 7-2a. Loosen jam nuts.
3. Using an allen wrench, turn the adjustment set screw
either in (to lower the belt) or out (to raise the belt) between the clutch sheaves. Figure 7-2b.
IMPORTANT
Loosen set screws uniformly 1/2 turn at a time. It is
crucial that the clutch faces remain true and parallel to
each other around the entire circumference of the sheaves.
Figure 7-2c. Drive belt removal.
To install the Drive Belt:
4. After adjustment, check belt level by placing a drive
belt between the sheaves. Belt position should be
anywhere from flush with the top of the sheaves, to
1/10" above. Re-tighten jam nuts and torque to 60-75 in.
lbs. (7.5 +/- 1 Nm)
If this procedure is not carried out as described, the edge
of the fixed face may cut or damage the drive belt.
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1. Position the belt around the driver clutch first.
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7.2.3 DRIVE CHAINS
2. Ease the belt over the edge of the fixed face on the driven
clutch and at the same time, turn the inside, movable face
clockwise.
Roller chain “stretch” results from wear to the chain pins and
bushings because of the loss of lubricant.
Drive Belt alignment and tension are pre-set at the factory
and are not adjustable. They are critical for proper operation
of the drive system. Return the vehicle to an ARGO dealer
if rapid belt wear occurs.
To prevent sprocket damage and unnecessary breakdowns,
replace the chains when:
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•
•
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7.2.2 CLUTCH MAINTENANCE
Disassembly and repair of the driver and driven clutch requires
special tools. Return the vehicle to an authorized ARGO
dealer if the clutch units need servicing. The following indicates that clutch service might be required:
the chain tensioner can no longer take up the chain slack.
the chain is rubbing on a frame cross member.
the chain is seized due to rust and lack of lubrication.
the chain climbs the sprocket teeth, especially noticeable
when turning.
To remove the Drive Chains:
•
•
•
•
•
•
a drop in vehicle performance
the clutch does not shift smoothly
the clutch sticks during vehicle operation
the drive belt wears rapidly
the vehicle vibrates severely during operation
the vehicle does not accelerate when the engine speed is
increased with the transmission in gear
• transmission will not shift smoothly into gear at engine
idle.
1. Place the gearshift in the N (neutral) position.
2. Remove the floor pans.
3. Turn the tensioner cam assembly in the direction which
winds up the torsion spring and push the assembly down as
close as possible to the cam follower block in the bottom
of the frame. Secure it in this position with a Vice-Grip
10CR as illustrated in Figure 7-4.
Clutch Inspection
4. Roll the vehicle until the connecting link on one of the
chains is visible.
Inspect the nylon sliders every 50 hours. The nylon sliders are
mounted in the driven clutch moveable pulley. (Figure 7-3).
When the clutch shifts, the cam moves on the nylon sliders.
5. Remove the spring clip from the connecting link as shown
in Figure 7-5. Remove the outside plate and tap out the
connecting link. The inside plates will be released when
the connecting link is removed (Figure 7-6).
Replace the nylon sliders before there is aluminum to aluminum contact between the cam and the movable pulley.
Driven clutch disassembly is required to replace the nylon
sliders properly. Return the vehicle to an ARGO dealer for
service.
6. Remove the chain from the vehicle.
7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 until all drive chains are removed.
Figure 7-4. Securing tensioner cam
Figure 7-3. Location of the sliders.
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Figure 7-5. Removal of the spring clip.
To install the Drive Chains:
1. Position the drive chain over the slider block and around
the drive sprockets.
2. Pull the ends of the chain together and insert the connecting
link as shown in Figure 7-6 and 7-7. When connecting the
RC50-2 chain, insert the inside plates before tapping the
connecting link into position.
Use a pair of modified 7R Vice Grips to hold the ends of
the chain together while inserting the connecting link.
Some drive chains have no slack, and replacement of
the connecting link is difficult without this tool. Modified Vice Grips can be ordered from your ARGO dealer
(ARGO Part No. 658-08) or refer to Appendix 1 for
modification information.
Figure 7-6. Chain connection link components.
7.2.4 DRIVE CHAIN TAKE-UP SYSTEM
3. Replace the outside plate and spring clip. The open end of
the clip must face rearward when it is on top of the chain.
4. Remove the vice-grips securing the cam assembly in its
lowest position.
5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until all chains are replaced.
Figure 7-7. Installing the connecting link
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The chain tensioning system on all models consists of a torsion
spring loaded cam assembly with a slider block which takes
up the slack on the bottom side of all but the front final drive
chains. As the chain wears, the chain tensioning mechanism
adjusts semi-automatically. Under most conditions, the tensioner cam assembly will move to the next step of adjustment
simply due to normal drive system dynamics. Sometimes,
however, the cam assembly can bind due to debris caught
in the area. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CHECK THAT
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bottom of the frame channels. Clamp it in this position
with a Vice-Grip 10CR or similar plier as illustrated in
Figure 7-10 and remove the drive chain.
THE CAM ASSEMBLY IS PROGRESSING PROPERLY.
CHECK FOR PROPER CHAIN TENSIONER OPERATION
EVERY 10 HOURS OF VEHICLE OPERATION, WHEN
THE DRIVE CHAINS ARE BEING LUBRICATED. Each
step of the cam takes up about 3 inches of chain slack (see
Fig. 7-8).
3. With pliers, pry the slider block off the cam assembly as
illustrated in Figure 7-10.
4. Place a new slider block over the shaft of the cam assembly.
5. Using a piece of wood (or similar material) pressed against
the top of the slider block, carefully hammer the piece of
wood so the slider block snaps onto the cam assembly shaft
as shown in Figure 7-11.
Figure 7-8. Chain slack required before the tensioner will
progress to the next step.
6. Re-install the drive chain and remove the locking pliers
securing the cam assembly in its lowest position.
The tensioner cannot progress to the next step until there is
enough slack in the chain. With the wheels raised off the
ground, check if the chain slack exceeds 3 inches. If it does,
then reach under the slider block assembly and pull up. Remove any debris that may be present in the adjuster guides.
7. Pull up on the cam assembly to allow it to take up as much
chain slack as possible.
8. Replace the floor pans.
Check for proper chain tensioner operation every 10
hours of vehicle operation.
Each chain tensioner has a single UHMW slider block. Inspect
the UHMW slider blocks for wear every 50 hours. Replace
the blocks (ARGO Part No. 606-44) when the wear groove,
as shown in Figure 7-9, measures 1/4" (6mm).
Figure 7-10. Prying the Slider Block off the Cam Assembly.
Figure 7-9. Wear groove on the slider block.
To Replace a Slider Block:
1. Remove the floor pans.
2. Turn the tensioner cam assembly in the direction which
winds up the torsion spring and push the assembly down
as close as possible to the cam follower block across the
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Figure 7-11. Hammering Slider Block into place.
7.2.5 IDLER CHAIN - Avenger & Frontier
Figure 7-12. Measuring idler chain deflection
To check the idler chain adjustment, push the slack side of
the chain and measure the amount of chain deflection (Figure
7-12). Adjust the idler chain tension if deflection is more than
3mm (1/8").
HDi and HD do not employ idler chains in their design.
Avenger and Frontier models are equipped with 2 idler chains
to transfer power from the output shafts of the transmission
to the drive chains through a series of sprockets. They are
located on each side of the transmission.
Idler Chain Adjustment
1. Remove the firewall from the vehicle as detailed in Section
7.3.4.
A loose or improperly adjusted idler chain can result in damage
to the chain or sprockets. During the new vehicle break-in
period, check the idler chain adjustment before operating the
vehicle and after the first 2 hours of operation. After the initial
break-in period, check the idler chain adjustment every 50
hours. An indication of loose idler chains is a loud banging
noise when the vehicle is turned.
2. Loosen the 2 left side clamping nuts with a 15/16" socket
wrench (figure 7-13).
3. Turn the vertical adjustment bolts counter-clockwise to
raise the power pack and tighten the idler chains. The idler
chains are properly adjusted when the deflection measures
3 mm (1/8"), (Figure 7-12).
4. Tighten the 2 left side clamping nuts securely. Torque to
80ft./lbs.
Figure 7-13. Location of power pack clamping nuts
and adjusting bolts
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To Remove the Idler Chains:
can be ordered from your ARGO dealer (ARGO Part No. 65808) or refer to Appendix 1 for modification information.
Loosen the power pack clamping nuts and adjusting bolts as
shown in Figure 7-13 and proceed as follows:
3. Replace the outside plate and spring clip as shown in Figure
7-5. Note: Avenger and Frontier models are secured with
two (2) cotter pins. Always use new cotter pins.
1. Place the gearshift in neutral and roll the vehicle until the
connecting link of one of the idler chains is positioned as
shown in Figure 7-14.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to replace the other idler chain.
2. Remove the spring clip or cotter pins, depending on model,
from the connecting link. Remove the outside plate and tap
out the connecting link. On models that utilize a double
40 or 50 drive chain, as the connecting link is removed, the
inside plates will be released (refer to Figure 7-6). Models
with single 60 drive idler chains have no inside plates.
7.2.6 TIRE INFLATION
Improperly inflated tires can cause the vehicle to pull to
one side, requiring constant steering correction. Suggested
inflation for the Argo 25x12.00-9, Argo 24x10.00-8, Argo
22x10.00-8 and Argo HEAT 25x12.00-9 is between 2.5 to
3.5 psi (17 to 24 kPa). Maximum operating pressure is 7 psi
(48 kPa).
3. Remove the idler chain from the vehicle.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to remove the other idler chain.
A special low pressure tire gauge (ARGO Part No. 619-10) is
available from your ARGO dealer.
CHANGING TIRE PRESSURE FOR DIFFERENT
TERRAIN CONDITIONS
Do not over tighten idler chains. Premature chain
wear, bearing wear or idler shaft failure can occur.
The tire pressure should be adjusted between 2.0 and 7.0 psi
according to differences in terrain. Observance of these guidelines will lead to less wear & tear on both vehicle and tires.
The operator should equip the vehicle with a low pressure tire
gauge (Part No. 619-10) and with a hand pump.
RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES for TERRAIN
Soft Ground:
Low Pressure
Hard Ground:
Higher Pressure
Figure 7-14. Position of idler chain link for removal.
To Install the Idler Chains:
Rocky Ground:
Highest Pressure
1. Install the chain over the brake disc sprocket and the idler
shaft sprocket.
2. Pull the ends of the chains together and insert the connecting link. Insert the inside plates before pushing the connecting link into position (double 40 or 50 chain models
only).
• On soft terrain, use lower pressure.
• On hard terrain and water, use higher pressure.
• On rough or rocky terrain, fill to, but not more than the recommended range indicated on the tire sidewall.
This will reduce the possibility of tires and rims being damaged during heavy duty applications.
It is also important to observe the recommended load capacities of your vehicle when travelling on different kinds of terrain. For load capacities of your particular vehicle, see Section
1 of General Information in this operators guide.
NOTE: Use a pair of modified 7R Vice Grips to hold the ends
of the chain together while inserting the connecting link. There
may be no slack in the idler chain, making installation of the
connecting link difficult without this tool. Modified Vice Grips
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IMPORTANT
It is ultimately the responsibility of the operator to determine
a SAFE MAXIMUM load capacity in accordance with
the driving terrain, conditions and vehicle specifications.
7.2.7 TIRE REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT
Repair a flat tire by removing the tire completely from the
rim. Proper tire changing equipment is necessary to remove
and remount the tire. Your authorized ARGO dealer will have
the necessary tools.
Apply a radial tire patch on the inside of the tire over the
puncture or hole.
