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Mike, did you notify the FAA since that’s a certified part? They might be interested.
On Apr 8, 2022, at 1:03 PM, Mike Dwyer <q200pilot@...> wrote:
So an update on my engine failure.
I got a bit further into the engine tear down and when I pulled the starter, there was the smoking gun. The starter motor turns a large gear that goes through a sprag clutch into a small gear that drives the crankshaft. I have a pull starter on mine so this whole mess disengages from the crankshaft gear when you release the pull handle. My small gear had disintegrated. I only found about half of it. The rest is rattling around in the accessory case somewhere, which happens to be located where the oil pump is driven. Or possibly a piece of hardened steel got into the oil pump and damaged it. More to follow, but it looks like the root cause was a starter gear failure. The part was the almost new Niagara Airparts upgraded Sprag Clutch and it had about 100 hours on it! On the day of the accident, the plane started perfectly.
On Sun, Mar 20, 2022 at 6:39 AM Adam hied <hiedadam@...
Glad you’re okay. I was really sad about the accident. Was really hoping to get in touch with you and do some formation once I finish the install of the new engine in the dragonfly since I’m over on the east coast and my family lives near brooksville.