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OPERATOR’S
MANUAL
MODELS - S, SN, BF, RB, CB
from 1997
Ontario Drive & Gear Limited
P.O. Box 280, 220 Bergey Court
New Hamburg, Ontario N0B 2G0
Telephone: (519) 662-2840, Fax: (519) 662-2421
www.argoatv.com
MANUAL NO. 671-04 Rev. 7
Printed in Canada
09/2001
4C
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 twenty-five 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!
673-25 Argo Service Video
Ontario Drive & Gear has produced a video which provides the Argo owner with
step-by-step instructions on how to perform general service procedures on your
vehicle. 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 the Service Video from your
selling dealer or from Ontario Drive & Gear directly (have your VISA card information ready). Cost of the 4 hour video is $33.00.
NOTE
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
The manual also contains operating cautions that can prevent damage to the
vehicle. Cautions are identified in the text by the following symbol:
CAUTION
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
671-04FR. Les plaquettes d’avertissement et d’instructions qui apparaissent sur
l’Argo sont aussi disponsibles en francais sous le numero suivant 126-73.
© Ontario Drive & Gear Limited, 2000
I
PREFACE
This manual describes the controls, operation and basic maintenance procedures for all VANGUARD, VANGUARD2, BIGFOOT,
RESPONSE and CONQUEST 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 levers.
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.
• 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 spilt 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.
• Do not drive your vehicle on asphalt or concrete roadways. 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.
II
NOTES
III
NOTES
IV
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION
1.0
2.0
3.0
4.0
5.0
PAGE
GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1
AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION ...........................................................................
1.2
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES ...................................................................
1.3
WIND CHILL FACTOR ...................................................................................
1.4
MODEL IDENTIFICATION ............................................................................
1.5
REAR SEATS - 8 WHEEL MODELS .............................................................
1.6
IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION OF CONTROLS ................................
1.7
INFORMATION LABELS ...............................................................................
1
1
1
1
2
3
4
GENERAL OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
2.1
NEW VEHICLE “BREAK-IN” PROCEDURE ...............................................
2.2
PRE-OPERATION CHECKS ...........................................................................
2.3
CARRYING PASSENGERS AND CARGO ....................................................
2.4
FUELING THE VEHICLE ...............................................................................
2.5
VENTED FUEL SYSTEM - ALL MODELS ..................................................
5
5
5
6
6
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1
BRAKES AND STEERING .............................................................................
3.2
HOLDING BRAKE SYSTEM - Vanguard2, Bigfoot, Response & Conquest
3.3
HOLDING BRAKE SYSTEM - Vanguard ......................................................
3.4
THROTTLE CONTROL ..................................................................................
3.5
STARTING PROCEDURE ...............................................................................
3.6
STOPPING THE ENGINE ...............................................................................
3.7
MANUAL STARTING PROCEDURE .............................................................
3.8
SELECTING AND CHANGING TRANSMISSION GEARS ........................
3.8.1
Changing Transmission Gears ...........................................................
3.9
HEADLIGHTS ..................................................................................................
7
7
8
8
8
9
9
9
10
10
DRIVING PROCEDURES
4.1
DRIVING STRAIGHT AHEAD ......................................................................
4.2
STOPPING THE VEHICLE .............................................................................
4.3
TURNING THE VEHICLE ..............................................................................
4.3.1
Left Turn .............................................................................................
4.3.2
Right Turn ..........................................................................................
4.4
BACKING THE VEHICLE UP ........................................................................
4.4.1
Turning the Vehicle While Backing Up .............................................
11
11
11
11
11
11
11
DRIVING PROCEDURES DURING UNUSUAL CONDITIONS
5.1
REMOTE AREA USE ......................................................................................
5.2
ANGLE OF OPERATION ................................................................................
5.3
UPHILL OPERATION ......................................................................................
5.4
DOWNHILL OPERATION ..............................................................................
5.5
SIDE SLOPE OPERATION .............................................................................
5.6
AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION - GENERAL .....................................................
5.6.1
Entering Water ....................................................................................
5.6.2
Driving Procedures in Water ..............................................................
5.6.3
Driving Out of Water ..........................................................................
5.6.4
Outboard Motor Bracket .....................................................................
5.7
WINTER OPERATION ....................................................................................
5.7.1
Use on Ice Covered Bodies of Water ..................................................
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13
13
13
14
14
15
15
15
15
16
16
V
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION
6.0
PAGE
OIL, FILTER AND LUBRICATION INFORMATION
6.1
ENGINE OIL INFORMATION
6.1.1
CHECKING THE ENGINE OIL LEVEL ........................................... 17
6.1.2
RECOMMENDED ENGINE OIL ....................................................... 17
6.1.3
CHANGING ENGINE OIL ................................................................. 18
Draining the Engine Oil ....................................................................... 18
Refilling the Engine ............................................................................. 18
6.2
TRANSMISSION OIL INFORMATION
6.2.1
CHECKING THE TRANSMISSION OIL LEVEL ............................. 18
6.2.2
CHANGING THE TRANSMISSION OIL .......................................... 18
Refilling the Transmission ................................................................... 19
6.3
FILTER INFORMATION
6.3.1
AIR FILTER ......................................................................................... 19
6.3.2
FUEL FILTER ...................................................................................... 19
6.3.3
OIL FILTER ......................................................................................... 19
6.4
LUBRICATION INFORMATION
6.4.1
GENERAL ............................................................................................ 19
6.4.2
DRIVEN CLUTCH LUBRICATION ................................................... 19
6.4.3
DRIVE CHAIN LUBRICATION ......................................................... 20
6.4.4
IDLER CHAIN LUBRICATION ......................................................... 20
6.4.5
OUTER AXLE FLANGE AND BEARING LUBRICATION ............. 21
6.4.6
IDLER SHAFT BEARING LUBRICATION - All Models ................. 21
6.4.7
INNER AXLE BEARING LUBRICATION ........................................ 21
7.0 MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
7.1
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
7.1.1
GENERAL ............................................................................................ 22
7.1.2
BATTERY - Argo Part No. 127-54 ...................................................... 22
Checking Fluid Level ........................................................................... 22
Cleaning the Battery Terminals and Cable Connections ..................... 22
Cleaning the Battery ............................................................................. 23
7.1.3
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FUSES ........................................................ 23
7.1.4
SPARK PLUGS .................................................................................... 23
7.1.5
SPARK ARRESTER ............................................................................ 23
7.2
DRIVE SYSTEM & TIRES
7.2.1
DRIVE BELT ....................................................................................... 23
Drive Belt Removal .............................................................................. 24
Drive Belt Installation .......................................................................... 24
7.2.2
CLUTCH MAINTENANCE ................................................................ 24
Clutch Inspection .................................................................................. 25
7.2.3
DRIVE CHAINS .................................................................................. 25
Drive Chain Removal ........................................................................... 25
Drive Chain Installation ....................................................................... 25
7.2.4
DRIVE CHAIN TAKE-UP SYSTEM .................................................. 26
Removal of Slider Blocks ..................................................................... 27
Replacement of Slider Blocks .............................................................. 27
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION
PAGE
7.2.5
7.2.6
7.2.7
7.2.8
IDLER CHAIN .................................................................................. 27
Idler Chain Adjustment ..................................................................... 28
Idler Chain Replacement ................................................................... 28
Removal of Idler Chains ................................................................... 28
Installation of Idler Chains ............................................................... 28
TIRE INFLATION ............................................................................ 29
TIRE REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT ........................................... 29
AXLE BEARING MOUNTING ....................................................... 29
7.3
MECHANICAL BRAKES - VANGUARD
7.3.1
GENERAL ......................................................................................... 29
Removal of Firewall .......................................................................... 29
Mechanical Brake Inspection Procedure .......................................... 30
7.3.2
BRAKE CALIPER ADJUSTMENT ................................................. 30
7.3.3
BRAKE PAD REPLACEMENT ....................................................... 30
Re-installation of Firewall ................................................................ 31
7.3.4
STEERING LEVER ADJUSTMENT ............................................... 31
7.3.5
HOLDING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT ............................................... 31
7.4
HYDRAULIC BRAKES - VANGUARD2, BIGFOOT, RESPONSE &
CONQUEST
7.4.1
GENERAL ......................................................................................... 31
7.4.2
BRAKE FLUID LEVEL ................................................................... 31
7.4.3
CHANGING BRAKE FLUID ........................................................... 32
7.4.4
HYDRAULIC BRAKE PAD INSPECTION .................................... 32
Firewall Removal .............................................................................. 32
Brake Pad Inspection Procedure ....................................................... 32
Re-installation of Brake Pads ............................................................ 32
Re-installation of Firewall ................................................................ 33
7.4.5
HOLDING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT ............................................... 33
7.4.6
BRAKE COOLING SYSTEM .......................................................... 34
7.4.7
ENGINE COOLING & EXHAUST SYSTEM ................................. 34
7.5
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE ...................................................................... 35
8.0
TROUBLESHOOTING ........................................................................................................... 36
9.0
CLEANING AND STORAGE
9.1
CLEANING THE VEHICLE .......................................................................... 38
9.2
STORING THE VEHICLE ............................................................................. 38
Cleaning the Vehicle ....................................................................................... 38
Drain the Fuel System ..................................................................................... 38
Prepare the Battery for Storage ....................................................................... 38
Protect the Electrical System ........................................................................... 38
Raise the Vehicle ............................................................................................. 38
Preparing the Engine for Storage .................................................................... 38
10.0
ACCESSORY
10.1
10.2
10.3
INFORMATION
GENERAL ....................................................................................................... 39
CARGO TIE-DOWNS (PART NO. 614-06) .................................................. 39
ARGO TRACK SYSTEMS (STANDARD TRACK AND SUPER TRACK) 39
VII
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION
PAGE
10.4
10.5
10.6
10.7
10.8
10.9
10.10
10.11
10.12
10.13
10.14
10.15
10.16
10.17
10.18
10.19
10.20
10.21
10.22
10.23
10.24
10.3.1 Operating Precautions ................................................................................... 39
10.3.2 Standard Tracks ............................................................................................. 40
10.3.3 Super Tracks .................................................................................................. 40
ICE CLEAT KIT (PART NOS. 625-20 & 825-20) ..................................................... 40
OUTBOARD MOTOR BRACKET (PART NO. 617-00) ........................................... 40
OUTBOARD MOTOR SUPPORT (PART NO. 618-00) ............................................. 40
OUTBOARD MOTOR BRACKET - SIDE MOUNT (PART NO. 618-10) ............... 41
ARGO STORAGE COVERS (PART NOS. 621-10; 621-20; 821-10; 821-20 ........... 41
POWER WINCH (PART NOS. 622-40 & 622-70) ..................................................... 41
10.9.1 Rules for Safe Operation ................................................................................ 41
10.9.2 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Winch ................................................... 43
REAR MUD FLAP KIT (PART NO. 625-10) ............................................................. 43
TRAILER HITCH KIT (PART NO. 626-10) .............................................................. 43
BILGE PUMP KIT (PART NO. 638-25) ..................................................................... 43
HANDRAIL KITS (PART NO. 639-20 & 839-20) ..................................................... 44
TOW HOOK KIT (PART NO. 642-00) ....................................................................... 44
WINDSHIELD (PART NO. 648-75) ........................................................................... 44
CONVERTIBLE TOP (PART NOS. 649-33, 649-50 & 849-50) ................................ 44
ALTERNATOR KITS (PART NOS. 650-60, 850-60 & 850-40) ................................ 45
10.17.1 Alternator Kit for Conquest ............................................................. 45
SNOW PLOW KIT (PART NO. 657-00) .................................................................... 45
AMPHIBIOUS TRAILER (PART NO. 695-75) .......................................................... 45
10.19.1 Operating Precautions ...................................................................... 45
HEATER KIT - CONQUEST (Part No. 848-10) ........................................................ 46
ROLL OVER PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES (PART NOS. 848-40-2 & 848-40-4 .. 46
REAR BENCH SEAT (PART NO. 849-60) ................................................................ 46
DUMP BOX KIT (PART NOS. 835-00 & 835-01) ..................................................... 47
ROLL BAR KIT (PART NO. 648-15) ......................................................................... 47
APPENDIX
1
SPECIAL TOOLS
VICE GRIP MODIFICATIONS .................................................................................. 48
VIII
SECTION 1
GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1 AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION
1.3 WIND CHILL FACTOR
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.
