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March 2003 Issue

Bolt Confusion

AD on Lycoming crank bolts complicated by supplier part numbers

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts.

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Some operators of aircraft with Lycoming -540 series engines who were hit by a pair of crankshaft bolt ADs last year got another letter from the FAA: Never mind.

The emergency AD and the superceding AD issued in December required owners of Lycoming’s big six-cylinder engines to replace the crankshaft gear retention bolt. The AD cut across applications, applying to aerobatic engines, turbos, left-turning engines and for airplanes and helicopters. Although it applied only to those engines with a Lycoming part number STD-2209 retaining bolt, many people didn’t mak...

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