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    Wheel Bolts

    The other day while changing tires on the mains, I stripped one of the 3
    bolts that hold the wheel halves together while tightening the nut..
    Had to take it to the local auto parts store and have them cut the nut
    off. Unfortunately, the bolt was destroyed. They had a replacement
    bolt that worked perfectly. My question is that I'm wondering if
    the bolts that hold the wheel halves together are special bolts,
    (material) or will this bolt from the auto parts store work just fine?

    This is on an A23-19.

    Gary
    N5982S
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    Wheel Bolts

    >The other day while changing tires on the mains, I stripped one of the 3
    >bolts that hold the wheel halves together while tightening the nut..

    >They had a replacement bolt that worked perfectly. My question is that
    >I'm wondering if the bolts that hold the wheel halves together are special
    >bolts,
    >(material) or will this bolt from the auto parts store work just fine?

    No, no, NO! Doesn't really matter if you have the Goodyear or the
    Cleveland wheels, either way, it is DANGEROUS, ILLEGAL, and UNAIRWORTHY.

    There is a difference in metallurgy between aircraft hardware and
    automotive or hardware store bolts and nuts. There are some high strength
    bolts available (Grade , but they are BRITTLE compared with aircraft
    bolts. We need strength, but also some ductility, so that a part will
    fail gradually rather than breaking without deforming first.

    Get the right bolt from Aircraft Spruce, Chief Aircraft, or any aviation
    supply house. Probably not over $1.50 each. While at it, why not replace
    all 3 of your 40 year old bolts with shiny new ones of the correct part number.

    There have been people maimed and even KILLED when an incorrectly assembled
    wheel half was pressurized. At an FAA safety seminar they had a picture of
    a wheel that had explosively failed because the wrong NUT was used on the
    bolts.

    The fine folks at Cleveland Wheel and Brake have provided their parts and
    maintenance manuals on the web, as well as offering them for the cost of
    postage if you'd just ask. They also hand them out for FREE at OSH and SNF
    on CD-ROM.

    http://www.parker.com/ag/wbd/cleveland/pdf/Wbcov.pdf (Parts)

    http://www.parker.com/ag/wbd/cleveland/pdf/maincov.pdf (Maintenance)

    Bob Steward, A&P IA
    Birmingham, AL



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