Squawk Box

April 2008 Issue

Wear and Tear

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Re-ports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts.

A mechanic writes, "Upon changing a tire on a Cleveland wheel assembly on this aircraft, it was discovered the wheel half holding the bearing race was cracking. It had cracked over 180 degrees around the opening, which eventually could have (led) to a serious accident." When technicians began to "flip" the tire to even out the wear, they found a loose bearing race. The wheel crack was then found, having progressed more than 180 degrees around the axle hole. Provided wheel p/ns are 199-64 and/or 40-40A.

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