Why does it feel much colder outdoors on a windy day than
when there’s no wind, especially in winter?
1.2 MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
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.
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”.
Maintenance procedures described in this manual can be carried out by the operator. These procedures include:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
WIND CHILL
checking fluid levels
changing the engine and transmission oil
cleaning and replacing filters
preventative maintenance
inspections, adjustments, repairs and trouble-shooting
Wind Speed
km/h 8
24
32
40
48
56
Actual Temp.(C)
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
673-10 Service Manual (673-01 & 02)
673-25 Argo Service Video
Your Argo dealer will perform regular maintenance and lubrication for a reasonable service charge.
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0
-2
-8
-11
-14 -16
-17
-5
-7 -14
-18
-21 -23
-25
Gradually
-19 -19 Increasing
-26 -27 Danger
-10
-12 -20
-25
-28 -31
-33
-34 -35 Dangerous
-15
-18 -26
-32
-35 -38
-40
-42 -43
-20
-23 -32
-38
-43 -46
-48
-50 -51
-25
-28 -38
-45
-50 -53
-56
-30
-33 -45
-52
-57 -61
-63
-57 -59 Extremely
-65 -67 Dangerous
-35
-39 -51
-59
-64 -68
-71
-73 -75
-40
-44 -57
-65
-71 -75
-79
-81 -83
-45
-49 -63
-72
-78 -83
-86
-89 -90
-50
-54 -69
-79
-85 -90
-94
-96 -98
1.4 MODEL IDENTIFICATION
The vehicle identification plate is fastened to the dash. Reference Section 1.6 for the exact location. The model and
serial numbers are stamped into it. Model identification starts
with “V”, followed by five numbers. The four or five digit
serial number begins with one of the following prefixes:
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.
S - 6x6 Vanguard (Mechanical Brakes)
SN - 6x6 Vanguard2 (Hydraulic Brakes)
BF - Bigfoot
RB - 8x8 Response
CB - Conquest
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.
Carefully observe the maximum load capacity for your vehicle on land and in water as listed in the following:
If the engine requires servicing, take the vehicle to an authorized engine service outlet.
1
SECTION 1
GENERAL INFORMATION
ARGO 6 x 6 VANGUARD (S)
ARGO 6 x 6 VANGUARD2 (SN)
Serial Number:
Engine:
S-6999
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 480 cc (16 h.p.) V-Twin, 4
cycle, air cooled
Transmission:
2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converters
Fuel Capacity:
32 litres (7.0 Imp. Gal., 8.4 U.S. Gal.)
Steering/Brakes: Mechanical, 9" disc with holding brake system
Drive Chains:
Double RC-50 roller chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
16 Amp magneto type charging system, electronic
ignition
Speed:
Land - 35 km/h (22 mph)
Water - 3 km/h (2 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 4 persons or 317 kg (700 lbs.)
Water - 2 adults or 158 kg (350 lbs.)
Maximum Rear
Capacity:
Land and Water - 63 kg (140 lbs.)
Tires:
22x10.00-8NHS, 2 ply
Dry Weight:
348 kg (765 lbs.)
Serial Number:
Engine:
ARGO 6 x 6 BIGFOOT (BF)
ARGO 8 x 8 RESPONSE (RB)
Transmission:
Clutch:
Fuel Capacity:
Steering/Brakes:
Drive Chains:
Electrical:
Speed:
Load Capacity:
Maximum Rear
Capacity:
Tires:
Dry Weight:
Serial Number:
Engine:
BF-9212
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 570 cc (18 h.p.) V-Twin, 4
cycle, air cooled
Transmission:
2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Clutch:
Variable speed torque converters
Fuel Capacity:
32 litres (7.0 Imp. Gal., 8.4 U.S. Gal.)
Steering/Brakes: Hydraulic, 9" disc with holding brake system
Drive Chains:
Double RC-50 roller chain and single RC-60 roller
chain
Electrical:
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
20 Amp magneto type charging system, electronic
ignition
Speed:
Land - 39 km/h (24 mph)
Water - 3 km/h (2 mph)
Load Capacity: Land - 4 persons or 317 kg (700 lbs.)
Water - 2 adults or 158 kg (350 lbs.)
Tires:
25x12.00-9NHS, 2 ply
Dry Weight:
414 kg (910 lbs.)
Serial Number:
Engine:
Transmission:
Clutch:
Fuel Capacity:
Steering/Brakes:
Drive Chains:
Electrical:
Speed:
Load Capacity:
Tires:
Dry Weight:
Speed:
Load Capacity:
Tires:
Dry Weight:
Land and Water - 63 kg (140 lbs.)
22x10.00-8NHS, 2 ply
348 kg (765 lbs.)
RB-12075
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 570 cc (18 h.p.) V-Twin,
4 cycle, air cooled
2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Variable speed torque converters
32 litres (7.0 Imp. Gal., 8.4 U.S. Gal.)
Hydraulic, 9" disc with holding brake system
Double RC-50 roller chain
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
20 Amp magneto type charging system, electronic
ignition
Land - 30 km/h (20 mph)
Water - 3 km/h (2 mph)
Land - 6 persons or 454 kg (1000 lbs.)
Water - 4 adults or 317 kg (700 lbs.)
22x10.00-8NHS, 2 ply
436 kg (960 lbs.)
1.5 REAR SEATS - 8 WHEEL MODELS
ARGO CONQUEST (CB)
Serial Number:
Engine:
Transmission:
Clutch:
Fuel Capacity:
Steering/Brakes:
Drive Chains:
Electrical:
SN-7888
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 480 cc (16 h.p.) V-Twin,
4 cycle, air cooled
2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Variable speed torque converters
32 litres (7.0 Imp. Gal., 8.4 U.S. Gal.)
Hydraulic, 9" disc with holding brake system
Double RC-50 roller chain
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F;
16 Amp magneto type charging system, electronic
ignition
Land - 35 km/h (22 mph)
Water - 3 km/h (2 mph)
Land - 4 persons or 317 kg (700 lbs.)
Water - 2 adults or 158 kg (350 lbs.)
CB-10847
Kawasaki 620 cc (20 h.p.) V-twin 4 cycle, liquid cooled
2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse
Variable speed torque converters
32 litres (7.0 Imp. Gal., 8.4 U.S. Gal.)
Hydraulic Caliper, 9" disc with holding brake system
Double RC-50 roller chains
12 volt D.C. battery, 435 cranking amps at 0 F; 20 Amp
charging system, battery ignition
Land - 30 km/h (20 mph)
Water - 3 km/h (2 mph)
Land - 6 persons or 454 kg (1000 lbs.)
Water - 4 adults or 317 kg (700 lbs.)
22x10.00-8NHS, 2 ply
465 kg (1025 lbs.)
Argo 8 wheel models are fitted with “quick-release” rear seats.
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.
Installation
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.
2
SECTION 1
GENERAL INFORMATION
1.6 IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION OF CONTROLS
3
SECTION 1
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
4
SECTION 2
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, or after 2 tanks of fuel have been used. Failure to
do so can result in damage to the transmission bearings
or gear surfaces. Refer to Section 6.2.2 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 Kawasaki after the
first 20 hours. 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 the steering lever travel by pulling both steering
levers fully to the rear. See Section 7.3.4 for proper adjustment details.
5. 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.
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 steering levers should be
fully forward, against the dash, 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.
8. The axle flange gaskets and bearing extension gaskets
have a tendency to settle on new machines which could
result in a loosening of the flange and extension bolts.
Check and if necessary re-torque the bolts to 30 ft. lbs.
(360 in. lbs.) See Section 7.2.8.
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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 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.
WARNING
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.
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.
Portable fuel containers may contain contaminants (dirt, water, etc.) that will cause engine operating problems. Use only
clean, approved gasoline containers.
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.
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.
WARNING
Never use untreated gasoline that has been stored for
more than 45 days. Stale gasoline can cause gum deposits to form in the fuel lines and carburetor. these
deposits clog the fuel system and cause engine starting
and operating problems.
