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  1. No, they didn’t know, only that there was something internal with the clutches that showed there were some defective pieces.
  2. I’ve said this in some other threads, but I spent 6 months chasing a similar only to found out it was bad servos. Once the Servos were replaced it was 95% better.
  3. When my brakes were sent back to precise flight for overhaul my mechanic (Experienced MSC) just covered the holes with aluminum tape which lasted fine until the brakes were returned. They are relatively easy to take out and install yourself.
  4. When I replaced my turbo transition I believe Knisely welding sold me the gaskets. You may want to give them a call.
  5. I had a different engine, but when we replaced the turbo transition on my Bravo we reused the existing clamps. My mechanic (who only works on Mooneys) inspected the clamps for any wear and put them back. 300 hours later and didn't have any issues.
  6. This is great Don, what a piece of ingenuity!
  7. It turns out that leaving your oil dipstick on your wing before departing on a night IMC flight isn't the smartest thing to do. Thankfully both my aircraft and myself made it back safely with no damage.
  8. The 500txi is newer technology but doesn’t have the same amount of features “out of the box”. The G3X also lets you control other Garmin devices such as radios or transponders from the screen vs. the txi that just lets you view the information from them.
  9. So you’re not getting adequate start power? Is that why they were ordered? If it’s starting fine and you’re worried they are going to die why not do 1 at a time? The second battery is nice for redundancy but largely ballast.
  10. One way to tell if your pitch servo is bad is to engage the autopilot on the ground then try to overpower it. If it smoothly lets you pull the yoke back and forth with some friction it may be good. If it suddenly releases after some pressure it may be bad like mine was before I had it replaced.
  11. Interesting, how's the top seal integrity during turbulence when it's on its side?
  12. Losing the cap under the seat in the middle of a long flight is about the worst thing that can happen short of throwing a rod.
  13. Little john (for ease of use) and then transfer to 64oz gatorade bottle when full. The transfer method seems risky but I've never spilled a drop. The little john alone could never do it for me on a 6 hr flight.
  14. Don't spend too much time chasing ghosts (like I did for 9 months) before your shop determines if the servo is defective. Everyone said "it must be your yoke is sticking" or "has to be the pitot static system" when it was just shitty servos from Garmin. I had my Pitch and Roll servo replaced and I'm told it's now extremely common to have defective servos on the GFC500. The way they found out mine were defective was that the clutch would violently release rather than let you apply smooth controls with the yoke. I'm not sure how you can test this on the ground with the yaw one (maybe try to make opposite rudder movements to turns? althought this may be limited since your nose wheel is on the ground) but your shop may have some ideas.
  15. I don’t think so, he’s more active on the Facebook group but a very nice guy from El Paso who recently retired. Hopefully he will stop by here at some point to contribute!
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