Remount the tire on the rim using a bead lubricant such as
Murphy's Tire & Tube Mounting Compound. Spoon the tire
onto the rim to prevent tire bead area damage. THE TIRE
MAY EXPLODE IF OVER-INFLATED. Place the tire and
rim assembly in a protective cage to inflate and to seat the
beads. Never inflate over 32 psi (220 kPa) to seat the bead.
Once both beads are seated, deflate to 2.5 to 3.5 psi (17 to 24
kPa), 7 psi (48 kPa) maximum operating pressure. A special,
low pressure tire gauge (ARGO Part No. 619-10) is available
from your ARGO dealer.
Figure 7-15. Bearing Flange and Cork Gasket
Replace badly worn or damaged tires with original equipment Argo tires. Consult your ARGO dealer if in doubt. Any
other tires (size, type or tread pattern), will affect the skid
steering characteristics of the vehicle and may cause vehicle
damage.
Figure 7-16. Re-tightening bolts.
ARGO track systems are designed for use ONLY with original
equipment Goodyear, Carlisle or ARGO tires.
7.3 HYDRAULIC BRAKES
7.2.8 AXLE BEARING MOUNTING
7.3.1 GENERAL
The axles are mounted to the Argo using special cork gaskets between the flanged bearings and the outside surface of
the lower body (see Figure 7-15). During the initial run-in
period, the gasket material may relax causing the nuts to
loosen slightly. These should be checked and re-tightened
after initial 8 hours of use and then after every 100 hours.
See Figure 7-16.
Although the hydraulic brake system is self adjusting, the
following require periodic attention:
7.3.2 BRAKE FLUID LEVEL
After every 50 hours of operation, check the brake fluid level
by removing the master cylinder covers.
IMPORTANT
Thoroughly clean the master cylinder cover and surrounding area before removal.
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The master cylinders are mounted tilted slightly back. When
adding fluid, fill until the shallowest end of the fluid level in
the well is approximately 1/2" from the top lip of the master
cylinder (Figure 7-17).
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If the brake fluid is below this level:
1. Add only fresh clean SILICONE - DOT 5 BRAKE FLUID
(ARGO Part No. 126-19) to the correct level.
Spilled brake fluid is environmentally damaging. Proper
disposal is required.
2. Replace the cover on each master cylinder, making sure
the rubber gaskets are properly seated before tightening
the cover screws. Tighten snug by hand only.
7.3.4 HYDRAULIC BRAKE PAD INSPECTION
Inspect the brake pads after every 25 hours of operation. Worn,
glazed or contaminated brake pads affect the efficiency of the
brake system. To inspect the pads, first remove the firewall.
To remove the firewall:
Note: HDi and HD models: remove floor pan first.
1. Turn the firewall release catch(es) (located at the top of
the firewall) counter-clockwise 1/4 turn.
2. Pull the top of the firewall rearward moving the throttle
cable clear of the area at the steering column that it is
routed through. Push the rubber gear shift boot back into
the engine compartment.
3. Lift the firewall clear of the driving compartment.
Brake Pad Inspection Procedure
Figure 7-17. Hydraulic brake cylinder and fluid level
With the firewall removed, both hydraulic brake calipers are
visible. Each caliper has 2 brake pads which are secured by
cotter pins (Figure 7-19). Inspect all 4 brake pads.
Replace the pads when:
Do not overfill the brake master cylinders. Overfilling
can cause seal damage.
• the brake lining material molded to each metal backing
Use only SILICONE - DOT5 BRAKE FLUID. Other
brake fluid is not compatible with ARGO brake components and operating temperatures. Use of other fluids
will void the warranty and may cause loss of brakes or
steering.
plate is worn to 0.10" thickness. (Figure 7-18).
• the pads are glazed and brake performance is affected.
• the pads are contaminated with lubricant, and brake performance is affected.
7.3.3 CHANGING BRAKE FLUID
To replace the brake pads:
The inherent stability of Silicone DOT 5 Brake Fluid reduces
the need for frequent brake fluid replacement. Inspect the fluid
for degradation (discolouration or particles) during normal
fluid level inspections. If discolouration has occurred, the
brake fluid system should be drained, flushed and refilled with
fresh brake fluid. If particles are evident in the fluid, drain
the system, overhaul the master cylinder and the brake caliper
before flushing and refilling. An ARGO dealer will perform
these operations for you.
Brake pads are easily replaced by removing the 2 cotter pins
securing them within the brake caliper assembly and pulling
each pad up and out of the caliper. See Figure 7-19. Pistons
have to be pushed back in first, to allow clearance for the new
pads. Slip the new pads into the caliper and install 2 new cotter pins bending the ends over to secure the pads in position.
Pump the steering handle bar a few times to the left and to
the right to build up proper pressure and to locate the pads in
the caliper assembly.
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MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
Monitor the hand brake fluid on a regular basis. The master
cylinder reservoir is translucent and the fluid level is visible
to the eye without removing the cover. Ensure the level is to
the “top” level mark. Figure 7-19a.
Inspect all brake hoses and brake fittings at both hand brake
and hydraulic calipers for any signs of brake fluid leaks.
IMPORTANT: If the cover needs to be removed to
replenish or service the system, thoroughly clean the
cover and surrounding area before removing to avoid any
contamination to the brake system.
Brake Pad Inspection Procedure (HDi and HD
Handbrake Pads)
Figure 7-18. Brake pad wear, hydraulic brakes.
Inspect the brake pads after every 25 hours of operation.
Worn, glazed or contaminated brake pads affect the efficiency
of the brake system. To inspect the pads, first remove the
firewall.
To remove the firewall:
1. Remove the front floor pan and turn the firewall release
catches (located at the top of the firewall) counterclockwise 1/4 turn.
2. Pull the top of the firewall rearward moving the throttle
cable clear of the area at the steering column that it is
routed through. Push the rubber gear shift boot back into
the engine compartment.
Figure 7-19. Removing the brake pads from the brake caliper.
Handbrake Inspection
3. Lift the firewall clear of the driving compartment.
The ARGO HDi and HD models are equipped with a
hydraulic handbrake system. This consists of an independent
set of hydraulic brake calipers and brake discs. The master
cylinder is mounted on the left side steering bar. Figure
7-19a.
Brake Pad Inspection Procedure
With the firewall removed, both handbrake hydraulic brake
calipers are visible. Each caliper has 2 brake pads which are
secured by (2) 3/8” Socket Head bolts. Inspect all 4 brake
pads.
Replace the pads when:
• the brake lining material molded to each metal backing
plate is worn to 0.035" (1/32”) thickness. (Figure 7-19b).
• the pads are glazed and brake performance is affected.
• the pads are contaminated with lubricant, and brake
performance is affected.
Figure 7-19a. Hydraulic handbrake levels
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MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
Argo to a full stop (unless required for safety reasons).
Bringing the Argo to a full stop when the brakes are
hot may cause the brake pad to imprint itself on the
rotor. If this happens it will cause vibration and poor
brake performance.
4. Repeat step 3 a total of 10 times. Do not wait between
cycles to let brakes cool.
Brake components will be extremely hot at this point.
After the 10 cycles are complete, shut down the Argo and
allow the brakes to cool down. When brakes have cooled,
repeat steps 3 and 4. The bedding procedure is now complete.
The brakes may smell, and some smoke could be present.
Figure 7-19b. Brake pad wear, HDi handbrake pads
7.3.5 HAND BRAKE ADJUSTMENT (Frontier and
Avenger)
To replace the firewall:
1. Position the firewall in the driving compartment.
The brake system has been factory adjusted to ensure proper
braking effectiveness. However, before the vehicle is used
for the first time, and after every 25 hours of operation, the
adjustment of the brake must be inspected.
2. Slide in the bottom of the firewall first and route the throttle
cable through the open area at the steering column.
3. Push in the top of firewall up against the tabs located on
the left and right hand side of the dash support.
4. Line up the firewall release catch with the mounting clasp
on the frame and turn clockwise 1/4 turn to lock.
The use of an improperly adjusted brake is a serious hazard, and could lead to vehicle damage or personal injury.
5. Reinstall the shifting lever boot.
The lockable holding portion of the brake system is not
a parking brake, and therefore is not designed to hold
the vehicle in place for long periods of time. The holding
brake is for short term use only.
Do NOT operate the ARGO with the firewall removed.
When parking on an incline, engage the holding brake
lever pin, leave the vehicle in gear, turn the engine off
and block the vehicle's wheels.
Service Brake Bedding in Procedure
Bedding in of the service brakes is recommended by the
brake pad manufacturer to obtain maximum performance
and wear from the brake pads. When new service brake pads
have been installed, the following procedure will need to be
completed. Please include this procedure immediately after
service pads have been replaced.
The hand brake lever should be adjusted such that when
squeezed and locked into position, it is capable of holding the
vehicle from rolling on a grade. It should also ensure a good
braking response when applied to stop the vehicle during normal operation. Loosen the locking jam nut at the adjustment
end of the brake cable and thread the adjustment "OUT" to
decrease brake lever travel and provide more braking action
or "IN" to increase brake lever travel and less braking action.
Retighten the jam nut.
1. Ensure that the service brake system has been bled to
provide maximum braking.
2. For this procedure select an area that is open and flat, such
as an empty parking lot.
3. Drive the Argo at a speed of approximately 20kph. While
continuing to apply throttle, gradually apply the service
brake, slowing your speed down to 10kph, then release
the brake and accelerate back to 20kph. Do not bring the
If the holding brake system is too tight, excessive pressure
in the brake system will damage the seals.
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MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
The hand brake lever should be adjusted such that when pulled
up firmly it is capable of holding the vehicle from rolling on
a grade. It should also ensure a good braking response when
applied to stop the vehicle during normal operation.
7.3.6 EMERGENCY/PARKING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT
Adjusting the Emergency/Parking Brake (HDi and HD
Models)
There are 8 positions on the hand brake lever. The cable
should be adjusted to have the 5th position (click) as fully
engaged with normal firm effort (extra effort required for
6th). Reaching into the vehicle to the band brake (with the
lever fully down), you should be able to grab the bottom
of the band and wiggle it back and forth on the drum. It
shouldn't feel tight. You should also be able to grab the metal
"J" bend at the end of the cable where the adjusting nut is
and move it up and down, essentially moving the band and
pins in the mounting bracket slots. This shouldn't feel tight
either. If the band is too tight it will drag and the operator
may experience a sluggish vehicle and notice smoke coming
from the engine compartment and an unpleasant smell, as the
band brake rubs against the drum. This will cause the band
to wear out prematurely. If the 5th position (click) does not
provide the full engagement with normal firm effort (extra
effort for the 6th) after checking the band brake as described
above, adjust the cable accordingly. Loosen jam nut at cable
and thread out as needed. Figure 7-19c.
If the emergency/parking brake system is adjusted too
tight when the lever is in the down position, overheating
of the brake system will occur due to drag between brake
pads and brake discs.
Adjusting the Emergency/Parking Brake
1. Remove the firewall.
2. Ensure the parking brake lever is fully down.
3. Locate the 850-72 Parking Brake Adjustment Bracket
attached to the top of the transmission. Figure 7-20.
Adjust to remove any slack in the cable that may be
present between the brake lever, and the brake cams at
the emergency/parking brake calipers. This may require
physically pulling down on the equalizer flat bar to ensure
all slack is eliminated. See Figure 7-21.
Figure 7-19c. Adjusting the parking brake.
Adjusting the Emergency/Parking Brake (Avengers and
Frontiers)
The emergency/parking brake system has been factory adjusted to ensure proper braking effectiveness. However, before
the vehicle is used for the first time, and after every 25 hours
of operation, the adjustment of the brake must be inspected.
