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Posted: 9/4/2010 5:27:32 PM EST
I'm going to attempt to rebuild the nose strut in my 150 this weekend. Any tips? I am not an A and P, but have done most of the maintenance on my planes for as long as I have had them.
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Posted: 9/4/2010 5:59:09 PM EST
Super easy. Just make sure that after reassembly that you shim the torque link assembly good and tight to make sure that there is no issue with shimmy. It took me far longer to strip and paint the strut than it did to actually disassemble and replace the seals.
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Posted: 9/5/2010 2:32:33 AM EST
This may be remedial but make sure you release the air charge on the strut before you disconnect the scissor links.
Also the snap rings (have a rounded side and a sharp edge side) need to be installed with the correct side facing out or a hard landing can pop the gland out, I'v seen it happen with master cylinders alot.
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Posted: 9/5/2010 4:52:42 AM EST
Originally Posted By RiverSwine45:
This may be remedial but make sure you release the air charge on the strut before you disconnect the scissor links.
Also the snap rings (have a rounded side and a sharp edge side) need to be installed with the correct side facing out or a hard landing can pop the gland out, I'v seen it happen with master cylinders alot.


Excellent advice.

Also, pick up a seal kit like Cessna SK172-1F or http://www.mcfarlaneaviation.com/Products/?CategoryID=154&PartNumber=NSS-KT-1&
It will make the repair go faster and easier.
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Posted: 9/5/2010 1:22:09 PM EST
Thanks for the replies. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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