2.4 FUELING THE VEHICLE
WARNING
When storing the ARGO for 45 days or more, use
ARGO Part No. 125-85 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 spilt in, on
or around the vehicle, wipe it up immediately. Flush
out any fuel spilt in the vehicle with water and allow it to drain out through the drain plug holes.
Do not smoke when filling the fuel tank.
2.5 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 to a fitting at the left rear.
Use clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline in all models of the
ARGO. Minimum 87 octane fuel is recommended.
WARNING
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, Convertible Top Kit
or Outboard Motor Bracket; 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 models of the ARGO are equipped with a 32 litre (7.0
Imp. Gal., 8.4 U.S. Gal.) “see-thru” polyethelene fuel tank
located underneath the driver’s seat. depending on loading
and driving conditions, 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.
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3.1 BRAKES AND STEERING
The right and left steering levers are used to turn and stop
the vehicle when it is moving forward or in reverse. When
the right steering lever is pulled back, the vehicle turns to
the right (Figure 3-1). When the left steering lever is pulled
back, the vehicle turns to the left (Figure 3-2). To stop the
vehicle, pull both steering levers back evenly (Figure 3-3).
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.
Figure 3-3. Stopping the vehicle
3.2 HOLDING BRAKE SYSTEM VANGUARD2, BIGFOOT, RESPONSE & CONQUEST
Models
WARNING
All VANGUARD2, BIGFOOT, RESPONSE & CONQUEST
models have holding brake levers between the steering levers.
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!
WARNING
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.
When parking on an incline, engage the holding brake
levers, leave the vehicle in gear, turn the engine off
and block the vehicle’s wheels.
When in use, the holding brake system keeps the steering
levers locked in the full braking position.
To apply the holding brake system:
Figure 3-1. Making a right hand turn
1. Pull the steering levers back fully.
2. While holding the steering levers back, push each holding brake lever down until it rests against each steering
lever holding brake stop.
3. Release the steering levers so that they rest against the
holding brake adjuster screws.
To release the holding brake system:
1. Pull the steering levers back.
Figure 3-2. Making a left hand turn
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2. The spring-loaded holding brake levers will release automatically. When not in use, the holding brake levers rest
against the bottom edge of the dash.
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3.3 HOLDING BRAKE SYSTEM - VANGUARD
3.5 STARTING PROCEDURE
The VANGUARD has a holding brake lever installed at the
base of the left hand steering lever.
WARNING
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.
WARNING
The holding brake is not a parking brake. When parking on an incline, engage the holding brake, leave the
vehicle in gear, turn the engine off and block the vehicle’s wheels.
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:
To apply the holding brake system:
1. Place the gearshift in the neutral (N) position.
1. Pull the left steering lever back.
2. Use the choke if the engine is cold. Briggs & Stratton
engines are equipped with a spring loaded choke that will
have to be held out. The Conquest choke is operated by
flipping the choke lever up. Once the engine is started,
flip it back down.
2. While holding the steering lever back, lift the holding
brake lever up so it engages the steering lever holding
brake pin.
3. Release the steering lever against the holding brake lever.
3. Open the accelerator twist grip control 1/8 turn.
To release the holding brake system:
4. Turn the key to the “START” position. (See Figure 3-5)
1. Pull the steering lever back.
Off
Run
2. The spring-loaded holding brake lever will release automatically. When not in use, the holding brake lever will
rest against the bottom of the steering lever.
Start
3.4 THROTTLE CONTROL
Vehicle speed is controlled by the throttle twist grip. To increase vehicle speed, turn the twist grip as shown in Figure
3-4. To decrease vehicle speed, release the twist grip so the
engine returns to idle.
Figure 3-5. Ignition Switch
CAUTION
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.
Figure 3-4. Operation of the throttle twist grip
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5. Release the key as soon as the engine starts: the key will
automatically return to the “RUN” position.
NOTE
6. Release the twist grip control and allow the engine to
come to an idle.
NO MANUAL STARTING PROCEDURE IS AVAILABLE FOR THE CONQUEST.
7. Push the choke in halfway after the engine starts, and
push it in all the way as the engine warms up.
3.8 SELECTING AND CHANGING TRANSMISSION
GEARS
8. If the engine fails to start, refer to the trouble-shooting
chart in Section 8 for corrective action.
All models for the ARGO are equipped with a four position
transmission. The gearshift lever extends through the firewall
and is moved to the right or left into one of four positions
(See Figure 3-7):
3.6 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.
* REV (Reverse) - for backing up the vehicle
* N (Neutral) - for starting the engine or idling
* LOW - for use when extra pulling power or very low speed
is required in rough terrain.
* HIGH - for general use at normal operating speeds.
3.7 MANUAL STARTING PROCEDURE
VANGUARD, VANGUARD2, BIGFOOT & RESPONSE
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.
3. Pull out the choke if the engine is cold.
4. Remove the engine compartment hood.
Figure 3-7. Direction of gearshift travel and gear positions
5. Grasp starter grip as illustrated and pull slowly until recoil engages (Figure 3-6).
To shift from N (neutral) position into the desired gear:
1. Apply the brakes by pulling back both steering
levers.
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.
CAUTION
7. When engine starts, push choke in gradually.
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.
Figure 3-6. Recoil Starter - Vanguard Engine
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2. After the engine has idled down completely, lift up on the
gear shift lever and move it with a quick movement to the
selected gear.
3.9 HEADLIGHTS
All ARGO vehicles are equipped with 2 headlights that are
operated through the dash mounted light switch. To turn the
lights on, pull the light switch out.
NOTE: You will find it easier to engage high gear if the
gear shift is first moved to reverse (REV), then directly over to HIGH with one quick movement.
CAUTION
CAUTION
Do not leave the lights on for any length of time when
the engine is not running. Leaving them on will drain
the battery.
If any resistance or grinding is experienced, shut off
the engine, select the desired gear and restart the engine. Do not try to force the gear shift into position.
Damage to the transmission can occur if the gearshift
is forced. Have your dealer correct the problem if the
gear grinding is experienced during shifting.
Always turn the ignition switch to the ‘OFF’ position
when turning off the engine. On CONQUEST, RESPONSE & BIGFOOT models and optional on VANGUARD2 models, the brake cooling system remains
operational in the ‘RUN’ position after the engine has
been turned off.
3. Use the gear position decal only as a guide for finding the
gear position. Make sure you feel the detent which indicates the selected gear is properly engaged.
Avoid frequent starting of the engine and extensive
idling. Both will lead to a drain of the battery because
the electrical draw is greater than the charging rate at
engine idle.
3.8.1 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, and
move the shift lever to the selected gear as described above.
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a series of short turns. Hold the steering lever against the
dash between turns. Riding the brakes while making turns
will result in excessive heat, brake fade and lead to premature brake wear.
4.1 DRIVING STRAIGHT AHEAD
Shift the transmission into LOW or HIGH. Hold both steering levers straight ahead against the dash (See Figure 4-1).
Turn the throttle twist grip slowly until the clutch system
engages and the vehicle moves forward.
Figure 4-2. Correct method of making a wide turn
WARNING
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.
Figure 4-1. Position of steering levers for straight ahead
operation
4.3.1 Left Turn
4.2 STOPPING THE VEHICLE
To make a left turn, pull back on the left steering lever to
stop the wheels on the left side of the vehicle. When the turn
has been completed, return the left steering lever forward
against the dash.
Allow the throttle grip to return to the idle position. Pull
back evenly on both steering levers.
4.3.2 Right Turn
WARNING
Pull the right steering lever back and return it to the dash
when the turn has been completed.
Do not pull back abruptly on the steering levers. The
brakes are very effective, and sudden braking may cause
you or your passengers to be thrown from the vehicle.
Never use excessive force on the steering levers to apply the brakes. This can cause tremendous pressure in
the master cylinders and brake calipers, resulting in
component failure.
4.4 BACKING THE VEHICLE UP
With the engine at idle, shift the transmission into reverse.
Hold the steering levers forward against the dash. Turn the
throttle twist grip slowly until the clutch engages and the
vehicle moves backwards. Increase speed by gradually turning the accelerator twist grip.
When driving the vehicle, do not “ride” the brakes. Hold the
steering levers against the dash unless you are turning or
stopping the vehicle. If the levers are not against the dash,
the brakes are engaged, causing the brake pads to contact the
brake discs. This will cause excessive heat, brake fade and
lead to premature wear.
4.4.1 Turning The Vehicle While Backing Up
Pull the left steering lever back to make a turn to the left.
Pull the right steering lever back to make a turn to the right.
4.3 TURNING THE VEHICLE
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.
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
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WARNING
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
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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:
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WARNING
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
manual starting rope or back-up battery
basic mechanic’s tools and Argo spare parts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is affected. If the engine
oil level falls below the oil pump intake, damage can occur
because of inadequate lubrication. To avoid premature engine damage and costly repairs:
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.
• Do not operate your engine continuously on angles or
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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.)
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
the possibility of rolling over.
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5.5 SIDE SLOPE OPERATION
6. Care must be taken when encountering submerged obstacles that may upset the vehicle.
Do not drive your vehicle across the side of a hill. Side slope
operation greatly increases the risk of rolling the vehicle over
sideways.
Observe the following safety precautions BEFORE entering
the water:
Prolonged side slope operation may cause engine damage.
Observe the engine angle of operation limitations in Section
5.2.
1. All occupants must wear an approved personal flotation
device (PFD) or life jacket while traveling in water.
2. Equip the vehicle with a paddle and bailing can. An optional bilge pump kit (ARGO Part No. 638-25) is available from your ARGO dealer and is recommended for
water operation.
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.
5.6 AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION - GENERAL
3. Lift the rear floor pan and make sure both drain plugs in
the rear of the lower body (Figure 5-1) are in place and
properly tightened. To install, seat the rubber portion of
the drain plug properly in the lower body hole and push
the lever down to lock plug in place (Figure 5-2). Check
that the plug is firmly in place. To tighten the drainplug,
lift the lever up and turn the lever clockwise until it is
snug when the lever is pushed down. Replace worn or
inoperative drain plugs with ARGO Part No. 100-18.