The use of an improperly adjusted emergency/parking
brake is a serious hazard, and could lead to vehicle
damage or personal injury.
Figure 7-20. Location of Bracket
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MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
Figure 7-21. Equalizer Flat Bar.
Figure 7-23. Castle Nut.
4. Adjust the cable at the transmission until the cam levers
are actually starting to pre-load the return springs and the
cam lever actuation pin on the caliper, is centered in the
"v-grove" of the cam. Figure 7-22.
6. Loosen the castle nut until it can be threaded by hand.
7. Using a 0.004" feeler gauge or a piece of regular photo
copy paper (such as used for these instructions), slip it
between the emergency/parking brake pad and brake disc.
Ensure that you push the opposite side pad up against the
brake disc before setting this gap.
8. Slowly hand tighten the castle nut until the feeler gauge
(or piece of paper), becomes snug between the pad and
brake disc.
9. Back off the castle just enough for a new cotter pin to be
installed. The feeler gauge (or piece of paper), should pull
out at this point with just the slightest bit of resistance.
10. Lock down jam nuts at the parking brake adjustment
bracket on the transmission.
11.Check to ensure that the brakes are NOT engaged when
the Brake Lever is in the down & off position.
Figure 7-22. Pin Centered in "V-Groove".
12.Check for drag by driving without activating any brakes
for about 100 feet. Stop and check for heat on the brake
discs. They should both be cool (or no hotter than the
beginning of the test). Adjust if necessary.
5. Locate the castle nut at the mechanical brake cam lever
and remove the cotter pin. Figure 7-23.
13.Check the effectiveness of the parking brake by parking
the Argo on the steepest hill encountered and by loading
to it’s maximum working load. The parking brake should
hold the Argo from moving.
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14.Check the effectiveness of the emergency brake by activating it while coasting down a slight grade. The Argo
should come to a controlled stop without pulling left or
right. Re-adjust the brakes if necessary.
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MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
15.The emergency/parking brake should be checked for
proper adjustment every 25 hours. Note: Oil on the brake
disc caused by improper chain oiling can permanently
reduce the effectiveness of all brake systems.
850-98 Emergency/Parking Brake Kit is available for
servicing of the emergency/parking brake pads on Avengers
and Frontiers. The kit includes all necessary components and
detailed servicing instructions.
Both left and righthand side emergency/parking brake
caliper pads should be changed in pairs. Do not attempt
to just replace one side.
Figure 7-24. Location of piston.
7.3.7 BRAKE PLUNGER ADJUSTMENT
7.3.8 BRAKE COOLING SYSTEM
IMPORTANT
Some vehicles with hydraulic brakes have a 12 volt fan forcing cool air from outside the engine compartment onto the
brake components to protect the system from overheating.
Overheating can damage the hydraulic brake components.
Make sure the brake cooling fan is operating when the vehicle
is being driven. The fan operates when the ignition switch is
in the “run” position. Keep the brake cooling system in good
working order by:
• cleaning debris from the air intake screen and ducts.
• keeping electrical connections tight and components securely mounted.
It is critical that the master cylinder pistons are adjusted
properly when the steering handlebars are in the centred
position. Overheating of the brake system could occur
due to the piston being adjusted too far in. This could
cause a drag on the system and a possible brake lockup
or brake fade. On the other hand, the piston being
adjusted too far out increases the distance the piston is
required to travel to provide brake pressure. This can
result in the steering arm contacting and/or bending the
plunger pin guide tab resulting in compromised system
operation.
1. Remove the firewall.
Note: HDi and HD models - no cooling fan is required.
2. Pull back the rubber boot at both master cylinder plunger
pins and check each piston location relative to the face of
the master cylinder casting as illustrated in Figure 7-24.
Use a straight edge against the face of the casting to ensure
the piston is between zero and 0.5 mm depth in the master
cylinder.
7.3.9 ENGINE COOLING & EXHAUST SYSTEM
Engine cooling air is drawn in on the right side of the engine
compartment and expelled with the exhaust on the left side.
Keep all ducting and screening in place.
Coolant Recommendations - Kohler Aegis
3. If adjustment is needed, loosen the jam nut and thread the
adjustable plunger pin either in or out as necessary.
Use equal parts of ethylene glycol (anti-freeze) and water only.
Distilled or deionized water is recommended, especially in areas where the water contains a high mineral content. Propylene
glycol based anti-freeze is not recommended.
4. Loosen the set screw on each of the plunger pin collars and
push them up against the plunger pin guide tabs. Apply
Loctite # 242 to the set screw threads and re-secure the
set screws.
This mixture will provide protection from -37º C (-34º F) to
108º C (226º F). For protection and use outside the indicated
temperature limits, follow the anti-freeze manufacturers
instructions on the container, but do not exceed 70% antifreeze.
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DO NOT use anti-freeze with stop-leak additive(s), or put any
other additives in the cooling system.
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MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
Type: Permanent type of anti-freeze; green coloured
Mixed Ratio: 50% mixed
Freezing Point: -35º C (-31º F)
Coolant Capacity
LH690/775
2 L (2.18 U.S. qt)
If the vehicle is equipped with an enclosed cab of any
sort, make sure there is plenty of ventilation to avoid
exposure to exhaust and engine fumes. Engine exhaust
contains carbon monoxide; an odourless, colourless
toxic gas that will cause serious personal injury or death.
Inspect the exhaust system periodically for worn or
damaged components. Listen for a change in exhaust or
engine noise that may indicate a dangerous exhaust leak.
If a leak is detected, have the exhaust system repaired
immediately before further use.
Check the area around the exhaust system periodically
for accumulated debris, particularly when travelling
through dry vegetation. Failure to inspect and clean
the exhaust system on a regular basis may create a fire
hazard.
The tail pipe exiting through the left side of the upper
body becomes very hot when the vehicle is operated. DO
NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO TOUCH THE EXHAUST
COMPONENTS. A SEVERE BURN CAN RESULT.
An annual complete check over of your ARGO vehicle
is recommended. This will reduce maintenance costs
over the life of your vehicle and ensure it will function
properly during use periods.
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MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
7.4 DAILY CHECKLIST - Minimum Recommendation
AVENGER
HDi and HD
FRONTIER
♦ Check/Clean Air Intake Screen
♦ Check/Clean Air Intake Screen
♦ Check/Clean Air Intake Screen
♦ Check/Clean Exhaust Screen
♦ Check/Clean Exhaust Screen
♦ Check/Clean Exhaust Screen
♦ Check Parking/Emergency Brake
(Cable Inspection)
♦ Check/Clean Hood Screen
♦ Check Parking/Emergency Brake
(Cable Inspection)
♦ Check Handbrake (Cable
Inspection)
♦ Check/Hi-Lo Shifter (Cable
Inspection)
♦ Check Handbrake (Cable
Inspection)
♦ Check Coolant Level
♦ Check Parking/Emergency Brake
(Cable Inspection)
♦ Check Fuel Level
♦ Check Handbrake (Fluid Level)
♦ Check Tire Inflation
♦ Check Tire Inflation
♦ Check Coolant Level
♦ Check Oils (Engine &
Transmission)
♦ Check Fuel Level
♦ Check Oils (Engine &
Transmission)
♦ Check Throttle Cable Operation
♦ Check Drain Plug Installation
♦Check Electrical, Lights, Wiring, Horn (if equipped)
♦ Check Tire Inflation
♦ Check Oils (Engine &
Transmission)
♦ Check Throttle Cable Operation
♦ Check Fuel Level
♦ Check Throttle Cable Operation
♦ Check Drain Plug Installation
♦Check Electrical, Lights, Wiring, Horn (if equipped)
♦ Check Drain Plug Installation
♦Check Electrical, Lights, Wiring, Horn (if equipped)
All models: Check and inspect all accessories for proper fit and performance.
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SECTION 7
MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
BEFORE
EACH
USE
Check coolant level (Kohler engine)
Check fan belt tension (Kohler engine)
Check fuel level
Check tire inflation
Check twist grip throttle operation
Check handlebar travel
Check engine intake/exhaust for obstructions
Check that drain plugs are in place
Check engine oil level
Change engine oil & oil filter
- Kohler
- Briggs & Stratton
Check transmission oil level
Change transmission oil
Clean air pre-cleaner (Briggs only)
Check clean/replace air filter
Replace fuel filter (Kohler high pressure every 1000 hrs.)
Service driver & driven clutch
Lubricate drive chains
Remove, clean & lube drive chains
Lubricate idler chains (if equipped)
Remove, clean & lube idler chains (if equipped)
Lubricate outer axle bearings
Lubricate inner axle bearings
Lubricate output shafts Lubricate idler bearings
Check battery fluid level & caps
Clean battery terminals & connections
Clean battery
Clean, adjust/replace spark plugs
Check the drive belt
Check nylon sliders - driven clutch
Check sliders - chain take-up system
Check & adjust idler chains
Inspect brake pads
Inspect/adjust emergency/parking brake
Check hydraulic brake fluid level/condition
Check fuel tank connections/lines
Inspect wiring harness
Tighten bearing extension bolts
Clean out spark arrester
AFTER INITIAL
EVERY
SECTION
REF.
2hrs. 8hrs. 20hrs. 10hrs. 25hrs. 50hrs. 100hrs. 250hrs.
X
X
X2.2
X
7.2.6
X2.2
X2.2
X2.2
X5.6
X6.1.1
XX6.1.3
X X 6.1.3
XX6.2.1
XX6.2.2
X6.3.1
X6.3.1
X
6.3.2
X
6.4.2
X6.4.3
X6.4.3
X6.4.5
X6.4.5
X6.4.6
X6.4.9
X6.4.8
X6.4.7
X7.1.2
X7.1.2
X
7.1.2
X7.1.4
X7.2.1
X7.2.2
XX7.2.4
XX7.2.5
X7.3.4
X7.3.5
X7.3.2
X
X
XX7.2.8
X7.1.5
The intervals shown on the schedule are based on average operating conditions. Vehicles which are subjected to
severe use and wet or dusty conditions will require more frequent servicing. Use only Argo replacement parts to
ensure safe operation of the vehicle and to comply with the warranty coverage.
We strongly recommend that an Argo Dealer perform a complete check-over of your vehicle after the initial
20 hours of operation, then once each year. This will reduce maintenance costs over the life of your vehicle.
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TROUBLE SHOOTING
MALFUNCTION
(SYMPTOM)
PROBABLE CAUSE
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Electric starter inoperative
1.Loose electrical connections
1.Clean and re-tighten electrical connections
2.Battery charge low or dead
2. Recharge battery or replace as
necessary
3.Faulty starter motor
3. Return the vehicle to an Argo dealer for servicing
Engine turns over but will not 1.Engine is cold and choke is not 1. Pull out the choke and try to start start pulled out again
2.Fuel tank is empty
2. Refill tank
3.Blocked fuel or air filter
3. Remove obstruction or replace filter as necessary
4.Carburetor adjustment too lean
4. Adjust as detailed in the engine manufacturer’s manual
5.Spark plugs defective or fouled
5. Clean and re-gap or replace
6.Ignition system inoperative
6. Have unit serviced by a properly trained and equipped mechanic
7.Insufficient compression
7.Take the vehicle to a factory authorized engine repair outlet
Engine will not run
1. Refer to engine manual
Vehicle will not move or turn
1.Transmission in neutral or not
1. Place gear shift properly in gear
properly engaged in gear
2.Drive belt worn (see Section 7.2.1)
2. Replace belt if worn excessively
3.Clutch not engaging
3. Return the vehicle to an Argo dealer for servicing
4.Transmission failure
4. Same as 3. above
5.Brakes not functioning
5. Adjust caliper or replace brake pads
6.Idler chain broken
6. Repair or replace
7.Idler sprocket weld broken
7. Have vehicle serviced by an Argo dealer
Vehicle pulls to right
1.Right tire pressure too low
1.Inflate all tires to the correct pressure
2.Left tire pressure too high
2.Same as above
3.Right brake engaged
3.Make sure the handlebar is held parallel to the dash. Adjust brake assembly if required.
