Maintenance Matters

June 2017 Issue

Oil System Upkeep: Control Heat and Flow

Changing the oil is only the first step in maintaining your engine’s lubrication system. It pays to dig deeper with DIY preventive maintenance.

The oil system on most light aircraft engines is simple and mostly effective. Most systems are of a wet sump, low-pressure design. Typically, the oil reservoir (or sump) is located within or attached to the lower part of the crankcase and oil is continuously returned by gravity to the sump after the oil has done its job of lubricating and cooling.

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