WARNING
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.
All ARGO vehicles are self-propelled, amphibious vehicles,
capable of navigating calm water, provided the following precautions are observed:
Figure 5-1. Location of rear drain plugs
1. Do not enter water if the vehicle is overloaded. Refer to
Section 1.4 of this manual for recommended load capacity in water.
4. Visually check the lower body of the vehicle for cuts, punctures or holes that will allow water to enter the vehicle.
5. Make sure that any cargo in the rear of the vehicle is
evenly distributed.
2. Do not use seat belts or any passenger restraining device
while operating an ARGO in water. If an emergency
arises, you and your passengers may have to leave the
vehicle quickly.
6. 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.
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
current. Avoid water operation under windy conditions.
5. 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.
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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. Use only part throttle
when traveling through water. Full throttle only results in
excessive turbulence, not higher speeds.
The vehicle is steered by pulling the right or left steering
levers back as on land. 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.
Figure 5-2. Tightening and locking the drain plugs
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.
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.
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.
Figure 5-3 Outer bearing flange sealing area
NOTE
CAUTION
Always observe the recognized rules of boating while
traveling in water.
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.
5.6.1 Entering the Water
5.6.3 Driving Out of Water
The point of entry should be free of rocks, stumps and other
obstacles. Enter the water from a firm, gradual slope whenever possible. With the wheels partially submerged but still
in contact with the bottom, stop and check thoroughly for
water entering the lower body.
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 a leak is detected, drive back onto shore. Drain the vehicle
and repair the leak before re-entering the water.
5.6.4 Outboard Motor Bracket
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.
An optional outboard motor bracket (ARGO Part No. 61700) and support (ARGO Part No. 618-00 or 618-10 Outboard Motor Bracket - Side Mount) are available to mount
an outboard motor up to 9.9 h.p. A long shaft outboard motor is preferred to prevent cavitation.
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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.
Before venturing out onto ice-covered bodies of water, it is
extremely important to:
• Check the ice thickness and condition to be sure it will
WARNING
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Gasoline is extremely flammable and can explode if
ignited. Fill outboard motor fuel tanks outside of the
vehicle. Wipe up any spilt fuel immediately. Do not
carry or store fuel tanks in a vehicle equipped with a
cab or convertible top unless adequate ventilation is
provided.
support the vehicle.
Take all precautions as in Section 5.6, particularly paragraph 3 referring to drain plugs.
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.
5.7 WINTER OPERATION
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.
Follow these precautions when operating the ARGO in winter conditions:
• Equip the vehicle for remote area use, as listed in Section
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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 825-20
for 8 wheel) are available for Super 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.
5.7.1 Use on Ice Covered Bodies of Water
WARNING
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.
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6.1 ENGINE OIL INFORMATION
6.1.1 Checking the Engine Oil Level
Check the engine oil level each day before operating the engine.
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.
Figure 6-2. Dipstick “A” and oil filler “B” location
KAWASAKI engine
The BRIGGS & STRATTON VANGUARD (Figure 6.1) and
KAWASAKI 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 marks. If the level has dropped, add oil to bring
the level up to the FULL mark. DO NOT OVERFILL.
CAUTION
Do not run the engine if the oil level is above the “H”
mark or below the “L” mark. Premature engine damage or failure can occur when oil levels are not maintained.
6.1.2 Recommended Engine Oil
Use a high quality detergent oil of API (American Petroleum
Institute) service class as listed below. Choose the correct
viscosity of oil for seasonal driving conditions.
Briggs & Stratton API Service Class SE, SF or SG
Figure 6-1 Oil fill and level location BRIGGS & STRATTON
engine
CAUTION
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.
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Kawasaki API Service Class SD, SE or SF
NOTE
Ambient Temperature
-20 C -10 C 0 C 10 C 20 C 30 C 40 C
SAE40
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 amount of oil in
the engine.
SAE30
SAE 10W-30/SAE 10 W-40
SAE 5W-20
-4 F -14 F 32 F 50 F
68 F
86 F 104 F
Some increase in oil consumption may be expected when
a multi-grade engine oil is used. Check the oil level frequently.
CONQUEST
A ziploc plastic bag makes a convenient oil container.
It conforms to the space available and can be closed
securely when the oil is drained, then lifted neatly out
of the engine compartment.
VANGUARD,
VANGUARD2,
BIGFOOT &
RESPONSE
Oil Capacity
Kawasaki
Briggs & Stratton
3.2 IMP pints
1.8 litres
2.5 IMP pints
1.4 litres/1.6 litres with
filter change
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
Figure 6-3 Oil Capacities
Refill the engine through the oil fill with the correct amount
and grade of oil as indicated on chart, Figure 6-3, 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” or “H” mark on the dipstick.
6.1.3 Changing Engine Oil
During the initial engine break-in period, change the oil after the first 8 hours of operation for Briggs & Stratton and 20
hours of operation for the Kawasaki. After the break-in period, change the engine oil every 50 operating hours, or more
frequently if the vehicle is operated in dusty or dirty conditions.
6.2 TRANSMISSION OIL INFORMATION
Draining the Engine Oil
6.2.1 Checking the Transmission Oil Level
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:
Check the transmission oil level every 50 operating hours.
All models of the ARGO are equipped with a transmission
oil dipstick (Figure 6-4). Clean the area around the dipstick
before removing. Remove the dipstick by pulling up.
1. Start and warm up the engine so the oil will drain easily.
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: a 7/16" open end wrench
or 7/16" square socket for Briggs & Stratton engines or a
21mm socket for Kawasaki engines.
Figure 6-4. Transmission dipstick
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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.
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6.2.2 Changing the Transmission Oil
Replace the fuel filter after every 250 hours of operation or
once a year. To replace the filter, loosen the gear clamps
with a slot 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.
Change the transmission oil after the first 20 hours of operation, or after using 2 tanks of fuel. 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.
6.3.3 Oil Filter
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.
During the initial engine break-in period, change the oil filter (Part No. 126-95 for Briggs & Stratton engines and Part
No. 127-68 for Kawasaki engines) when the oil is changed.
After that, change the oil filter every 50 hours.
Before installing the new filter, lubricate the rubber filter
gasket with fresh 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.
Refilling the Transmission
Refill the transmission through the oil fill/dipstick hole with
30 oz (.85L) 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.
6.4 LUBRICATION INFORMATION
6.4.1 General
Overfilling may result in oil being forced out the breather
hole that could contaminate the brake pads and lead to brake
failure.
The following parts and components require regularly scheduled lubrication to prevent premature wear and replacement.
1. Driven Clutch
2. Drive Chains
6.3 FILTER INFORMATION
6.3.1 Air Filter
3. Idler Chains
4. Bearings
Use the recommended lubricants listed in this section and
carefully observe the recommended lubrication intervals.
All ARGO engines are equipped with a foam precleaner and
dry paper air filter element housed in an air cleaner assembly attached to the carburetor.
WARNING
Wash and oil the precleaner after every 25 hours of operation or more often under extremely dusty or dirty conditions.
Do not attempt to lubricate the driven clutch while the
engine is running.
Check the paper air filter element every 100 hours of operation or more often under extremely dusty or dirty conditions.
6.4.2 Driven Clutch Lubrication
For instructions to remove, clean and replace the air filter
components, refer to the air cleaner section of the engine
owner’s manual.
Lubricate the driven clutch every 50 hours with a silicone
based lubricant. Spray the lubricant into the clutch unit, directing the spray onto the spring, bushing and the sliding
areas of the cam pulley and the fixed cam where the cam
shoes make contact. (See Figure 6-5).
6.3.2 Fuel Filter
All models of the ARGO are equipped with an in-line fuel
filter (ARGO Part No. 125-64). The fuel filter is located in
the fuel hose, next to the fuel tank.
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Do NOT spray lubricant onto the drive belt, brake disc
or clutch faces. Allow the lubricant to dry before using the
vehicle. If the lubricant is not dry, use of the vehicle will
attract dirt and cause damage to the clutch components.
Refer to Section 7.2.3 of this manual for drive chain removal
and re-installation instructions.
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 ARGO dealer to have the clutch units
serviced.
Lubricate the idler chains after 10 hours of operation, and
more frequently if the vehicle is operated in dirty or wet
conditions (Figure 6-6). Use only ARGO Chain Lube (ARGO
Part No. 125-86) to lubricate the idler chains.
6.4.4 Idler Chain Lubrication
When applying the chain lube, protect the brake discs with a
rag or simple cardboard shield (Figure 6-7). 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.
Figure 6-5. Lubricating the driven clutch
Figure 6-6. Location of the idler chains
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, remove all the drive
chains from the vehicle and clean them thoroughly in a suitable solvent, i.e. degreaser.
WARNING
Never use gasoline as a cleaning solvent. Gasoline is
extremely flammable and can explode if ignited, causing serious personal injury.
Allow the chains to dry thoroughly, re-lubricate generously
with ARGO Chain Lube and re-install.
Figure 6-7. Lubricating the idler chain
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The second or inner grease fitting of the outer axle flange
supplies grease directly to the outer axle bearing. Since the
bearing is well sealed and packed with grease when manufactured, it requires re-greasing only every 100 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 seals due to excessive grease pressure.
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
efficiency is affected.
After every 100 hours of operation, 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.
CAUTION
Do not use high pressure or excessive amounts of
grease. Damage to the bearing seals could result.
6.4.5 Outer Axle Flange & Bearing Lubrication
CAUTION
6.4.6 Idler Shaft Bearing Lubrication - All Models
The idler shaft bearing flanges are fitted with grease nipples. These bearings should be greased with a small amount
of Shell Alvania No. 2 grease or equivalent at 250 hours of
operation or whenever major maintenance is performed on
the vehicle. The grease fittings become more accessible when
the idler chains are removed.
DO NOT USE HIGH PRESSURE
PNEUMATIC GREASING EQUIPMENT
Each outer axle flange is equipped with two grease nipples.
Grease the outer cavity through the outer nipple of each flange
with Shell Alvania No. 2 grease or equivalent frequently, at
least every 25 hours of operation, to flush dirt and water that
may have entered the axle seal. Only a small amount of
pressure should be required. Grease until any contamination has been forced out past the seal and fresh grease is
visible.