4.Right side drive chain broken
4.Repair or replace
Vehicle pulls to left
1.See “Vehicle pulls to right” substitute right with left
HDi and HD - Vehicle does not shift 1.Hi/Low shift cable adjustment
1.Take the vehicle to an Argo dealer
into Hi from Low or Low from Hi for servicing
Handbrake failure - Avenger 1.Worn brake pads, brake cable
1.Change pads or adjust brake cable
and Frontier adjustment
- HDi and HD 2.Worn brake pads
2.Change pads
3.Leaking caliper or brake lines or air in 3.Take the vehicle to an Argo dealer
system for servicing
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TROUBLE SHOOTING
MALFUNCTION
PROBABLE CAUSE
(SYMPTOM)
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Severe vibration when vehicle
1.Engine loose on mounts
1.Take vehicle to an Argo dealer for is operatedservice.
2.Driver or driven clutch or engine
2.Same as above.
defective
3.Axle bent
3.Remove and straighten or replace.
4.Wheel rim bent
4.Replace.
5.Worn or damaged drive belt
5. Replace. Clutch service may be required.
Water leaks into lower body
1.Leak has developed at the axle bearing 1.Replace the bearing flange gaskets.
flange
2.Bearing flange seal has been damaged
2.Replace the bearing flange seal.
3.Water is leaking in around the outer
3.Caulk under 103-81 bolt heads with bearing flange bolts silicone sealer.
4.Lower body is cut or punctured
4.Repair or replace vehicle lower body
5.Drain plugs not in place
5.Secure drain plugs.
Tire leaks air
1.Tire is punctured
1.Remove tire from rim and repair the hole with a radial tire patch or install a tube in the tire.
2.Tire is not properly seated on bead
2.Deflate tire and carefully push tire bead off the rim. Clean the rim bead area to remove dirt and foreign matter. Re-inflate tire.
3. Position of air leak is not obvious
3.Submerge tire and rim in a water tank. Air may be escaping through the rim halves or the valve stem. Repair as required.
4. Defective valve
4.Replace defective valve.
Hydraulic brakes are spongy,
1. Air in hydraulic system
1.Have an Argo dealer bleed the brake
or there is excessive handle bar
travel
2. Leak in system
2.Have an Argo dealer check all fittings, hoses, calipers and seals for loose connections or leakage. Refill as needed.
3. Loose brakes
3.Adjust or tighten.
Brakes ineffective
1.Pads have overheated and glazed
1.Have the pads cleaned by an Argo dealer or replace pads.
2.Pads worn beyond 0.10"
2. Replace.
3.Pads are contaminated with lubricant
3. Have the pads cleaned by an Argo dealer or replace pads.
There is a loud bang when the
1. Idler chains worn/loose 1. Adjust/replace idler chains as vehicle is turned right or leftrequired.
2. Drive chains worn/loose
2. Adjust/replace drive chains as required.
Vehicle does not steer left or 1.Worn or contaminated brake pads
1.Change pads
right
2.Leaking caliper or brake lines or air in 2.Take the vehicle to an Argo dealer
system for servicing
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SECTION 9
CLEANING AND STORAGE
9.1 CLEANING THE VEHICLE
Prepare the Battery for Storage
Wash the vehicle body with a household detergent and rinse
with water. Flush dirt out of the lower body by using a high
pressure sprayer or garden hose after removing the drain
plugs. After the bottom of the vehicle is dry, lubricate the
drive chains with ARGO chain Lube. Make sure the drain
plugs are replaced.
Remove the battery from the vehicle. Clean it and charge
it with a battery charger. Coat the battery terminals with a
multi-purpose grease to prevent corrosion. Store the battery
in a cool dry place.
9.2 STORING THE VEHICLE
Do not store the battery near flames, sparks or any source
of fire. Batteries can explode if exposed to flames or
sparks, causing serious personal injury.
When the vehicle is stored for an extended period, the following preparation is required:
Recharge the battery monthly.
Clean the Vehicle
Protect the Electrical System
Remove all dirt and water from the vehicle body as directed
above.
Spray the wiring harnesses and all the electrical connections
with a silicone based lubricant (WD40 or equivalent) to prevent corrosion.
Remove the drain plugs if the vehicle is not fully sheltered
from the elements.
Carefully inspect the wiring for loose connections, bare wires
or corrosion. Repair as necessary.
Raise the Vehicle
Any water accumulation in the vehicle will, over time,
destroy chains, sprockets and bearings. Grease all bearings and flanges (refer to Section 6.4.5).
Place blocks under the front and rear of the vehicle to raise
the tires off the ground. The blocks must be placed under the
frame members to prevent body damage (Figure 9-1).
Bearing corrosion due to inadequate preparation and
lubrication for storage is the leading cause of premature
bearing failure.
Drain the Fuel System
Insert a siphon hose into the gas tank through the filler neck
and drain the gasoline. Start the engine and run it until all
fuel in the system is consumed.
Figure 9-1 Correct placement of blocks
Preparing the Engine for Storage
Read the engine operator’s manual and carry out all recommended storage procedures.
OR
Add fuel stabilizer (ARGO Part No. 127-77) to the fuel tank
and fill with fresh gasoline. Run the engine for a few minutes
to allow the treated fuel to reach the carburetor.
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SECTION 10
POTENTIAL HAZARDS
POTENTIAL HAZARD
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Operating the Argo without reading and
understanding the
Operator’s Manual
The risk of accident is greatly increased if the
operator does not know how to operate the Argo
properly in different situations and on different
types of terrain.
New or inexperienced operators should read
and understand the Operator’s Manual. They
should then regularly practice the operating
techniques described in this Operator’s Manual.
Allowing anyone under age 16 to operate
this vehicle.
Children under the age of 16 may not have the
skills, abilities, or judgement needed to operate
the Argo safely and may be involved in an accident causing severe injury or death.
No one under the age of 16 should be allowed
to operate the Argo.
Operating or riding
as a passenger in the
Argo without wearing
an approved motorcycle helmet, eye protection, and protective
clothing.
Operating or driving without an approved mo- Wear an approved safety helmet and eye protectorcycle helmet increases the chance of severe tion when driving or riding in the vehicle.
head injury or death in the event of an accident.
Operating or driving without eye protection can
result in an accident and increases your chances
of a severe injury in the event of an accident.
Could seriously affect your judgement, cause
Operating the Argo
after or while consum- you to react more slowly, and affect your balance and perception. This could result in an
ing alcohol or drugs.
accident.
Never allow anyone under the influence of
alcohol or any other intoxicating substance to
drive or ride in the vehicle.
Never use with drugs or alcohol.
Carrying passengers in Riders can fall off and be killed.
the dump box.
No riders in the dump box.
Carrying cargo when
using the Argo in
water.
Argo vehicles may sink if they fill with water,
resulting in injury or drowning to driver and
passengers.
If the vehicle upsets or swamps, exposure in
cold water significantly reduces the chance of
survival.
Carrying cargo in the
dump box when used
in water.
Greatly reduces your ability to balance and con- Do not use the dump box equipped Argo in
trol the Argo in the water. Could cause an acci- water.
dent, including capsizing and sinking, resulting
in injury or drowning to driver and passengers.
Operating the Argo
in water without
drain plugs properly
installed.
Always make sure the drain plugs are properly
Will cause the vehicle to fill with water and
cause it to capsize or sink, which could result in installed in the Argo as described in the Operator’s Manual.
injury or drowning to driver and passengers.
Using the Argo to tow
anything in the water
other than an Argo
amphibious trailer.
Greatly reduces your ability to balance and
control the Argo in the water. Could cause an
accident, including capsizing and sinking, which
could result in injury or drowning to driver and
passengers.
Never tow anything other than an Argo amphibious trailer when the Argo is used in water.
Keep cargo low and centered in the trailer,
especially if used in water.
Operating the Argo in
rough water.
Greatly reduces your ability to balance and control the Argo in the water. Could cause an accident, including capsizing and sinking, which
could result in injury or drowning to driver and
passengers.
Do not attempt to navigate any body of water
with a strong current. Avoid water operation
under windy conditions.
Do not attempt to cross large bodies of water.
Stay close to shore in case of emergency and
you have to leave the water.
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Be especially cautious when operating a loaded
vehicle (cargo and/or passengers) in water.
Observe the capacity limits. Do not enter water
if the vehicle is overloaded.
Use extra caution when operating the Argo in
cold water.
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POTENTIAL HAZARDS
POTENTIAL HAZARD
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Operating or driving the Argo in water
without the occupants
wearing an approved
personal flotation
device (PFD).
If you lose control of the Argo in water and it
capsizes and sinks, the driver and passengers
may be injured or drown.
All occupants must wear an approved personal
flotation device (PFD) or life jacket while travelling in water.
Operating the Argo in
water without taking
along a paddle.
Equip the vehicle with a paddle and bailing can.
If you run out of gas or have an engine failure
the Argo will not be able to move under it’s own
power and you may be stranded.
Water may enter the vehicle and cause it to
Failure of driver and
capsize or sink, which could result in injury or
passengers to adjust
drowning to driver and passengers.
positions so that the
vehicle is floating level
when operating the
Argo in water.
When using the Argo in water, adjust the position of cargo and passengers so the vehicle
floats level.
Failure to enter the
water correctly.
You may cause waves, which will enter the Argo
and cause it to capsize or sink, which could
result in injury or drowning to driver and passengers.
The point of entry should be free of rocks,
stumps and other obstacles. Enter the water
from a firm, gradual slope whenever possible.
Be careful not to submerge the bumper as you
enter the water.
Carrying more than
specified number of
people in an Argo,
either on land or in
water.
Greatly reduces ability to balance and control
the Argo on both land and in the water and
could cause an accident, resulting in injury or
death to driver and passengers.
Never exceed the load capacity of the Argo as
detailed in Section 1.4 of this manual.
Overloading the
vehicle.
Heavy loads and high loads decrease the stability of the vehicle and may cause it to roll.
Follow the recommended load capacity for
your vehicle listed in Section 1.
Trying to steer an overloaded vehicle can
overheat the brakes. This will lead to brake
fade which means loss of steering control and
the ability to stop the vehicle. Overloading
your vehicle can lead to premature brake system
failures and costly damage to drive chains, axles
or bearings.
Overloading cargo
area in 6x6.
The rear compartment capacity of all 6 wheel
Exceeding the weight limitation will decrease
Argo vehicles is 65 kg (140 lbs). Do not exthe stability of the vehicle on inclines and increase the possibility of rolling over backwards ceed this weight in the rear compartment.
when climbing a grade.
Failure to fasten seat
If the Argo overturns, the driver and passengers Seat belts must be properly adjusted and worn
belts if the Argo is
may be thrown from the vehicle and the roll bar by all occupants at all times EXCEPT when
equipped with rollover or roll cage could strike them.
operating in water.
protection.
Do not use seat belts or any passenger restrainFailure to unfasten seat If the Argo capsizes or sinks the driver and
ing device while operating an Argo in water.
passengers
may
be
unable
to
unfasten
their
seat
belts (if the Argo is so
belts and may drown.
equipped) when the
vehicle is in water.
Failure to inspect the
Increases the possibility of an accident or equip- Always inspect your Argo each time you use it
to make sure it is in safe operating condition.
Argo before operating. ment damage.
