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Islander Jock
10th May 2008, 05:59
Have had a couple of Lycoming IO360 camshafts that have had excessive wear on the lobes which was not detected until strip down for o'haul of the engine. By excessive I mean even I as an untrained person could look at it and say "WTF"? :eek: The symptom was a decrease of power but with the usual checks of compression and prop condition, the engineers were unable to pinpoint the problem. After the first overhaul with a new cam fitted the engine went like a dream but the new camshaft supplied by Lycoming has shown the same problem when stripped down due to a prop strke. This is after only about 1000 hrs.
Is this a common problem with camshafts on the IO360? More importantly, what is Lycoming's position on these with regard to warranty?

11th May 2008, 02:18
Unfortunately, what you are describing is 'normal' for Lycomings. There has been a great deal of discussion over the years about Lycoming pre-mature camlobe and follower wear. There are a couple of STC's out to try and increase the oil supply to the affected areas. These apparently work. I have lost count of how many engines we have had stripped, either for inspection or overhaul, where the camshaft was shot, and well before the specified overhaul time.

Oh, and Lycoming blame everybody else and it is not their fault. i.e. no oil in the engine, wrong oil in engine, revving to max chat from cold, etc


11th May 2008, 02:58
True story; it's the nature of the construction with the cam on top.

That said, a preoiler will do wonders to help reduce that wear.

11th May 2008, 05:00
Hardened roller rockers aren't exactly new technology but why don't they fly ?

Islander Jock
11th May 2008, 10:06
When you say preoiler. How is that achieved? Is it an ad on to the engine or a matter of hand turning the prop to get some oil over the cams before start?

Just to clarify my opening post. The wear was noticed at about 100hrs not 1000hrs :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

11th May 2008, 16:55
Not too much experience or time with the IO360. The other person that responded when he said something about the location of the cam being on the top of the engine is the problem-a design flaw. Being on the top of the engine it does not get oiled.
The fix I used is the Ney Nozzle. Do a google search.
What he does is to drill into oil galleys in the case and installs nozzels that spray oil on the cam.
Preoiler is another good idea.
I believe with both install you should get long life from the 360!

Wes Afra

12th May 2008, 12:57
Islander Jock,
Just seen your latest post. 100 hrs is justifiable for warranty, providing that 100 hrs hasn't taken 5 years to clock up. I have seen camshafts that have failed inspection after 700 hrs, but not 100 hrs. If your engine was reassembled by an approved organisation (i.e. Part 145) who purchased the items either direct or through the local Lycoming agent, then I feel you have straightforward grounds for a warranty claim, including the labour. If it was done another way, you may have difficulty.
As westafricaops says, the Ney Nozzle modification, which is one of the STC's I was refering to earlier, works.


Islander Jock
21st May 2008, 16:17
Very appriate name for this thread. :ok:
Thanks for that advice, I'll look into that Ney Nozzle mod you refer to.

The engine was certainly overhauled and assembled by an approved organisation and we are chasing up the warranty for the cam through the supplier.

27th May 2008, 00:12
The suface of the cam followers in contact with the cam shaft are 'case hardened'. As the engine gets older this hard casing breaks up and the followers become badly 'pitted' the casing that is left around each pit mark thus leaves sharp hard edges to the pits (a bit like a pot hole in the road). These pittings then serve only to distroy the cam lobe by shaving the metal off them. Once it has started there is no way to stop it. Prevention is the only way to keep your engine in good condition. A 'collapsed' hydraulic tappit should be investigated and rectified immediately, there should be no tappit noise, since the hammer action of the cam against the follower can chip the case hardening off the follower. The cam rotates at half engine speed, so any 'tapping' at that speed may indicate a collapsed tappit. Making sure you have the correct grade of oil for the operating temperature and allowing your engine to warm up before any 'speed' demands are put upon it, is very important. Thick oil in winter is a killer! once the engine has been run in, an oil additive has proved to be helpful (we used STP or Wynns), this these products leave a coating of lubricant on the mating surfaces of the follower and the cam lobe so that (especially when left for a while) the components do not start up in an unlubricated 'dry' state.

Rgs. Bob.

Chief Erwin
30th May 2008, 08:53
lyc have an additive that they add to the oil to help prevent (well delay wear) it also help with the sticking valve problems.
i cant remember the number but will find it out for you.

A and C
30th May 2008, 10:22
If you use Aeroshell multigrade or the Aeroshell plus oils these already have the "lycoming addative" included.

13th Aug 2011, 12:52
How did you turn out on your warranty? I am in a similar situation, my engine was torn down at 550 hrs due to metal contamination from the cam. Had a prop strike 17 mo later, 60 hrs on the engine, & the cam looks horrible. So far, according to my A&P the warranty is being denied, as it is over a yr. Any helpful hints and / or prevention tips from your perspective would be great. Thanks,

13th Aug 2011, 13:04
Thankfully, Lycomings now come with roller lifters. One thing to consider with the Ney STC is that you are stuck with that case, I don't think Lycoming would look kindly upon any core value during an exchange situation.

Consider these two mitigations. ASL Camguard oil additive and this mod.

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