At the same time, inspect all the axle seals for damage (Figure 6-8). Vegetation wrapping around the axles can damage
the rubber lip of the seal, allowing dirt and water into the
outer cavity. Replace any damaged seals.
Figure 6-9 Idler shaft bearing grease nipples
6.4.7 Inner Axle Bearing Lubrication
The inner axle flanges are equipped with a grease nipple.
Lubricate the bearings with a small amount of Shell Alvania
No. 2 grease or equivalent every 250 hours or before the
vehicle is taken out of service for any extended period. Only
a small amount of grease is required.
Figure 6-8. Outer Axle Flange
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7.1 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
7.1.1 General
To prevent damage to the electrical system:
• Never weld on the vehicle without first disconnecting both
•
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positive and negative battery cables. Make sure the part
you are welding is properly grounded.
Connect battery booster cables properly, positive to positive and negative to negative. Connect negative cable
last, disconnect first.
Connect switch terminals properly, especially the ground
wire.
7.1.2 Battery- ARGO Part No. 127-54
- Exide Part No. 45-50
WARNING
Figure 7-1. Battery fluid level
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 the Battery
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
an 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 Part No. 45-50.
Batteries can explode and cause serious personal injury if exposed to flame or sparks. Never smoke while
servicing the battery.
All models are equipped with a 12 volt, wet cell type battery.
The battery is located in the engine compartment, on the
right side in front of the driver’s position.
WARNING
Checking Fluid Level
Ventilate area when charging. Keep away from spark,
heat, cigarettes or open flame.
Check the fluid level every 50 hours of operation. Remove
the pod vents and make sure each cell is filled to the fluid
level 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.
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.
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Cleaning the Battery
springs from the muffler attached to the tail pipe.
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. 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.
3. The screen-type spark arrester assembly is located inside
the tail pipe. It is fastened with one (1) slotted washerhead hex screw. Find the screw on the side of the outlet
tube.
7.1.3 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FUSES
5. Take off the screen-type spark arrester assembly.
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 levers.
Replace any blown fuses. Return your vehicle to an ARGO
dealer for inspection of the electrical circuit if a fuse blows
repeatedly.
6. Shake loose particles out of the screen assembly.
NOTE:
4. Remove the screw and save it for step 9.
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,
replace the assembly with Part No. 807-67.
On the Vanguard, Vanguard2, Bigfoot and
Response one of the center fuses in the fuse
block is a spare and can be used for accessory equipment.
9. Return the screen assembly to the outlet tube and refasten
it with the screw from Step 4.
7.2 DRIVE SYSTEM & TIRES
7.1.4 SPARK PLUGS
WARNING
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.
Do not attempt to adjust, repair or replace the drive
belt, clutches or any moving part while the engine is
running. Before servicing the vehicle, disconnect the
battery to prevent accidentally starting the engine.
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 (only for Argo’s equipped
with one)
7.2.1 DRIVE BELT
CAUTION
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
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Figure 7-2. Location of drive clutches and drive belt
Figure 7-3. Removing the drive belt
Check the drive belt after every 25 hours of operation, or
whenever there is a noticeable reduction in clutch performance. Replace the belt when:
To install the Drive Belt:
CAUTION
• the top width of the belt has worn to 1-5/16" (33mm)
• cracks , fraying or shredding is apparent
• it becomes contaminated with oil or some other fluid
If this procedure is not carried out as described, the
edge of the fixed face may cut or damage the drive
belt.
Refer to the ARGO Parts Manual for correct drive belt part
number.
1. Position the belt around the driver clutch first.
To Remove the Drive Belt
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.
1. Make sure ignition is turned off.
2. Remove the engine access hood.
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.
3. Remove the firewall.
4. Place the transmission in N (neutral).
7.2.2 CLUTCH MAINTENANCE
5. Ease the belt over the fixed half pulley of the driven clutch
starting from the bottom of the clutch, while turning the
clutch counterclockwise until the belt is off. (Figure 7-3).
Disassembly and repair of the driver and driven clutch requires special tools. Return the vehicle to an ARGO dealer
if the clutch units need servicing. The following indicates
that clutch service is required:
6. Remove the belt from the driver clutch.
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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.
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4. Roll the vehicle until the connecting link on one of the
chains is visible.
5. Remove the spring clip from the connecting link as shown
in Figure 7-7. Remove the outside plate and tap out the
connecting link. The inside plates will be released when
the connecting link is removed (Figure 7-8).
6. Remove the chain from the vehicle.
7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 until all drive chains are removed.
Figure 7-4. Location of the sliders
Clutch Inspection
Inspect the nylon sliders every 50 hours. The nylon sliders
are mounted in the driven clutch moveable pulley. (Figure 74). When the clutch shifts, the cam moves on the nylon sliders.
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.
Figure 7-6. Securing tensioner cam
To install the Drive Chains:
7.2.3 DRIVE CHAINS
1. Position the drive chain over the slider block and around
the drive sprockets.
Roller chain “stretch” results from wear to the chain pins
and bushings because of the loss of lubricant.
2. Pull the ends of the chain together and insert the connecting link as shown in Figure 7-8 and 7-9. When connecting the RC50-2 chain, insert the inside plates before
tapping the connecting link into position.
To prevent sprocket damage and unnecessary breakdowns,
replace the chains when:
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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.
NOTE
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.
To remove the Drive Chains:
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 ViceGrip 10CR as illustrated in Figure 7-6.
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.
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5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until all chains are replaced.
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Figure 7-7. Removal of the spring clip
Figure 7-10. Wear groove on the slider block
The chain tensioning system 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 THE
CAM ASSEMBLY IS PROGRESSING PROPERLY.
CHECK FOR PROPER CHAIN TENSIONER OPERATION
AFTER THE FIRST TWO HOURS OF USE AND THEN
EVERY 10 HOURS OF VEHICLE OPERATION, WHEN
THE DRIVE CHAINS ARE BEING LUBRICATED. Each
step of the cam takes up about 2.5 inches of chain slack (see
Fig. 7-11).
2.5”
measure at midpoint
between sprockets
Figure 7-8. Chain connection link components
7.2.4 DRIVE CHAIN TAKE-UP SYSTEM
Figure 7-11. Chain slack required before the tensioner will
progress to the next step.
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 2.5 inches. If it
does, then reach under the slider block assembly and pull up.
CAUTION
Check for proper chain tensioner operation every 10
hours of vehicle operation.
Figure 7-9. Installing the connecting link
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Each chain tensioner has a single nylon slider block. Inspect
the nylon slider blocks for wear after the first 100 hours and
every 50 hours thereafter. Replace the blocks (ARGO Part
No. 603-61) when the wear groove, as shown in Figure 7-10,
measures 1/4" (6mm).
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
bottom of the frame channels. Clamp it in this position
with a Vice-Grip 10CR or similar plier as illustrated in
Figure 7-6.
Figure 7-14 Hammering Slider Block into place
3. With pliers, pry the slider block off the cam assembly as
illustrated in Figure 7-13.
7.2.5 IDLER CHAIN
All ARGO vehicles 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.
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 7-14.
A loose or improperly adjusted idler chain can result in damage to the chain or sprockets. During the new vehicle breakin 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.
6. Remove the locking pliers securing the cam assembly in
its lowest position.
7. Pull up on the cam assembly to allow it to take up as
much chain slack as possible.
8. Replace the floor pans.
Figure 7-13 Prying the Slider Block
off the Cam Assembly
Figure 7-15. Measuring idler chain deflection
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To check the idler chain adjustment, push the slack side of
the chain and measure the amount of chain deflection (Figure 7-15). Adjust the idler chain tension if deflection is more
than 3mm (1/8").
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 7-17.
2. Remove the spring clip from the connecting link. Remove
the outside plate and tap out the connecting link. As the
connecting link is removed, the inside plates will be released (refer to Figure 7-7).
Idler Chain Adjustment
1. Remove the firewall from the vehicle as detailed in Section 7.3.1 for the Vanguard and Section 7.4.4 for the Vanguard2, Bigfoot, Response and Conquest.
3. Remove the idler chain from the vehicle.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to remove the other idler chain.
2. Loosen the 2 left side clamping nuts and 1 front pivot
shaft nut with a 15/16" sprocket wrench (figure 7-16).
Loosen the 3/8" hex nut (117-15) securing the adjustment support (602-27), just above the transmission, to
the hood frame assembly. (Refer to Section 6.0 of the
Parts Manual.)
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 7-15).
4. Tighten the 2 left side clamping nuts and 1 pivot shaft
nut securely. Tighten the adjustable support fasteners with
the rubber bumper (126-88) pressed down firmly onto the
top of the transmission.
Figure 7-17. Position of idler chain link for removal
To Install the Idler Chains:
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.
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 can be ordered from your ARGO dealer
(ARGO Part No. 658-08) or refer to Appendix 1 for modification information.
Figure 7-16. Location of power pack clamping nuts
and adjusting bolts
Idler Chain Replacement
Replacement of the idler chains is required if the adjustment
bolt is fully extended and idler chain deflection still exceeds
3 mm (1/8").
3. Replace the outside plate and spring clip as shown in Figure 7-7.
To Remove the Idler Chains:
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to replace the other idler chain.
Loosen the power pack clamping nuts and adjusting bolts as
shown in Figure 7-16 and proceed as follows:
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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 Runamuk 22x10.00-8, Rawhide III 22x11.008 and Rawhide III 25x12.00-9 is between 2.5 to 3.5 psi (17
to 24 kPa). Maximum operating pressure is 5 psi (34 kPa).
A special low pressure tire gauge (ARGO Part No. 619-10)
is available from your ARGO dealer.
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.
Apply a radial tire patch on the inside of the tire over the
puncture or hole.
Figure 7-18. Bearing Flange and Cork Gasket
Remount the tire on the rim using ONLY WATER as a bead
lubricant. 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), 5 psi (34 kPa) maximum operating pressure. A special, low pressure tire gauge
(ARGO Part No. 619-10) is available from your ARGO dealer.
Replace badly worn or damaged tires with original equipment Goodyear 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.
Figure 7-19 Re-tightening bolts.
