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    dvance at star-comm.net
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    Grease Flow

    I know the subject line looks silly, but that's what I have on the
    front gear leg housing. Seems like in every annual, whoever does the
    work loves to throw a ton of black grease onto the front steering
    joint. When I fly, engine heat causes the stuff to drip down onto
    the front landing gear in a nasty looking streak covering perhaps the
    aft 30% of the housing.
    I clean it up, but next time up, i get more sludge on the white
    housing which makes the plane look ratty.
    Any suggestions?
    David
    81N

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    Grease Flow

    At 02:12 PM 3/17/2006 -0600, David Vance wrote:
    >I know the subject line looks silly, but that's what I have on the front
    >gear leg housing. Seems like in every annual, whoever does the work loves
    >to throw a ton of black grease onto the front steering joint. When I fly,
    >engine heat causes the stuff to drip down onto the front landing gear in a
    >nasty looking streak covering perhaps the aft 30% of the housing.


    On our Sundowner we take it as the gear being properly greased. When it
    stops, we re-grease!

    The grease is handy. You can stick your finger in it and lube the fuel cap
    mechanism. <G>

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    mike at rellihan.com
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    Grease Flow

    As has been said, to some extent this is normal. If the engine tends to leak oil near the centerline, it makes things worse, as the oil blackens, thins, and spreads the grease. Cleaning attempts that involve sprays and solvents usually make things worse. You can try the following, and see whether it helps.
    - Pump grease into the nose until clean grease flows out.
    -Get the weight off the nose gear. If you are gentle, you can do this by putting weight in the baggage area, then holding down and tying down the tail. You want the nose tire hanging loose, and just clear of the ground.
    - Then re-grease until clean grease runs out.
    - Lower the plane back down onto the nose gear.
    - Use paper towels, with no solvents, to clean off all the excess grease that extrudes out of the joint. You can fold the towels lengthwise, and pull them into the groove area, to lift out excess grease.

    Another thing that makes the grease run-out worse is excess play in the nose gear. And if there is any leaking oil in the area of the nose gear, there won't be much you can do to reduce the run-out.


    ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
    From: David Vance <dvance@star-comm.net>
    Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 14:12:09 -0600

    I know the subject line looks silly, but that's what I have on the
    front gear leg housing. Seems like in every annual, whoever does the
    work loves to throw a ton of black grease onto the front steering
    joint. When I fly, engine heat causes the stuff to drip down onto
    the front landing gear in a nasty looking streak covering perhaps the
    aft 30% of the housing.
    I clean it up, but next time up, i get more sludge on the white
    housing which makes the plane look ratty.
    Any suggestions?
    David
    81N

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    av8tor8770m at sbcglobal.
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    Grease Flow

    Paint your nose wheel casting so that it does not show. I had the same
    problem, and I see it on a lot of others.
    Al Todd

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "David Vance" <dvance@star-comm.net>
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    Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 3:12 PM
    Subject: [BAC-Mail] Grease Flow


    > I know the subject line looks silly, but that's what I have on the
    > front gear leg housing. Seems like in every annual, whoever does the
    > work loves to throw a ton of black grease onto the front steering
    > joint. When I fly, engine heat causes the stuff to drip down onto
    > the front landing gear in a nasty looking streak covering perhaps the
    > aft 30% of the housing.
    > I clean it up, but next time up, i get more sludge on the white
    > housing which makes the plane look ratty.
    > Any suggestions?
    > David
    > 81N
    >
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