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Old 08-21-2005, 07:41 PM
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Had a great day today! Five flights on my Hostspot with a 2300.

However I had to connect the propane directly to the engine, as my propane solenoid got stuck closed after the first flight (Thanks to the GNM regulator, no issue starting it).

Any way to "un-stuck" the solenoid?

Also my starter started to make a strange mechanical whine when running the cool down, but not when starting the engine. Any idea what's up with that?


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Hi Edgar


Glas to hear you had some goos flights with the HotSpot/2300. Fro what I've heard, you haven't had a lot of good flying weather lately.

You could try lubricating the valve with a drop or two of 3 in 1 oil. If that doesn't solve it, let me know and we'll try the next step.

Have you check the o-ring on your starter to see if it is worn or if it has moved away from the compressor nut?

Ed


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Had a great day today! Five flights on my Hostspot with a 2300.

However I had to connect the propane directly to the engine, as my propane solenoid got stuck closed after the first flight (Thanks to the GNM regulator, no issue starting it).

Any way to "un-stuck" the solenoid?

Also my starter started to make a strange mechanical whine when running the cool down, but not when starting the engine. Any idea what's up with that?


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Have you check the o-ring on your starter to see if it is worn or if it has moved away from the compressor nut?
Will try the 3 in 1 oil.

I have not checked the o-ring, and not sure how to do it. Will check. Any advice on the process?

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Hi Edgar

To check the o-ring, all you have to do is unscrew the front half of the starter housing. Before moving the starter motor itself, mark a line on the motor at the edge of the threading. This will ensure that you can reset the motor to the same depth afterwards. Remove the starer and check the condition of the o-ring. If it is badly worn, simply reverse it and re-install it in the starter bendix.

If this doesn't solve it, PM a phone number and time I can call and talk to you.

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Have you check the o-ring on your starter to see if it is worn or if it has moved away from the compressor nut?
Will try the 3 in 1 oil.

I have not checked the o-ring, and not sure how to do it. Will check. Any advice on the process?

Thanks,
Old 09-04-2005, 03:56 PM
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Hi Ed,

I was able to check/reverse the starter o-ring. Will check if noise disappear on next weekend. They seems to be about 1/2 inch diameter or-ring. Is that correct? Will like to have some spares.

The oil thing for the propane solenoid did not work. Next step?. For now I'm using your regulator direct to turbine with no problem.

BTW, do you have some of the kavan glow plug that comes originally with the turbine. Will like to buy some.
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G'day from downunder,
Had a similar problem with one of my solenoids. Try some silicon lubricant (spray can), it worked for me.
Cheers
Ken
Old 09-05-2005, 07:17 AM
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Thanks Ken, will give it a try.

Anybody know the voltage to "activate" the solenoid? I want to check it without turning on the ECU.

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Hi Edgar

The solenoid will open with 2.5V. I have two AA taped together with leads off each end for testing.

Ed

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