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User currently offlineetherealsky From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 328 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 23055 times:

I know that turbine engines boast very low oil consumption compared to reciprocating engines, but what kind of numbers are we talking about? What is the typical oil consumption for something like a CFM56, or a GE-90 (or any other turbofan for that matter) and how is it measured - qts per hour? How about GE's Gen-X; does it improve oil consumption further than current designs?

I've also heard that some operators fly so frequently that they don't need to perform oil changes because they're adding oil so often, but doesn't that contradict the assumption that turbine engines burn very little oil per hour of engine operation?


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25999 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 23051 times:

I've noticed maintenance staff checking the oil on various widebody types after international flights and in some cases they didn't have to add any oil. In other cases sometimes only one quart.

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 23036 times:

Quoting etherealsky (Thread starter):
I've also heard that some operators fly so frequently that they don't need to perform oil changes because they're adding oil so often, but doesn't that contradict the assumption that turbine engines burn very little oil per hour of engine operation?

Do turbine engines even get oil changes? As I lineboy, I was always told that turbine engines eventually burn off all the oil, because the lubrication system is open loop (i.e. oil in the engine bearings is not returned to the sump, but gets burned in the engine). We only added oil to turbine powerplants when it was requested by the flight crew, though...



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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 23006 times:

Quoting etherealsky (Thread starter):
What is the typical oil consumption for something like a CFM56, or a GE-90 (or any other turbofan for that matter) and how is it measured - qts per hour?

If you're up into the quarts per hour something's wrong...it should be well below a quart an hour.

Quoting etherealsky (Thread starter):
I've also heard that some operators fly so frequently that they don't need to perform oil changes because they're adding oil so often, but doesn't that contradict the assumption that turbine engines burn very little oil per hour of engine operation?

A lot of engine maintenance is sensitive to both calendar time and engine time...it's possible that operators with high utilization are burning oil (engine time) fast enough that their oil never gets too old (calendar time).

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
turbine engines even get oil changes? As I lineboy, I was always told that turbine engines eventually burn off all the oil, because the lubrication system is open loop (i.e. oil in the engine bearings is not returned to the sump, but gets burned in the engine).

Modern engines aren't open loop...the oil gets scavenged back to the tank. There is always a breather somewhere to separate air from oil and invariably some oil mist goes out the vent, but most of it just keeps going round and round.

Tom.


User currently offlinejetmech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 22981 times:

Quoting etherealsky (Thread starter):
CFM56

The CFM's on A-340's almost always required 2 or 3 quarts of oil each at the end of a 7-8 hour flight, sometimes even four quarts. The RB-211's on 747's usually took 1 to 2 quarts. Trent 500's and 700's often did not require any uplift. CF6's usually took a quart.

Quoting etherealsky (Thread starter):
don't need to perform oil changes because they're adding oil so often

I don't think I've every seen an oil change on a commercial turbofan. One of the reasons you need to change the oil on reciprocating engines such as your car, is due to the fact that the oil gradually gets contaminated with combustion by-products. On commercial turbofans, the oil does not come in contact with combustion by-products, so it maintains it's physical and chemical properties for much longer.

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):

Most commercial turbofans use a dry-sump oil system.

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Regards, JetMech

[Edited 2010-10-26 20:04:35]


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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22948 times:

Quoting jetmech (Reply 4):
I don't think I've every seen an oil change on a commercial turbofan.

I've seen it, but only for engine preservation if one's coming off wing and will be stored for while (aka "pickling").

Tom.


User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5655 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 22929 times:

Our PW4000 engines have a .5qt/hour limit.
Our CF6 engines are limited to .55qt/hour. We start looking for a problem at .25qt/hour.
Our PW2000 engines are limited to .6qt/hour.
Our RB211 engines are limited to 2.2pints/hour.

To contrast, our JT9 engines were limited to 1qt/hour, but if you had no external leak, we could fly the aircraft so long as we could anticipate there was going to be 4 gallons left in the tank at destination. Our engines had 7 or so gallon tanks depending on position.



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User currently offlineb78710 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 22859 times:

CFM's on our 340's use the most, never less than 2 quarts, sometimes up to 3 or 4 over a 7-10 hour flight.

CF6's on our jumbo's usually take a can, sometimes 2.

Trent 500's take a can if your lucky. Very often none.

In fact I believe when we first got our trents the oil consumtion was so low that we actually had some issues with the oil breaking down because it wasn't getting any fresh oil.

