Topic-icon ATA 23-51, Yoke Mic Switches

3 years 3 months ago - 3 years 3 months ago #303 by Mark D Francis
So...... you're asked to pick up on the clearing of an MEL item (23-51-08-03-A). In this case, the F/O's microphone switch. You're told the switch has been soldered in, but is still hanging out. OK...... let's go see.

Before even powering up and going upstairs, you head to the E&E to reconnect the wires that were removed for the MEL.

This is actually the cover for the Capt's yoke disconnect. The F/O's looks just the same on the right side.

The wires in question have yellow identifier sleeves and the elongated holes of terminal 41 pretty much shout out to have the pins stuck back in. The wires are still wrapped in orange tape.

The red end of the red/white plastic tool is used to lock them into place.

Now...... let's go upstairs.


No heat shrink and the switch base looks a tad bit burnt.

The switch actually has a forward (Interphone) position and a aft (Radio R/T) position. Let's figure out the orientation before shoving it home. A quick call to the shop on VHF verifies pin 5 should face aft with the switch inserted. Let's try the interphone...... it doesn't frickin work.

A return trip to the shop for a meter and a quick glance at the prints...... this shouldn't be to hard, should it? Two wires (2 & 6) should have continuity and two wires (1 & 5) should read "something" back into the Audio Management Unit (AMU). Let's hit it.

2 & 6 read good. Pin 5 reads approximately 1 Meg-Ohm. 1 reads open, but 4 reads approximately 1 Meg-Ohm also. So...... 4 and 1 are swapped. A little solder work (with heat shrink) and now the interphone works, but hey...... the switch base has swelled out and it WILL NOT fit in the hole. Gosh, I wonder why someone was in such a rush to leave.

A new switch soldered correctly with heat shrink over every solder joint and the job was done...... well 2 hours worth instead of around a half. Oh-well, sometimes you have to deal with this crap.

By removing the two wires for the MEL, you're basically taking the "return" signal for the switch to the AMU out of the picture. With both of them out, neither the interphone nor microphone will be activated from the yoke. There's a switch on the window console for the radios and a switch on the audio panel itself for either function.

MD-10-10 WDM 23-51-01
IPC 23-51-15-03
AMM for switch replacement 23-51-08-2
Last edit: 3 years 3 months ago by Mark D Francis.

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