ARGO track systems are designed for use ONLY with original equipment Goodyear Runamuk tires.
7.3 MECHANICAL BRAKES - 6x6 VANGUARD
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 7-18). 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 7-19.
Periodic inspection and adjustment of the mechanical brake
system is required to maintain optimum vehicle performance.
Inspect the brake pads after every 25 hours of use. Badly
worn pads can lead to brake disc damage. To inspect the
pads, first remove the firewall:
To remove the firewall:
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1. Remove the front floor pan.
2. Remove the left and right brake adjustment nuts with a
1/2" deep socket and ratchet (refer to Section 1.6).
3. Pull both steering levers back, away from the dash and
against the seat.
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4. Remove the gearshift knob.
5. Remove the 2 firewall retaining bolts with a 3/8" wrench
(refer to Section 1.6)
6. Pull the bottom of the firewall back and lift it out of the
vehicle.
2. Use another 1/2" open wrench to tighten the outer lock
nut to the inner one.
3. Tighten the adjustment lock nut with a 1/2" wrench so it
is snug but the bolt can still be turned freely with fingers.
4. Adjust the other brake caliper assembly by repeating steps
1 to 3.
Mechanical brake inspection procedure
With the firewall removed, inspect both brake caliper assemblies.
Figure 7-21. Tightening the lock nut
7.3.3 BRAKE PAD REPLACEMENT
During the inspection of all 4 brake pads, if they are:
• worn to 3 mm (1/8") thickness as shown in Figure 7-22;
• glazed and brake efficiency is affected; or
• contaminated with lubricant and brake performance is
affected;
• they are no longer serviceable and must be replaced.
Figure 7-20. Mechanical brake assemblies
7.3.2 BRAKE CALIPER ADJUSTMENT
Adjust the calipers when:
• the brake adjustment nuts are tightened all the way but
•
the steering lever travel still exceeds 7" or
the total clearance between the brake pads and the brake
disc exceeds .010".
To adjust the brake calipers:
Figure 7-22. Measuring the distance between the brake disc and
brake pad.
1. Tighten the lock nut with a 1/2" open end wrench, no
wider than the thickness of the lock nut (Figure 7-21).
As the lock nut is tightened, measure the clearance between the brake disc and pad as shown in Figure 7-22,
using a .010" feeler gauge. .010" is the correct clearance
between the left brake pad and the brake disc when the
right pad is pressed against the disc.
To replace the brake pads:
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Use an electric drill and 1/4" drill bit to remove the heads of
the rivets holding the old pads to the calipers. Clear the
remainder of the rivets from the calipers and install each
100-56 brake pad set (2 pads) using 8 of 120-09 rivets and a
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pop riveting tool to fasten the pad in place. An ARGO dealer
will replace brake pads for you.
WARNING
The use of an improperly adjusted holding brake is a
serious safety hazard, and could lead to vehicle damage or personal injury.
1. Pull the left steering lever back.
2. While holding the lever, lift the spring loaded brake lever
until it contacts the pin in the steering lever.
3. Release the steering lever, allowing the holding brake lever to lock the left brake on.
4. If the steering lever grip is approximately 18 cm (7") from
the dash, the holding brake system is correctly adjusted.
Figure 7-23. Brake pad wear, mechanical brakes
5. If the distance from the dash is greater, refer to Section
7.3.4 STEERING LEVER ADJUSTMENT to properly
set the left lever.
To reinstall the firewall:
1. Place the firewall in the vehicle and secure it with the 2
retaining bolts.
2. Replace the gearshift knob.
3. Rest the steering levers against the dash. Insert the brake
adjusting rods into the brake rod clamps. Replace the brake
adjusting nuts.
4. Proceed with steering lever adjustment as follows:
7.4 HYDRAULIC BRAKES - VANGUARD2,
BIGFOOT, RESPONSE and CONQUEST
7.4.1 GENERAL
Although the hydraulic brake system is self adjusting, the
following require periodic attention:
7.3.4 STEERING LEVER ADJUSTMENT
7.4.2 BRAKE FLUID LEVEL
Adjust the steering levers when:
• steering levers travel more than 18 cm (7") from the dash
to apply the brakes;
• the levers are not parallel when the brakes are applied; or
• the brake adjustment nuts have been removed during the
removal of the firewall.
After every 50 hours of operation, check the brake fluid level
through the side mounted view window in each master cylinder (Figure 7-24). The fluid level must be above the top of
the view window.
If the brake fluid is below this level:
To adjust the steering levers, tighten both brake adjustment
nuts (refer to Figure 7-20) clockwise using a 1/2" deep socket
and ratchet until the levers are both 18 cm (7") from the
dash. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN.
1. Thoroughly clean the master cylinder cover and surrounding area.
2. Remove the two screws, lift off the cover and the gasket.
7.3.5 HOLDING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT
3. Add only fresh clean SILICONE - DOT 5 BRAKE FLUID
(ARGO Part No. 126-19) to the correct level.
Although the holding brake system has been factory adjusted,
it should be checked after every 25 operating hours to ensure
the correct adjustment.
4. Replace the cover on each master cylinder, making sure
the rubber gaskets are properly seated before tightening
the cover screws.
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To remove the firewall:
1. Turn the firewall release catch (located at the bottom of
the firewall) counter-clockwise 1/4 turn.
2. Using the finger holes, pull the bottom of the firewall
back until the top of the firewall is clear of the vehicle
dash.
3. Lift the firewall clear of the driving compartment.
Brake Pad Inspection Procedure
With the firewall removed, both hydraulic brake calipers are
visible. Each caliper has 2 brake pads which are secured by
cotter pins (Figure 7-27). Inspect all 4 brake pads. Replace
the pads when:
• the brake lining material molded to each metal backing
Figure 7-24. Hydraulic brake cylinder and fluid level
•
•
CAUTION
plate is worn to 0.10" thickness. (Figure 7-26)
the pads are glazed and brake performance is affected.
the pads are contaminated with lubricant, and brake performance is affected.
To replace the brake pads:
Do not overfill the brake master cylinders. Fluid level
must be at the top of the view window. Overfilling can
cause seal damage.
Use only SILICONE - DOT5 BRAKE FLUID. Other
brake fluid may not be compatible with ARGO brake
components and operating temperatures. Use of other
fluids will void the warranty.
Remove both cotter pins from each brake caliper. Remove
each brake caliper from the transmission using a 5/16" hex
driver to remove the two 103-41 SHCS mounting bolts accessible through the brake disc holes as shown in Figure 725. Without disturbing the connection of the hydraulic hose
assembly, swing the caliper away from the brake disc to allow the removal of the brake pads as shown in Figure 7-27.
Install the brake pads into the caliper assembly. Remount
the caliper to the transmission, using #242 Loctite or equivalent removable compound on the threads of the 103-41 SHCS
mounting bolts and tighten securely. Insert two new cotter
pins and bend the ends over to secure the pads in position.
7.4.3 CHANGING BRAKE FLUID
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 preform these operations for you.
Pump the steering levers a few times to build up proper pressure and to locate the pads in the caliper assembly. Check
the steering lever travel and adjust if required.
7.4.4 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.
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To replace the firewall:
1. Position the firewall in the driving compartment.
2. Insert the top of the firewall under the vehicle dash into
the cavity of the dash brace.
3. Slide the bottom of the firewall forward. Make sure that
the side bracket supports mounted on the dashboard stay
behind the firewall.
4. Line up the firewall release catch with the mounting clasp
on the frame and turn clockwise 1/4 turn to lock.
WARNING
Do NOT operate the ARGO with the firewall removed.
7.4.5 HOLDING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT
The holding 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 holding brake must be inspected.
Figure 7-25. Hydraulic brake assemblies
WARNING
The use of an improperly adjusted holding brake is a
serious hazard, and could lead to vehicle damage or
personal injury.
1. Pull each steering lever back until you feel resistance.
2. While holding the levers back, push each holding brake
handle down until it rests against the brake lever stop.
3. Check the distance between the holding brake stop on
each steering lever and the holding brake adjusting screw.
4. If the distance is approximately 1/16" (1.6mm) the holding brake system is correctly adjusted.
5. If not, turn the holding brake adjuster screw in the direction required for correct distance.
Figure 7-26. Brake pad wear, hydraulic brakes
CAUTION
If the holding brake system is too tight, excessive pressure in the brake system will damage the seals.
Figure 7-27. Removing the brake pads from the brake caliper
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7.4.6 BRAKE COOLING SYSTEM
Eight wheel 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.
7.4.7 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.
WARNING
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, and 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 traveling
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.
NOTE
An annual complete check over of your ARGO vehicle
is recommended once a year. 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
BEFORE
EACH
USE
CHECK COOLANT LEVEL (CONQUEST)
CHECK FAN BELT TENSION (CONQUEST)
CHECK FUEL LEVEL
CHECK TIRE INFLATION
CHECK TWIST GRIP THROTTLE OPER.
CHECK STEERING LEVER TRAVEL
CHECK ENGINE INTAKE/EXH. FOR OBSTR.
CHECK THAT DRAIN PLUGS ARE IN PLACE
CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL
CHANGE ENGINE OIL & OIL FILTER
- KAWASAKI
- BRIGGS & STRATTON
CHECK TRANSMISSION OIL LEVEL
CHANGE TRANSMISSION OIL
CLEAN AIR PRE-CLEANER
CHECK CLEAN/REPLACE AIR FILTER
REPLACE FUEL FILTER
LUBRICATE DRIVEN CLUTCH
SERVICE DRIVER & DRIVEN CLUTCH
LUBRICATE DRIVE CHAINS
REMOVE, CLEAN & LUBE. DRIVE CHAINS
LUBRICATE IDLER CHAINS
REMOVE, CLEAN & LUBE. IDLER CHAINS
LUBRICATE AXLE FLANGE - OUTER CAVITY
LUBRICATE AXLE FLANGE - INNER CAVITY
LUBRICATE INNER AXLE BEARINGS
LUBRICATE IDLER BEARINGS
LUBRICATE STEERING LEVERS
CHECK BATTERY FLUID LEVEL & CAPS
CLEAN BATTERY TERMINALS & CONNEC.
