Maintenance Matters

February 2001 Issue

Top Overhaul Survivor Guide

Given the cost, new cylinders are hard to resist. But there are good reasons to go with reconditioned jugs and here they are.


During that week your airplane is in for its annual, you have to dread the phone ringing. Or worse, the message that starts out, “Yeah, this is Joe at AeroMech, we found three soft cylinders on your engine and need to know what you want us to do.”

At that point, you have two options, neither pretty. Return the call and get the details behind the headlines or drive out to the airport, allowing a few quiet moments for 600 milligrams of denial to kick back the pain of a $6000 maintenance invoice. Yet most owners will face the cylinder replacement dilemma, either at a mid-time top or an overhaul. And then the recriminations start. Where did I go wrong? Should I have picked anot...

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