Originally Posted by MJBrown
If you have a Volvo shaft seal there are no adjustments. The only maintenance is relubing the lips of the rubber bellows around the prop shaft. I assume when they replaced the shaft they reused the Volvo shaft seal. If your unit has a hose attached to a nipple check it for a leak. Look but don;t touch!!! Earlier models were metal and need to be replaced every few years. WARNING do not mess with it unless you can be sure to be hauled on a moments notice. The typical failure mode is the nipple breaking off flush with the shaft seal. Once that happens there is no way to stop the water ingress and unless you're hauled ASAP you will sink.
One quick way to stop the water ingress is to put some plumber's putty or modeling clay in the hole and then wrap it with the silicone-self-fusing "rescue" tape. That will often hold it long enough for you to get the boat out of the water. Carrying a couple rolls of the stuff aboard your boat, in the emergency tool kit, is usually a good idea.
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