Always follow the inspection and maintenance
Failure to properly
procedures and schedules described in this
maintain the Argo.
Operator’s Manual.
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SECTION 10
POTENTIAL HAZARDS
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating the Argo
with improper tires
or with improper or
uneven tire pressure.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Use of improper tires on the Argo, or operation
of the Argo with improper or uneven tire pressure may cause loss of control increasing your
risk of an accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always use the size and type tires specified in
this Operator’s Manual for this Argo. Always
maintain proper tire pressure as described in
this Operator’s Manual.
Operating the Argo
Improper installation of accessories or modificawith improper modifi- tion of the Argo may cause changes in handling
cations.
which in some situations could lead to an accident.
Applying brakes
suddenly when going
downhill.
Never modify the Argo through improper
installation or improper use of accessories. All
parts and accessories added to this Argo should
be genuine Argo components designed for use
on the Argo and should be installed and used
according to instructions. If you have questions,
consult an authorized Argo dealer or contact
Ontario Drive & Gear Limited at 1-519-6624000
Sudden braking can cause the vehicle to roll over Gently apply the brakes to control downward
vehicle speed. Do not jam on the brakes while
forward.
travelling downhill.
Operating the Argo on Pavement may seriously affect handling and
paved surfaces.
control.
Do not drive your vehicle on asphalt or concrete roadways.
A collision can occur with another vehicle.
Operating Argo on
public streets, roads or
highways.
Never drive on public roads.
Operating at excessive Personal injury or vehicle damage may result.
speeds.
Do not drive the vehicle at high speeds over
unfamiliar or rough terrain.
Never operate at speeds too fast for your skills
or the conditions.
Failure to use extra
Personal injury or vehicle damage may result.
care when operating
the Argo on unfamiliar
terrain.
Could cause loss of traction or vehicle control,
Failure to use extra
care when operating on which could result in an accident, including an
rough, slippery or loose overturn.
terrain.
Turning improperly.
When turning, the back of the vehicle swings to
the opposite direction of the turn, creating a risk
of hitting persons or objects.
Sharp turns, especially at high speeds or when
heavily loaded, may cause the vehicle to roll
over.
Do not drive the vehicle at high speeds over
unfamiliar or rough terrain.
Driving on inclines
with a loaded vehicle.
Heavy loads and high loads decrease the stability of the vehicle and may cause it to roll.
Going downhill improperly.
Sudden braking can cause the vehicle to roll
over forwards.
Use extreme CAUTION when negotiating
inclines with a loaded vehicle. Be prepared to
shift occupant weight and load forward or have
passengers get out of the vehicle to walk up an
incline.
Avoid steep declines when possible. When a
steep decline cannot be avoided, shift occupant
weight to the rear of the vehicle to prevent the
vehicle from rolling over.
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Do not operate on rough, slippery or loose
terrain until you have learned and practised the
skills necessary to control the Argo on such
terrain.
Always take precautions when making turns to
avoid rolling the vehicle or hitting persons or
objects.
Slow the vehicle down before making a turn.
Do not apply the brakes too suddenly.
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POTENTIAL HAZARDS
POTENTIAL HAZARD
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Side slope operation greatly increases the risk of Do not drive your vehicle across the side of a
Improperly crossing
hills or turning on hills. rolling the vehicle over sideways.
hill.
Prolonged side slope operation may cause
engine damage.
Observe the engine angle of operation limitations in Section 5.2.
Stalling or rolling
backwards while
climbing a hill.
Could cause loss of control which could lead to
an accident including an overturn.
Try to avoid steep hills. Maintain steady speed
when climbing a hill. If you lose all forward
speed:
- keep weight uphill - lean toward the hill
- slowly coast backwards down the hill using the handlebar brake
Improperly operating
over obstacles.
Personal injury or vehicle damage may result.
Before operating in a new area, check for obstacles. Never attempt to drive over large obstacles
such as large rocks or fallen trees. When you
go over obstacles always follow proper procedures as described in this Operator’s Manual.
Skidding or sliding.
You may lose control of the Argo. You may also Learn to safely control skidding or sliding by
regain traction unexpectedly which may cause
practising at slow speeds and on level, smooth
the Argo to overturn.
terrain. On extremely slippery surfaces, such
as ice, go slowly and be very cautious in order
to reduce the chance of skidding or sliding out
of control.
You could hit an obstacle or person behind you Carefully practice backing up and turning in an
resulting in serious injury.
open area until you become accustomed to this
procedure. Take precautions to avoid hitting
persons or objects.
Improperly operating
in reverse.
Use of the holding
brake as a parking
brake.
The holding brake system is not a parking
brake, and therefore is not designed to hold the
vehicle in place for long periods of time. The
holding brake is for short term use only. The
hydraulic brake pressure could drop over time,
releasing the brakes, allowing the vehicle to roll
into persons or objects, causing serious injury.
When parking on an incline, apply the
emergency/parking brake, leave the vehicle in
gear, turn the engine off and block the vehicle’s
wheels.
Using the firewall to
brace your knees.
Damage to the firewall and serious personal
Do not push against the firewall with your
injury can result from the driven clutch wearing knees.
through the firewall.
Running the engine in
a closed building or
confined area.
Engine exhaust gases contain poisonous carbon Never start or run the engine in a closed buildmonoxide. Carbon monoxide is odourless, col- ing or confined area.
ourless and can cause serious injury or death.
Adding fuel while the
engine is running or
hot.
Gasoline is extremely flammable and can explode under certain conditions, causing serious
injury or death.
Do not add fuel while the engine is running or
hot.
Filling outboard motor Gasoline is extremely flammable and can exFill outboard motor fuel tanks outside of the
fuel tanks while they
plode if ignited, causing serious injury or death. vehicle. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately.
are in the Argo.
Do not carry or store fuel tanks in a vehicle
equipped with a cab or convertible top unless
adequate ventilation is provided.
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SECTION 11
ACCESSORY INFORMATION
11.1 GENERAL
This section deals with accessories that have been specifically
designed for the ARGO and can be purchased separately from
your dealer. Special operating procedures and safety precautions must be observed before operating or using certain
accessories.
Only use track segments that show the Argo trademark.
Other track systems may fail and damage axles, bearings
and the final drive system.
Track segments will wear prematurely if used over pavement, gravel, rock or on any abrasive surface.
11.2 CARGO TIE DOWNS (Part No. 614-06)
11.3.1 Assembly Instructions (Standard and Super
Track)
Cargo tie downs are intended to assist in securing a load in
the rear compartment of any Argo. Use rope or elastic cords,
laced over the load and through the tie down rings, to hold
the load in place.
1. Join 2 track segments together, lining up the 1/4" holes. See
Fig. 11-1. Hammer a track pin through the holes, placing
the lock bushing as shown in the centre space provided.
When installing the track pins which hold the track segments together, alternate the direction in which the pins are
pushed through the track segment holes. See Fig. 11-2.
Never attempt to raise the vehicle by using the tie down
rings as lifting points.
Never exceed gross vehicle weight. Never exceed the
maximum rear compartment weight for 6-wheelers (65
kg/140 lbs.).
11.3 ARGO TRACK SYSTEMS (Standard Track - Part
Nos. 615-43 & 815-42K, Super Track - Part Nos. 625-43
& 825-42K & Rubber Track - Part Nos. 625-50 & 82550-1)
There are three different types of track systems available for
use with the Argo, the standard track system, the super track
system and the rubber track system. Standard tracks and super
tracks are similar in basic design and use the same pins and
lock collars to join the segments together. However, super
tracks and rubber tracks are wider than standard tracks and
require axle extensions and studs assembled to each wheel
hub.
Figure 11-1. Track Assembly.
The 625-50 & 825-50-1 Rubber Track Systems are NOT a
segmented track. This track is installed over the existing tires
and is hinged in one location only.
The track systems spread the weight of the vehicle over a
larger area than the tires, thereby reducing the ground pressure
and allowing the vehicle to stay on top of, rather than sinking
into, soft terrain.
The segmented track design allows the replacement of only
those segments that may have become damaged or worn
with use.
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Figure 11-2. Track Assembly.
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ACCESSORY INFORMATION
Fig.11-4). If the extension studs are misaligned with the
slots of the axle extension collar when tightened, adjust
each stud as necessary by tightening them further (never
by loosening them), until alignment allows for the extension collar to slide on easily (by hand), up against the
axle hub. Torque to a minimum of 40 ft lbs. Once the
extension studs are tightened and aligned correctly, they
will not require re-tightening unless they are removed.
However, it is very important that with the Super Tracks
and Rubber Tracks installed, the wheel nuts of the Argo
are tightened to 55 ft. lbs. (75 N.m) initially, re-torqued
after the first 10 hours of operation, then again after the
next 10 hours, followed by re-torquing every 25 hours
of operation.
Centre the track pin so that it does not stick out on either
side of the track.
2. Apply a drop of blue 242 Loctite to the hole in the lock
bushing and the set screw. Install the set screw using a
1/8" Allen wrench. TIGHTEN SECURELY. Set screw
must seat in ground recess of track pin.
3. Assemble two complete tracks:
6 wheel models - 31 segments each side for 6x6
models
- 1 half segment
8 wheel models - 39 segments each side for 8x8 models
- 1 half segment
IMPORTANT: The actual number of track segments
used will vary and will be determined when the tracks
are being installed. Wrap the track assembly around the
tires. Ensure they are snug to the front and rear deflated
tires. Then add or remove segments until there is a gap
of approximately 0 to 1" between the adjoining segments for all 8x8 models. These will have to be drawn
together using two C-clamp style vise grips to install
the connecting pin.
Figure 11-3. Installing the Axle Extensions.
Supertrack & Rubber track systems require the assembly
of 605-77 axle extensions and 126-08 extension studs to
each wheel hub before installation of the tracks. Failure
to install these components will cause severe damage to
the lower body.
Note: Axle extensions are recommended for use only
with Argo Super tracks and Rubber tracks and should
be removed for tire-only use.
11.3.2 Installing the Axle Extension (Supertrack &
Rubber Track)
4. Raise the vehicle off the ground and remove the wheels
using 3/4" socket.
Figure 11-4. Check Stud Position in Axle Extension.
5. Install the extension studs on all of the vehicle wheel studs
and tighten securely with a 5/8" socket. See Fig. 11-3.
6. Place the axle extension collars onto the extension studs
and seat firmly against the axle hub plate. The small hole
must face away from the hub plate.
7. The extension studs have hexagonal sides and must
sit properly within the slots on the axle extension (See
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Damage to the extension studs, bolts, or axle extension may
occur if the extension studs are not tightened correctly. Use
good judgement when installing.
Tires must be checked for size and installed in a specific
order as shown in the charts, Figure 11-7. If this is not
done, chain windup will happen causing damage to the
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ACCESSORY INFORMATION
chain tensioning system and possibly, to other drive
system components. Tires should be sized this way:
a. With the tires still off the machine, inflate them all to 5.0 psi.
b. Measure the circumference of each tire using a suitable tape measure, being sure to measure around the center-line of the tire. Figure 11-5. Write down the measurement on each tire. Figure 11-6.
c. Install the tires as shown in the chart (Figure 11-7).
Figure 11-5. Measuring the tire.
Figure 11-7. Tire Sizing Chart.
Figure 11-6. Marking the tire.
IMPORTANT
BEFORE INSTALLING THE RUBBER
TRACK SYSTEM, IT IS CRITICAL THAT
TIRE SIZING IS PERFORMED AND THE
TIRES INSTALLED AS SHOWN IN THE
CHART (Figure 11-7). PLEASE REVIEW AND
ENSURE YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE PREVIOUS INSTRUCTION BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE FOLLOWING:
8. Using a 3/4" socket, install the wheels. Use extreme care
and allow extra installation time to protect the axle extensions from damage. Torque the wheel nuts to 55 ft. lbs.(75
N.m).
