ya don't necessarily have to remove the shaft, but the props gotta go. once that's done you should be able to remove the bearing housing. the bearing sleeve is pressed into this. at this point check the shaft where it works in the bearing for wear. if badly worn, more than a one thirty second of an inch step, then you should replace the shaft also........Thanks Jim. This is good information. Do I need to remove the shaft in order to remove the cutlass bearing and can you tell me where you got the new bearing. Thanks again.
normally the bearing housing is bolted to the keel which requires only unbolting it and sliding it off the shaft. then you can better examine the housing to see if the sleeve is pressed or bradded in. if not, shaft removal may be necessary......Thanks ssneade for your reply. The replacement bearing is 3 inches long. How do I get the old one out without removing the shaft. Do I just chip away at the outer sleeve until I can get onto it with some vice grips and pull or is there another way. Thanks