The drive shaft log of any vessel has cutlass bearing which is made with brass and a grooved lining from the inside and which is lubricated by the water that penetrates the grooves when it is rotating, this.
It does not matter the number of times that you use your boat, but you must at some point change the cutlass bearing. As soon as you realize it is time to make the cutlass bearing change you may find it hidden in the woodwork of the boat or some distance away from the keel.
Apart from getting your hands dirty, you will not face any challenges when removing the cutlass bearing. Keep reading this article to know how to replace a cutlass bearing, now.
Prior to doing anything else, you should first locate the set screws so that you can remove them. In several cases, the set screws will be found hidden below the layer of growth and crud. Always remember that set screws are not used by all boat manufacturers. If you know that set screws are not existing, then it is no use wasting time looking for them.
Of course you will have to cut the bearing. You can cut the cutlass bearing using a hacksaw if you don’t have a Sawzall from Propeller Depot with you. You must have enough knowledge of how to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot.
The next step of removing a cutlass bearing is by bending it. Using a cold chisel and a hammer it is possible to bend the cutlass bearing to the inner side so that you get to the place where you have made the cut. Do not use excessive force when hitting the cutlass bearing for it to bend. If you force it you will damage the strut of the boat.
Insert a maple dowel after creating a space from bending the cutlass bearing on the boat to the inside and using a hammer slit it open to the other end. Avoid using any tool made of metal to split the cutlass bearing on its length. By so doing you may damage the strut’s inside.
To conclude, remove the cutlass bearing. Use a pair of pliers to hold the cutlass bearing to remove it. After cleaning the strut’s surface, install a new cutlass bearing. Now that you have removed the old cutlass bearing, and you have cleaned the strut’s office and are ready to insert a new bearing purchased from Propeller Depot all the while making sure the bearing enters the acme props in a straight line.
If the ramrod strut is forced and not straight it, you may damage it. To ensure it goes in straight, apply some grease so that the cutlass bearing washer’s can easily slide in the strut.