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Old 10-29-2021, 03:25 PM
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After raising & lowering my drives a few times, (I installed new trim indicators) I noticed oil running down the cavitation plate and onto the props.
obviously a seal?.. Gimble oil seal?.......big job?...What am I instore for?..........oh boy! , winter project starting now!.........Thanks, Scippy
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Old 11-01-2021, 11:01 AM
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Old 11-01-2021, 11:16 AM
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are u sure its not oil from the trim cylinders . the seals like to dry out and leak . they also sometimes develop pin hole leaks in the outer case. I have seen them leak numerous times on ssm stuff .
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Old 11-01-2021, 10:43 PM
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are u sure its not oil from the trim cylinders . the seals like to dry out and leak . they also sometimes develop pin hole leaks in the outer case. I have seen them leak numerous times on ssm stuff .
No I don't think so, I can see the path of the oil coming down from upwards and away from the trim cylinder. sort of up in where the bellows would be that section....wish it was the trim cylinder!
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Found the hose that's leaking inside the gimble housing of my ssm 3 outdrive......by looking up under where the gimble housing rotates the drive up & down, it's in partial view. anybody here pull a drive from the gimble housing?
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Old 11-09-2021, 06:10 AM
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That hose take a ton of abuse for what it is. Pain in the butt to replace. Taking the drive off is easy, so is installing it if you have the guide spring in the tail stock (which I don't).
I used an engine hoist on the lifting eye, balances really well for alignment.
I have replaced one of my oil hoses with a chunk of aeroquip I had on hand, can't remember the type (it was late at night and I wanted to go boating the next morning), but it needs to be flexible enough to cycle the up and down/left and right, but stiff enough to not kink.

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Old 11-09-2021, 11:27 AM
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That hose take a ton of abuse for what it is. Pain in the butt to replace. Taking the drive off is easy, so is installing it if you have the guide spring in the tail stock (which I don't).
I used an engine hoist on the lifting eye, balances really well for alignment.
I have replaced one of my oil hoses with a chunk of aeroquip I had on hand, can't remember the type (it was late at night and I wanted to go boating the next morning), but it needs to be flexible enough to cycle the up and down/left and right, but stiff enough to not kink.
I ordered the 2 hoses since I have identical leaks in both drives ........like you said, also someone told me it's easy to the remove drives, but a real pain to get them back in. what complicates the issues now even more is I don't have the special lock key that's on one of the 6 bolts to remove the outdrive.....wonder how I go forward with this new hurdle!
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Old 11-09-2021, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by scippy View Post
I ordered the 2 hoses since I have identical leaks in both drives ........like you said, also someone told me it's easy to the remove drives, but a real pain to get them back in. what complicates the issues now even more is I don't have the special lock key that's on one of the 6 bolts to remove the outdrive.....wonder how I go forward with this new hurdle!
I have also replaced them on the boat. PIA but it can be done.
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Old 11-09-2021, 12:12 PM
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To remove Mcgaurd lock

Cut Ring with a dremel with a cut off wheel and made 2 cuts thru the sleeve as deep as possible, then just split the sleeve off with a screw driver. Then just
knock a socket over the nut/lock and unscrew.
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Old 11-09-2021, 06:32 PM
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So that's what they call it, a Mcguard lock?...here's a few pics to show Mcguard lock and disintegrating hose....question, when I get the guard off and the 5 other nuts
should the drive just pull out? .or is there anything else I need to be prepared for?......gonna do this myself and get it done no matter what just want to be prepared. Thanks, Scippy




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