View Full Version : Rudder And Drive Shaft Packing
08-14-2007, 05:27 PM
For A 1989 Pro Star 190...is That Whats Its Called? Looks Like Brass With Rubber Inserts. COULD THESE BE WHERE IM TAKING ON WATER IN THE BILGE? ITS NOT MUCH, BUT ITS IN THERE. IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE COMPLETELY DRY?
Im In Alabama, Who Would Know A Good Dealership To Call For Parts Near Me?
08-14-2007, 05:42 PM
You should get some water coming thru the packing. The water helps keep the shaft lubricated. It should be a slow drip when the shaft is turning. I have heard multiple oppinions on the drip rate, I think mine drips once about every 10 seconds, maybe slighly more.
08-14-2007, 05:47 PM
Rambo Marine is great. a little water is fine
08-14-2007, 05:50 PM
The rudder will have no packing, it has a o-ring at the top and at the bottom and grease is in between.
08-14-2007, 05:52 PM
08-17-2007, 10:17 PM
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08-18-2007, 02:50 AM
where about in bama are you?
08-22-2007, 10:45 PM
Im In Montgomery, Al ...and Ski On Lake Jordan
08-22-2007, 11:47 PM
For stuffing boxes you can repack yours, you can adjust the tension on the stuffing nut.
You could upgrade to a dripless packing such as OJ's system those would work as well.
the changing to a dripless would require pulling the coupler from the drive shaft and the prop off so you could slide it back and out.
Other sources to examine, the rubrail strip particularly where the water tends to break off it when coming onto plain,
the front bow eye, the carpet there will be wet if you have a bow leak.
The plate that the rubber hose section that connects to the stuffing box and extends into the fiberglass of the hull can also leak, and will leak fairly quickly, If so you have to pull the drive shaft, remove the plate, clean and reseal with something like 3M 5200 adhesive sealant, you do not want water soaking into the fiberglass there overtime and softening it, if it is already soft then standard fare would be to cut the plate out and fiberglass the plate into place.
08-23-2007, 10:10 AM
Does Anyone Have A Special Type Dripless Coupler With A Link? Is There A Particular "brand" Or Aftermarket Part Everyone Uses More Than The Other?
08-23-2007, 10:38 AM
OJ XPC http://www.ojprops.com/site/xpcshaft.htm
PYI PSS http://www.shaftseal.com/
those are the two main ones.
I would try the goretex one first.
Technically you can tighten down your stuffing box's nut enough to keep normal style packing from dripping, the problem being that the factory packing will get burnt out, it requires some water to be lubricated and cooled. The Goretex packing solves this by being resistant to burning up with out dripping.
08-23-2007, 10:44 AM