>My plane was in for service of the gages, I got a call today and the
>mechanic said the inlet side of the vacuum system was missing! The
>gages were filthy and need to be replaced. The air was not being
>filtered before going through the gages.

Wonder who took the inlet filter and tubing out. This is on EVERY Annual Inspection Checklist, so who did your last annual(s)?

> What would be your next step in correcting this problem? I am
>expecting I need new gages and the inlet side of the system, what
>expenses should I be expecting?

The Attitude Indicator and the Directional Gyro may need an OH (or they will soon). Don't know that you need "new gages", just to clean and Oh the ones you currently have.

The tubing and clamps are cheap, the filter housing and mounting hardware can be bought cheaply from a salvage yard. Those parts are not damaged in most crashes, and there is next to NO call for them, so they ought to be plentiful and CHEAP.

I'd be looking at FIRING your regular mechanic, since he is clearly not bothering to even stick his nose under the panel during the annual inspection. Wonder what else he is pencil whipping? Its your life, and your loved ones that are in danger from inadequate inspection.

I'd also ask how long you have had it, and what sort of Pre-Buy inspection you had. Looks like many people SHOULD have looked under the panel before now. Wonder why no one bothered to in the past?

--Bob Steward A&P IA
Birmingham, AL

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