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Old 09-21-2012
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Re: cutlass bearing

Some comments on cutless replacement. It can be done without removal of the shaft by using a proper puller. But the best way is to remove the shaft. The only proper way to remove the shaft is by pushing it out of the coupling. This can be done by using a spacer (1/2 in socket works great) and some longer bolts using the engine flange to push out the shaft from the shaft flange. With the shaft out it can be properly inspected and cutless bearing is more easily installed. If a boat yard is going to do the work it is important to ASK them how they intend to remove the shaft. It they say they use a slide hammer tell them you will do it yourself. A slide hammer can damage the seal at the rear of the transmission. If you don't remove the shaft you could have calcium deposits on the shaft that will prematurely wear out the new bearing.

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