Squawk Box

August 2008 Issue

Failed Rod Ends

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports

The engine died on final approach to the airport. The pilot pumped the throttle and the engine started running. When the pilot retarded the throttle the engine again died. The pilot could not get the engine to restart on the ground. Then engine was started the next day showing a fuel flow of 11 to 12 gallons per hour at idle. The carburetor was removed and one pontoon of the plastic float was found 90 percent full of fuel. Aircraft is a Van’s RV-9A, equipped with a Precision Airmotive carburetor, model number LW-1586; float P/N 30-804. The submitter adds the float seam failed at the glue line.

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