Helpful Hints for Replacing a Cutlass Bearing
The bearing found on a vessel’s drive shaft log that is made with brass and a rubber lining that is grooved from the inside and which is lubricated by the water around that enters the grooves on rotation is what is termed as cutlass bearing, this.
After some time you must change the cutlass bearing regardless of how often you use your boat. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bending the cutlass bearing is the next step. 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. 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.
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. Do not use metal tools to slit open the cutlass bearing up to its length. 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. Install a new cutlass bearing after you clean the strut’s surface. 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 not straight and if it is forced it may get damaged. For it to go straight use grease on the washers of the cutlass bearing so that it can slide in the strut easily.