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.
After some time you must change the cutlass bearing regardless of how often you use your boat. As soon as you realize it is time to make the cutlass bearing change you may find it hidden in the woodwork of the boat or some distance away from the keel.
Removing the cutlass bearing is not challenging however your hands will get dirty. 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. Don’t forget that other boat manufacturers do not use set screws. If you notice your boat does not have the set screws then do not waste any more time looking for them.
Of course you will have to cut the bearing. In the absence of a Sawzall, you can use a hacksaw to cut the cutlass bearing. You must have enough knowledge of how to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot.
The next step of removing a cutlass bearing is by bending it. You can bend the cutlass bearing to the inner side using a cold chisel and a hammer so that you reach the other side where you have made a cut. Avoid using a lot of force when hitting the cutlass bearing so that it can bend. 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. Do not use metal tools to slit open the cutlass bearing up to its length. If you do so, you risk damaging the inside of the strut.
Finally, remove the cutlass bearing. To remove the cutlass bearing use a pair of pliers to hold. 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.
If the ramrod strut is not straight and if it is forced it may get damaged. 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.