Originally Posted by sailingdog
Could it be that you had something wrapped on the shaft and now, somehow, it isn't there any longer???
Yeah, a line wrapped on the shaft will cause all kinds of strange noises and trouble. But if you were in neutral it should have run okay.
Have you checked the fluid levels in your transmission?
How about your transmission cables?
Did you recently adjust your stuffing box?
Have you checked the alternator and belt? Does the pulley spin freely (when the belt is removed)?
Do you have mechanical/engine driven refrigeration?