High CHT indication

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Ed Rawlings
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High CHT indication

Postby Ed Rawlings » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:40 am

On my most recent flight I noticed a high CHT indication only on the #1 side. When I cut power the CHT dropped. I was about 20 miles from home base so I proceeded at low power and landed with no issue. I did try to bring power back during those 20 miles but each time the CHT rose. When I downloaded the engine data I see that this happened on 6 flights since June when the airplane was new (Bristell with 912ULS) but I didn't notice them at the time. Oddly enough, when CHT#1 rises, CHT#2 falls. At its highest point on the last flight, CHT#1 rose to 259, while #2 dropped to 157. My question is - is that really possible? My understanding is that the Rotax CHT probes are really coolant temp probes. If there is only one coolant system, can one side really be 100 degrees higher than the other, or is it an indicator problem? Any comments would be appreciated.

3Dreaming
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Re: High CHT indication

Postby 3Dreaming » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:57 am

Whether it is a coolant temp or cylinder temp depends on the vintage of the engine. The heads with coolant temp probes have the probe on top at an angle near the exhaust port. The CHT heads have the probes on the bottom front left and bottom right.

A lot of times a problem like this is electrical and not an actual temp issue. I would check to see if there is a poor or broken ground connection.
Another thing you can do is make some jumper wires and switch the leads to the probes and see if the problem switches sides. Also take a look to see if the EGT temps changed during the same time period.

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Re: High CHT indication

Postby roger lee » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:29 am

Check the wiring connections first on the offending CHT. Make sure they are tight.
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Ed Rawlings
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Re: High CHT indication

Postby Ed Rawlings » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:40 am

Thanks for the input. I will do some checking.


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