Helpful Hints for Replacing a Cutlass Bearing
A cutlass bearing is a bearing on a vessel’s drive shaft log that is commonly made using brass and a lining that is grooved from the inside which is lubricated by the water which enters the grooves during rotation, this.
After some time you must change the cutlass bearing regardless of how often you use your boat. 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.
Apart from getting your hands dirty, you will not face any challenges when removing the cutlass bearing. Keep reading this article to know how to replace a cutlass bearing, now.
Locating and removing the set screws should be the first thing to do. The area where you will find the layer of crud and marine is where the set screws are hidden in most cases. Don’t forget that other boat manufacturers do not use set screws. If you know that set screws are not existing, then it is no use wasting 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 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. 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. Do not use excessive force when hitting the cutlass bearing for it to 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.
Finally, remove the cutlass bearing. Use a pair of pliers to hold the cutlass bearing to remove it. Now clean the surface of the strut and install a new cutlass bearing. 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.
You will damage the strut’s ramrod if you push it and the line it is not straight. For it to go straight use grease on the washers of the cutlass bearing so that it can slide in the strut easily.