|Posted: November 16 2010 at 15:34 | IP Logged
Tom - sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the answer is no. I had a 1985 381 and those year model engines had two piece rear seals. There is not enough room to jack up the engine far enough to drop the oil pan enough to get this done. You'll have to pull up the flooring and build an A-frame to lift the engine high enough to get to everything.
If you decide to go this route, re-install a one-piece oil pan gasket. Easier to deal with than the two-piece.
Now, all this being said; just how bad is your leak? Let's say you run the boat on a trip of 6 hours length. How much oil are you using?
I have a friend who put new engines in his boat a few years ago and the seals have leaked since day-one! He keeps a clean, neat engine room and is a top-flight engine mechanic but simply will not deal with changing the seals (and his are the one piece and can be changed without pulling the engine). He simply keeps absorbent oil pads under both engines and changes when he feels they are ready to be changed.
I have a leaking oil seal in my DD6V92 diesel engine in my 500 Connie. I do the same thing with the pads. A mechanic told me he might as well overhaul the engine as what it would cost me to put a rear seal in the thing!
I guess you know where I'm going. If it ain't too bad, put some pads under the offender and add oil as necessary.
Hope I've been of some help.
Capt. G. Emory Shover
m/v "SOUTHERN CHARM"
Eastern Marine Services, LLC
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