SIL RS-67 - Precision Airmotive

SIL RS-67 - Precision Airmotive
Service Information
Letter - Fuel Systems
Issued 11/20/02
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Idle Speed and Mixture Adjustments for RSA Fuel Injection
To provide comprehensive idle speed and mixture adjustment procedures.
A. EFFECTIVITY: All aircraft using RSA fuel injection systems.
B. DESCRIPTION: The following procedures may be used to inspect and set idle speed and
mixture settings. The recommended interval between inspections is every 25 hours for the first
100 hours and at every 100 hour or annual inspection thereafter.
Refer to the aircraft maintenance manual for idle speed and mixture setting procedures and
limitations. If the aircraft maintenance manual has no procedures and limitations, the following
instructions should be followed:
1. Start the engine and warm up in the usual manner until the oil temperature is in the 140 to
180 degrees F range. To eliminate any possible effects from vapor formation, the engine
should be cold prior to startup (see paragraph C.13). The relationship of the aircraft to the
direction of the prevailing wind will have an effect on the propeller load and its RPM; hence,
it is advisable to make the idle setting with the aircraft crosswind.
2. Run the engine at the RPM recommended in the aircraft flight manual for magneto check for
a minimum of 30 seconds to clear engine before performing the following checks.
3. Check magnetos in accordance with instructions furnished in the aircraft operational manual.
If the “mag-drop” is excessive, check for fouled plugs. If the “mag-drop” is normal, proceed
with idle adjustment.
4. Move the cockpit throttle control to idle and release the control. Set throttle stop screw so
that the engine idles at the airframe manufacturer’s recommended idling speed. If the
airframe manufacturer’s information does not have an idle RPM setting, 700 RPM - 750
RPM is recommended. If the RPM changes appreciably after making idle adjustment during
the succeeding steps, readjust the idle speed to the desired RPM.
S.I.L. RS-67
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5. When the idle speed has stabilized, move the cockpit mixture control very slowly toward the
“idle cut-off” position. If the aircraft is equipped with a vernier mixture control, use the
vernier. If the aircraft does not have a vernier mixture control, move the control in very small
increments and allow a few seconds for the engine to respond between mixture control
movements. Observe the tachometer for changes in engine RPM during this leaning process.
Continue leaning until a definite drop in engine RPM is indicated on the tachometer. The
maximum observed RPM during the leaning process is “best power” RPM. An increase in
RPM while “leaning out” indicates the mixture is richer than best power. An immediate
decrease in RPM (not preceded by an increase) indicates the idle mixture is set too lean.
Caution must be exercised to return the mixture control to the “Full Rich” position before the
RPM can drop to a point where the engine cuts out.
6. The optimum idle setting is one that is rich enough to provide a satisfactory acceleration
under all conditions and lean enough to prevent spark plug fouling or rough operation. A rise
of 10-40 RPM will usually satisfy both of these conditions.
7. If the above indicates that the idle adjustment is too rich or too lean, turn the idle mixture
adjustment in the direction required for correction, and check this new position by repeating
the above procedure. Make additional adjustments as necessary until a check results in the
desired RPM rise. Each time the adjustment is changed, the engine should be run up to the
RPM used for the magneto check to clear the engine before proceeding with the RPM check.
8. The actual idle mixture adjustment is made by the lengthening (richening) or shortening
(leaning) of the linkage between the throttle lever and idle valve lever. The center screw
assembly has right hand threads on both ends but one end has a No. 10-24 thread and the
other end has a No. 10-32 thread. The screw assembly also has a thumb wheel or a hex nut in
between the course and fine threads to be used as a means of adjustment. For easy reference,
consider only the coarse thread end. When it is turned out of its block, the linkage becomes
longer and a richer mixture is provided. When it is turned into its block, the linkage is
shortened and a leaner mixture is provided. Many servos have an “R” and an arrow engraved
on one of the links to indicate which way to turn the screw assembly to enrichen the mixture.
9. A major adjustment is available for use when the screw assembly bottoms out on either of the
blocks. If the idle adjustment is almost satisfactory, measure the distance between the two
blocks. Disconnect the spring (when applicable) from the most accessible linkage pin and
remove the linkage pin, wave and flat washer. Turn the block and adjustment screw until the
adjusting wheel is centered and the distance between blocks is as previously measured.
Reinstall the linkage pin, flat, and wave washer and spring (if used). There is now additional
adjustment range and the reference point is retained.
10. Make the final idle speed adjustment to obtain the desired idling RPM with closed throttle.
11. The above method aims at a setting that will be suitable for a normal range of atmospheric
conditions. In case the setting does not remain stable, check the idle linkage; any looseness
in this linkage would cause erratic idling. In all cases, allowance should be made for the
effect of weather conditions and field altitude upon idling adjustment.
S.I.L. RS-67
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12. Idle speed and mixture adjustments made according to this method should require very little
further attention except for significant variations in temperature and altitude. Under some
conditions the mixture rise may fall outside of the values set during adjustment. It is
normally acceptable to have no rise as long as the RPM remains within ±50 RPM of the
original setting. It is also normally acceptable to have a rise of up to 75 RPM as long as the
engine continues to run smoothly.
13. If the system has been set up in accordance with the above instructions and the mixture does
not meet the criteria set in paragraph C.12 after a short period of time, further troubleshooting
is in order. If the system is set in accordance with this letter (prior to extended engine runs or
flights), and the mixture does not meet the criteria after flight (especially in warm weather),
vapor formation may be indicated. See the publications referenced in paragraph D for further
information. If no other discrepancies are found, the servo should be removed and sent to an
approved repair facility for evaluation.
1. Precision Airmotive
RSA-5 & RSA-10AD1 Operations and Service Manual
RSA Fuel Injection System Training Manual
Troubleshooting Techniques for the Precision Airmotive RSA Fuel Metering
2. Textron Lycoming
SI 1497 Engine Procedures for Flight Training Operations
SI 1498 Recommended Engine Procedures for Purging Vapor During Ground Operations
Spark Plug Fouling
Recommendations to Avoid Valve Sticking
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