Two tires that measure a certain difference in circumference when at 5 psi, will always be the same difference
in circumference when at equal pressure. Check tire
pressure every 10 hours and adjust to the pressures
shown in the chart.
11.3.3 Standard and Super Track Installation
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If the tracks, when laid on the ground, appear to curve to
one side, then turn one set so that they curve in opposite
directions, as shown in Fig. 11-8. If this is NOT done,
the vehicle may pull to the left or right during straight
line operation.
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ACCESSORY INFORMATION
9. Lay the two assembled tracks on the ground. Drive the
vehicle forward onto the tracks until only two segments
are in front of the tires.
10.Pull the remaining track around the rear tire and forward
to the front of the vehicle.
11. Deflate the front and rear tires for easier installation of the
final track pin. The gap between the adjoining segments
should be between 0 to 1" for Avenger and Frontier models
and 2 to 2-1/2" for all other models. Adjust the quantity of
track segments to meet this requirement.
Figure 11-9. Track Assembly.
Temperature changes will cause the segments to expand or
contract and will also change the tire pressure. In order to
maintain suitable tension on the track system, observe the
following precautions:
DO NOT over inflate tires. Lower body damage could
result from track segments rubbing against the polyethylene body material. Pay special attention to the tracks
during the first few “run-in” hours of use.
Figure 11-8. Track Assembly.
12. Join the two ends of the track and secure them in place
with C-clamps as shown in Fig. 11-9, so that the 1/4"
holes are lined up.
If the tracks become slack, start hitting the lower body,
or the tires begin to slip inside the tracks, DO NOT
INCREASE TIRE PRESSURE ABOVE WHAT IS
SHOWN IN THE CHART (Figure 11-7). REMOVE
THE HALF SEGMENT FROM EACH TRACK, OR
REMOVE A FULL SEGMENT AND ADD THE HALF
SEGMENT.
13.Install the final track pin as in instruction No.1 & 2. Remove the C-clamps.
14. Re-inflate the tires as shown in the charts in Figure 11-7.
Note: Putting too much tension in the track will severely
stress the axles, bearings and frame.
Over inflation of the tires will cause excessive and premature wear of the tires and ARGO track system, and may
cause axle and/or axle bearing damage. Under inflation
of the tires may allow them to slip in the track or may
cause the tire to pop off the wheel rim. Under certain
conditions, the tires may climb out of the track system
during a turn or side hill operation. Check that all tires
are correctly inflated, and avoid sharp high speed turns
when the Argo is heavily loaded.
15. Allow the tires to reach temperature of operating conditions. Recheck the tire inflation at operating conditions
before operation.
11.3.4 Removal of Standard and Super Tracks
1. Use C-clamp to take tension off of track pin, as in
Fig.11-9.
2. Loosen the set screw in the lock bushing of the track pin.
Store set screw in a safe place.
3. Using a 1/4" pin punch and hammer, start the removal
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ACCESSORY INFORMATION
of the track pin from the vehicle side of the track. Once
started, pull the pin out of the segment with Vise Grip.
11.3.7 Super Tracks
Super Tracks provide the maximum “flotation” available for
the Argo. They are very effective in deep snow, swamp and
muskeg.
4. Pull the track off the top of the tires and drive the vehicle
out of the tracks.
Care must be used while traveling over uneven ground conditions. The extra width of the segments can lead to the segments tipping to one side on the tire to such an extent that the
tire guide forces the tire bead off the rim. SUPER TRACKS
ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR TRAVEL OVER LOGS,
STUMPS OR ROCKS.
11.3.5 Operating Precautions (All Track Systems)
An Argo equipped with tracks has a reduced carrying capacity
in water (See Section 1.4.1). Refer to Section 5.6 of this manual for additional information on safe operation in water.
Do not use the Argo in water when equipped with tracks unless
it is also equipped with an outboard motor. The tracks do not
propel the Argo in water.
11.3.8 625-50 & 825-50-1 Rubber Tracks
Rubber tracks provide the same flotation as Super Tracks.
They are a highly durable belt track design constructed of
rubber. This system has low rolling resistance.
CAUTION should be observed when operating in winter
conditions and a drop in temperature occurs. Snow and
slush accumulation in the track could freeze, resulting
in damage to the track system. Slush, snow and ice accumulation should be cleared from the axles and track
periodically to prevent build-up.
11.3.9 Installation Instructions (625-50 & 825-50-1
Rubber Track Systems)
CAUTION should be observed when using any track
system on an Argo. Make sure the steel connecting pins
are properly secured in each track segment. Failure to
secure the track pins in the segment can result in lower
body damage if the track pin moves out of the segment
toward the lower body.
2. Install axle extension and extension studs to the wheel
hubs following the guidelines as described in 11.3.2 of
this section.
1. Install the Hinge Assembly as described in the 625-50 or
825-50-1 Rubber Track Kit instructions.
3. Tires must be checked for size and installed in a specific
order as shown in section 11.3.2. step 7.
4. Remove the air from the front and rear tires.
EXTREME CAUTION must be observed when using
the track systems on icy surfaces. Steering and braking
effectiveness will be reduced. Reduce speed.
Installing The Tracks To The Vehicle
EXTREME CAUTION must be observed when crossing ice-covered water. The vehicle may sink if it breaks
through the ice surface and fills with water. Make sure
drain plugs are securely in place and do not overload
the vehicle. Should the vehicle break through the ice,
attempt to back the vehicle out, taking care that water
does not enter the engine compartment. Refer to section
5.7.1 of this manual for additional information on safe
operation on ice-covered water.
BEFORE INSTALLING THE RUBBER
TRACK SYSTEM, IT IS CRITICAL THAT
TIRE SIZING IS PERFORMED AND THE
TIRES INSTALLED AS SHOWN IN THE
CHART (Figure 11-7). PLEASE REVIEW AND
ENSURE YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE PREVIOUS INSTRUCTION BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE FOLLOWING:
5.
Lay the two assembled tracks on the floor.
6.
Drive the vehicle forward onto the tracks leaving approximately 8" extending past the front tires.
7.
Pull the remaining track around the rear tire and forward
to the front of the vehicle.
11.3.6 Standard Tracks
Standard Tracks are intended to extend the use of the Argo so
that it can be driven over softer terrain conditions such as mud,
swamp, muskeg and snow. The standard track system is well
suited for a wide variety of terrain conditions. However, for
deep snow conditions, the Super Track system will outperform
the standard track system.
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8.
Deflate the front and rear (or all tires) for easier installation of the final track pin.
9.
Join the two ends of the track and secure them in place
with C-Clamps as shown in Figure 11-10, so that the
holes of the hinge lacing line up.
Figure 11-11. Measuring the gap of the mid tires - Avenger.
Figure 11-10. Securing with C-clamps.
10. Insert the 825-56 Track Pin through one of the 108-23
washers and then through the hinge lacing. Be sure to
install the pin from the outside edge of the track so
the end with the cotter pin hole ends up nearest the
vehicle lower body.
11. Secure the Track Pin in the hinge with a 108-23 washer
and 100-100 cotter pin at end closest to the vehicle
body.
Figure 11-12. Measuring the gap of the mid tires - Avenger.
12. Re-inflate the tires as shown in the chart. With the tires
installed and inflated as shown in the chart, there should
be 2 to 3 inches between the bottom of the second (or
third) tire and the inside surface of the track when the
vehicle is elevated. Figure 11-11 & 11-12 for Avenger
and Figure 11-13 & 11-14 for Frontier. This may require
the installation of a track extension or additional hinge
kit. For Avengers with typical 79-80" tires, the total track
length should be 235" (including hinges and track extensions.) For Frontiers with typical 76-77" tires, the total
track length should be 189" pin to pin. The extension
can be easily removed if the wheels slip within the track
during winter use. NOTE: Putting too much tension
in the track will severely stress the axles, bearings and
frame.
Figure 11-13. Measuring the gap of the mid tire - Frontier.
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Observe all operating precautions as outlined in 11.3.4 of this
Accessory Section.
11.4 ICE CLEAT ASSEMBLY (Part Nos. 625-20, 82520 & 825-21)
ARGO ice cleats are stamped steel cleats that bolt to the outer
edges of the Rubber Tracks or Super Track segments to grip on
hard pack snow and ice to improve traction and stopping.
Figure 11-14. Measuring the gap of the mid tires - Frontier.
Make sure all passengers riding in an Argo equipped
with ice cleats are informed to keep hands, feet and
clothing inside the vehicle, well away from the tracks
and ice cleats while the Argo is in motion. Serious
injury or death could result from getting caught by the
ice cleats.
11.3.10 Removal of 625-50 & 825-50-1 Argo Rubber
Track Systems
1. Use a "C" clamp style vise grip to take the tension off the
pin. Remove the flat washer and cotter pin. With a drift
punch and hammer, tap the pin until it can be grabbed and
pulled from the hinge lacing.
Installing Argo ice cleats or any other traction device on
the in-board side of the track segment, close to the lower
body, may cause damage to the lower body if contact
results while the vehicle is being driven.
If an Argo is taken outdoors into freezing temperatures after
the track system has been installed indoors at normal room
temperature, the tires will lose air pressure. After the tires have
cooled down to the outdoor temperature where the vehicle
is to be operated, the tire pressure should be rechecked and
adjusted as required.
11.5 OUTBOARD MOTOR BRACKET - SIDE
MOUNT (Part Nos. 617-09 & 617-10)
Extreme CAUTION is advised when crossing ice covered
water. The vehicle may sink if it breaks through the ice surface and fills with water. Make sure drain plugs are securely
in place, and do not overload the vehicle. Should the vehicle
break through the ice, attempt to back the vehicle out. During
this maneuver, take care that water does not enter the engine
compartment. Refer to the Argo operator’s manual for additional information on safe operation in water.
The side mount outboard motor bracket attaches to the right
rear of any Argo model. It allows the attachment of a gasoline
or electric outboard motor of 9.9 horsepower maximum. When
traveling on land it is recommended that the outboard motor
be transported in the rear compartment of the Argo.
Use caution when turning in confined spaces or close to
bystanders. Personal injury or damage may result.
Under certain winter conditions, such as a rapid drop in temperature after a mild period, slush can build up on the track
to the point that the ARGO may be unable to move. Stop
periodically to clean snow and ice from the axles and track
components to prevent buildup.
Maximum Total Load Capacity in Water of a
Frontier or 650 HD with Rubber Tracks is 160
kg (350 lbs.) and an 8x8 is 365 kg (800 lbs.)
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Figure 11-15. Warning Label 618-21.
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11.6 ARGO STORAGE COVERS (Part Nos. 621-21;
821-20 & 821-40 )
The Argo storage covers prevent debris, rain water or snow
from accumulating in the Argo. Secure the cover by pulling
it down over the bumper and tying the cord tightly in place.
A cord or tie strap through the side grommets and under the
vehicle lower body securely holds the cover in place in windy
conditions.
Figure 11-16 Double Line.
Damage may result to the cover if the vehicle is transported at highway speeds with the cover in place. If the
cover must be used while transporting the vehicle, damage may be minimized by placing padding over sharp
corners such as the tail pipe or the winch and tying the
cover securely in place against the Argo body.
2. Periodically check the winch installation to assure that all
bolts are tight.
3. DO NOT “move” your vehicle to assist the winch in pulling
a load. The combination of the winch and vehicle pulling together could overload the wire rope and the winch
itself.
