BillC

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  1. BillC

    Long body Baggage Light

    As Awful Charlie pointed out, the baggage light may drain BOTH batteries. I’m here to say that this is what happened to me. As some of you may remember, I accidentally hit the switch on my baggage compartment (1997, serial # 29-0106) while off loading during the day. It killed both of my new Concorde batteries. This Ovation was manufactured before the timer switch were added to the newer Mooney’s. That was an expensive lesson. Now I know why the original owner had taken out the bulb. During annual, my IA reinstalled the bulb and didn’t mention it. Not his fault for being thorough.
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    Sagging Engine, Worn Lords Mounts

    I need to speak to Don Maxwell. As I said in my previous post I replaced my mounts two years ago and although they were fine for a while I have the same sag as before. Lord mounts were the correct ones for my Ovation (also as specified by George). I did shim my 201 and it worked great. It seems there must be a similar fix for sagging Ovations. Any other Ovation drivers finding the same problem?
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    Sagging Engine, Worn Lords Mounts

    Mine as well, although I have the original McCauley three blade. I replaced the mounts two years ago and it was fine for a while. Now the sag is back.
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    Completely Confused

    Yeah, I'm pre 2005. Good to know. Thanks.
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    Completely Confused

    I believe you need a new prop as well.
  6. I have a Castleberry standby AI in my Ovation. Had to send it to Castleberry for repair. (It was an internal power issue) I believe the cost was about 1200.00 USD. After getting it back It was still very slow to erect without caging it first. Now caging it is part of my after-start checklist. Also, my Ovation only has 970 hrs. tt. When you cage the AI, don’t pull it hard like we did in our training days. A slow steady pull will do.
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    Shop breaks a part

    Thanks for the offer but I’m only a short ride to KFLL when I get back. I’ll let Edison do it.
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    Shop breaks a part

    Hahaha.....that’s OK, I did get a laugh out of that one. I needed it.
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    Shop breaks a part

    UPDATE: The tank still weeps. Same spot, same problem. Called Edison. He will do it when I get back to Florida.
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    Shop breaks a part

    Mike, I did call Arnold Holmes first but as all good mechanics, he was about four weeks out. Since I’m heading back to Maine for the summer, I couldn’t wait that long. Next winter I’d like to PM you and get your opinion about other Mooney mechanics in our area if you wouldn’t mind. Thanks, Bill
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    Shop breaks a part

    Just called Laura at SWTA. their price is $95.73 USD.
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    Shop breaks a part

    Yes, it’s American Aviation in Brooksville FL.
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    Shop breaks a part

    UPDATE: Apparently they had to remove 8 panels to access the leak. Tank was then vacuumed to remove sealing particles and refueled. It sat with fuel in the hangar for 3 days to be sure the leak was fixed. An inspector verified all work and signed it off as repaired. All seems OK. The total ended up being 1200.00 USD. They refuse to replace the fuel gauge saying that the Florida sun caused the needle to be brittle. Funny, the airplane is hangared all it’s life and never sits in the sun. Oh well, I have my baby back now and I’ve learned a valuable lesson. Thanks for all your input. Bill
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    Shop breaks a part

    No, the gauge was not broken.
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    Shop breaks a part

    Haven’t heard a word. I’m waiting for them to call me. I’ll keep you all posted.