Baller roda Posted August 8, 2010 Baller Share Posted August 8, 2010 2005 MC 197 non-slotI thought I had a bent drive shaft because I could see it wobling at the packing seal and if I held a screwdriver tip against it while in gear at idle you could see and feel that it wasn't true.Â I even checked it without the prop installed and it still wobbled.Â When I pulled the shaft and rolled it on a granite countertop it appears to be true.I hit a turtle last year and had the prop re-done by OJ. I'm wondering if it also bent the skeg?Â I was going to re-install the shaft and check the alignment but I have some questions on how to verify it.Â I understand that you install the shaft and check the coupler to transmission around the coupler in 4 places with a feeler guage.Â What is the procedure before you measure as when the coupler is tightÂ there is zero clearance?Â Do you start to tighten the bolts and when you get close to tight but can still get the feeler guage in do the measurement and alignment?Â After alignment you then pull it tight?Â If the skegÂ is bentÂ is aligning theÂ engine to match it Â a problem as long asÂ the shaft is relatively straight throught the hull exit opening?Â Also, theÂ washer that holds the o-rings in the shaft seal wore a grove in the shaft.Â It's as if the engine is lower than it should be and pulling the seal and short hose section down.Â I'm thinking I should order a new washer but is there a more flexible alternative to theÂ short piece of hose which would alow the seal to floatÂ easier?Â And lastly, does theÂ engine need the alignment regularly adjusted over time?Â If so what is causing it to move, motor mounts wearing out?ThanksRod A.Â Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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