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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
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Re: trouble dropping lower unit 1986 4hp evinrude
I don't think you have to mess with those #11 bolts. You should be down there around that flange just above the propeller. IIRC, I used needle nose pliers to pull the cotter pin off the shift rod up top and when you're putting it back together, as the shift rod comes up through the hole, you use a finger to guide it to the right place as a buddy slides the lower flange back together.
Re: bolts seizing in the aluminum. I broke several off in an old Honda outboard I had. I used to use "Never Seize" and plain old grease when putting these things back together. An old outboard mechanic told me the best thing to use (in his opinion) was that terrible sticky brown Permatex #2 on bolts. It increases the drag for torquing, but since I've been doing that, I've not broken off any more bolts in aluminum. The stuff sure makes a mess though and you're sure to get it on your fingers. It took me another couple years to learn that alcohol cleans that stuff off. Some folks learn faster than other folks. I'm other folks.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.