Wheel and Tire Maintenance

I decided to replace the tubes, re-pack the bearings and generally check out the landing gear. Even though the plane hasn’t flown, I was leery of the age of the tubes and decided to prophylactically change them just for peace of mind. I changed them to a set of Michelin Airstop tubes from Spruce and repacked the bearings with Aeroshell 22 grease.

Since the plane is on its gear and the engine is mounted, etc, I had to find a safe and sturdy way to lift it up for these activities. My company owns a pallet jack and I conceived of an “A Frame” support, which is mounted on a “pallet”. The pallet jack serves as the lifting mechanism and the “A Frame” support is mounted directly under the gear boxes. All pressure is upward and applied to the steel mount. Worked out beautifully and I plan to buy a pallet jack for the hangar.

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While I had everything off, I decided to drill some 3/4″ holes in the wheel pant bracket in order to expose the 7/16″ holes in the landing gear. Insert a shortened 7/16″ bolt in that hole and you have a sturdy way to jack the wheel off the floor with a scissors jack.

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