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Never tire of tire safety.

If your vehicle or trailer has an under-inflated tire with a split rim wheel, what's your next step, drivers?

That depends on just how under-inflated the tire is.

If the rim appears undamaged and the tire still has more than 80% of its TM recommended inflation pressure, you can inflate the tire while it's still on the vehicle. Just make sure you use the 10-ft tire inflation gauge, NSN 4910-00-441-8685, from the No. 1 or No. 2 Common shop sets. That allows you to stand out of the danger area just in case the split rim should go flying.

If, however, the tire has 80% or less of its TM recommended inflation pressure, call your mechanic. He'll need to remove the valve core and completely deflate the tire. After inspecting the tire and rim for damage, he can safely re-inflate it in a tire cage.

THAT'S THE SCOOP FROM PARA 2-3B(3) IN TM 9-2610-200-14, CARE, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND INSPECTION OF PNEUMATIC TIRES AND INNER TUBES.
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Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
Date:Feb 1, 2004
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