Broken starter ring gear teeth.


Broken Starter Ring Gear Teeth

Many times the starter ring gear is overlooked on an inspection. On this particular aircraft there were multiple broken teeth at various points around the gear, necessitating removal and replacement, which was detailed in an article [“Maintenance Matters: Did a Starter Kickback Knock Your Teeth Out?”] by Dave Prizio in the January 2015 issue of KITPLANES. It’s not that difficult, with the hardest part being the removal and replacement of the constant-speed prop.

—Vic Syracuse

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Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.


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