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.
My 1955 Tri-Pacer original Lycoming O-320 engine was torn down and inspected. It has a Part No. 74166 camshaft gone bad (#3). I found a P/N 76097 camshaft. Is it OK to use this part number for the engine?
Q, I have a Lycoming O-320 150 hp engine with no suffix in my PA-22 Tri-Pacer. In one of your articles you list the O-320-A1A and the O-320-A3A as the numbers to refer to for replacement parts. Lycoming does not list an O-320-A1A and shows the O-320-A3A fitting a Piper PA-23. Lycoming lists the O-320-E3D as the engine for my PA-22. I’m thinking of either replacing my engine or overhauling it, but I’m not quite sure what to look for in either case.
I was reading about the XR-7755 on the Internet and was wondering if you would clear something up for me. Most sources say there were two engines made, but I’ve found there were three versions. The first was set up for a single output shaft, a second had contra-rotating shafts and the third was set up with fuel injection. Are some of these versions the same engine or were there three engines?
Can we convert a Lycoming O-540-J3A5D from dual mag drive to separate drives? Can it be done on a 1980 Dakota 236?
I’m confused about the rocker arm differences on the O-360-A4K parallel valve cylinders because I know about the extreme heat that the exhaust valves endure.
I have a Lycoming O-360-A3A in my Cherokee. According to the Type Certificate Data Sheets (TCDS), this engine is similar to an -A1A, except without provisions for a constant speed prop. Nevertheless, it is equipped with a hollow crankshaft, and there is a pad on the accessory case for a prop governor.
I own a 1974 Grumman AA-5, SN550. Last winter I had the engine (O-320) rebuilt. I have a question about EGTs.
I own a Cessna R-182 that has a Lycoming O-540 J3C5D engine. It seems like a great engine and runs well. I have a concern about the “”dual-pack”” type magnetos that run off a common gear. Yesterday, another pilot told me of an engine failure that he had years ago in a Cherokee Six where the common magneto gear on that engine failed, causing him to lose both mags and forcing him to make a deadstick landing. He felt that it was a rare event for that gear to shear but, maybe on second thought, not so rare.
After my Nov. 3 column, “”Why are there increased levels of copper in my oil?”” was published, I received some valuable advice from industry experts on the subject.