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Shaft Seal Packing Size

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Someone who's done it may chime in here, but if not, search wakeside rides. It's there someplace. Or call Peter. He's probably not busy now anyway. Biggrin.gif

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Now that's funny!

Scott, sorry I didn't have the answer, I've never repacked, just replace 'em with dripless.


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Okay, now that I have the Speedo-visual out of my mind, I went to replace my packing with the goretex stuff but I couldn't get the old packing out. I have an 03 XTi and when you loosen the packing nut, you have about a quarter inch available to dig out the old packing assuming you don't remove the drive shaft completely. Am I just being a wuss or is this do-able by a mere mortal?

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I had probably 1 1/2" -- took a coat hanger and bent it and dug out some -- there actually wasn't an awful lot that came out. One of the other guys I ski with said he just put the new in and didn't even bother trying to clean out the old.

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Not sure if you can get a dental pick in there, having never done it myself, but that's what I've heard others use.

Hmmm....I wonder where a guy could get one of those? BTW they work great for a ton of uses. Maybe I should put one in the glove box for the old 'just in case'!!

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I used a dental pick to get mine out. It was jammed in there pretty good so I basically poked at it until it tore and then picked the end out to where I could grab it. The Gore stuff is great and has been in there since 2000 without any maintenance.

I think the pick was part of my dogs teeth cleaning kit along with the tarter scrapers and all that. The dog didn't seem to mind that I used it for something else.

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