Cutlass gear help please!

Hello! I'm in the process of purchasing a 1981 172RG. I have flown this aircraft previously as a renter, now it's up for sale.

We flew a test flight yesterday, and upon selecting gear down with the handle, the gear safe indication (Green light) took much longer than normal to illuminate. We could see gear down on both sides. I didn't look in the mirror to see the nose gear, but I believe it took a good 20 seconds or so for the green light to come on. Airspeed was about 90 knots.

Does anyone know what the time from selecting gear down to seeing the green gear locked light illuminate should be?

Thanks in advance.


  • Scott ShererScott Sherer COO Forum Moderator

    Hi and thanks for writing. We all have this in our older retracts. Usually it's a failing or dirty microswitch on the landing gear. Check them out and clean them with brake cleaner or similar. If that doesn't do it, look at replacing them when you buy the plane. Good luck!

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Cessna Owners Organization Forum Moderator and Cessna Owners Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

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