Maintenance Matters

November 1998 Issue

CermiNil Or Not?

Thus far, this cylinder treatment appears to be performing well. Bottom line: Using it can knock $2000 off a top overhaul.

Permit me a war story: During the summer months, the air around New Braunfels, Texas is as thick as concrete. At the airport, the ramp temperatures begin to soar at first light and pitchers of iced tea are downed for breakfast.

Id flown there on a warranty trip put together in a hurry. Inadvertently, the wrong ring set was installed in all 12 cylinders attached to a very nice, but older Cessna 310. While it was in for maintenance, the cylinders were to be pulled and the rings replaced before anyone got wise to the error.

The job took about eight hours longer than normal because the heat slowed everything down to a crawl. During one of the many iced tea breaks, a wiry man with an...

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