splitpin Posted April 27, 2007 Report Share Posted April 27, 2007 For all my fellow Engineers out there. What's the closest you have ever come to a maintenance disaster? Here's mine: I was changing a 212 engine at Cambridge Bay a few years ago. We got the old engine out, cleaned up the bay, and got the new engine ready for installation. The engine was fresh from overhaul, and all paperwork was in order. Before slinging it up to the A/C, we remover the yellow protective caps from the ends of the oil transfer tubes, however we noticed that one was missing. Just to be sure we shone a light up the tube to check that nothing had got in there. It didn't look quite right. Poked a screwdriver in the tube and it would only go in about an inch. Hmmmm. Got my dental pick and started probing. Bloody H-ll it was a small black plastic plug in there, totally invisible!! At that point we were not sure if it was intentional or just a dumb mistake at the overhaul facility. So we had to remove all the transfer tubes to check for obstructions. Nothing found. Just think what would have happened if we did not spotted the obstruction. Moral of the story I guess is, check, check, and check again!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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