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I remembered reading this post a bit ago and appreciated the information. The yard at Sail Harbor in Savannah replace my packing with the new teflon packing. On the trip down to Florida, I noticed steady dripping when running in forward and nothing when stopped. I was satisfied with the rate and figured it would improve.

I checked the drip rate the other day and found that I was not getting any drip whatsoever. I immediately felt the shaft and found it to be cool to the touch and I did not notice any unusual sounds.

Should I just be thankful or should I back off the packing nut an 1/8 of a turn and see what happens. I do not want to have the shaft scored or damaged from not having the proper amount of coolant. Thanks.
 
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