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    Let's see, he thinks he has a grounding problem and has a set of jumper cables.... shouldn't be too hard to figure out. Oh well, I'm sure the mixture and carb heat cables will do just fine.
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    Don't forget the primer lines. They're copper just like a cable is! lol

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    disappointed in Skytec starters

    Quote Originally Posted by wireweinie View Post
    Don't forget the primer lines. They're copper just like a cable is! lol

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    I tried that! They glow red on start on a 185... but.....
    Might not of been primer, but they were copper lines...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    From my experience if you switch over to the NL your problems will go away. Knew all the guys at SkyTec when they were in Grandbury and they came here and me there several times. Inside knowledge is a good thing.
    I would love to switch but I dont think our 141/135 cert will allow me to swap models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astjp2 View Post
    I would love to switch but I dont think our 141/135 cert will allow me to swap models.
    You just got to explain that one to me. Your ops specs do not allow you to use PMA'd or STC'd parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    Likely a school program? I ran one of those for seven years, not that big, but.....Students, and especially flight instructors are the WORST enemy of an airplane’s starter. And a few other parts.

    Im not defending one starter over another, but has management at your school initiated a program to ENSURE everyone there knows how to start an aircraft engine?

    Oh, I know....it’s not rocket science, right! But I can tell you that knowing how to start an engine WELL has prevented me from sleeping in bug infested swamps and with brown bears many times. Being “stuck” in Ekalaka, MTisnt near as bad, but....

    Id highly recommend you create a short but pointed mandatory training for all, instructors especially, on how to start an aircraft engine. Sounds silly, I realize, but I guarantee it’ll pay for itself regardless of starter brand.

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    Mike, care to elaborate on how to start an engine “well”? I grew up around machines including airplanes, but all I’ve ever been told is to crank no more than 15 secs. Wait 1 minute. Try again. After 3 tries it’s time to trouble shoot.

    Interested to hear what else I’ve missed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    Thread here where the guy replaced everything and it still didn't work. I asked about using a multimeter. Said he had one.
    https://www.shortwingpipers.org/foru...6-Slow-starter
    I shake my head at your saying ground cable needs to be same size gauge as the SHORT GROUND STRAP/CABLE from engine to fuselage(I don’t do engine to mount, to many loose connections in engine mount lugs) basic electricity!!! Big cable Like you say doesn’t hurt, but is NOT anything but extra weight. Look at the chart in 43.13 for length and size. The only way your interpretation would be VALID is if you were running a long ground cable all the way to battery like on a composite airframe. But you are NOT, we are using the fuselage usually to conduct most of the flow. I have used same size wire, mostly out of laziness and not having proper smaller size on hand..... but preferably a #8 is plenty as a grind from engine case to one of those SMALL 8-32 screws poking through firewall

    Remember a wire is like a leaky soaker hose, longer it is the more it leaks on the way, so if it’s longer you need bigger...


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    Glad I made you shake your head Mike.
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    How did you make out? I have a cub that has been going through starters


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Wolfe View Post
    Mike, care to elaborate on how to start an engine “well”? I grew up around machines including airplanes, but all I’ve ever been told is to crank no more than 15 secs. Wait 1 minute. Try again. After 3 tries it’s time to trouble shoot.

    Interested to hear what else I’ve missed!
    skytec has a placard that is supposed to be put in the cockpit, says no more than 30 second and so many minute wait.
    I would like to know if I can use the nose piece and mount from a 24 volt starter and convert it to 12...for a home built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaisedByWolves View Post
    How did you make out? I have a cub that has been going through starters
    What is the condition of the teeth on the ring gear? They take a beating (rust) when the plane lives outdoors.
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    The ring gear is fine, the starter stops working. Quick tap of the hammer and it works again. Solenoid will click, tap starter. We are on the 6 month plan. Skytec NL. I have never had an issue with skytec for years. That changed when they got sold.


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    They have had some solenoid issues, seen it on the Carbon Cubs quite a bit. Done several warrantee replacements on them due to starter failure but thaought it was indicative to the starter they were using. Always had excellent service out of the NL.
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    Who makes their solenoids? Cole Hersee in South Boston has been making high quality solenoids for decades. I kept having trouble with the Cessna supplied starter solenoid in my 185. Switched to a Cole Hrsee, no more troubles. Perhaps they make a suitable model?
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    Apparently Skytec is experiencing some issues with legacy starters but are working on it. We are on the 6 month plan currently. I will add that it does prop nice with the surefly electronic mag, even on the ice. The starter will click. That's all. Ring gear is good, solenoid is new, new copper starter cable from the starter to the solenoid, good engine ground. The entire starting system was replaced a few months ago. Got rid of the aluminum cable.

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    968 hours since new barely cranks, installed in March of last year. All that grease is since last 100 hr, just never seems to stop oozing
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    Quote Originally Posted by astjp2 View Post
    968 hours since new barely cranks, installed in March of last year. All that grease is since last 100 hr, just never seems to stop oozing
    Where is the grease coming from? Has it been over greased getting into the electric motor? Perhaps it just needs a good internal cleaning. Grease and electricity do not work well together.
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    Factory new so whatever they put inside them
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    I would take it apart to try to find the issue. Particularly with that amount of time on it.
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    How much voltage at the starter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Wolfe View Post
    Mike, care to elaborate on how to start an engine “well”? I grew up around machines including airplanes, but all I’ve ever been told is to crank no more than 15 secs. Wait 1 minute. Try again. After 3 tries it’s time to trouble shoot.

    Interested to hear what else I’ve missed!
    Kyle
    You should be able to prop a 0320/0360/0470 by hand so if you have to crank it than more 4 -6 blades with the starter it is time to trouble shoot, or learn how to properly start it as Mike suggested. Both my cub and 180 usually start on the second blade unless I screwed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    How much voltage at the starter?
    Yes, and while cranking.

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    If you have a min/max feature on your multimeter it is handy when diagnosing starter circuit issues on any vehicle.

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    Talked with Western Skyways about warranty on one with 318 hours on it. They said that they will add it to their pile, they have a bunch of warranty ones. so its not just me from what it sounds like.

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