Cessna Q&A: A cracked engine case, the often-overlooked suction screen, and replacing a deflector assembly

Written by Steve Ells
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April 2014-

Q: Hi Steve,

I’m bummed. My mechanic called to tell me that the engine case of the left Continental IO-520-M in my 1975 Cessna 310R is cracked. But he also said that he’s going to do some research to find out if it’s okay to fly with the crack.

How can that be? Isn’t the case one of the most critical parts of these engines? I’ve taken a picture of the crack. (See photo on pg. xx. —Ed.)

—Dazed and Confused

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