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
SERVICE THE CLUTCH UNITS
INSPECT BRAKE PADS
ADJUST HOLDING BRAKE
CHECK HYD. BRAKE FLUID LEVEL/COND.
CHECK FUEL TANK CONNECTIONS/LINES
INSPECT WIRING HARNESS
TIGHTEN BEARING EXT. BOLTS
CLEAN OUT SPARK ARRESTER
AFTER INITIAL
EVERY
SECTION
2 Hrs. 8 Hrs. 20 Hrs. 10 Hrs. 25 Hrs. 50 Hrs. 100 Hrs. 250 Hrs.
REF.
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
2.2
7.2.6
2.2
2.2
2.2
5.6
6.1.1
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
6.1.3
6.1.3
6.2.1
6.2.2
6.3.1
6.3.1
6.3.2
6.4.2
6.4.2
6.4.3
6.4.3
6.4.4
6.4.4
6.4.5
6.4.5
6.4.7
6.4.6
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
7.1.2
7.1.2
7.1.2
7.1.4
7.2.1
7.2.2
7.2.4
7.2.5
6.4.2
7.3.1
7.3.5
7.4.2
7.2.8
7.1.5
The intervals shown on the schedule are based on average operating conditions. Vehicles which are subject to more
severe use, wet or dusty conditions, will require more frequent servicing. Use only Argo replacement parts to ensure safe
operation of the vehicle 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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SECTION 8
TROUBLE SHOOTING
MALFUNCTION
(SYMPTOM)
PROBABLE CAUSE
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Electric starter inoperative
1. Loose electrical connections
1. Clean and re-tighten electrical
connections
2. Recharge battery or replace as
necessary
3. Return the vehicle to an Argo
dealer for servicing
2. Battery charge low or dead
3. Faulty starter motor
Engine turns over but will not
start
1. Engine is cold and choke is not pulled
out
2. Fuel tank is empty
3. Blocked fuel or air filter
4. Carburetor adjustment too lean
5. Spark plugs defective or fouled
6. Ignition system inoperative
7. Insufficient compression
8. Improperly operating electric fuel
pump or fuel shut off solenoid.
KAWASAKI ENGINE ONLY.
Engine will not run
Vehicle will not move or turn
1. Refer to engine manual
1. Transmission in neutral or not
properly engaged in gear
2. Drive belt worn (see Section 7.2.1)
3. Clutch not engaging
4. Transmission failure
5. Brakes not functioning
6. Idler chain broken
7. Idler sprocket weld broken
Vehicle pulls to right
1. Right tire pressure too low
2. Left tire pressure too high
3. Right brake engaged
4. Right side drive chain broken
Vehicle pulls to left
1. Pull out the choke and try to start
again
2. Refill tank
3. Remove obstruction or replace
filter as necessary
4. Adjust as detailed in the engine
manufacturer’s manual
5. Clean and re-gap or replace
6. Have unit serviced by a properly
trained and equipped mechanic
7. Take the vehicle to a factory
authorized engine repair outlet
8. Check that electric fuel pump is
operating. Make sure fuel shut off
solenoid is activated to allow fuel
into carburetor.
1. See “Vehicle pulls to right” substitute right with left
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1. Place gear shift properly in gear
2. Replace belt if worn excessively
3. Return the vehicle to an Argo
dealer for servicing
4. Same as 3. above
5. Adjust caliper or replace brake
pads
6. Repair or replace
7. Have vehicle serviced by an Argo
dealer
1. Inflate all tires to the correct
pressure
2. Same as above
3. Make sure the steering lever is held
forward against the dash. Adjust
brake assembly if required.
4. Repair or replace
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TROUBLE SHOOTING
MALFUNCTION
(SYMPTOM)
PROBABLE CAUSE
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Severe vibration when vehicle
is operated
1. Engine loose on mounts
1. Take vehicle to an Argo dealer for
service.
2. Same as above.
2. Driver or driven clutch or engine
defective
3. Axle bent
4. Wheel rim bent
5. Worn or damaged drive belt
Water leaks into lower body
Tire leaks air
1. Leak has developed at the axle bearing
flange
2. Bearing flange seal has been damaged
3. Water is leaking in around the outer
bearing flange bolts
4. Lower body is cut or punctured
5. Drain plugs not in place
1. Tire is punctured
2. Tire is not properly seated on bead
3. Position of air leak is not obvious
4. Defective valve
Hydraulic brakes are spongy,
or there is excessive steering
lever travel
1. Air in hydraulic system
2. Leak in system
3. Loose brakes
Brakes ineffective
1. Pads have overheated and glazed
2. Pads worn beyond 0.10"
3. Pads are contaminated with lubricant
There is a loud bang when the
vehicle is turned right or left
1. Idler chains worn/loose
2. Drive chains worn/loose
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3. Remove and straighten or replace.
4. Replace.
5. Replace. Clutch service may be
required.
1. Replace the bearing flange gaskets.
2. Replace the bearing flange seal.
3. Caulk under 103-81 bolt heads with
silicone sealer.
4. Repair or replace vehicle lower body
5. Secure drain plugs.
1. Remove tire from rim and repair the
hole with a radial tire patch or
install a tube in the tire.
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. Submerge tire and rim in a water
tank. Air may be escaping through
the rim halves or the valve stem.
Repair as required.
4. Replace defective valve.
1. Have an Argo dealer bleed the brake
system and add fluid.
2. Have an Argo dealer check all
fittings, hoses, calipers and seals for
loose connections or leakage. Refill
as needed.
3. Adjust or tighten.
1. Have the pads cleaned by an Argo
dealer or replace.
2. Replace.
3. Have the pads cleaned by an Argo
dealer or replace pads.
1. Adjust/replace idler chains as
required
2. Adjust/replace drive chains as
required
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.
WARNING
9.2 STORING THE VEHICLE
When the vehicle is stored for an extended period, the following preparation is required:
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.
Clean the Vehicle
Recharge the battery monthly.
Remove all dirt and water from the vehicle body as directed
above.
Protect the Electrical System
Remove the drain plugs if the vehicle is not fully sheltered
from the elements.
Spray the wiring harnesses and all the electrical connections
with a silicone based lubricant (WD40 or equivalent) to prevent corrosion.
CAUTION
Carefully inspect the wiring for loose connections, bare wires
or corrosion. Repair as necessary.
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).
Raise the Vehicle
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).
NOTE
Bearing corrosion due to inadequate preparation for
storage is the leading cause of premature bearing failure.
Drain the Fuel System
Figure 9-1 Correct placement of blocks
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.
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. 125-85) 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
ACCESSORY INFORMATION
10.1 GENERAL
CAUTION
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.
10.2 CARGO TIE DOWNS (Part No. 614-06)
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:
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.
• If the track-equipped vehicle is stored in a warm area,
CAUTION
•
Never attempt to raise the vehicle by using the tie down
rings as lifting points.
•
WARNING
Never exceed gross vehicle weight. Never exceed the
maximum rear compartment weight for 6-wheelers (65
kg/140 lbs.).
always allow the tires and tracks to reach the outdoor
temperature and re-check tire inflation before use.
Do not over-inflate tires (3 p.s.i. max.). Damage to the
lower body could result from the track segments rubbing
against the lower body.
Pay special attention to the tracks during the first few
hours of use. If the tracks become loose or slack, start
touching the lower body or the tires begin to slip inside
the tracks, DO NOT INCREASE TIRE PRESSURE
OVER 3.0 psi. REMOVE THE STEEL HALF SEGMENT FROM EACH TRACK.
CAUTION
10.3 ARGO TRACK SYSTEMS (Standard Track - Part
Nos. 615-25 & 815-25, Super Track - Part Nos. 625-00,
625-35 & 825-00)
Over-inflating the tires will cause excessive and premature wear of the tires and the Argo track system.
Over-inflation may also cause axle and/or bearing damage. Under-inflation of the tires may allow them to
slip in the tracks or may lead to the unseating of the
tire bead from the wheel rim. The tires may climb out
of the track system during a turn or on side slope operation. Check that all tires are correctly inflated. Avoid
sharp, high speed turns when the Argo is heavily loaded.
There are two different types of track systems available for
use with the Argo, the standard track system and Super Track.
Standards 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 are wider than standard tracks.
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 rather than sinking into soft terrain.
10.3.1 Operating Precautions
An Argo equipped with tracks has a reduced carrying capacity in water. Tracked 6 wheel models have a 120 kg/264 lbs.
capacity. Tracked 8 wheel models have a 270 kg/589 lbs.
capacity. Refer to Section 5.6 of this manual for additional
information on safe operation in water.
The segmented track design allows the replacement of only
those segments that may have become damaged or worn with
use.
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ACCESSORY INFORMATION
10.4 ICE CLEAT KIT (Part Nos. 625-20 & 825-20)
CAUTION
ARGO ice cleats are stamped steel cleats that bolt to the outer
edges of the Super Track segments to grip on hard pack snow
and ice to improve traction and stopping.
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.
WARNING
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.
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.
WARNING
CAUTION
EXTREME CAUTION must be observed when using
the track systems on icy surfaces. Steering and braking
effectiveness will be reduced. Reduce speed.
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.
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.
10.5 OUTBOARD MOTOR BRACKET
(Part No. 617-00)
The outboard motor bracket accepts gasoline or electric outboard motors of up to 9.9 horsepower. Long shaft models
are recommended to avoid cavitation during operation. When
selecting an outboard specifically for the Argo, consider a
light-weight 4 to 5 h.p. model for ease of handling, installation and adequate propulsion. When traveling on land it is
recommended that the outboard motor be transported safely
in the rear compartment of the Argo.
10.3.2 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.
CAUTION
Deformation of the body components adjacent to the
outboard motor bracket may occur when outboard motors are left installed in hot temperatures. Caution
should be observed when turning an outboard motor
equipped Argo on land. Since the rear of an Argo swings
sideways during a turn, the motor could strike a person or object causing injury or damage.
10.3.3 Super Tracks
Super Tracks provide the maximum “flotation” available for
the Argo. They are very effective in deep snow, swamp and
muskeg.
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. In an
extreme case, the tire guide may be bent in when run over by
a tire and puncture the side wall of another tire, destroying
it. SUPER TRACKS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR
TRAVEL OVER LOGS, STUMPS OR ROCKS.
