Q: I’d like to offer my response to a hot engine start (What is the procedure for a hot engine start?). If I know I’m going to have a quick turnaround after engine shutdown, this is what I do: I throttle up to about 1,500 rpm, then I turn the fuel selector to off. By doing this, you use the fuel in the line and, when that is gone, the engine will shut off. This basically eliminates any vapor lock on restart, the typical cause for hot start issues.
Hot start procedures using this shutdown method should proceed as if the engine was cold. It’s worked for me countless times. Have you ever tried this method?
ANDY REINACH, via e-mail
A: Thanks for sending in your comments regarding hot engine starts. It’s always nice to get ideas from folks who have had success with things like this particular issue.
While you didn’t say, I assume you have a fuel-injected engine, which would make sense. Usually the problem of getting a hot engine to start is a result of the fuel boiling in the lines and evaporating while the engine is shut down following the flight.