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
Do turbine engines even get oil changes? As I lineboy, I was always told that turbine engines eventually burn off all the oil, because the lubrication system is open loop (i.e. oil in the engine bearings is not returned to the sump, but gets burned in the engine).

don't find many total loss oil systems anymore. oil is scavenged back to the gearbox, air is removed from the oil through an aerator and vented through a breather, which often runs through the shaft and out the arse end.

though on the trents, if youve ever seen smoke out the drain mast underneath the engine, this is the breather. you can just make out the faint 'smoking' in this picture, just aft of the mast. but if you ever see one taxi onto stand its quite prominent


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User currently offlineMadDogJT8D From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 22760 times:

Just for a reference point, I have seen a similar smoke/mist from the breather on the IAE V2500 on the A320. When sitting on the port (left) side of the aircraft, you can see a similar vent device that comes off the top-right section of the middle engine cowling.

User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 938 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 22628 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 6):
To contrast, our JT9 engines were limited to 1qt/hour, but if you had no external leak, we could fly the aircraft so long as we could anticipate there was going to be 4 gallons left in the tank at destination. Our engines had 7 or so gallon tanks depending on position.

Ahh, Pratt & Whitney engines, you check the fuel and fill the oil! Even their small engines go through oil like it's going out of style. The PT6s that pull me around each have 3 gallon oil tanks, of which about a quart is guaranteed to go out the exhaust (unlikely) or all over the cowling (most definitely) after a full day of flying.

[Edited 2010-10-27 13:31:29]


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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5655 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 22596 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 9):
Ahh, Pratt & Whitney engines, you check the fuel and fill the oil! Even their small engines go through oil like it's going out of style.

Hey, you never saw any corrosion on them, did you?



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User currently offlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1648 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 22565 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 10):

Hey, you never saw any corrosion on them, did you?

Yeah, if there is no oil on the outside of a JT8D, it's outta oil. I think we are at a .5qt/hr limit.



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User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 22538 times:

Quoting etherealsky (Thread starter):
What is the typical oil consumption for something like a CFM56, or a GE-90 (or any other turbofan for that matter) and how is it measured - qts per hour?
Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
Do turbine engines even get oil changes?




The RR Spey Mk 511-8 on the GIII aircraft has a 28L tank, and normal oil loss is .9L per/hr. It has no oil change interval, per the manual "oil change is accomplished by attrition." Kind of crazy when you think about it, but it is an extremely reliable engine!!!



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User currently offlinecrjfixer From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 22379 times:

The limit on a cf-34 3b1 (crj-200) is 6.4 oz per hour

User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 22368 times:

I don't know how much oil the operators add to thier engines on the PC-12's but we selodm have to add any at the maintenace inspections.

How do you open the cans? Which tool do you use. I use the Can Key
http://www.thecankey.com/

/Lars



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 22361 times:

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 14):
How do you open the cans? Which tool do you use. I use the Can Key
http://www.thecankey.com/

/Lars

Automotive oil used to be sold in metal cans in the USA, too. As a result, almost everybody (here) had a pour spout in their garage that simultaneously punctures the can, and there is a sharp dimple on the spout end you could use to make a smaller hole opposite where you inserted the spout so that the oil poured out smoothly rather than coming out in "glops." Our FBO had several of these on board the Jet-A truck, in the same compartment where cans of turbine oil were stored...  

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User currently offlinejetmech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 22281 times:

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 14):
How do you open the cans? Which tool do you use. I use the Can Key

I use a flat blade screwdriver   . My Snap-On flat blade screwdriver was perfect for the job, until I lost it   .



Regards, JetMech



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User currently offlinebrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3017 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 22281 times:

Why in the world do they still put the turbine oil in cans? What's wrong with plastic bottles ala most OTC automotive oils?

Or, just dispense it from a tank?



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User currently offlinetristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4069 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 22260 times:

Quoting brons2 (Reply 17):
Or, just dispense it from a tank?

When I started on the line in 1971, I was at LHR on the BEA Trident fleet. Every engine needed oil on every transit. We had an oil lorry. It met every arrival and had an air pump that pumped the oil out. I remember it made a duff duff noise as it pumped and five duffs was a litre, so you just had to count the duffs!

Now i work on an outstation. We have not used any oil at all this month. (Except a can I put in a starter motor that was being changed)


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14139 posts, RR: 63
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 22193 times:

Quoting brons2 (Reply 17):
Why in the world do they still put the turbine oil in cans? What's wrong with plastic bottles ala most OTC automotive oils?

Or, just dispense it from a tank?

Contamination issues. You use as much oil as you need from a can and then dispose of the rest. You´ll NEVER use any leftover oil on another aircraft.
This is why many aviation authorities frown upon using oil from e.g. a drum. In the few cases where I have seen such a use it was most likely in a hangar and there were strict additional procedures to prevent the oil from being contaminated.

BTW, PW4000 engines use practically no oil. I once did a flying spanner job on a 747 with PW 4000 engines over three days all over Europe and Central to East Asia and didn´t have to top up even one engine.

Jan


User currently offlineMender From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 22158 times:

The oil consumption rate of a turbine engine is usually affected by changes in engine speed so an aircraft flying a 9 hour long haul sector can use less oil than when it's doing two 1 hour flights.