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10.6 OUTBOARD MOTOR SUPPORT
(Part No. 618-00)
CAUTION
The 618-00 outboard motor support mounts in place of the
trailer coupler ball to provide support for the tail shaft of any
gasoline outboard motor. The 616-16 receiver style trailer
hitch is required to accept the 618-00 bracket. If an Argo
amphibious trailer must be towed in water, use 618-10 side
mount outboard motor bracket instead of 617-00/618-00 combination.
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.
10.9 POWER WINCH (Part No. 622-40 & 622-70 )
10.7 OUTBOARD MOTOR BRACKET - SIDE
MOUNT (Part No. 618-10 )
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 winch’s 12 volt electric motor.
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.
The electrical components and the wiring design of the winch
kits prevent 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.
WARNING
Use caution when turning in confined spaces or close
to bystanders. Personal injury or damage may result.
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.
CAUTION
10.9.1 Rules For Safe Operation
1. The X2 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 (Superwinch Part No. 1503)
to double line the wire rope. (Figure 10-2) This reduces
the load on the winch and the strain on the wire rope by
approximately 50%.
Figure 10.1 Warning Label 618-21
10.8 ARGO STORAGE COVERS (Part Nos. 621-10;
621-20; 821-10 & 821-20 )
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.
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Figure 10-2 Double Line
2. Periodically check the winch installation to assure that
all bolts are tight.
Figure 10.4 Incorrect and correct hook-up
9.
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.
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 10.5). If a wire rope failure should occur, the
cloth will act as a damper and help prevent the rope
from whipping.
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.
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,
Superwinch Part No. 1513.
Figure 10-5 Using a cloth damper
10. Your winch is not designed or intended for overhead
hoisting operations. Never use your winch for lifting or
moving people.
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.
11. Avoid continuous pulls from extreme angles as this will
cause the wire rope to pile up at one end of the drum
(Figure 10-6). This can jam the wire rope in the winch
causing damage to the wire rope or the winch itself.
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 BAR (Figure 10.3) to guide the
hook within the last few feet. Never guide a wire rope
onto the drum with your hand.
Figure 10-6 Correct and incorrect positioning
for continuous pulls.
Figure 10.3 Using the Handsaver Bar
12. Always operate the winch with an unobstructed view of
the winching operation.
8. NEVER HOOK THE WIRE ROPE BACK ONTO ITSELF. Use a nylon sling. Hooking the wire rope onto
itself can damage the rope (Figure 10.4).
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.
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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.
(1)
This is the start of a kink. At this time, the wire rope
should be straightened.
(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.
(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.
16. Do not use the winch to hold the Argo in place during
transportation. Use tie-down straps.
17. Maintain at least five turns of wire rope around wire
rope drum to prevent the wire rope from pulling off under load.
18. Never run winch without circuit breakers in place. Dangerous overloads to mechanical and electrical components can result.
10.9.2 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Winch
1.
2.
3.
Keep a tightly and evenly wound wire rope drum. Do
not allow the wire rope to become loosely wound. A
loosely-wound 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.
10.10 REAR MUD FLAP KIT
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.
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.
10.11 TRAILER HITCH KIT (Part No. 626-10)
The trailer hitch kit is optional for the Vanguard models and
is standard on all other models. It mounts at the rear of the
Argo and includes 1 7/8" dia. coupler ball. Maximum tongue
weight is 100 lbs./45 kgs. Maximum pull weight is 800 lbs./
364 kgs.
Use a pulley block for heavy loads. To maximize winch
and wire rope life, use a pulley block (Superwinch Part
No. 1503) to double line heavier loads.
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.
5.
Prevent kinks before they occur.
(Part No. 625-10)
10.12 BILGE PUMP KIT (Part No. 638-25)
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.
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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.
CAUTION
The pump is not designed to run dry. Use only when
water has collected in the lower body.
CAUTION
10.13 HANDRAIL KITS (Part Nos. 639-20 & 839-20)
Handrails mount to the top of the upper body around the rear
compartment, providing a convenient passenger hand hold
or cargo tie down point.
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.
CAUTION
Do not attempt to lift the vehicle by using the handrails.
The following decal should be attached to the inside of the
windshield:
10.14 TOW HOOK KIT (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.
CAUTION
The tow hook is not intended to secure an Argo to a
trailer or truck bed. Body deformation could result
from a downward pull.
10.15 WINDSHIELD (Part No. 648-75)
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.
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.
10.16 CONVERTIBLE TOP (Part No. 649-33, 649-50 &
849-50)
CAUTION
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.
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.
CAUTION
Never fold the clear plastic windows; always roll them
up to store them in place on the top assembly or remove them.
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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.
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.
10.17.1 Alternator Kit for Conquest (Part No. 850-40)
CAUTION
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.
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 body
or remove it from the vehicle for high speed transportation.
10.18 SNOW PLOW KIT (Part No. 657-00)
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.
WARNING
Hearing protection is strongly advised when operating
the vehicle equipped with any convertible top assembly.
WARNING
The following decal should be attached to the inside of the
windshield:
DO NOT STAND BETWEEN THE PLOW BLADE AND
THE FRONT OF THE ARGO. Injury could result if
the blade is raised.
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.
10.19 AMPHIBIOUS TRAILER (Part No. 695-75)
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 kgs at a recommended tire pressure of 4 psi.
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.
10.17 ALTERNATOR KITS (Part No. 650-60 & 850-60
for the Vanguard, Vanguard2, Bigfoot & Response/Part
No. 850-40 for the Conquest)
10.19.1 Operating Precautions
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 externally mounted, belt driven, 40 amp alternator is
recommended when electrical accessories such as a winch
are added to the vehicle.
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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.
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.
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.
WARNING
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.
Seat belts must be properly adjusted and worn by all
occupants at all times EXCEPT when operating in water. 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 traveling 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 lbs.)
Use caution when traveling 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.
When the heater is not required, the heater valve should be
closed, diverting all of the coolant through the engine radiator.
CAUTION
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.
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.
WARNING
Keep fingers clear of tongue swiveling components.
10.20 HEATER KIT - Conquest (Part No. 848-10)
10.22 REAR BENCH SEAT (Part No. 849-60)
The 850-40 Alternator is essential to provide the electrical
power to operate the heater fan and maintain the battery
charge rate.
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.
10.21 ROLL OVER PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES
(Part Nos. 848-40-2, 848-40-4 & 648-40)
Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) are designed for use
on all Argo models. Part No. 848-40-2 provides roll over
protection and lap belts for the driver and front seat passenger of all Argo 8 x 8 models. Part No. 848-40-4 provides roll
over protection and lap belts for driver, front seat passenger
and two passengers in the optional rear bench seat (Part No.
849-60). Part No. 648-40 provides roll over protection and
lap belts for driver and front seat passenger of all Argo 6 x 6
models.
CAUTION
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.
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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.
10.23 DUMP BOX KIT (Part Nos. 835-00 & 835-01)
The dump box kit can be installed on any Argo 8 x 8. It
improves the load carrying versatility of the Argo.
WARNING
Keep hands and arms clear when lowering box.
No riders in box; riders can fall off and be killed
Installation of dump box reduces vehicle capacity;
On land: 408kg (900lbs)
On water: 227kg (500lbs)
(Capacity includes: occupants, cargo and fuel)
Tie loads down. Spread loads evenly.
Operators should use caution when turning in confined
spaces and close to bystanders. The dump box decreases
the rear clearance of the Argo.
Never operate dump while moving.
Operate dump on level ground only.
The dump box decreases the vehicle stability. Operate
the vehicle with extra precautions when on uneven terrain and in water.
Failure to comply with the above could result in personal injury or death.
Note: Frequent use of the powered dump box will result in battery drain. The installation of an alternator
kit is strongly suggested.
10.23.1 Dump Box Operating Guidelines
1.
2.
3.
For quick removal of the box disconnect the actuator or
springs then disconnect the rear hinge pins 104-32.
The rear side seats can still be used if you remove the
dump box and undercarriage.
A rear bench seat kit 849-60 can be used when the dump
box is removed. The undercarriage frame support plates
are in the same location as the rear bench seat frame
support plates. So the seat can quickly be attached without any additional mounting.
10.24 ROLL BAR KIT (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.
WARNING
When the Roll Bar Kit is installed, ALWAYS wear seat
belts when operating the vehicle on land. REMOVE
seat belts when entering water.
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APPENDIX 1
SPECIAL TOOLS
7R VICE GRIP MODIFICATION
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 New Vehicle Limited Warranty
The warranty period is limited to 12 months from the date of retail sale, with the following exceptions:
Engine - 24 months from the date of retail sale separately by the engine manufacturer’s service network
Exide Battery -12 months free replacement from the date of retail sale by the battery manufacturer’s service network,
25 months total warranty, pro-rated
Tires - 3 months from the date of retail sale
Ontario Drive & Gear Limited hereby warrants to the original retail purchaser that each new and unused ARGO 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 a Warranty Registration Form 670-11 and Pre-Service Checklist Form 670-11 have both
been properly completed and returned to Ontario Drive & Gear Limited within 10 days of the date of retail sale.
This warranty is not transferable unless an application of transfer has been approved by Ontario Drive & Gear Limited
and a new warranty card has been issued.
This warranty shall not apply to used or demonstrator ARGOs or to such units delivered to a distributor or dealer more
than 12 months before its retail sale, unless a warranty validation is obtained from Ontario Drive & Gear Limited by
written notice specifying the vehicle in question.
This warranty is void immediately upon the ARGO 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 or adjustments after initial pre-servicing is completed.
3. Normal replacement of service items.
4. Accessory items not supplied by Ontario Drive & Gear Limited.
5. Damages resulting from:
-
misuse, accident, theft or fire
use of improper or insufficient fuel, fluids or lubricants
use of parts other than genuine ARGO replacement parts
modifications, alteration, tampering or improper repair performed by parties other than an authorised
ARGO dealer or distributor
any device or accessories installed by parties other than an authorised ARGO 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, 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 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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has all pertinent information that may be required.
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P.O. Box 280, 220 Bergey Court
New Hamburg, Ontario
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