CHAPTER 2. CARE, MAINTENANCE, AND INSPECTION (Con't)
SECTION V. GENERAL SUPPORT MAINTENANCE (Con't)
2-44. TIRE INSPECTION CRITERIA.
This section applies to those categories of maintenance authorized to repair or retread pneumatic tires or to
determine the repairability/retreadability of tires.
b. RETREAD/REPAIR METHODS.
Refer to subparagraph d, Inspection Marking of Tires, for inspection marking codes to be used on Code F
tires. Remember, not all tires that come to Depot or General Support Maintenance are Code F.
c. TIPS FOR THE INSPECTOR.
(1) Remove foreign objects using long-nosed pliers (Item 43, Appendix B). The presence of
foreign objects is dangerous during buffing.
(2) Keep in mind that fabric fatigue is evident if discoloration or streaks are noted in the inside
(3) The inner liner inspection of tubeless tires is most important. Tubeless tires must have airtight
integrity. The smallest hole in the inner liner will cause failure of the tire. Locate every hole in the inner
liner by visual inspection and by probing each and every defect. Using the best lighting available for
visual inspection is essential.
(4) Probe each tire for ply separation. Moisture is the primary cause of ply separation. Sometimes
it appears as a blister or bulging at the shoulder. At other times it will be undetectable until the tire is
buffed. Since a tire is classified Code H if a separation is found, the inspector will save money if ply
separation is found prior to buffing.
(5) Recognize that there is no substitute for a thorough primary inspection. The inspector must:
(a) Have adequate tools. Recommended tools and equipment:
Awl, Saddler's Pad (Item 3, Appendix B)
Tire Crayon, Marking (Item 82, Appendix C)
Depth Gage Rule (Item 22, Appendix B)
Light, Extension (Item 40 , Appendix B)
Pliers (Item 44, Appendix B)
Tire Spreader (Item 48, Appendix B)
Tire Spreader (Item 49, Appendix B)
(b) Have adequate lighting for the inspection spreader.
(c) Use proper markings in the classification of repairs/retreading.
(d) Know the characteristics of the tire being inspected to properly determine the type
of repair/retreading required.