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.
Regardless of the times when your boat is used, you must change the cutlass bearing in the long run. When it is time to change that cutlass bearing, you will find the cutlass bearing a bit far from the keel or somewhere buried in the woodwork of the boat.
Removing the cutlass bearing is not challenging however your hands will get dirty. Keep reading this article to know how to replace a cutlass bearing, now.
The first thing you should do is to locate the set screws and remove them. The area where you will find the layer of crud and marine is where the set screws are hidden in most cases. Not all boat manufacturers use the set screws. 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. You can cut the cutlass bearing using a hacksaw if you don’t have a Sawzall from Propeller Depot with you. You should know that you need to have ample experience to be able to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot safely.
Now to remove the cutlass bearing by bending it. Using a cold chisel and a hammer it is possible to bend the cutlass bearing to the inner side so that you get to the place where you have made the cut. If you want to bend the cutlass bearing avoid using a lot of force by hitting it. When you forcefully bend the cutlass bearing, you risk damaging the strut of the boat.
Insert a maple dowel after creating a space from bending the cutlass bearing on the boat to the inside and using a hammer slit it open to the other end. Avoid using any tool made of metal to split the cutlass bearing on its length. The interior of the strut may get damaged by so doing.
Finally, remove the cutlass bearing. Do this with a pair of pliers to hold and remove the bearing. Now clean the surface of the strut and install a new cutlass bearing. After you remove the old cutlass bearing, cleaning the surface of the strut, and want to install a new cutlass bearing bought from Propeller Depot, make sure enter the acme props in a straight line.
You will damage the strut’s ramrod if you push it and the line it is not straight. So that the ramrod of the strut can go in straight use some grease on the cutlass bearing to help it to slide in easily.