Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: St Thomas USVI
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Re: problem diagnosis needed, no speed, smoke, low rpms
I haven't tried to spin the shaft in neutral, I will tomorrow..The fluid level is normal, the transmission is rather loud going into and out of gear, I'm guessing that is because the shaft doesn't want to turn right away and the trannie has to provide alot of torque for the first rotation. The exposed shaft in the engine room is under the engine, kinda hard to get a hand on it, I will try to spin it from the prop under water. I've got a diver cleaning it up today. Is it common to drop 50% of your rpms just due to barnacles? If any growth was restricting the cutlass, wouldn't it have broken loose immediately. Just for arguments sake, if the running gear is clean, and nothing stuck on the prop, what else could cause the shaft to not want to rotate?
Can't you grab the prop shaft where it comes out of the back side of the Hurth V drive on the shaft coupling rather than try and reach under the engine?