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Miss Rita
09-15-2010, 01:04 AM
I'm nearing the end of my first year of ownership of a new-to-me 1989 TriStar. Unfortunately, I have to think about winterizing and doing other off-season projects. To make this short: How do I know if the strut bearing needs to be replaced? Does it make noise? What do I look for?

wheelerd
09-15-2010, 02:00 AM
If the strut hasn't been knocked out of alignment and the shaft hasn't been bent, the cutlass bearing should last the lifetime of the boat.

Gently wiggle the driveshaft and the prop up and down and side to side. There should be no play. When out of the water, you should be able to turn the prop but with some resistance. It might squeak a little when you do this but that's normal since it's dry. The water provides the lubricant/cooling. (This is why the manual cautions against running in gear when out of the water -- it can overheat the bearing.)