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While unable to start my RANS S-19 with Rotax 912ULS, I checked the Bing 64 Carb bowls. While looking at them, I dropped 2 floats on the Tarmac from about 4 foot height.

They appear undamaged but is there any way to test?

Due to the cost of about $150/pair, I rather not just assume they are bad.

Thanks,

Larry

  • Re: BING 64 FLOATS

    by » one month ago


    You could try weighing them dry  - then putting them into a "bath" of petrol for for a day or two . Try and submerge them / completely covered in fuel.

    Weigh again immediately after removing from the fuel.

    Extra weight (beyond a smidgeon for wet fuel), they are cactus.

    Same weight good to go.


  • Re: BING 64 FLOATS

    by » one month ago


    That drop shouldn't have hurt them. They are too light in weight to have much impact.

    So did you get your Rans started?


    Roger Lee
    LSRM-A & Rotax Instructor & Rotax IRC
    Tucson, AZ Ryan Airfield (KRYN)
    520-349-7056 Cell


  • Re: BING 64 FLOATS

    by » one month ago


    Thanks Sean.


  • Re: BING 64 FLOATS

    by » one month ago


    Roger -

    When pulling off the bowls, there was only about a 1/4" of fuel in them. Turned on the Electric Fuel Pump and fuel flowed out the Carbs. Assumed possibly Vapor Lock (NOTE: I run 91 Octane, Ethanol free, MOGAS exclusively.).

    After that, Engine started right up. I shut down and started 2 more times successfully. Put the cowling back on and taxi to Run Up to follow another friend back about 12 miles to KLMO from KEIK airport.

    Taxi and Run up were good. Took off, with Electric Pump on, and about 400' AGL, engine started stuttering. It kept running but acting like it was pulsating for fuel. Was able to fly back with friend off my wing tip over sparse land ready to go down.

    Taxi back to hangar and put up. (NOTE: Flight from KLMO to KEIK was good with no issues. Stopped for about 20 minutes before trying to start up unsuccessfully per above. Prior to removing bowls, replaced battery and tried backup Ducati Regulator with no difference.)

    Not convinced this was Vapor Lock but possibly some other restriction of Fuel Flow. It stuttered during my BFR in May but not again until this. Changed the Fuel Filter at the May time and believe I had a few small rubber pieces come out of line. Believe rubber as they bent when pressed with finger nail vs breaking up.

    Have now moved into Ed Babovec (KLMO Rotax Certified A&P) for complete Rubber replacement. This will include: all Fuel, Oil, & Water Lines; Carb Rebuild kits; New Mechanical and Electric Fuel Pumps; New UMA Fuel Pressure Sender; and removal of Red Cube FT-60 Fuel Sender (Don't use it and it just one more item I added to fuel system.).

    Rotax 912ULS is S/N 6780858. I only have 223 hours total time on Engine & Airframe since first flight May 2019 but engine was purchased by builder in early 2013.


  • Re: BING 64 FLOATS

    by » one month ago


    Hmmmmmm,

    Might be a good time to blow out all fuel lines, check filters and check any Banjo bolts for debris. I'm with you as it does kind of sound like a fuel delivery issue. Do you have a fuel pressure gauge and or a flow meter?


    Roger Lee
    LSRM-A & Rotax Instructor & Rotax IRC
    Tucson, AZ Ryan Airfield (KRYN)
    520-349-7056 Cell


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