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JohnF



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:02 am    Post subject: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Van's RV-12 Rotax 912-ULS

After new oil line install I now have a strange (to me) oil pressure indication

When I start the engine and taxi out the oil pressure reads typically 58-psi at 150-degrees F. When in cruise at 5100-rpm the oil pressure reads around 41-psi at 200-degrees F. That's at the bottom of the green arc. Reduced power in the pattern at 3300-rpm oil reads 58/205 or so.

Standing still after taxi in, oil temp/pressure stays around 58/195 (at)4000rpm

This all seems backwards to me. The oil level is full..right up to the flat on the dip stick. Not using any oil, engine runs fine...

Your ideas?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

What "oil line" did you change? Is oil line installation still per Van's plans? Did you do an oil system "purge" after you changed the oil line? Need more info.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:49 am    Post subject: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Yes, oil system purged twice...all lines were replaced using Aircraft
Specialty 'drop-in' made to spec lines.

John
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:22 pm    Post subject: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

On 2017-07-16 20:49, John Fasching wrote: [quote] [quote]--> RotaxEngines-List message posted by: "John Fasching" <n29cx(at)ridgeviewtel.us (n29cx(at)ridgeviewtel.us)> Yes, oil system purged twice...all lines were replaced using Aircraft Specialty 'drop-in' made to spec lines. John ---

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:14 am    Post subject: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Hi John
Have you found the problem?
Carl

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

No, Carl, I have not resolved the oddity yet...no time to work on it..perhaps in a few days...will post any results.
John


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:03 am    Post subject: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Hi John
Had the exact same problem when my engine had 142 hrs; it now has 850.
After a lot of experimenting I traced the problem to the relief valve. Rotax
wanted to sell me a new pump.
The fix was to make shims out of ,016 and .025 aluminium to place under the
check valve spring to find the right combination to solve the problem.
Cheap and it worked..
Good luck
Carl

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Thanks, Carl, now I have to figure out where the check valve is...have printed rotax manuals so I should be able to find it...so many other life-related things going on right now so its going to be a bit before I can plunge into this.

I thank you very much for your assistance.

John


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Thanks again, Karl. I found a rotax service bulletin with drawings and instructions for the shim and its location, etc. All pretty straight forward. Now to find the time to open the cowling and have at it. Thanks again.

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Roger Lee



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:04 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Do not shim the oil pressure unless you double check the oil pressure with a separate mechanical gauge. It's very rare a Rotax has a real oil pressure issue at the sprint and ball bearing. Many people over pressure a system by doing this without double checking.
It is quite normal for the oil pressure to drop or fluctuate some as the engine warms and with more rpm.
Air in the oil pressure hose can cause this and will work its way out.
More likely causes are a poor ground. A poor ground will cause the oil pressure to drop as throttle is increased and it goes back up when throttle is reduced. To rule this completely out take a wire and go around the ground that is in place and or tighten all grounds tight. A meter usually will only show that you have a ground, but not that it is solid or poor.
The second most common is the sender going bad. Depending on what sender you have they work on resistance and it just needs to be replaced.
VDO's did this and the Honeywell senders had issues to.

p.s.
41 psi is still acceptable even if the sender is off.


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b.carl@sympatico.ca



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:48 am    Post subject: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Hi John,
Good idea to read the tech manual, I did all of those thing that Mr Lee
recommends and more; found nothing cured the problem. The Rotax people in
Vernon said they knew of three other engines with the same problem and
changing the pump was the cure. After two weeks of changing parts: oil lines
,oil, oil filter, check valve and measuring oil intake suction and outlet
pressures I finally exchanged the complete oil pump from a friend's engine
and found my engine worked just fine with his pump. That proved to me that
the problem was in the pump.
The Pump is a simple gear type; it either produces pressure or it does not
Mine produced good pressure for 10 minutes then in less than a minute
dropped by ~10 psi. I knew then it had to be the check valve.
My fix was 14 years ago and it was a combination of one or two .016/025 alum
shims, (I do not remember exactly). that solved the problem It has worked
like a charm.for a further 700 hrs My press after a total of 856 hrs is a
solid high 60 low 70 on start and settles to 50/52 after warm-up
I just remembered that my oil press gauge needle fluctuated slightly before
the fix; now it is steady This maybe a further symptom of this problem..I
recommend you try this fix before you start disassembling the rest of your
oil system.
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JohnF



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Thank you, Carl,

I have a bi-annual flight review scheduled for tomorrow and then after that I will, over the next few days, pull the cowl and try the shims you suggest. I had already de-oxed and re-tightened connections to the oil pressure sender and nothing there helped...will let you and the other readers on this site, how the shim change worked out.

Thanks again.
John


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:19 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

JohnF wrote:
... I will... pull the cowl and try the shims you suggest.


Before you do anything else, I suggest replacing the oil pump's pressure spring, part no. 838122. It tends to wear along the side, and that affects the oil pressure.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

OK, I just ordered a replacement new spring, due in a few days, and will dig into this when its received.

FBR went just fine today...good for another two years.

thanks again, men.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

I received the new oil pressure relief spring and installed it yesterday. The actual installation only took two minutes, but I spent a miserable 1.5-hours putting back the lower cowl. Since installing the new oil hoses the oil cooler doesn't "hang" as before and getting the bottom of the cooler notches to slip into the cowl's engagement 'knobs" is a real pain. I finally wedged a small soft foam ball between the oil cooler and the muffler to properly position the cooler so that it would engage the 'knobs'....but what a pain. Was able to reach in from behind to remove the ball after the cowl was on.

I flew this morning....idle and taxi pressures 55-60-psi...in flight at 5030 rpm the oil pressure ran 45-psi, about 4-psi more than before....stayed there during the flight....upon landing and taxi it rose again into to 50-or-so range.

I am going to live with this for a while before trying anything else...as Roger said, it might be an air bubble that might work it self out..

More if progress is made.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:40 am    Post subject: Re: Oil Pressure Oddity Reply with quote

Hi John,
The results you are now getting can be fairly normal as the idle and cruise oil pressure can be a little different. Many times this ends up the sender causing the problem and can even be a digital instrument software issue.


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