View Full Version : Drive Shaft Rotation

04-28-2008, 02:50 PM
Should you be able to rotate the drive shaft when the gear shift is in the neutral position? Enquiring minds want to know.

04-28-2008, 02:59 PM
Engine running or not? :eek3:

With the engine off and the transmission in Neutral, yes you should be able to grab hold of the prop and rotate it. It's unlikely that you'll be able to turn it with your pinky, two fingers is fine, needing to use your whole hand means you probably need to search for "Propshaft alignment" and spend an hour or two in the garage, stiffer than that and you probably have some serious issues that need resolution.

I don't believe that Neutral or in-gear makes any difference with the engine off.

These are strictly the opinions of someone who has the mechanical aptitude to know that a screwdriver is not the appropriate tool to pound in a nail with. A Crescent wrench is.


04-28-2008, 08:34 PM
i definitely can't do it with my pinky, barely with 2 fingers if i get the right dangle of the angle. with one hand for sure. it is stiff though. just dropped mine off at my mechanic for the thorough once over. he's going to pull the rear seat, check the shaft and do an alignment while he's in there. please think happy thoughts for me. :)

04-28-2008, 08:36 PM
If the boat has been driven recently (in the last week), you should be able to turn the prop with just a few fingers.

If it is much tougher than that, check for a bent shaft/strut, or bad engine alignment.

04-28-2008, 08:40 PM
hey, where'd you go. we were emailing and you just kind stopped writing! ;)

hope all is well

04-28-2008, 08:57 PM
hey, where'd you go. we were emailing and you just kind stopped writing! ;)

hope all is well

me? What email did I miss?

04-28-2008, 08:59 PM
i thought you were going to get me a price on 4 cleats. maybe i misunderstood ya. no worries.