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Learjet: Corroded Pistons on Main Actuator

May 2013


Dry felt with damage to D-ring

Dry felt with damage to D-ring

What is left after dry felt is removed

Corrode felt groove area

Corroded felt groove area

During recent inspections, Duncan Aviation accessory technicians have found corrosion on the pistons in the Main Actuator. This area becomes susceptible to corrosion when there is a lack of lubrication on the piston rod felt wiper. Without lubrication, the felt absorbs water and begins to corrode the piston and aluminum housing. If corrosion develops, the piston must be sent out to be re-chromed at a minimum of a six-week downtime or replaced with a new unit. There is no repair for the aluminum housing, it must be replaced.

When the aircraft sits idle, the actuator is fully extended. This is when the shaft should be lubricated. Lubricating the piston rod felt wiper is a Chapter Five item. Refer to the Learjet Maintenance Manual for the proper procedures and frequency.

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