Maintenance Matters

November 2017 Issue

Hot Starting: Science and Art

Hot starting problems can be minimized by monitoring ignition system health and controlling vapor in fuel lines. Aftermarket devices can help.

Itís long been recognized that an effective way of staring a fight in a bar catering to pilots is to innocently ask about procedures for hot starting big-bore Lycoming or Continental engines and then step back. The chairs will start flying. Thatís about what happened when we started the research for this piece. We heard it all. Being either foolish or fearless, we immersed ourselves in the subject to see if we could come up with information as to why hot starting is a problem, find recommendations for maintenance and operating technique that can minimize the problem and see if there are aftermarket devices that can help. We did, we did and there are.

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