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Old 05-20-18, 08:18 PM
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Question Brake performance question?

I have had the same 337 for over 25 years, and all that time the brakes barely hold past about 50 percent takeoff power. It starts creeping along, Normal?

I just had both brake cylinders and calipers redone / overhauled, and the same.

Mechanic was freaked out that he couldn't hold the airplane at takeoff power, but I told him its always been that way and not to worry.

Do you use metallic or organic pads?


David Wartofsky
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Fort Washington, MD 20744
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Old 05-20-18, 11:03 PM
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Doesn't sound normal to me. I know on my T337G I can hold against takeoff power with no difficulty. I'm not sure what pads I have though.

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I have a C model 1968 and I can hold full power
Organic pads
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Old 05-22-18, 08:40 AM
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Brake performance question?

Hello. I have a very tried '65 C337 with organic pads and have no problems with holding full power with the brakes, but I do have a mechanical brake handle NOT the hydraulic that you may have. If so you might want your mechanic to check the parking brake "HOLDING" valve for a leak or worn 'O' rings in the valve!
Hope this helps.
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Mine were a little sketchy. We changed the bleeder screws; bled the brakes and now they're quite firm with good stopping/holding grip.
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Old 05-24-18, 02:06 PM
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Brake Performance question

I have new Cessna surplus brake bleeder fitting assembly kits for about 1/2 Cessna prices. The kit p/n C163030-0409 contains: seat, screw and cap.

Cessna brakes can sometimes be troublesome. I force hydraulic fluid up thru the bleeder fitting with a pump type oil can and plastic hose. I also grind a 1/4 inch box wrench so that it is thinner and can fit onto the bleeder fitting along with the plastic hose. Place rags or paper towels around and under the brake master cylinders because hydraulic fluid will come out of the small hole in the top of the plastic plug on the top of the master cylinder.
Step 1. Place the 1/4 inch box wrench on the bleeder fitting first, then the plastic hose, turn the bleeder fitting 1/4 to 1/2 turn and start pumping hydraulic fluid. (it helps to have a helper) Pump as much fluid as you can, 10 to 20 pumps. Close the bleeder fitting.
Step 2. Go to the brake peddles and pump them vigorously 10 to 20 times to get any air out of the system. If the brakes are not rock solid, repeat Step 1. Repeat for the other wheel. You may have to repeat this process a number of times. If the brakes are still not rock solid, the O-rings and Lock-o-Seals in the master cylinders may need to be replaced.

I have most Skymaster brake parts new surplus or good used. As well, I have the largest inventory of all Skymaster parts in the world and at the lowest prices

Don Nieser
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6221 Commodore Lane
Oklahoma City OK 73162

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