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     1. 07:51 PM - 912 ULS sudden rough running on mag check (Dave)

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    Time: 07:51:06 PM PST US
    From: Dave <>
    Subject: 912 ULS sudden rough running on mag check
    My engine ran fine on a local flight to a neighboring airport last week. When leaving, I had some vibration, rough running that is not characteristic to my engine. I powered up the boost pump and it seemed a little better so I continued to taxi. Just prior to the run up area I got a few more shakes so I pulled off to check under the cowling. I found nothing amiss so I continued to checklist and mag check. My A side ran fine but B dropped 150 or so then ran fine. I flew the 30 min flight home without incident and arriving at the hanger did my usual shutdown mag check. The B side shook like crazy and I could not power through the rough running. Heres what I found. Grounds all normal. Checking the trigger coils resistance all was normal. I took the connectors apart and established continuity to the triggers. Checked the coil primary side and one had no resistance, meaning two cylinders got no spark. I used a pin and checked the white wire near the coil and got good readings. Moved the pin 1 inch past the connector and still good. Now I removed the pin from the connector and the wire felt limp about 1/8 below the pin at the base of the connector boot. I dissected the wire with an exacto and sure enough the wire was completely broken. I was able to repair the connection as the wire was long enough. Put it all back together and it purrs like a kitten. It actually may be smoother than it was on more recent flights so Ill bet it was going for some time and finally gave up the ghost. Perhaps this will help someone else if they experience similar issues. Dave Alberti

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