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Section 2: Important Safety Information
Never use this vehicle for racing. This vehicle is designed to achieve ground speeds up to 17mph. Any unauthorized modifications intended to increase the ground speed of this vehicle above 17mph may result in cancellation of the vehicle warranty and may be in direct violation of laws regulating current air quality standards.
Avoid sudden stops, starts and turns.
Use extreme caution when cresting hills or when visibility is limited. Proceed slowly until you are sure trail conditions immediately ahead are safe.
Keep front wheels straight when cresting hills or going over bumps.
Do not stop, start suddenly or over accelerate on hills. Loss of control and rollover could result.
Be aware of cargo shifting when stopping or moving. Make sure all cargo is properly secured and tied down. Injury could result from loose cargo.
Do not operate vehicle while drinking or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Use extreme caution when descending hills, running on loose slippery surfaces, or when towing at maximum capacity. Towing, braking and tractive capabilities are greatly diminished.
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Always make sure vehicle pathway is clear of all objects when backing up. Know location of persons around vehicle and especially location of small children. Take extra precautions when rear view is hindered by cargo.
Do not exceed total payload capacity of this vehicle. Over-loading can cause loss of control resulting in sever injury or death.
Always maintain proper tire inflation. See "Tire Maintenance" on page 23.
Do not pull a trailer or implement exceeding 2,500 lbs. towing capacity and 250 lbs. tongue weight. Loss of control may result.
Do not attach an implement, trailer or other device to the hitch that will produce negative tongue weight.
Do not tow or pull the Gondo behind another vehicle except to retrieve it a short distance from an area where a trailer won’t go. The Gondo should be loaded on a trailer for towing. Follow all towing instructions in this manual when towing the Gondo.
Avoid changing direction or making sharp steering corrections on slopes or rollover may occur.
If this vehicle begins to tip when crossing a slope, turn the front wheels downhill to regain stability and control.
When crossing a slope on soft terrain, turn the front wheels slightly uphill and maintain a constant speed to maintain a straight line of travel.
When descending hills or slopes apply steady pressure to the foot brake to avoid potential freewheeling or runaway. Do not shift vehicle out of gear. Take full advantage of engine breaking.
Never allow vehicle to coast or free wheel in neutral or loss of control may result.
If your vehicle loses power and stops on a hill, immediately engage the foot brake. Press down on the clutch and gently release brakes while backing slowly down the hill maintaining a straight downhill line of travel. Do not attempt to turn the vehicle sideways on the hill or a rollover could result.
Do not use the vehicle as an anchor device.
Beware, tow ropes, cables and chains can break when pulling another vehicle or object causing serious injury or death to anyone in line with the whipping action created when they break. Never jerk when pulling, always ease into a pull gently. Always stay clear of the tow line. Never be in line with the tow line.
Reduce speed and payload on hilly, rough, wet, slick or unstable ground.
Reduce speed when loaded with cargo. Heavy cargo load takes longer to stop.
Always make turns at a speed that will maintain control of vehicle. Never make turns at full speed. Reduce speed when turning empty and reduce speed even more when turning loaded. The heavier the cargo load, the slower the turn should be.
The certified ROPS (Roll Over Protection System) serves only as a protection device. Always avoid rollovers.
When traveling at night always use your headlights and reduce speed according to visibility, trail and terrain conditions.
Avoid water crossings when possible and never cross a body of water where depth is unknown. Loss of power will occur if engine becomes submerged or wet. Unnecessary crossing of streams and waterways erodes shore line and damages water-born habitat. If you must cross, do it at a point where banks are not steep and proceed at a slow and steady speed. Do not travel in water that is higher than the floor board. Water higher than this can damage the engine stalling the vehicle. However, intermittent stream crossings where depth of water briefly comes into contact with bottom of engine is acceptable. See "Going Out on the Trail" Note 7 on page 19.
Front bumper, brush guards and cargo box are not designed as pusher bars. Do not attempt to push other vehicles or implements or damage may result.
Do not load ROPS with heavy equipment. Rollover could result from such loading.
Always park on level ground, stop engine, set park brake and remove ignition key before leaving the vehicle. Chock tires if condition warrants.
When refueling use a UL approved non-metallic container that has no screen or filter. Set the container on the ground before fueling to eliminate static discharge and do not use Methanol fuel.
4400EX Heavy Duty Off Road Utility Vehicle 720-051M