FAA 337 Info
Not so much a forum question, although I guess it could be. As a recent new member to a Flying Club, with a 150G &182H, and volunteering to assist with maintenance, we recently had to replace a main wheel during our annual due to a spun wheel bearing race. It was actually pretty loose and not sure if any of the typical ways of repairing them (from trailers, cars, etc.) would have worked, so we sourced a used wheel.
But I'm now concerned about similar issues in the five other 50 year old wheels we have in our aged fleet. In discussions with others, if needed, a recommendation was to attempt a repair with some flavor of Loctite to secure a loose race, and ask out IA to complete a 337 to document that repair, with the assumption this is less expensive than replacing the wheels. Our IA however said that the 337 is not a simple process, and requires the FAA to review and inspect the work, and could involve considerable time, and thus money. And therefore something he'd rather not do. He gave tale about a West coast plane coming in with a 337 approval for a non-standard instrument, and the local FSDO never came by to approve another 337 for a similar install in another aircraft.
So here's the question: Is there, or could there be, an article for going about the 337 process for the 337 process for owner/operator assisted repairs / modifications? The form itself seems rather clear and simple, but the process behind submitting it isn't.