Engine Running Rough at Idle, What’s the Solution?

A person typing on a laptop.This research assignment simulates a problem that an FAA examiner may provide during the oral or practical portion of the powerplant exam.

An owner of a single engine airplane with a Lycoming engine has a problem with the engine running rough at idle. You are the maintainer and must troubleshoot. The owner explains:

“The engine has been operating properly for the past 50 hours. When the engine was started for a flight, it started running rough at idle.”

For this assignment, explain how to begin the troubleshooting process and identify the engine instruments you will use to determine the cause of the problem.

Use the module readings as a starting point. Explore the Hunt Library and the Internet for additional sources. The research paper must be a minimum of two pages (not to exceed three pages). This does not include the title or reference page. Your paper must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Title page, body (minimum two pages, not to exceed three pages), and reference page.
  • Use current APA format and style.
  • Include double spacing, 1-inch margins, and size 12 point font.
  • Include in-text citations and list a minimum of three sources on the reference page.
  • Use proper grammar and sentence structure.

Readings and videos:

The following reading material will prepare you for the learning activities and assignments in this module.

Aviation Maintenance Technician Series: Powerplant

  • Chapter 5 Ignition Systems (pp. 233 – 263)
  • Chapter 9 Operation and Maintenance (pp. 295 – 350)
  • Chapter 16 Instrument Systems (pp. 557 – 570) 

Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook – Powerplant (FAA) – https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/erau/reader.action?docID=5521193&ppg=1

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