View Full Version : Did I break my prop shaft?

04-09-2010, 10:30 AM
I think I broke my prop shaft but I'm not sure. Nothing looks wrong under the boat, but the shaft will move back and forth the only thing keeping it from sliding out is it can't get passed the rudder with the prop on. Inside the boat I can't see any damage and towards the boat past the coupling that lubes the shaft I can feel it turn if someone turns it from underneath. Is there a coupling or shear pin in there that broke or did I snap the shaft somewhere near the v-drive unit. Any advice, ideas? This is on an 06 Xstar.

04-09-2010, 10:48 AM
When you look at the end of the shaft, it should run through a coupling and have a big nut on it. Check to see if the nut is missing.

04-09-2010, 11:02 AM
A nut on the shaft behind that wheel that rotates by the gas tank? So I would be able to see it from under the seat where the cooler is? Or past the coupling thing that lubes the saft before it goes into the v-drive unit?

04-09-2010, 11:13 AM
There is no shear pin or other disconnect in the propshaft - it is a solid piece of steel from the prop nut to the coupling that bolts it to the v-drive. The shaft log (the hole through the bottom of the boat that the shaft goes through, including the short rubber hose and brass packing nut) is just a seal to keep water out of the boat; there is no coupling in there.

I believe you have a V-Drive; if it's anything like mine, you should be able to take out the rear seat and see the back side of the transmission (the side opposite the engine). The Prop shaft coupler is visible on this side of the transmission; find it. This is probably the "wheel that rotates by the gas tank" that you describe it - the top end of the prop shaft is bolted to one half of the coupler (similar to the way the prop is bolted to the other end), and the other half of the coupler is attached to the transmission.


Good luck,


04-09-2010, 11:14 AM
The shaft should stick out an inch or so past the coupling and there should be an nut on the end of it. Yes, you should be able to see the nut when you remove the cooler.

If you push the shaft back into the boat, do you see the threads on the end of it?

At least this is how it is on my 03 x-2 and every other v-drive I've seen.

04-09-2010, 11:18 AM
Not at the boat now, but that nut was for sure not there last night when I looked. I'll have to see if I can push it up and see the threads when I get home. If I push it in I don't see the threads I can probably assume it's broken?

04-09-2010, 11:22 AM
The nut may have just came off. Here is a link to the picture of the threads.


04-09-2010, 11:28 AM
Let me know if you have to pull the drive shaft and need to borrow a drive shaft puller.

04-09-2010, 11:48 AM
Thanks man!! I'm checking at lunch.

04-09-2010, 01:48 PM
The nut came off mine last November.Took it back to my dealer and they covered it under warranty,They replaced the shaft with a new design that keeps the nut on with a cotter pin.Mine is a 2007 X2.My good friends at Bay Area Watersports did the repairs.No cost to me.

04-09-2010, 03:19 PM
Yep the nut came off, fastest, cheapest, weekend saving fix ever. Stoked!!!!!!!!!!!

04-09-2010, 03:27 PM
Glad to hear it was an easy fix. If it doesn't slid in fairly easy, you may want to check the alignment of the engine.

Where do you ride? Water is still pretty cold. I'm not planning on pulling the boat out for another couple of weekends.