View Full Version : Play on prop

08-20-2006, 05:23 PM
Just was checking under the boat and noticed there was about 1/4 inch movement on prop before the shaft would turn, when I would turn it by hand.
Is this correct??

Also how hard should it be to turn the shaft by hand??

08-20-2006, 06:15 PM
Are you saying the prop turns 1/4 inch before the shaft turns?? If that is correct it sounds like you have a worn key . You will have to remove the prop to see where and how bad the keyway is worn. Shaft should be fairly easy to turn by hand..

08-20-2006, 06:32 PM
Yea, that is not a good thing. I have a prop puller if you need to borrow it, I'll be back from SC on Monday, feel free to come get it. I'll be traveling the next couple of days.

08-20-2006, 06:35 PM
If it's a free movement, sounds like the prop nut is not tight enough and that has, as stated above, worn the key. Take the prop off, replace the key with a new one and tighten the prop nut up good and tight and check after a couple outings. Your prop shaft should turn fairly easy, depending on how tight you have the packing nut tight.