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    Tire Removal and Change

    Besides the manual, looking for any additional instructions (Internet
    or otherwise)for changing main gear tires.

    I lifted one gear yesterday using my Deville's jack. Cleared the
    lubrication point fine. Lifted to about .75" above ground on a steel
    and polymer type plate. Aircraft remained stable after a ten minute
    wait. Only a couple of small grunts during jacking.

    I will change the tires using this same set up. Hope to find some
    additional instructions.

    Jeff

    M571
    8786M


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    Tire Removal and Change

    >Besides the manual, looking for any additional instructions (Internet
    >or otherwise)for changing main gear tires.
    >
    >I lifted one gear yesterday using my Deville's jack. Cleared the
    >lubrication point fine. Lifted to about .75" above ground on a steel
    >and polymer type plate. Aircraft remained stable after a ten minute
    >wait. Only a couple of small grunts during jacking.
    >
    >I will change the tires using this same set up. Hope to find some
    >additional instructions.

    The FAR 43 Appendix A paragraph (c) listing of owner preventive maintenance
    items does indeed list changing tires as an allowable item. However like
    ALL maintenance work, the person performing it MUST have demonstrated their
    ability to do it correctly under supervision, before accomplishing it solo.

    You can obtain the Cleveland Parts and Maintenance manuals on the web, or
    by mail. The manufacturer's current instructions are REQUIRED to perform a
    job. See FAR 43.13, Performance Rules, to understand that.

    Aside from a jack, I'd recommend a safety stand that can be slipped over
    the axle once the tire is off. A suitable block of wood to be slipped
    under the axle would also suffice.

    For Cleveland wheels you need to remove the brake caliper bolts (2 bolts
    with 7/16" heads on the aft edge of the caliper) and take the outer brake
    pad off before removing the wheel. If still running the BF Goodrich wheel
    and brakes, then order the Cleveland conversion kit. <G>

    Because of the potential explosion hazard if one of the bolts holding the
    wheel together is damaged, you should deflate the tire after jacking,
    before removing the axle nut. You are going to deflate it anyway, so
    nothing lost here.

    Remove the cotter pin, loosen the axle nut and have safety stand or block
    of wood ready. Remove axle nut, slide wheel off axle, position safety stand.

    Having previously deflated tire, use a bead breaker to pop the tire loose
    from the rim on both sides. DO NOT PRY ON THE RIM. One SCRATCH on the
    highly stressed magnesium-aluminum alloy rim can cause failure. At ~$700
    each, respect the wheels like they were 30"-ers on your car. <G>

    With the bead loose on both sides, loosen the bolts holding the wheel
    halves together, and then remove them.

    Separate wheel halves, extract tube valve stem from wheel half, and remove
    tire and tube as a unit.

    If you KNOW that the tube was replaced last time, you might re-use it. If
    it is a "mystery tube", you probably want to install a new one. Consider
    those "Leak Stop" tubes that have very low loss.

    Remove valve core from new tube, insert tube into new tire and air it
    enough to fill the tire and expand the tube. Release air and install tire
    and tube to 1 rim half (the one with the valve stem hole), and then
    CAREFULLY set the other rim half in place, making sure that the tube is
    clear of the mating flange. Insert bolts (don't forget the brake disc),
    and snug bolts. Get torque wrench and sequentially torque the wheel
    bolts. These are HIGHLY STRESSED, and as critical as the bolts that hold
    the wings on. DO NOT cheat on this step. Properly torque the bolts!

    Install wheel and tire on axle, spin on the axle nut, inflate and release
    the air. Inflate to operating pressure and install valve cap. Set wheel
    bearing pre-load per the Cleveland manual, and install cotter
    pin. Re-install brake pad and caliper bolts, torque per Cleveland manual.

    Make log entry, test fly.

    Bob Steward, A&P IA
    Birmingham, AL


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