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 Post subject: Re: Disaster narrowly averted - fuel cap issue
PostPosted: 19 Sep 2017, 12:18 
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Gabbs wear out -- in my case it was at about 6000 hours. Cam wears, the get loose. Shaws are better. bh


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 Post subject: Re: Disaster narrowly averted - fuel cap issue
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After finally talking my wife into flying with me, I headed to the airport to get there in plenty of time before her to pre-flight and fuel the plane. She shows up and I make sure to make here as comfortable as possible. Explain to her door procedures, emergencies, etc. She's taking it all in better than I expected!

We're taking off and she's still looking comfortable. All too easy of course. I looked over my left wing and see a stream of mist clearly coming out of the left fuel cap. Damnation! "Honey, we need to return and land." "Why would we need to do that?" "Because your husband was too stupid to make sure the fuel cap was completely tightened apparently!"

Turns out that the gasket/seal had reached its useful life and cap would not completely seal. With that and a previous experience of trying to clear from the fuel pump so another plane could fuel and forgetting to place fuel cap on, I have a fuel cap obsession. Double check and always check caps during take off. Surprising how much fuel siphons out in a short flight.


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 Post subject: Re: Disaster narrowly averted - fuel cap issue
PostPosted: 19 Sep 2017, 13:13 
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After 40+ years of flying Bonanzas and Barons, this leaking fuel cap/lifting fuel cell/erroneous high fuel quantity keeps coming up. This must be happening much more than what we read about.


I think that the fuel adapters (what the fuel cap screws into) are wearing out. I replaced mine 6 years ago. No leaks since.

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 Post subject: Re: Disaster narrowly averted - fuel cap issue
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You or your AP needs to report this to the FAA, forgot what they call them but they do log maintenance anomalies.


Ya ,,,, they're here to help! Right? SMH


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Scary stories! I'll be checking on gear up and sporadically in cruise from now on.


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Go here for info on fuel caps. Aircraft Sruce has real good pricing on the blue Orings

http://www.csobeech.com/fuel-caps.html


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