How Can You Replace a Cutlass Bearing?
The drive shaft log of any vessel has cutlass bearing which is made with brass and a grooved lining from the inside and which is lubricated by the water that penetrates the grooves when it is rotating, this.
It does not matter the number of times that you use your boat, but you must at some point change the cutlass bearing. When the time is up for changing the cutlass bearing, you will locate it a little off the keel or underneath the woodwork of the boat.
Apart from getting your hands dirty, you will not face any challenges when removing the cutlass bearing. These are the steps to follow to replace your boat’s cutlass bearing, now.
Prior to doing anything else, you should first locate the set screws so that you can remove them. In most cases, the screws are found hidden under a thin marine layer of crud and growth. Always remember that set screws are not used by all boat manufacturers. If you notice your boat does not have the set screws then do not waste any more time looking for them.
Cutting the bearing is a must in the replacement of the cutlass bearing. In the absence of a Sawzall, you can use a hacksaw to cut the cutlass bearing. You should know that you need to have ample experience to be able to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot safely.
The next step of removing a cutlass bearing is by bending it. With a cold chisel and a hammer, you can bend the cutlass bearing to the inside until you reach the place where you have made a cut. Do not use excessive force when hitting the cutlass bearing for it to bend. When you forcefully bend the cutlass bearing, you risk damaging the strut of the boat.
Put a maple dowel where you have created a space by bending the boat’s cutlass bearing inside and with a hammer slit it opens up to the other end. To open the cutlass bearing, avoid using any metal tools. The interior of the strut may get damaged by so doing.
To conclude, remove the cutlass bearing. Use a pair of pliers to hold the cutlass bearing to remove it. After cleaning the strut’s surface, install a new cutlass bearing. Now that you have removed the old cutlass bearing, and you have cleaned the strut’s office and are ready to insert a new bearing purchased from Propeller Depot all the while making sure the bearing enters the acme props in a straight line.
If the ramrod strut is forced and not straight it, you may damage it. To ensure it goes in straight, apply some grease so that the cutlass bearing washer’s can easily slide in the strut.