Re: Broken Skytech pinion tooth (Q200)
Kevin Fortin <kfortin@...>
Jim,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I know about the motor mount mods that need to be done but haven't heard
about the "magbox" mods you mentioned. What's happening there?
Thanks for you time and I wish I had listened to you earlier (oops).
"Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want".
From: Jim Patillo [mailto:logistics_engineering@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 9:24 PM
Subject: [Q-LIST] Re: Broken Skytech pinion tooth (Q200)
1. Thank Rich for all his help, send it back and try to get a refund.
Don't waste your time trying to make another Skytec work. I tried
that three times.
2. Buy a B&C, have Bruce Bainbridge upgrade the motor to a 320, no
charge(better for high compression)and install it.
3. Go fly!
The B&C starter has worked perfectly since the install. The
modification to the mag box was simple and the motor mount only
needed to have one corner cut off the pad. About 10 hours work, start
As I've said before the B&C starter takes much less power to run it.
Hopefully I've put the starter issue behind me. You can do the same.
Sorry to hear of your troubles. I do understand!
--- In Q-LIST@..., "Kevin Fortin" <kfortin@p...> wrote:
Brad Olsen and guys,offline email
he sent me regarding the following subject. My email was filteringemails
without attachments and I didn't realize it.interest to
many regarding Skytech starters.Skytech
told me and after discussing what seemed to be the problem with Jimwell, but had
more of a "grinding" sound in operation than I would have liked.After a 10
MAXIMUM total starts, in a hurry to get the airplane to an avionicsshop
(onfield), I forgot to turn on the fuel, and, after a very shorttaxi, the
obvious happened, I ran out of gas. Duh!!! I turned the gas valveon,
waited about a minute, then tried starting again. The prop turnedfor
somewhere between 6 to 10 seconds before the engine caught and Itaxied on
my merry way. A couple of days later, I picked the airplane up,jumped in to
start it, and was met with what seemed to be the grinding sound ofgears
with missing teeth (the engine did start, however).find a
tooth missing from the Skytech starters drive pinion gear. That wasthe bad
news. The good news, I was able to find the tooth. (I thank the Qgod's for
that one.)and they
did all they could to help. I can't complain about their customerservice.
as of yet, I have not installed it. All my mental alarms are goingoff
related to something that can throw of a piece off big enough thatit could
gum up my engine (read off field landing and/or a damaged engine)or at the
least break off a tooth on the crankshaft gear, which at the least,is going
to be damn expensive.kickback.
control of the
centerline distance of the pinion/crankshaft gear set. In an effortto
loosen the tolerances in the manufacture of the starter, Skytechhas allowed
the pinion to get too far away from the main gear on thecrankshaft. This
results in an incredible force trying to separate the gears. Thisforce than
further deflects the shaft that holds the pinion, which leads toeven higher
forces on the gears, then ultimately to a broken tooth.the
centerline distances this weekend and I will let you guys know whatI find.
Please take it
as so.know the
to good with this right now.
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