Ask Paul: What to do about oil-fouled plugs?

Q: My partner, Lou, and I just had our Piper PA 28 235 overhauled and are having problems with the lower plugs getting oil fouled. The plugs have been cleaned a couple of times but she runs rough and they foul again. The mechanics are talking about putting a thin wire plug in. My concern is that we could have a leak in the valve stem seal, rings, or head or valve cover gaskets. The cylinders were rechromed and we had new rings, the valves machined, etc. One shop did the machining and cylinders, another shop assembled everything.

Where should we start?

TOM CAMP, via email

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How to break-in your engine

I recently received a letter asking about engine break-in following overhaul. This is a subject that should be of interest to everyone, even though you may never actually have the opportunity to break-in an engine during your flying years.

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The importance of keeping current

Q: I have a Glasair with a Lycoming IO-360-B1E engine. After reading your article in the May 11 issue, I tried to get a copy of Lycoming’s SI1325A to see if I should change the timing from 25 to 20 degrees BTDC, but was not able to find that instruction. Can you help?

RON WALTERS, via email

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GE Aviation launches two new engines

OSHKOSH — GE Aviation launched two derivative engines of its recently certified H80 engine: the H75 and H85 turboprop engines, on opening day of AirVenture.

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Lycoming expands list of engines approved to UL91 unleaded avgas

Lycoming Engines will release Service Instruction SI-1070S in the fall, which will add 20 engines to the list of models approved for use on UL 91 unleaded avgas and bringing the total number approved to 55. With the move, Lycoming officials continue to call for UL100 as a fleetwide solution to replacing 100LL.

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Zenith slates ‘engine day’ at Oshkosh

Zenith Aircraft Co. will host its first-ever “Engine Day” next Thursday, July 26, at the company’s exhibit at AirVenture in Oshkosh. The company will have a number of Zenith aircraft with different powerplants on display, as well as representatives from a number of engine manufacturers.

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Ask Paul: Too much information about our engines?

Q: I have a factory reman Lycoming O-540 E4B5 with 300 hours and 2.5 years on it. At idle (1,000 rpm), my JPI is showing alarms on the #1 EGT for having a large differential — #1 EGT is only 600° while the rest are 1,200-1,300°. Above 1,500 rpm and higher everything seems fine with normal readings and maybe #1 CHT a little lower, but I expect that since it is first in the airstream. I have full data printouts from the JPI.

I have checked the plugs even though my mag checks are fine and replaced the probe on #1 EGT with no change. I’m scared to think I have stuck valves. [Read more...]

The marriage between piston rings and cylinder wall

Q: I am an A&P, and have been in aviation since 1990. I once worked with another mechanic who told me that if you pull a piston out of a cylinder, you must replace the rings and hone the cylinder. He is the only tech I have heard say this — until I read your article What’s best? A flush or overhaul?

You stated: “If oil starvation is suspected, you may want to remove the #1 cylinder (leave the piston in the cylinder so you don’t have to hone the cylinder and install new rings) and remove the connecting rod from the crankshaft.” Can you explain this? Is there a Service Bulletin or other directive that explains this practice? Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

TOM THROSSEL, via email

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Continental’s Mattituck Services to close

AVweb is reporting that Mattituck Services, one of the northeast’s longest-established engine shops, will close at the end of May, according to officials at Continental Motors, who said that some of the 23 affected employees will move to Continental’s facility in Fairhope, Alabama, which offers similar services on overhauls and factory service.

Rotax launches new 912 iS fuel-injected engine

In a product launch somewhat comparable to an Apple product event, BRP Rotax recently drew a large group of attendees to its facility in Gunskirchen, Austria, to launch its new 912 iS engine. In the tech world, “i” means Internet. In the light aviation world,  or more specifically BRP Rotax’s world, “i” now means injected.

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