Hi Capt, hope all is well! I was reading ahead for my own C/I and also downloaded the Flyboy's Accessories "Tailwheel Maintenance" sheets as already recommended by RV6 and Carlos here on the thread. It's an excellent collection of information and operational needs of any tailwheel unit (any of them). The hints will keep anyone operating safely from month to month. One thing that I noticed over time reading these threads is there have been occasional ground loops reported when guys have landed in a cross wind and a worn tailwheel bracket or locking pin has allowed the tailwheel to unexpectedly "unlock" at that magical ground speed and cross wind combo where there is not enough rudder and no tailwheel authority with a free castering wheel and too much speed to prevent a GL. This "can" happen if tailwjeel parts are excessively worn and un-airworthy, and that's caused by improper wear of the metal parts. So not only is a lack of lubricant a potential way for the pin to jam in the "free wheel" condition but worn parts from "un-lubed" operation can also set a tailwheel up for "premature release" if you will, down the line. So a visual inspection is also a god idea to make sure the arm slot and pin are good still. The Flyboy documents draw out what a proper pin and arm slot look like and what worn pins and arms look like to avoid. It is also nice to know individual replacement parts are very cheap and obtainable, and servicing the units are as easy as they are. So even every 6 month look, clean and lube service might be a good idea if dirt and grass strips are common.
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