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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 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.

Fortunately apart from getting your hands dirty, removing the cutlass bearing is not tricky. These are the steps to follow to replace your boat’s 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. Always remember that set screws are not used by all boat manufacturers. If you already know that your boat does not have set screws, then it is not good to waste time looking for them.

Of course you will have to cut the bearing. You can cut the cutlass bearing using a hacksaw if you don’t have a Sawzall from Propeller Depot with you. Using the Sawzall tool is something that requires you to have enough experience on how to use it.

The next step of removing a cutlass bearing is 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. Avoid using a lot of force when hitting the cutlass bearing so that it can bend. If you force it you will damage the strut of the boat.

To open the cutlass bearing up to the other end, do so by putting a maple dowel after creating a space by bending the boat’s cutlass using a hammer. To open the cutlass bearing, avoid using any metal tools. By so doing you may damage the strut’s inside.

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. After removing the old cutlass bearing, and the surface of the strut is clean, and you are about to install a new cutlass bearing bought from Propeller Depot ensure the cutlass bearing can enter the acme props in a straight line.

If the ramrod strut is forced and not straight it, you may damage it. For it to go straight use grease on the washers of the cutlass bearing so that it can slide in the strut easily.