Rotax 912 Bing carburetor synchronization procedure.

Bing carb synchronization

Rotax 912 S Aircraft Engine

Many pilots are flying on the 912 series of four stroke Rotax aircraft engines.One of the areas that are critical for the proper performance of these engines is that the carburetors be properly set up and maintained.

The 912 series of engines use an altitude compensating Bing carburetor. These are very reliable, and literally trouble free if properly set up and maintained.       

Rotax 912 Bing Carb synchronization

Rotax 912 Bing Carb Synchronization

The 912 series of engines use an altitude compensating Bing carburetor. These are very reliable, and literally trouble free if properly set up and maintained.
To properly set them up requires several tools.
A feeler gauge.
A double vacuum gauge.
Two 9 mm open end wrenches to adjust the M5 nuts on the throttle cables.

Adjusting the Rotax 912 Bing carbs

Adjusting The Rotax 912 Bing Carbs

The following are the recommended steps to adjust the carbs.

IMPORTANT: make sure cables are not effected by ANY engine movement, and  that they move FREELY back and forth with no stickiness.

  1. First step is to allow the engine to come up to operating temperature, this should be in the 200 degrees F water temperature, and 1200 EGT.
  2. Make sure that the engine has been loaded with a properly adjusted propeller that limits the rpm tied down on the ground to 5600 rpm.
  3. Make sure that both throttle cables are allowing full opening of the throttle valve. This can be done visually with the engine turned off and full power applied.
  4. With the engine turned off bring the throttle back to an idle. Adjust the idle screws back until the carb actuating arm is against the carb body.
  5. Adjust the idle screws in until they touch the actuating arms, now adjust them each an additional 1 1/2 turns.
  6. Gently adjust the air mixture screws in all the way and then back them out 1 1/2 turns. Have someone start applying throttle very slowly, adjust the cables at the fittings so both cables begin opening the throttle arms at the same time.
  7. Start the engine and adjust the idle screws equally until you obtain 2,000 rpm for an idle speed.
  8. This procedure will normally synchronize the carbs at an idle.
  9. Now with the engine still turned off have someone advance the throttle slowly, adjust the throttle cables so that they are both taunt, and so that both throttles start opening at exactly the same time.
  10. Once you have done this bring the throttle to half throttle and measure the distance between the throttle activation arm and the carb body, they should be the same.
  11. Advance to full throttle, both throttle arms should be in the full open position.

Rotax 912 Carb Syncronization - Bing Throttle and Choke Cables

Rotax 912 Carb Syncronization - Bing Throttle And Choke Cables

If there is a problem with the synchronization of the cables it can usually be traced to movement in the outer throttle casing. That is when you are applying throttle instead of it moving the cable, the outer casing is flexing or bending.

If this is the case you MUST secure, or route the cable so that all of the throttle movement is directed to the throttle arm.

In the standard configuration you would use #60 and & #58 to adjust the throttle and choke set up on a Rotax 912 equipped with Bing carburetors.

Note in image on right tight how tight the cables are & how the ends of the cables have a stiffener tube over top of the cable to prevent it from flexing.

Rotax 912 carb syncronization - Using a vacuum gauge

Adjusting The Rotax 912 Bing Carbs

First perform a manual synchronization adjusting the Bowden cables so there is full travel from full open to full closed of the throttle valve arm, as described above.

Then remove the compensator tube and install the gauges. Rotax provides a small plug screw, left of the idle mixture control screw on the carburetor to connect the hoses from the vacuum gauges.

However, you still have to remove the compensator tube and plug the passage way before the carbs can be synchronized.With this in mind, it's really easier to just connect the vacuum hoses where you disconnected the compensator tube.

After you adjust the carbs, the vacuum gauges should read the same at all engine settings.Remember, it's the length and the tightness of the cables that adjusts the carb synchronization. When you're adjusting them, you're simply lengthening or shortening a cable, and making each throttle valve arm move the same distance at the same time.

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