11.7 POWER WINCH (Part Nos. 622-105 & 622-110)
4. KEEP WINCHING AREA CLEAR. Do not allow people
to remain in the area during winching operations. Do not
step over a taut wire rope or allow anyone else to do so.
Do not stand between the winch and the load.
The power winch mounts to the front of the Argo and can be
used for self-recovery and to raise and lower the snowplow
blade (Part No. 657-00). The winch has a free-wheeling feature
that allows the cable to be pulled off the winch drum without
using the 12 volt electric motor.
5. INSPECT WIRE ROPE AND EQUIPMENT FREQUENTLY. A frayed wire rope with broken strands should
be replaced immediately. Always replace wire rope with
the manufacturer’s identical replacement part, Warn Part
No. 60076 or Superwinch Part No. 1513.
The electrical components and the wiring design of the winch
kit prevents the use of the winch motor unless the ignition
key is turned to the ‘on’ position. This is a safety feature that
prevents the unauthorized use of the winch when the vehicle
is parked.
6. USE HEAVY LEATHER GLOVES when handling wire
rope. Do not let wire rope slide through your hands. A
broken strand could seriously injure your hands.
After the installation of the winch kit is completed, test the
electrical connections by moving the toggle switch control
from side to side with the ignition switch removed. If the
winch DOES NOT operate the connections are correct. If
the winch starts during this test have the installer correct the
wiring connections immediately.
7. Keep clear of winch wire rope and hook when operating
winch. Never put your fingers through the hook when
reeling in the last few feet of line. If your finger should
become trapped in the hook, you could lose your finger.
Use the HANDSAVER STRAP (Figure 11-17) to guide
the hook within the last few feet. Never guide a wire rope
onto the drum with your hand.
11.7.1 Rules For Safe Operation
1. The winch is rated at 3,000 pounds (single-line) capacity. DO NOT OVERLOAD. DO NOT ATTEMPT
PROLONGED PULLS AT HEAVY LOADS. DO NOT
MAINTAIN POWER TO THE WINCH IF THE MOTOR
STALLS. Overloads can damage the winch and/or the wire
rope and create unsafe operating conditions. For heavy
loads, we recommend the use of the optional pulley block
and hook assembly (Warn Part No. 28881 or Superwinch
Part No. 1503) to double line the wire rope (Figure 11-16).
This reduces the load on the winch and the strain on the
wire rope by approximately 50%.
Figure 11-17. Using the Handsaver Strap.
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8. NEVER HOOK THE WIRE ROPE BACK ONTO ITSELF. Use a nylon sling. (Figure 11-18.) Hooking the wire
rope onto itself can damage the rope (Figure 11-19).
11. Avoid continuous pulls from extreme angles as this will
cause the wire rope to pile up at one end of the drum
(Figure 11-21 & Figure 11-22). This can jam the wire
rope in the winch causing damage to the wire rope or the
winch itself.
Figure 11-18. Correct hook-up.
Figure 11-21. Incorrect positioning for continuous pulls.
Figure 11-19. Incorrect hook-up.
9. It is a good idea to lay a heavy blanket or jacket over the
wire rope near the hook end when pulling heavy loads
(Figure 11-20). If a wire rope failure should occur, the
cloth will act as a damper and help prevent the rope from
whipping.
Figure 11-22. Correct positioning for continuous pulls.
12. Always operate the winch with an unobstructed view of
the winching operation.
13. Do not operate the winch when under the influence of
drugs, alcohol or medication.
14. Never work on or around the fairlead or winch drum when
the winch is under load.
15. When using your winch to move a load, place the vehicle
transmission in neutral, set vehicle parking brake, chock
all wheels, and keep the engine running.
Figure 11-20. Using a cloth damper.
16. Do not use the winch to hold the Argo in place during
transportation. Use tie-down straps.
10. Your winch is not designed or intended for overhead
hoisting operations. Never use your winch for lifting or
moving people.
17. Maintain at least five turns of wire rope around wire rope
drum to prevent the wire rope from pulling off under
load.
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11.7.2 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Winch
(3) The result of kinking is that each strand pulls a different amount, causing the strands under greatest tension
to break and reduce load capacity of the wire rope. The
wire rope must be replaced.
1. Keep a tightly and evenly wound wire rope drum. Do not
allow the wire rope to become loosely wound. A looselywound spool allows a wire rope under load to work its way
down into the layers of wire rope on the drum. When this
happens, the wire rope may become wedged within the
body of the windings damaging the wire rope. To prevent
this problem, keep the wire rope tightly and evenly wound
on the drum at all times. During winching, periodically
check to see that the wire rope is winding on evenly. A
good practice is to rewind the wire rope under tension
after each use. One way to do this is to attach the hook
to a stationary object at the top of a small hill or incline
and winch your vehicle up the incline.
11.8 REAR MUD FLAP ACCESSORY (Part No. 62510)
Argo mud flaps are made of black polyethylene sheet cut to
conform to the curve of the rear corners of the lower body.
They are recommended for use with either track system to
block the mud and snow thrown up during higher speed
travel.
2. Do not allow motor to overheat. Remember, the winch is
only for intermittent use. During long or heavy pulls the
motor will get hot. The internal parts will be hotter than
the case. To check the motor temperature, stop winching
and carefully touch the end of the motor. If the motor
is uncomfortably warm, allow the motor to cool before
continuing — keep the engine running to recharge the
battery during this break.
11.9 BILGE PUMP ACCESSORY (Part No. 638-40)
The bilge pump kit features a 12 volt, 500 gallon per hour
pump to empty water from the lower body. Operated by a dash
mounted push/pull switch, the bilge pump is recommended
for any amphibious use of an Argo.
3. Use a pulley block for heavy loads. To maximize winch
and wire rope life, use a pulley block (Warn Part No.
28881 or Superwinch Part No. 1503) to double line
heavier loads.
The pump is not designed to run dry. Use only when
water has collected in the lower body.
4. The pull required to start a load moving is often much
greater than the pull required to keep it moving. Avoid
frequent stopping and starting during a pull.
11.10 HANDRAIL ACCESSORY (Part Nos. 639-26,
839-30 & 839-35)
Handrails mount to the top of the upper body around the rear
compartment, providing a convenient passenger hand hold or
cargo tie down point.
5. Prevent kinks before they occur.
(1) This is the start of a kink. At this time, the wire rope
should be straightened.
Do not attempt to lift the vehicle by using the handrails.
11.11 TOW HOOK ACCESSORY (Part No. 642-00)
The tow hook kit is a steel fabrication that bolts securely
through the bumper and both body halves at the front or rear
of the vehicle.
(2) The wire rope was pulled and the loop has tightened to
a kink. The wire rope is now permanently damaged and
must be replaced.
The tow hook is not intended to secure an Argo to a
trailer or truck bed. Body deformation could result from
a downward pull.
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11.13 CONVERTIBLE TOP (Part Nos. 649-51, 849-40,
849-45 & 849-51)
11.12 WINDSHIELD (Part Nos. 648-79 & 648-80)
The windshield features an anodized aluminum frame with
rubber mounted 24" high x 48" wide laminated safety glass.
It mounts to the top of the dash area of any Argo model, folds
down and secures in place over the hood and is required for
the convertible top.
The convertible top provides protection from the elements for
the occupants and offers the option of rolling up or removing
the side doors, rear door and rear side panels while leaving
the overhead portion in place.
Never fold the clear plastic windows; always roll them
up to store them in place on the top assembly or remove
them.
When the windshield is raised in the upright position, it
must be supported by the two side support arms. Attach
both support arms to the windshield frame brackets
using the quick pins supplied. Do not attempt to fasten
the front of a convertible top to the windshield until the
support arms are in place.
To fold the convertible top for storage, unzip the side and
rear doors and the side panels, lay them aside and unsnap the
domes along the front of the roof panel from the windshield
frame. Fold the aluminum top frames together and roll the
overhead panel around the frames loosely. Then, roll the
window panels around the top material so the boot will cover
the complete assembly for protection.
DO NOT transport the Argo at highway speeds with
the windshield upright. For transportation at highway
speeds, it is recommended that the vehicle be reversed
on the truck or trailer so that the front of the Argo faces
to the rear. The windshield should be folded down and
secured in place using a rope or a tie down strap.
The convertible top assembly is not designed to withstand
the turbulence created while transporting the vehicle
with the top assembled in the ‘up’ position. Fold the top
down and secure it properly to the vehicle bodyor remove
it from the vehicle for high speed transportation.
Operating the Argo for extended periods in high ambient
temperatures with the windshield in the folded down position may restrict hot air flow from the engine compartment which could lead to engine overheating and heat
build-up in the windshield frame and glass. Use caution
when operating the vehicle with the windshield folded
down to avoid overheating in warm temperatures.
Hearing protection is strongly advised when operating
the vehicle equipped with any convertible top assembly.
The following decal should be attached to the inside of the
windshield:
The following decal should be attached to the inside of the
windshield:
If this decal is not attached to the windshield, contact your
Argo retailer for a free-of-charge replacement. The part
number is 126-84.
If this decal is not attached to the windshield, contact your
Argo retailer for a free-of-charge replacement. The part
number is 126-84.
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11.14 ALTERNATOR ACCESSORY - For Avenger (Part
No. 850-54)
• Keep bystanders away from the blade or vehicle
while moving or stationary.
• Never put feet or hands under plow blade.
The externally mounted, belt driven, 40 amp alternator is
recommended when electrical accessories such as a winch
are added to the vehicle.
• Inspect plow mechanism, fasteners, cables, and
ad-justments before operating. Replace all worn
or damaged components before operating.
There is a red charge indicator light installed in the dash, to
the right of the ignition switch. If the red light comes on, the
alternator is not sending a charge to the battery. This may
simply be a result of low engine idle speed. If the light stays
on at vehicle operating speeds, have your Argo retailer service
the system soon.
• Lower the plow to the down position before leav-ing
the vehicle unattended.
11.16 AMPHIBIOUS TRAILER (Part Nos. 695-75 &
695-80BL)
The Argo four wheel amphibious trailer is designed as an additional cargo carrier for any Argo model. It is not intended
for the transportation of people. Trailer load capacity is 600
lbs or 270 kg at a recommended tire pressure of 4 psi.
Check the V-belt tension frequently to be sure belt deflection
is no more than 1/8" or 3 mm with approximately 6 lbs. or 3
kgs of force applied to the belt, halfway between the pulleys.
Adjust the belt tension as necessary. Failure to do so will
reduce the charge rate and lead to battery failure.
11.16.1 Operating Precautions
11.15 SNOW PLOW ACCESSORY (Part No. 657-21)
Keep cargo low and centered in the trailer, especially if used
in the water. Secure the load in place to keep it from shifting
when traveling in uneven terrain. Avoid sudden stops when
towing the trailer downhill to prevent the trailer from colliding
with or passing the Argo.
The snow plow assembly attaches to the front of the Argo
at two mounting brackets that bolt to the front axle bearing
extension housings. The plow blade is raised and lowered by
operating the power winch in and out.
Do not step on or place loads on the edge of the body over the
trailer wheels. This area of the trailer body is intended only
as a mud guard.
DO NOT STAND BETWEEN THE PLOW BLADE AND
THE FRONT OF THE ARGO. Injury could result if the
blade is raised.
Follow the instructions listed in Section 6.4.5 of this manual
to service the axle bearings. Do not allow water and debris to
accumulate in the bottom of trailer body to avoid premature
bearing failure.
The vehicle operator must observe caution when
operating the vehicle and snow plow in the presence
of others. Injury could result if a bystander is struck
when the vehicle swings to turn or the blade is lowered
onto someone’s foot. Always be aware of the area being plowed. Although there is a blade trip mechanism
feature of the blade, damage or operator injury could
result from hitting rocks, stakes or curbs hidden under
the snow being plowed.
