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Section 4: Operating Instructions

O p e r a t o r R e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s S e c t i o n 4 : O p e r a t i n g I n s t r u c t i o n s ! WARNING



It is the operator’s responsibility to have read this manual thoroughly and to know how to operate this vehicle safely in all situations. See "Section 2: Important Safety Information" starting on page 3.

Avoid injury or death from entanglement in the rotating components and pinch points. All shields must be in place and secure when operating. Keep all persons away from rotating components and pinch points.

Pre-Start Check List

  • Lubricate the vehicle as indicated in the Lubrication portion of "Section 7: Lubrication and Fluids" on page 31.

  • Check tire pressure as indicated in the "Tire Inflation Chart" on page 23.

  • Make sure wheel lug bolts/nuts are tightened to 65ft. lbs.

  • All nuts, bolts, screws and fasteners should be checked. Refer to the Torque Value Chart in "Section 12: Appendix" starting on page 45.

  • Turn on headlights to make sure battery has a charge and electrical lighting circuit is working.

  • Step on the foot brake and hold down to make sure it can be applied with plenty of pedal movement remaining and that the brakes hold without loosing pressure. Add brake fluid as indicated in "Brake Fluid" on page 34. Bleed brakes if required.

  • Check park brake to make sure it will engage, hold and release.

  • Check steering by executing a full lock to lock turn in each direction.

  • Check neutral start feature by depressing the clutch and starting the vehicle. (The vehicle should not start unless the clutch is depressed.)

  • Check engine oil level at the dipstick. Add oil as indicated in "Engine Oil" on page 31 if oil is at or below the add mark on the dipstick. Do not overfill or plug fouling will occur.

  • Check differential oil level at the differential oil plug. Add gear lub as indicated in "Differential Oil" on page 33 if oil is below oil plug outlet.

  • Check fuel level to make sure there is at least 1/8 of a tank of gas prior to performing initial starting operations.

  • Allow engine to warms up for 15 minutes or more to reach operating temperature before checking to make sure engine idle speed is set at 1100 +/- 100 rpm and that maximum engine static speed does not exceed 3800 rpm. Modifying or adjusting the carburetor to increase vehicle speed above factory set specification is a safety violation and could result in voiding the warranty.

General Operation

Starting the Engine Follow starting procedures displayed at the gearshift lever and as noted below.

  • 1.

    Set park brake.

  • 2.

    Place gearshift in neutral. Depress clutch pedal. Engine will not start with clutch pedal out.

  • 3.

    Apply choke fully when engine is cold.

  • 4.

    Turn ignition key fully clockwise and hold until engine starts.

  • 5.

    Release ignition key to run position and choke to normal operating position immediately after engine starts.

  • 6.

    Turn ignition key counterclockwise to stop engine.

Operating a Gondo is like operating a car with a standard transmission that has four or five speeds forward and one reverse. The keyed 12 volt electronic ignition with a neutral start and clutch depressed feature makes for safe and easy starting.

Braking is accomplished by simply depressing the automotive style brake pedal located on the floorboard. This activates both front and rear automotive type hydraulic drum brakes. Depress clutch and brake pedals when coming to a complete stop. A lever action parking brake is mounted on the floor board between operator and passenger seats. Push the lever forward to the horizontal position to engage the park brake and pull back to the vertical position to release.

Raise cargo box by pulling back and holding on the dump lever. Push forward on the lever and hold to lower the cargo box. Stop cargo box movement by releasing the lever.



Make sure area behind cargo box is clear of personnel before operating the dump lever. Bodily harm can result from being pinched between the cargo box and another object or from a load dumping and/or rolling onto a bystander.

Dashboard Switches and Instruments Refer to Figure 4-1A and Figure 4-1B on page 15


Light Switch: Turns on two sealed beam head lights when the switch key is on. Press top of light switch to turn on lights and bottom of switch to turn off lights.


Auxiliary Switch Slot: A 12 volt on/off accessory switch may be installed at this location to operate an auxiliary accessory such as a power winch.


4400EX Heavy Duty Off Road Utility Vehicle 720-051M


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