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Old 10-29-2013, 09:15 PM
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I found an issue while winterizing I need advice on

Did a Texas winterizing today. Drain the block manifolds heater ect. When I got under the boat to put protecting lube on the shaft I noticed the rubber grommet where the shaft enters the hull was worn funny. Seem the previous owner also put silicone around it too. Any suggestion or tips would be great. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:53 PM
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Looks like strut may be bent to starboard side. Any vibration while underway?
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:08 PM
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Oh, that's not good.

The propshaft isn't supposed to touch the sides of the shaft log. Yours looks like it's rubbed hard enough and long enough to raise a burr on the plate - hopefully that's just the sealant bunching up.

I'm guessing the PO bent the strut enough to have a water leak from the stuffing box, noticed a bunch of water coming in around the propshaft, and smeared sealant on the outside to stop the leak. Which, I'm sure, it didn't do.

I'd look at this thread, starting at around post #135.

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Old 10-29-2013, 11:26 PM
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It may just need an alignment lifting the rear of your engine ,your drive shaft is probably damaged or has a groove ground in it also
I've seen people drop the rear of the motor to cover up a vibration by biding up driveshaft a bit before selling a boat
your strut bushings are probably toast also.
Or strut is bent like posted earlier.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:20 AM
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More pictures. of cutlass bearings, strut and prop. Best shot for prop from directly behind boat.

I would repair it this winter.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:11 AM
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The previous owner didn't even know what a stuffing box was. Wonder if the silicone was his attempt to stop the normal drip. The shaft doesn't look bent or does it vibrate. The bushings are still good I will get more pics shortly
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:27 AM
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Try the easy stuff first: Align your engine. Takes nothing more than a wrech, feeler gauge, and some time. Looks like you will need to replace the seal, but don't get too carried away without checking the easy stuff first.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:36 AM
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More pics. Hope this help some. Any idea what this will cost to repair right and is it something that could do. I'm mechanically savvy. Lol
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:45 AM
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Not to imagine things but does it look like the rubber piece isn't centered right like its higher on the port side. Which would make it wear that way. This boat only has 329 hours but its 16 years old. ONly reason I question it is there is not vibration or is the shaft in a bind on the strut bushing
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:22 PM
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Not to imagine things but does it look like the rubber piece isn't centered right like its higher on the port side. Which would make it wear that way. This boat only has 329 hours but its 16 years old. ONly reason I question it is there is not vibration or is the shaft in a bind on the strut bushing
If I'm right. That is right the rudder is ofcenter. I thought it was due to the propellor walk when going forward. So you don't need to turn it al the time.

On our 2012 X2 it is also out of center, or was it the strut and prop :s.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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