Starting the Engine Safely


This tip was submitted by Tom Hoffman, Glasair III.

With 650 hours on the aircraft, N54ODE recently experienced failure of the starter solenoid, which is not normally a major problem. However, in this case the failure occurred when, on release of the starter switch, the solenoid remained closed, allowing continued current flow to the starter. This destroyed the armature and field windings and did some bearing damage, necessitating complete overhaul of the starter.

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