Thoughts on aging aircraft (mine) maintenance
[FONT="]I've been dealing with maintenance issues on my 1977 twin recently that have been annoying at best and totally frustrating at worst. My airframe has about 4,000 hours on it and it's in pretty good shape. I've been restoring it for the last 14 years but the problems that I've had aren't related to restoration or normal maintenance. In the last two years I've replaced all of the electrical switches on the instrument panel because a few have failed. I found them cheaply by hunting on the web and installing them myself. I have also been replacing buried microswitches that are installed all over the airplane. Squat switches on landing year, for example, as well as a flap handle detent microswitch and two microswitches attached to the throttles. Additionally, I've been replacing aging wiring in the engine compartments and TIT sensors, too. These minor failures have resulted in many annoying outages and flight cancelling situations. Short of gutting the airplane and rebuilding it from the ground up, there doesn't seem to be any solution except to deal with it. Are you having similar experiences on your aircraft?[/FONT]
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