>As it turns out, my FBO discovered that the left main gear has
>developed a very slight play or twisting action.
>
>This very slight twisting action or play to the left and right might
>be no more than a 1/32nd to 1/16th of an inch. The "joe-bolt" hole
>is slightly oblong causing a slight play.

There are OS Jo-Bolts that are exactly for the purpose you are experiencing.

There is also Beech Service Information about potting the gear leg to the
wing LG extension with some Devcon epoxy, to take up any slack in the
magnesium casting to the steel tube coming out of the wing. You may have
*2* problems. Some looseness in the fit of the casting, which has lead to
the Jo-Bolts enlarging the holes slightly. New Jo-Bolts without fixing the
root cause of the problem will only lead to the need for MORE new Jo-Bolts
next year.

Of course CFR 14, 43.13 says that they are not qualified to work on the
plane if they don't have the manufacturer's CURRENT maintenance
instructions (Maintenance Manual, Service Literature, etc.). So if they
aren't aware of HOW to deal with this problem, you are at the wrong shop to
start with, and the rest of the annual inspection is called into question
as well.

Bob Steward, A&P IA
Birmingham, AL


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