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First Born
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Posted: October 02 2006 at 22:52 | IP Logged Quote First Born

Ok guys lets move on, and since I know you are all having withdrawals from not being able to post today, here goes.  I made the mistake of not printing out the news on changing props.  I know this is easy for you guys but remember this will be my first time, so take it easy on me. 

I found 2-4-C Marine Lubricant at Boater's World so went ahead and bought it but am going to try and stop by my dealer and pick up 101.  That said I need help and tips that you guys can give me.  What do you guys do to keep the prop from turning while taking off and on.  Do I need to remove the spart plug leads?  Just any lessons learned you could provide would be appreciated.

How is that, I feel better already.


2006 Sea Ray 185 Sport; 4.3L 190 HP
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Posted: October 03 2006 at 00:23 | IP Logged Quote boatrboy

I keep outdrive in neutral and use a piece of wood (2x4 or 4x4) and hold it under the cavitation plate (the flat plate which holds the zinc above the prop) and bring the prop blades to it gently. Then, use a socket on the nut to remove it. It should not be that tight.  The wood avoids damaging the blades. I have used this methods for 5 years.  I hope this helps.

BTW - I feel better now too

Edited by boatrboy on October 03 2006 at 00:24

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Dave SR
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Posted: October 03 2006 at 20:25 | IP Logged Quote Dave SR

That's pretty much how I do it too Wesley. There may be some locking tabs on your prop nut that you have to bend out of the way first (that's the way my Alpha drive was on my 210 Sundeck) but just do that, remove the nut, lube the prop splines and put on the new prop. Use your 2x4 again for tightening and then rebend the locking tabs.

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Posted: October 05 2006 at 10:43 | IP Logged Quote Gunn

In my Mercruiser Service Manual, they even say to use a block of wood under the cavitation plate. When I serviced mine (basically just lubed the shaft) after  I bought it, that's exactly what I did. Used a socket and a long ratchet or breaker-bar to get it off. It's supposed to be torqued to 55ft-lbs, so its not too bad.

What kind of a prop did you have, and what are you going to? I forget what you mentioned in the SRO forum...


Edited by Gunn on October 05 2006 at 10:46

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