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Published: 3 May 2021
Effective: 3 May 2021

ATA Chapter: 14

Subject:

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is issued to bring attention to an issue reported to the CAA recently, where MS21042L3 nuts appeared to lose their self-locking function during installation.

Applicability:

Self-locking nuts P/N MS21042L3 (standard aircraft hardware).

 

Purpose:

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is issued to bring attention to an issue reported to the CAA recently, where MS21042L3 nuts appeared to lose their self-locking function during installation.     

Background:

Issues relating to product quality with MS21042 nuts have been well documented, including FAA SAIB HQ-14-16, and CAA CAN 14-001, referred to below.  Due to variations in the quality oversight of the manufactures of ‘standard parts’, the potential exists for quality escapes, which can severely impact airworthiness.

In this recent case, a relatively small batch (300) of MS21042L3 nuts were received from an American organisation towards the end of 2019. These nuts appeared to pass the requirements for prevailing torque (self-locking) during initial installation. However, after a short period in service they were found to have ‘backed off’. Follow-up inspection showed that the affected nuts retained little (if any) self-locking function following installation, to the extent that they could be run down using one finger. Tests of un-used nuts from this batch showed a 100% failure rate. The affected batch of nuts have been quarantined, and the issue notified to the FAA and the supplier for their action.

Recommendation:

Maintainers should review the FAA SAIB referred to below. Where new MS21042 self-locking nuts are used, engineers should consider applying at least one re-torque cycle on initial installation to confirm the retention of self-locking properties.

Please advise CAA of any concerns related to this, or any defective ‘standard parts’ via the CAA005D process.

References:

FAA SAIB HQ-14-16(external link)

CAA CAN 14-001