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dgunthert
06-12-2008, 08:05 PM
Stupid beginner question.

1997 PS 205. How do I get the stinking impeller out? I've got the front of the pump off. The impeller looks pretty good, but I want to change it out anyway. What I've read makes it sound like it just pulls out, but that ain't happening. Should it be this fracking hard?

bigmac
06-12-2008, 08:14 PM
http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/search.php?searchid=1172359

JohnE
06-12-2008, 08:38 PM
Spray it with WD40 and turn it over with the safety switch pulled so it can't fire. Then grab it with needlenose vise grips and it should come right out. I had the same trouble and felt like an idiot until someone gave me that advise.

NU-skier
06-12-2008, 08:40 PM
Pick a method but remember you must lube it and bump the engine. Common with every method and it will not budge unless you do.
If you like to spend time working on your boat vs skiing behind it, ignore this advice and grab another brew of choice cuz it's going to be a struggle.

russlars
06-12-2008, 08:46 PM
Watch which direction it spins when you bump the engine after lubricating and when you grab it put a little pressure in the opposite direction that it normally spins in. The paint can opener trick also helps if you want to try and get it out without damaging it.

Chief
06-12-2008, 09:04 PM
Being a contortionist is how I get mine out. With the help of some paint can removers and even pressure on each side. Right when you feel like it's not coming out, it will.

Good Luck. Follow the advice of the group!

bigmac
06-13-2008, 07:33 AM
Although neither technique will work on my boat, the most consistently valuable tools for this task on direct-drives have been either a pair of paint-can openers (http://paint-and-supplies.hardwarestore.com/47-248-misc-paint-tools/paint-can-opener-265207.aspx), or an impeller puller (http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=JAB50070-0040). The puller is the easiest, but is expensive. $58 vs $0.89 x 2.

http://www.skidim.com/images/41203.jpg http://www.hardwarestore.com/media/product/265207_front500.jpg

coz
06-13-2008, 07:54 AM
A couple squirts of dish soap then turn off the kill switch and give it a crank or two and it should slip out (advise from TMC#1) :D

http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/b7/c5/pr-Housewares-Palmolive_Ultra_Antibacterial_Liquid_Dish_Soap-resized200.jpg

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-13-2008, 08:34 AM
I have always had the best luck with needle nosed vice grips. two pair, one on each side, I lube it up with some KY jelly, bump the engine, and it slips right out. done. lube the new one with KY and it will go right in. no problem.

coz
06-13-2008, 09:12 AM
I have always had the best luck with needle nosed vice grips. two pair, one on each side, I lube it up with some KY jelly, bump the engine, and it slips right out. done. lube the new one with KY and it will go right in. no problem.

KY UMP? :rolleyes: you have alot of that on hand? :D

Willski
06-13-2008, 09:25 AM
I've never had a problem removing the impeller. I can always get mine by hand by just wiggling it back and forth.

bridomine99
06-13-2008, 10:16 AM
KY UMP? :rolleyes: you have alot of that on hand? :D

lol...

You had to know that was coming :D

wakeX2wake
06-13-2008, 10:28 AM
KY UMP? :rolleyes: you have alot of that on hand? :D

HAHAHA... sorry i know it's like 7th grade but that's funny... ahh the pun

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-13-2008, 10:38 AM
lol...

You had to know that was coming :D

It was?????? :confused:

TMCNo1
06-13-2008, 10:58 AM
Shampoo everyone, Shampoo! I love seeing the soapy bubbles coming out the exhaust pipes! And if you use Conditioner too, the impeller last longer and has that silky feel!
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Also, if you use shampoo and you do a good job getting the old impeller out and the new one in, then you can reward yourself by giving yourself a well deserved shapmoo in the shower!

lawless1
06-13-2008, 12:12 PM
A couple squirts of dish soap then turn off the kill switch and give it a crank or two and it should slip out (advise from TMC#1) :D

http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/b7/c5/pr-Housewares-Palmolive_Ultra_Antibacterial_Liquid_Dish_Soap-resized200.jpg


This has worked great for me.