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Can someone give a clear answer as to whether or not a private pilot can replace the lower park brake cable on a Cessna 172 under  preventative maintenance?It is held  in place basically by two cotter pins. I would think that if a guy was allowed to service something as critical as wheel bearings then surly this cable could be installed as well but don't want to do it unless I'm sure I can.

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    Russ Roslewski on Oct 27, 2015

    The short answer is \”no\”.

    A Private Pilot who is also the owner of the aircraft can perform Preventive Maintenance (Part 43.3).

    What constitutes Preventive Maintenance is strictly defined in Part 43 Appendix A. If it\’s not in that list, it\’s not Preventive Maintenance, and therefore does not fall under the 43.3 provision for a Private Pilot owner to perform.

    Parking brake cables is not one of those items, nor is a broader \”cables\”.

    However, you can replace defective cotter pins, so I understand why you would think \”it\’s only one more step!\”

    How\’s your relationship with your mechanic? I did lots of work on my own aircraft that was above the level of Preventive Maintenance, but which he reviewed and signed off (usually with no charge if I made it easy for him). Perfectly legal and commonplace.

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