Saturday, August 04, 2007
This is what you don't want to find when you take your plane in for her annual inspection. Otherwise, she's a healthy bird, but this crack is going to have to be fixed and I fear it's going to be expensive. I'm checking into options, but the most likely resolution will be to remove the engine and ship it back to the shop that did the major overhaul in 2001.
Another view, from 2005. You can't really see enough to tell if the crack was there back then. There does seem to be some oil on that area of the engine - that's what tipped off my mechanic. Thank God for his attentiveness and good eyesight.
Ironically, the most recent issue of Light Plane Maintenance magazine (Aug 07) has an article about cracked crankcases. I read that article a few days ago. I was thinking that it could never happen to me, not with my little low-HP four-banger...
Hmmm... are there any magazines that run articles about recent lottery winners?