Maintenance Matters

October 2000 Issue

A Bad Overhaul

Fortunately, engine work this shoddy is rare. But it still happens.

[IMGCAP(1)] Shopping the market for an engine overhaul is often an act of faith. Short of looking over the mechanicís shoulder when the engine is assembled, an owner relies largely on the reputation of the shop doing the work.

It doesnít happen often, but shops occasionally foul-up due to honest oversights, substandard parts quality or, occasionally, gross lack of basic expertise.

An example of the latter recently surfaced in an F-model Mooney being serviced at contributor Coy Jacobís shop in Florida. The airplane had fresh major overhaul done by Phoenix Aviation, a Missouri shop no longer doing business.

With only 29 hours on the overhaul, the Lycoming IO-360 showed excessive oil...

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