Fuel Selector overhaul where

Fuel Selector overhaul where

Anyone know where to source parts, get overhauled and/or send away my leaking fuel selector for a 1971 Cherokee Six PA32-300?

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Re: Fuel Selector overhaul where

Run a search on the forums for my previous post - I may have put more information there!

I used Webco - they did a great job of overhauling my fuel selector valve. Contact them for a quote and turn around time.

Other options are to source the o-rings and replace them in the valve, clean the rubber coated ball bearings and see if that works. However, I would strongly suggest sending it out for a complete overhaul.

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Thanks, I'll call them first. Anyone know of other shops?  Also when I read other posts, why the long turn around?

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My 1H26-4 also leaks and needs an overhaul. When I called B&S Aircraft and Parker Hannifin they only work on units sent to them by Piper. I noticed Power Pack Plus had a overhauled and 8130 tagged 1H26-4 $2900 and 1H65-4 $4200 for sale, with a core exchange. These prices seemed the same anywhere I looked.
I found a great contact at Piper, Ken Tyson, who primarily works on new aircraft warrantees. He had lots of information and even researched my questions. Seems like having mine overhauled may only be marginally cheaper than buying an exchange unit. Here's what Ken said/emailed and Piper will handle repairs for certain units, like 1H26-4 and 1H65-4, 1H65-5.

"Standard practice is for the fuel valve to be sent direct to Piper Aircraft Inc.; 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, FL. 32960 Attn: Ken Tyson. Once receive the unit is visually inspected and processed for repair/overhaul. At this time I will set you up for billing with an authorized Piper Dealer (Piper Aircraft Inc. does not bill direct) and confirm such options as AoG service (expedited repair service at an additional $175.00 to the estimated repair cost) and method of shipping (overnight or ground depending on how quickly the unit is needed). Once these options have been determined standard estimate for repair/overhaul is seven business days with completion of work to be done an additional 10-14 business days. If AoG service is selected then standard quote is normally provided 2-3 business days with work done in 5 business days; this of course depends on replacement part availability. If AoG service is selected but the unit is delayed due to replacement part shortages no AoG fee will be charged. If the quote for repair/overhaul is declined for any reason a $350.00 evaluation fee will apply. All prices quoted do not include additional shipping and handling fees which are included in the final total upon return of your unit. All time frames quoted are based on date received by authorized repair facility. Pricing provided is subject to change at time of request. My end goal is to assist any Piper Aircraft owner to get flying again and am happy to help. All technical references should be verified with a Piper Customer Service Technician authorized representative.

As for you final question; the 1H65-4 fuel valve is NLA (no longer available) and the replacement parts seem to be harder to find. In the last two years of handling repairs for this item I've completed over thirty successful repairs for this part (this is a large number compared to our standard customer repair parts). None have required simple cleaning and O-ring repair kit. My current average repair for this item is running roughly $2,750.00 plus or minus $250.00; but again this is in no way binding and only to be used for reference. What we have seen is certain parts of the actuator arm are requiring replacement in addition to the O-rings which is driving up cost. Considering the fact these items can no longer be purchased your core; if in a serviceable condition; is pretty much worth it's weight in gold.

Please feel free to search online for in stock repaired 1H65-4's fuel valves and you will see them going to $4K or so and are in very high demand. All repairs by Piper Aircraft thru it's authorized repair facilities include an 8130-3 tag certifying Airworthiness for return to service, are final inspected by authorized Piper QA personal, and are covered by Piper Limited Parts Warranty (covers the item for six months after installation). The six months is a great selling point as industry standard is 90 days coverage on repaired items (installed or not).

If you choose to proceed with the repair of your unit with Piper Aircraft please ship as directed above. It is also very important to email me confirmation you have chosen to do so and provide tracking information with estimated arrival date. This will ensure I am able to process your repair as quickly as possible.

"I did some additional digging on your fuel valve and an idea why it's longer listed in the Piper parts catalog (hence why it's an obsolete part). It appears various service publications were release regarding this 1H26-4 fuel valve (and similar fuel valves) for different "issues".
The end result was if replacing vendor PN 1H26-4 Piper PN 492-171 (notice I located the Piper PN) the only authorized replacement was kit 760-895 (upgrade). This kit contained the Piper PN 492-290 vendor PN 1H65-4 fuel valve which was stated to be an "upgraded and more reliable fuel valve". The 1H26-4 is not a direct replacement with the 1H65-4 without installing the "kit".
After talking to a few of my Parts Managers and verifying with Piper QA; I have located a repair station that is approved by Piper for the repair of your 1H26-4. I still think the one located for $2,900.00 is not a bad price as it's around what were looking at for repair. I haven't seen one top $3K but the lowest would probably be around $2,500.00 (using the 1H65-4 as reference since they are similar). "

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