I once supported an aircraft that was being used for touch & go crew training from a remote airfield. A two hour flight to the remote airfield and the engines needed 1 can of oil, two hours of touch & go flying it needed six cans!


User currently offlineb78710 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 22116 times:

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 14):

How do you open the cans? Which tool do you use. I use the Can Key

leatherman


User currently offlineRaginMav From United States of America, joined May 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 22090 times:

Quoting jetmech (Reply 16):
My Snap-On flat blade screwdriver was perfect for the job, until I lost it

Lost the screwdriver, or lost the job? I'm hoping the former.

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 14):
I don't know how much oil the operators add to thier engines on the PC-12's but we selodm have to add any at the maintenace inspections.

In my brief stint in a PC-12it was one quart every 4 hours in my plane. I also flew a King Air 200 for a while, each engine burned about the same.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 9):
The PT6s that pull me around each have 3 gallon oil tanks, of which about a quart is guaranteed to go out the exhaust (unlikely) or all over the cowling (most definitely) after a full day of flying.

My current bird is TPE331 powered, so I get my fair share of crap from PT6 drivers. I get my revenge watching them climb the ladder and add oil. After several years, I have yet to add a quart to a 331, unlike my time in PT6 aircraft!

[Edited 2010-10-29 14:09:07]

User currently offlinejetmech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 22034 times:

Quoting RaginMav (Reply 22):
Lost the screwdriver, or lost the job? I'm hoping the former.

LOL, the screwdriver, but I did lose and then subsequently regain the job as well for reasons that had nothing to do with using the screwdriver to open oil cans!

Regards, JetMech



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User currently offlineJabird From United States of America, joined Sep 2013, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13598 times:

What about oil consumption rates on some of the upcoming new engines, like the CFM Leap engine and the PW1000G series? Will their usage rates be about the same as the current commercial fleet of engines in general or much more or less?

User currently offlineTristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4069 posts, RR: 33
Reply 25, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 13446 times:

Quoting Jabird (Reply 24):
What about oil consumption rates on some of the upcoming new engines

Well I have now worked on both engines on the B787, just transits only oil filling, no defects yet (50 transits).
The B787 with the Trent uses no oil, same as the Trent on the B777. Just one can now and then, we did outstaion transits after a 2 hr flight and the oils were always 20/20 on Eicas.
But the B787 with the GENX is much the same as any CF6. It has the oil breather down the centre of the engine, and after shurdown oil drips onto the ground behind the engine. This means that we filled oil every time. The aircraft flew for 6 hrs to get to us and I filled 2 or 3 cans in each engine.
By the way, when you try and fill a GENX the first time, you find that the oil will not pour in. You need to dribble it in slowly. But take a plastic tye wrap, and poke it into the grill inside the oil cap, and now you can pour the oil in normally! You are opening an NRV that GE thought would open under the weight of oil as you poured it, but it doesn't.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17173 posts, RR: 66
Reply 26, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13398 times:

Quoting TristarSteve (Reply 25):
By the way, when you try and fill a GENX the first time, you find that the oil will not pour in. You need to dribble it in slowly. But take a plastic tye wrap, and poke it into the grill inside the oil cap, and now you can pour the oil in normally! You are opening an NRV that GE thought would open under the weight of oil as you poured it, but it doesn't.

This post makes me so happy. I am happy that despite our vaunted technical prowess as a species, we still need smart technicians with dirt under their fingernails to fix things that very qualified engineers think should just work.



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User currently offlinen901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 13463 times:

I gotta say, I agree with the Pratt oil usage, but also give them credit, the 4000 is a tight engine. If you gotta put oil in a 4000 something is going wrong, a garlock seal or nose bleed. The worst use to be the RB-211-22B on the L-1011, you would bring a case, and some guys use to wear a rain jacket to service nbr 2 eng. We use to joke that you never had to change a RB211-22B oil, because it was a total loss oil system. Send it to HNL from LAX twice, and you replaced the whole tank   The 524 was a Much better eng.
It was funny on the 27, you could tell who did the walkaround from the spots on their shirts, Flight Crew and Mechanics. Is it just me or did used 2380 smelled real bad.
As for Plastic bottles, I would bet it would eat thru it over time. Some of the Overflow plastic bottles used for servicing IDGs and Starters start out tuff, but tend to get soft after a little while.
Glad I'm not the only one that Have a Large Flat Blade Snap-on Can Opener  


User currently offlineLH707330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 848 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13356 times:

There was an old joke somewhere about a blind mechanic trying to figure out which engine was hung from a 747 wing. If you hit your head on it, it's so heavy that it must an RB211, if it drips a bit of oil on you it's a PW4056, and if it doesn't drip anything it's a CF-6 because it's burned up all of its oil already.

