How many of you have replaced the front crankshaft seal on a Lycoming engine? Yeah....I see a lot of hands up, which is what I figured. These seals can last the life of an engine, or be problematic children that seal and leak and get replaced a bunch of times in a short number of hours. My hypothesis is that it all has to do with how clean you get the bore. Or what adhesive you use. Or how you hold your tongue when you apply the sealant. Or... well, you get the point - probably a lot of things. Continue reading "Front Seal Tool"
Lycoming issued a mandatory service bulletin "Identification of Connecting Rods with Non-Conforming Small End Bushings" today that affects approximately 1300 engines, ranging from O-235 to IO-720 models:
Models affected: All Lycoming engines
Time of compliance: Within the next 10 hours of engine operation.
Lycoming Engines and Van's Aircraft are partnering again on a show special for Van's customers. New this year, customers have the option to add an electronic ignition system on their Lycoming engine. In addition, Lycoming Engines and Van's Aircraft announced a new partnership that enables Van's customers to select performance and color options for their engines via Lycoming's Thunderbolt product line. Continue reading "Lycoming and Van's Show Special on Electronic Ignition and Thunderbolt Options"
Thunderbolt Engines are Lycoming's brand of high performance, built-to-order power plants for Experimental aircraft. Lycoming is excited to announce an interactive "Thunderbolt Engine Builder" tool, which will enable customers to configure a Thunderbolt engine of their choice. Continue reading "Interactive Thunderbolt Engine Builder Tool Launch at Sun ’n Fun"
Frank Lukachinsky, a Lycoming Field Service and Support Engineer, will lead two forums addressing the care, maintenance and troubleshooting of Lycoming engines. Lycoming will offer this forum twice during Sun 'n Fun. Continue reading "Lycoming Sun 'n Fun Forums"
If you own a Lycoming Engine, you probably think of it as a piece of tried and true technology that has been around for so long there is not much anyone can discover that is new. And... you'd be wrong!
Since I attended the factory service school last winter, I have been subscribed to their update service for Service Bulletins, Letters, and Notes – and I have been amazed at the volume of material I receive on a monthly basis. For those who think that Lycoming is just producing the same old engines and parts over and over, with little going on in the realm of engineering, the surprise is that they are spending a lot of time on upgrades and customer support. Continue reading "Up to Date?"