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Wierd Creaking Sound On EMB-145 Landing Gear  
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4658 times:

the other day i was repositioning a EMB-145 from ne of our gates to the hangar t-way. the engines were off and i noticed a wierd creaking/ groaning noise coming from the main landing gear when it went over bumps in the ramp. is this normal? i have yet to notice this on any other type we service. anyone have any thoughts? does it just need oil?

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User currently offlineViflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4575 times:

Yep it's normal. It's really disconcerting the first couple of times you hear it, and atleast one pax every flight asks about the noise. From what I was told by one of our Mx people it has to do with the main gear struts ( you hear it the loudest at row 12 on the 145). For some reason the older the plane and the closer to our MTOW we are the more likely you'll hear it. It sounds to me like the main gear struts bottoming out.


[Edited 2004-07-08 06:16:50]

[Edited 2004-07-08 06:18:10]

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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4482 times:

at first i thought that it was just the hinges in the gear not being oiled. i actually haven't heard it these past fews days... strange.

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User currently offlineJetboyTWA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 392 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4366 times:

I heard it the other day on an American Connection flight from PHL to STL. I had no idea what the problem was, I assumed that they just needed to be lubed up...


User currently offlineErj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4350 times:

That's precisely the problem. The landing gear needs to be greased. We've found the best way to lube the gear is to jack the aircraft, lube, perform a retract and lube again. Then lower the plane to the ground. Since we've been dong this, we haven't had a problem.


User currently offlineVorticity From United States of America, joined May 2004, 337 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4331 times:

I've flown a lot of 135s and 145s, occasionally one of them will be really creaky. I actually started laughing to myself hearing the plane taxi up to the gate, creaking over every bump. Sounded like an old car.

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