Airworthiness Directive

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

Amendment 39-1991; AD 74-22-05



Airworthiness Directives; Piper Models PA-23, PA-23-160, PA-23-235, PA-23-250 and PA-E23-250 Airplanes
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DATES: Effective October 23, 1974.






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74-22-05 PIPER: Amendment 39-1991. Applies to Piper Models PA-23 and PA-23-160. Serial Nos. 23-1 to 23-2046 incl. and PA-23-235, PA-23-250 and PA-E23-250 Serial Nos. 27-1 to 27-3943 incl. except 27-3837.

Compliance required within 100 hours or ninety days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first.

In order to prevent the heater fuel valve stem and cap nut from backing off and spilling fuel, accomplish the following:

a. Inspect the stem and cap nut on Valves P/N's 17781-00 and 19460-00 for proper safetying and secureness in accordance with Apache Service Manual No. 752422, Section 13-138 or Aztec Service Manual No. 753564, Section 13-135 as applicable, and Piper Service Bulletin No. 401 dated May 21, 1974, or subsequent approved revisions, or equivalent methods approved by the Chief, Engineering and Manufacturing Branch, FAA, Eastern Region.

b. If the stem and nut are not secure or properly safetied, disassemble and inspect the stem, seat body and threads for damage in accordance with Section 13-135 or 13-138 of the applicable airplane Service Manual. Any part found damaged must be replaced with a serviceable part. Also, replace the cap nut (or the complete assembly if necessary) with a like part which has been drilled for MS20995C41 safety wire, or has equivalent safetying provisions approved by the Chief, Engineering & Manufacturing Branch, FAA, Eastern Region.

c. Re-install valve assembly, safety wire cap nut and pressure check fuel system in accordance with Section 13-136 or 13-139 of applicable Airplane Service Manual and Piper Service Bulletin No. 401, or equivalent methods approved by the Chief, Engineering & Manufacturing Branch, FAA, Eastern Region.

d. Aircraft may be flown to a base where the maintenance required by this Airworthiness Directive may be performed per FAR's 21.197 and 21.199.

This amendment is effective October 23, 1974.