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agarabaghi
09-11-2011, 12:23 PM
So i have a pretty steady leak, not a stream, but it def leaks more than it should from the blue coupling on the x1.

How are is it to adjust the alignment on the shaft? is that the issue?

Reading the manual it says if it leaks while the engine is off it is the alignment... is this something that can be tackled as a DIY or do i need special tools?

X-1Texas
09-11-2011, 04:26 PM
Alignment is not that hard, although it an take a little time. You'll need take the bolts off your shaft coupler and separate it from the flange on transmission. If it's really out of alignment you'll see it right away because it move once you break it loose. (This is something I would do if I ever bought a used boat again) To align just raise or lower front and/or rear of the engine until the flange and coupler are on the same plane. You may also have to move the motor mounts side to side. Use feeler gauges to get it perfect. There's some really detailed alignment instructions on this website somewhere. I have it saved on my other computer.

Can you spin your prop pretty easy by hand? It should spin pretty easy by hand just after you take it out of the water or even while in the water. If you can't spin it pretty that probably means you an alignment problem. Could be a simple re-alignment or bent shaft and/or strut. Hope it's just alignment.

agarabaghi
09-12-2011, 08:39 AM
I can spin it by hand, because when i tried to remove the prop it kept spinning on me haha...

Ill have to take a look and see, i dont have a feeler gauge, and ive got another issue trying to remove my raw water pump, so i might just have to take it to MC here in orlando.

About how many hours do you think it will take to go the coupler alignment assuming it is just that. The dealer charger $110 / hr !!

Also, does the packing wear out? Im assuming that the packing gland in that blue rubbber cover? Is this something I should have them replace while they are down there?

bturner2
09-12-2011, 10:30 AM
What year is the boat? By blue coupler do you mean the drip-less seal? Is there a small hose connected to it? The newer boats all have a drip-less seal that does not have packing. Things that can cause the drip-less seal to leak are alignment, dirt between the two graphite disks, disks out of adjustment and worn/damaged disks.

By your description it sounds like you have a OJ PSS shaft seal. Here's a couple links you can look at for reference.....

http://www.skiertoskier.com/

http://www.shaftseal.com/en/categories

X-1Texas
09-12-2011, 10:38 AM
Alignment shouldn't take that long, you can pick up a set of feeler gauges at Autozone for $3-7. If you can easily spin your prop by hand it's probably not an alignment problem. Mis-alignment can cause all sorts of problems, so it may not be a bad time to check it out.

Our boats have a dripless shaft log. It sounds like that's your problem. I don't really know all the ins and outs of the dripless shaft log system, someone else on this board should know more. I think they are about $150, but paying the dealer to install might be pricey.

agarabaghi
09-13-2011, 10:37 AM
What year is the boat? By blue coupler do you mean the drip-less seal? Is there a small hose connected to it? The newer boats all have a drip-less seal that does not have packing. Things that can cause the drip-less seal to leak are alignment, dirt between the two graphite disks, disks out of adjustment and worn/damaged disks.

By your description it sounds like you have a OJ PSS shaft seal. Here's a couple links you can look at for reference.....

http://www.skiertoskier.com/

http://www.shaftseal.com/en/categories

The boat is a 2006 X1.

There is a small? maybe 1/2 - 1" hose coming from the top of it i believe. The blue rubber has a bump in the middle, and it comes from where the shaft goes through the hull

agarabaghi
09-13-2011, 10:38 AM
http://www.skiertoskier.com/images/OJ/shaftseal.jpg

That...