How Can You Replace 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.
Apart from getting your hands dirty, you will not face any challenges when removing the cutlass bearing. These are the steps to follow to replace your boat’s cutlass bearing, now.
The first thing you should do is to locate the set screws and remove them. The area where you will find the layer of crud and marine is where the set screws are hidden in most cases. Not all boat manufacturers use the set screws. 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. If you don’t have a Sawzall with you, then a hacksaw should help you to cut the cutlass bearing. You must have enough knowledge of how to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot.
Now to remove the cutlass bearing by bending it. 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. If you force it you will damage the strut of the boat.
Put a maple dowel where you have created a space by bending the boat’s cutlass bearing inside and with a hammer slit it opens up to the other end. Do not use metal tools to slit open the cutlass bearing up to its length. If you do so, you risk damaging the inside of the strut.
To conclude, remove the cutlass bearing. To remove the cutlass bearing use a pair of pliers to hold. After cleaning the strut’s surface, install a new cutlass bearing. After removing the old cutlass bearing, and the surface of the strut is clean, and you are about to install a new cutlass bearing bought from Propeller Depot ensure the cutlass bearing can enter 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.