Prepare your plane for winter

For those of us who reside in northern climates, it’s time for us to begin thinking about what we need to do to get our aircraft ready to put in the barn for the winter.

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Should I lean while taxiing?

QUESTION: I have had instructors insist that I lean the engine while taxiing my O-320 Lycoming.

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Can you identify this engine?

QUESTION: A friend has an O-320 in his hangar. I have only the following data, and am wondering how or where I can use these data to determine exactly which engine this is. Data plate says: O-320, eng #2689-27. The case is cast with the number L-17001-27A. I tried using the Lycoming website, hoping for a serial number lookup table, but so far no luck.

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Can I use a yellow tagged camshaft in my Wittman Tailwind?

I have a Lycoming O-320-D2A that will be going into a Wittman Tailwind. The crankcase and crankshaft are yellow tagged. The camshaft is really pitted and will need to be replaced. I imagine the followers will need replacing also unless refurbishing them isn’t a big deal.

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What’s causing popping noises at low RPM?

I have a high-wing homebuilt aircraft into which I have installed an IO-360-A1B 200-hp Lycoming salvaged from a Lake Amphiban, with 660 TT. My problem is that it makes loud popping noises at low RPM, such as when landing or taxiing. I have a cross-over type exhaust, and have had a mechanic check both the exhaust and the intake for leaks, but this is not the problem. Do you have any idea what else might cause this problem?

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When should I achieve highest RPM?

I own a 1962 Piper Colt with a O-235-C1B engine. My operator manual says that I should have 115 hp at 2800 RPM. At what point would I achieve highest RPM? On takeoff? Level flight at full throttle?

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How can TBO increase by 33%

Cessna 182s have been burdened by a 1,500 hour TBO for many years. However, the O-470-U engine is now available with a 2,000 hour TBO. What possibly could they have done to the engine to extend the TBO by 33%?

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What’s the best oil for my engine? Our oil expert weighs in on this reader’s question

I have a Lycoming AEIO-360 in my Pitts S1S. I have been running AeroShell 100W Plus for years. Some buddies I fly with have been using an Amsoil oil (I’m not sure the number). What is the best oil and weight to run in this engine?

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How can I fine-tune idle mixture?

How about a discussion of the scalloped wheel on the injector pump for an IO540-C4B5 engine? My engine will “”load up”” at idle and I have to run the rpm up to about 1,200 quite often during taxi. Also the engine will “”talk to you”” on final with the throttle closed. I have tried the idle cut-off procedure looking for rpm rise, but this doesn’t seem to help.

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What is normal oil consumption?

I have a 2005 Robinson R-44 Clipper II that I purchased new. The engine is a 540 injected Lycoming. I broke the engine in on mineral oil as suggested and changed to ashless oil after the initial 50 hours of break in. The ship has used about 1 quart of oil per every four hours flown on average from day one and continues today (there are currently 240 hours on the ship). During the 200-hour inspection, we checked compression and found all cylinders to have excellent compression. I have always noticed oil coming out of the breather after shutdown and have also noticed oil on the rear cross tube, which would indicate the loss of oil during flight. I have never seen blue or any unusual smoke out of the exhaust. The plugs looked perfect on the 100-hour and 200-hour inspection with no dark spots or indication of burned oil. The ship has plenty of power and always starts and runs great.

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