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Old 07-14-2009, 07:29 AM
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This may be a silly question but is there a correct way when installing cotter pins?

I left the one end straight and bent the top one up over the castle nut. Is this correct or should I also bend the bottom one down in the other direction?
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On vehicles I butterfly them along the sides of the nut. On aircraft one end went up and over the nut and end of bolt and the other end, I bent down per tech data.
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When you stick the cotter pin through you should have the longer tip to the top of the nut, then bend it over the top of the nut . The shorter end can be bent around the side of the nut or just cut off.
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Is it okay to leave the bottom pin sticking straight forward then?
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I wouldnt. Trim it and bend it down so it's flush
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Originally Posted by falconfixer View Post
I wouldnt. Trim it and bend it down so it's flush
So bend one up and one down?
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if that's the method you are using, then yes. The longer one up and over and the bottom one down and both flush. What you cotter pinning?
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An important consideration: Leave it bent so that when working nearby on something else, you won't hurt yourself on the cotter pin.
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