User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 14
Reply 29, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 13331 times:

Count me in the large screwdiver camp also. Never liked to carry more tools than needed. As for the metal cans, they are also very easy to recycle. The plastic ones don't clean up enough to be recycled

User currently offlineLH707330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 848 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 12227 times:

Quoting TristarSteve (Reply 25):
But the B787 with the GENX is much the same as any CF6. It has the oil breather down the centre of the engine, and after shurdown oil drips onto the ground behind the engine. This means that we filled oil every time. The aircraft flew for 6 hrs to get to us and I filled 2 or 3 cans in each engine.

Do the GE and CFM56 engines burn more than the Trents because the breather goes down the center as opposed to out a small stub pipe at the bottom, or does something else cause that?


User currently offlineCALTECH From Poland, joined May 2007, 2319 posts, RR: 26
Reply 31, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 12176 times:

Quoting tb727 (Reply 11):
Yeah, if there is no oil on the outside of a JT8D, it's outta oil. I think we are at a .5qt/hr limit.

Back in the 727 days, our engines were not put on H.O.C. watch until they burned more than 1 quart an hour.

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 14):
How do you open the cans? Which tool do you use. I use the Can Key

That is a nice can opener.

I liked putting 3 holes on one side, and one hole on the other for a good steady flow.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 10):
Hey, you never saw any corrosion on them, did you?

So very true. Pratts are like Harley's, they like to mark their parking spots.



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User currently offlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1648 posts, RR: 9
Reply 32, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 12135 times:

Quoting CALTECH (Reply 31):
Back in the 727 days, our engines were not put on H.O.C. watch until they burned more than 1 quart an hour.

That sounds about right for what we do too nowadays.

Speaking of JT8D's, those cowls are a mother to close by yourself on top of a ladder, I saw one of our mechs using something that looked a lot like this thing but I can't seem to find them to buy.

http://www.aircraftmechanic.org/showthread.php?1536-JT8-Cowl-Tool

Has anyone ever seen them before? The one in the picture above seems to be home-made.



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5655 posts, RR: 15
Reply 33, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 12004 times:

Quoting tb727 (Reply 32):
Has anyone ever seen them before? The one in the picture above seems to be home-made.

We used to make them. The ones we made used a strap. Gave you a lttle more leverage.

Had one similar made for B747-100/200 cowls.



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User currently offlinedarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1412 posts, RR: 3
Reply 34, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 11862 times:

Quoting jetmech (Reply 16):

I use a flat blade screwdriver   . My Snap-On flat blade screwdriver was perfect for the job, until I lost it   .

I like that. I also like using a needle nose pliers. Good easy punch thru, and we have the benefit of "opening up " that joke without having to make more smaller ones.

This is good for times when you have something like an RR powered A380 that not only needs a lot of oil, but gives a good amount of space to work with.

Quoting CALTECH (Reply 31):

I liked putting 3 holes on one side, and one hole on the other for a good steady flow.

I always tried to keep the numbers equal. But sometimes when using a flat blade, I'd just merge the holes to make one larger one. Seemed to get a good controllable flow that way too.

Quoting tb727 (Reply 32):

Anyone else notice our Indian friend there?



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User currently offlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1648 posts, RR: 9
Reply 35, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11829 times:

Quoting darksnowynight (Reply 34):
Anyone else notice our Indian friend there?

Haha, oh yeah, look at that, didn't even see him!



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User currently offlinen901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11780 times:

Ah, I went thru My Rollaway and found my JT8D eng cowl tool. I wonder If it would work on a MD-90? Also found my other 2 can openers I use to use. I got the cowl tool from my Pops, and the Oil servicing tools from my Grandpa. Worked great on opening cans, and dumped oil quick.


User currently offlineCALTECH From Poland, joined May 2007, 2319 posts, RR: 26
Reply 37, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10907 times:

Quoting tb727 (Reply 32):
Speaking of JT8D's, those cowls are a mother to close by yourself on top of a ladder, I saw one of our mechs using something that looked a lot like this thing but I can't seem to find them to buy.

Remember when the 727 JT8D's lower cowls on # 1 and # 3 just didn't seem to want to close, rather than forcing it, would just get the horizontal latches closed that allowed the cowl to swing open in the other direction, then swing open and close the lower cowl in the other direction and close up those stubborn latches. Seemed to relieve the bind or whatever kept those lower cowls from closing as those stubborn latches now closed easily MOST times.


Quoting darksnowynight (Reply 34):
I always tried to keep the numbers equal. But sometimes when using a flat blade, I'd just merge the holes to make one larger one. Seemed to get a good controllable flow that way too.

Yup, would make the 3 holes one big hole.


Quoting n901wa (Reply 36):
found my JT8D eng cowl tool

Remember that tool from LAX and some outstations where really old timers worked.



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