Keep fingers clear of tongue swiveling components.
11.17 HEATER ACCESSORY - Avenger (Part No. 848-32)
The heater kit includes a conventional automotive style hot
coolant heater core with 2 speed fan to circulate the warm air
through the ducts to the right side of the driver’s compartment
and the windshield. In some operating conditions, ie. high
humidity or full passenger load, defrosting the windshield and
side panel windows may not be effective.
To avoid serious injury or death:
• Do NOT operate the vehicle on open or frozen bodies
of water with the snow plow attached.
• Do not exceed 8 kph (5 mph) with blade installed.
• Plow cautiously. Impact with hidden or stationary In extremely cold weather and operating at low load, the heater
may perform like a second radiator and keep the engine from
reaching proper operating temperature. Under these conditions, a piece of cardboard or similar material should be used
to partially cover the engine radiator.
objects may cause the vehicle to stop suddenly or
go out of control.
• Operate with extreme caution on slopes. Do not operate the plow on steep grades and rough ter-
rain.
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11.18 ROLL OVER PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES
(Part Nos. 648-47, 849-90-2 & 849-90-4)
Seat belts must be properly adjusted and worn by all occupants at all times EXCEPT when operating in water.
6x6 vehicles equipped with 648-47 ROPS should not be
used in water operation. Never carry more people in the
vehicle than there are seat belts for.
Articles must not be placed on top of the ROPS.
Use caution when travelling on uneven ground; the
ROPS reduces vehicle stability.
No part of the ROPS shall be drilled, welded or altered
in any way without the manufacturer’s authorization.
Do not exceed maximum gross vehicle weight of 907 kg
(2000 lb.), Avenger 1066 kg (2350 lb.).
Use caution when travelling tree-lined trails. Branches
could be knocked down, causing injury to the vehicle
occupants.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE COULD
RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
The optional Rollbar (see Section 11.20) or optional Roll Over
Protective Structure, also referred to as a ROPS, provides
additional protection for the occupants in case the vehicle
overturns, provided all occupants wear seatbelts.
However, Rollbars and ROPS also introduce additional
hazards that have to be carefully weighed against the safety
benefits of these devices:
• If your vehicle is equipped with either a Rollbar or ROPS,
always remember that your vehicle is now more top
heavy. This reduces the vehicle's stability both on land and
in the water. Therefore, always wear your seatbelt when
driving on land, but never when driving in the water. The
increased instability and weight may mean that you will
no longer be able to maneuver some slopes with either a
rollbar or ROPS installed. Follow all weight restrictions
and, as always, drive slowly and carefully.
DO NOT use the ROPS as an attachment point for towing
or winching the Argo.
Check fastener tightness annually. Inspect for and
replace any damaged or worn parts of the ROPS and
the seat belts.
• A 6 wheeled Argo with ROPS installed should not be
used in water at any time.
• Be particularly careful when driving under trees, as lowhanging branches can upset your vehicle.
11.19 REAR BENCH SEAT (Part No. 849-80)
• Never place or carry anything on top of the ROPS.
This bench seat assembly is similar to the front bench seat
design, providing a back rest and more comfort for two persons riding in the rear compartment of any current Argo 8 x
8 model. The seat cushion and back rest are easily removed
to use the rear compartment for cargo.
Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) are designed for use
on all Argo models. Part No. 848-90-2 provides roll over
protection and lap belts for the driver and front seat passenger
of all Argo 8 x 8 models. Part No. 848-90-4 provides roll over
protection and lap belts for driver, front seat passenger and two
passengers in the optional rear bench seat (Part No. 849-80).
Part No. 648-47 provides roll over protection and lap belts for
driver and front seat passenger of all 6x6 models.
Always ensure that the spring loaded pull pin (Part No.
849-72) on each side is fully engaged after installing
the seat. Pull the seat hard to ensure that it is secured
properly.
Never attach a tow line to the handrail of the seat back
rest.
When a roll over protection structure (ROPS) is installed,
seat belts must be installed for rear bench seat passengers and used properly.
The ROPS design provides reasonable protection from injury
in the event of a rollover. DO NOT rely on it to protect the
occupants from irresponsible driving.
The ROPS has been designed to meet the requirements of
the Occupational Health and Safety Act - Regulation 856
‘Roll-Over Protection Structures’ for the Province of Ontario,
Canada.
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11.20 ROLL BAR ACCESSORY (Part No. 648-15)
The roll bar is designed for use on all Argo 6 x 6 models. The
roll bar provides some roll over protection and lap belts for
the driver and front seat passenger.
This outlet is NOT designed to support nor should it be
used as a cigarette lighter socket.
11.22 BRUSHGUARD ACCESSORY (Part Nos. 642-20
& 642-40)
When the Roll Bar Kit is installed, ALWAYS wear seat
belts when operating the vehicle on land. REMOVE seat
belts when entering water.
The Brushguard Kit protects the winch and headlights from
damage by the brush encountered along the trail. It features
an integrated tow hook. Installation of mounting kit or power
winch is required.
Maximum total vehicle weight must not exceed 1465 lbs.
or 665 kg. which means 2 people and 100 lbs. or 46 kg.
of cargo in the vehicle.
Never attach anything to the Roll Bar other than Ontario
Drive & Gear 648-15 Roll Bar specific accessories.
The Roll Bar reduces vehicle stability. Always use common sense when traveling over rough terrain.
The Roll Bar is designed to reduce the chance of injury.
DO NOT rely on it to protect the vehicle occupants from
irresponsible driving.
The Roll Bar could come in contact with tree branches.
Falling branches or vehicle upset could occur. Use
extreme caution when traveling on narrow tree lined
trails.
DO NOT use the Roll Bar as an attachment point for
towing or winching.
Check the torque of the Roll Bar nuts and bolts annually and replace any parts that are damaged. When the
Roll Bar is installed, never carry more than two people
in the Argo.
Replace worn or damaged seat belt straps and buckles.
Failure to comply with the above could result in personal injury or death.
11.21 12V ACCESSORY OUTLET ACCESSORY (Part
No. 633-25)
The 12V Accessory Outlet Kit contains a 12V outlet, wire
harness complete with in-line fuse holder & fuse, and the
necessary hardware to mount the outlet in the upper body of
any Argo model. When mounting the outlet, be sure to select
an area within reach for the wire harness. The wire harness
gets connected directly to the battery terminals so any mounting location chosen, must allow the harness to reach both the
outlet and the battery. When mounting, be sure that the wire
harness is securely clipped into place and not left dangling
near moving parts within the engine compartment.
Because the outlet is wired directly to the battery, it is
constantly "live," even without the key turned on. Excessive use will run down the battery.
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APPENDIX 1
SPECIAL TOOLS
7R VICE GRIP MODIFICATION (Part No. 658-08)
As detailed in Section 7, a pair of modified 7R Vice Grips is
required to hold the ends of the drive chain together while
inserting the connecting link. This tool can also be used to
hold the ends of the idler chain together while inserting the
connecting link. Grind the undercut and sides of the vice grip
jaw to fit over 2 chain rollers. The undercut is approximately
1/4" radius as shown.
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ARGO and CENTAUR New Vehicle Limited Warranty
The warranty period is limited to 12 months for ARGO models and 12 months or 750 hours for CENTAUR models from
the date of the original retail sale, with the following exceptions:
Briggs & Stratton Engine – 24 months from the date of retail sale separately by the engine manufacturer’s service network.
Kohler Engine – 36 months from the date of retail sale separately by the engine manufacturer’s service network.
Exide Battery – Factory installed Exide batteries are warranted for 12 months free consumer replacement from date of installation from Ontario Drive & Gear Limited.
Optima Battery – Argo – Factory installed Optima batteries are warranted for 36 months free replacement from date
of installation by authorized Optima Battery service network.
Optima Battery – Centaur – Factory installed Optima batteries are warranted for 24 months free replacement from date of installation by authorized Optima Battery service network.
Warn and Superwinch Winches (not installed by dealer at time of purchase) – 12 months from the date of retail sale
separately by the authorized winch manufacturer’s service network.
Tires - 3 months from the date of retail sale. Depending on sales area, tire Environmental/disposal charges may apply.
Genuine ARGO or CENTAUR accessories purchased and installed by the factory or authorized dealer at the time of
purchase are covered under the 12 month ARGO and CENTAUR New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Only those accessories listed on the original warranty registration form will be covered.
Ontario Drive & Gear Limited hereby warrants to the original retail purchaser that each new and unused ARGO or
CENTAUR is free from any defect in material or workmanship for the warranty period specified, under normal use and
service by the original purchaser.
This warranty is void unless the vehicle has been properly warranty registered and the pre-service checklist has been
completed by an authorized dealer.
This warranty is not transferable unless approved by Ontario Drive & Gear Limited.
This warranty is void immediately upon the ARGO or CENTAUR being used in any speed contest (racing, dragging, etc.).
This warranty does not cover the following items:
1. Machines or parts lost or damaged during shipment.
2. Normal maintenance, as outlined in the maintenance schedule found in the Operator’s Manual, or adjustments after
initial pre-servicing is completed.
3. Normal replacement of service items, as outlined in the maintenance schedule found in the Operator’s Manual.
4. Accessory items other than genuine ARGO or CENTAUR accessories.
5. Damages resulting from:
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misuse, accident, theft or fire
use of improper or insufficient fuel, fluids or lubricants
use of parts other than genuine ARGO or CENTAUR replacement parts
modifications, alteration, tampering or improper repair performed by parties other than an authorised ARGO or CENTAUR dealer or distributor
any device or accessories installed by parties other than an authorised ARGO or CENTAUR dealer or distributor
6. Batteries that fail due to improper charging or installation; broken container, cover or terminal sulphation or dehydration; damage caused by fire, excessive heat, wreckage, explosion, freezing, the addition of any chemical or solution
other than the battery grade sulphuric acid.
This shall constitute the complete and only warranty given by Ontario Drive & Gear Limited, and, except as specifically set forth in the foregoing, Ontario Drive & Gear Limited shall not, in any event, be liable for any losses,
damages or costs; to include travel, transportation, pick up, delivery, towing cost, loss of use, whether special,
incidental, consequential or otherwise, in any way related to any vehicle or its sale. No warranty, expressed, implied or statutory, as to merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, description, quality or any other matter
is given in connection with any ARGO or CENTAUR vehicle or its sale and no agent, employee or other person
has any authority to vary any of the foregoing provisions. Provided, however, that this clause shall be severable
where voided by application of the Consumer Protection Act.
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Sales Department 1-800-298-1118 x 374 sales@argoatv.com
ARGO RETAILER... Please complete this page at the time of sale to the new owner so your customer
has all pertinent information that may be required.
ARGO MODEL___________________________________________________
ARGO SERIAL NO.________________________________________________
ENGINE SERIAL NO.______________________________________________
TRANSMISSION SERIAL NO._______________________________________
SOLD TO:_______________________________________________________
STREET ADDRESS:_______________________________________________
CITY OR TOWN:_______________________PROV/STATE:_______________
POSTAL/ZIP:_____________________________________________________
DATE OF SALE:__________________________________________________
WARRANTY PERIOD EXPIRES:_____________________________________
DEALER NAME:__________________________________________________
PHONE:_________________________________________________________
ADDRESS:______________________________________________________
CITY/TOWN:__________________________PROV/STATE:_______________
ARGO PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED BY:
Ontario Drive & Gear Limited
220 Bergey Court
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 2J5
Canada
Phone: (519) 662-2840
Fax: (519) 662-2421
www.argoatv.com