Much too windy to fly today so I started my "annual inspection". I
continue to be amazed at what little maintenance it takes to keep the KR
flying. I pulled the wheel covers off to check air pressure (an annual
event) and one tire was down 2 1/2 pounds and the other 5 pounds. Brake
pads good and bearings repacked 30 hour ago. Aired tires back to 26
pounds. I haven't had to add fluid or fix a leak for 15 years now. My
tires show little wear with the toe-in / toe-out set to zero but right
main is showing weather cracks in the tread after 6 years and 200+
flight hours (estimate 300+ landings). I just ordered a set from Desser
(retreads) as that's all I've been running now for 20+ years with not a
hint of a problem. Here is a photo of left main, right main shows a bit
I just did engine checks within the last month so I won't repeat.
Checked compression, adjusted mag timing, oil change and filter and air
filter. I did all that in finding and fixing the oil leak I've been
tracking down for the last 50 hour or so. It turned out to be a bad
gasket under the left front cylinder push rod cover.
Another 3 or so hours of inspection / maintenance and it will be ready
for another year.
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