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Old 7th Jan 2017, 10:57
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Join Date: Sep 2009
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I always turn props backwards
Presumably you listen carefully for the 'Tink' sound of a breaking vane on a dry vacuum pump?

From another forum.

I know better, being a mechanic and all. I park my little Porsche 914 in front of the wing of the Comanche. To get the best clearance I swing the prop vertical so I can back in or pull out with ease. Well, the last time it was just a little off and i pushed it backwards and thought I heard a little "tink". Didn't think much of it until I flew down to Eugene, Or. and noticed the vacuum gauge needle flickering a bit. Upon the return trip no vacuum at all. Needless to say the Comanche has a new vacuum pump on it now... Oh and the one inner lower nut, washer and lockwasher was a real pain in the butt too.
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