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oldyeller

Prop shaft packing questions?

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oldyeller

Hey peoples-

I have an 2001 wakesetter V drive and it is taking on more water than I would expect. The only thing I can think of is the prop shaft packing.

1) Is there another possible area that is common for leaks that I should check?

2) Is there a good way to check for leaks without actually putting the boat in the lake?

3) How do you tighten the shaft packing?

4) Should the large nut that encasses the shaft be hand tight (yesterday I was checking it out and could actually turn it with just my hand and little force)?

5) Does anyone know what the rubber piece wrapped around the shaft do?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

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bretski75

1) Could be from your rudder, or exhaust hoses as well, most likey the shaft though, especially if you can hand loosen it.

2) you can fill the bilge with a garden hose and see where water is leaking out from underneath

I'll let someone else expand on the rest. They can do a better job than me.

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footnlongline
Hey peoples-

I have an 2001 wakesetter V drive and it is taking on more water than I would expect. The only thing I can think of is the prop shaft packing.

1) Is there another possible area that is common for leaks that I should check?

2) Is there a good way to check for leaks without actually putting the boat in the lake?

3) How do you tighten the shaft packing?

4) Should the large nut that encasses the shaft be hand tight (yesterday I was checking it out and could actually turn it with just my hand and little force)?

5) Does anyone know what the rubber piece wrapped around the shaft do?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Maybe this will help http://www.boatus.com/boattech/Casey/StuffingBox.htm

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SacRiverRat
Hey peoples-

I have an 2001 wakesetter V drive and it is taking on more water than I would expect. The only thing I can think of is the prop shaft packing.

1) Is there another possible area that is common for leaks that I should check?

2) Is there a good way to check for leaks without actually putting the boat in the lake?

3) How do you tighten the shaft packing?

4) Should the large nut that encasses the shaft be hand tight (yesterday I was checking it out and could actually turn it with just my hand and little force)?

5) Does anyone know what the rubber piece wrapped around the shaft do?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Did you try looking at it to see if water was coming in from the packing nut? Pretty easy to see

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68Slalom
Hey peoples-

I have an 2001 wakesetter V drive and it is taking on more water than I would expect. The only thing I can think of is the prop shaft packing.

1) Is there another possible area that is common for leaks that I should check?

2) Is there a good way to check for leaks without actually putting the boat in the lake?

3) How do you tighten the shaft packing?

4) Should the large nut that encasses the shaft be hand tight (yesterday I was checking it out and could actually turn it with just my hand and little force)?

5) Does anyone know what the rubber piece wrapped around the shaft do?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

How much water are you taking in?

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oldyeller
Hey peoples-

I have an 2001 wakesetter V drive and it is taking on more water than I would expect. The only thing I can think of is the prop shaft packing.

1) Is there another possible area that is common for leaks that I should check?

2) Is there a good way to check for leaks without actually putting the boat in the lake?

3) How do you tighten the shaft packing?

4) Should the large nut that encasses the shaft be hand tight (yesterday I was checking it out and could actually turn it with just my hand and little force)?

5) Does anyone know what the rubber piece wrapped around the shaft do?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

How much water are you taking in?

Enough that when my bilge pump went out a couple weeks ago I had water in the V drive lockers overnight! My bilge pump does keep up with it, however I do not want it to get worse.

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oldyeller
Hey peoples-

I have an 2001 wakesetter V drive and it is taking on more water than I would expect. The only thing I can think of is the prop shaft packing.

1) Is there another possible area that is common for leaks that I should check?

2) Is there a good way to check for leaks without actually putting the boat in the lake?

3) How do you tighten the shaft packing?

4) Should the large nut that encasses the shaft be hand tight (yesterday I was checking it out and could actually turn it with just my hand and little force)?

5) Does anyone know what the rubber piece wrapped around the shaft do?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Did you try looking at it to see if water was coming in from the packing nut? Pretty easy to see

I did not know where to look until recently and never really think about it when we are just trying to have a good time at the lake.

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oldyeller
Hey peoples-

I have an 2001 wakesetter V drive and it is taking on more water than I would expect. The only thing I can think of is the prop shaft packing.

1) Is there another possible area that is common for leaks that I should check?

2) Is there a good way to check for leaks without actually putting the boat in the lake?

3) How do you tighten the shaft packing?

4) Should the large nut that encasses the shaft be hand tight (yesterday I was checking it out and could actually turn it with just my hand and little force)?

5) Does anyone know what the rubber piece wrapped around the shaft do?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Maybe this will help http://www.boatus.com/boattech/Casey/StuffingBox.htm

That's a good article, thanks!

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apwrx

You may want to check and see if your tracking fins are loose.I could wiggle the front one,took them both off and resealed them good to go now Thumbup.gif Another thing to check is the center mls bag if you have one.

Adam

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WakingMeHappy

I have a 99 Sunsetter that's been doing the same thing for the past 3 summers. About every hour or so we just let the bilge pump do it's thing. When someone asks why there's so much water in the boat we just say it pee'ing! Yahoo.gif

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barefootpaul

My Paddle wheel leaked for awhile. Something to check if you have one.

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oldyeller
You may want to check and see if your tracking fins are loose.I could wiggle the front one,took them both off and resealed them good to go now Thumbup.gif Another thing to check is the center mls bag if you have one.

Adam

I'll check that, thanks.

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Faceplant409
I have a 99 Sunsetter that's been doing the same thing for the past 3 summers. About every hour or so we just let the bilge pump do it's thing. When someone asks why there's so much water in the boat we just say it pee'ing! Yahoo.gif

You may have a leaky HDS. On the trailer fill the bilge with water and if the waterpours out the shaft hole... you got hds issues.

Search HDS leak. lots of reading... I had one in a 99 LXI.

Good luck!

Patrick

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Deke

Do you have ballast tanks that pump through the hull? Check fittings/hoses?

Deke

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99response
I have a 99 Sunsetter that's been doing the same thing for the past 3 summers. About every hour or so we just let the bilge pump do it's thing. When someone asks why there's so much water in the boat we just say it pee'ing! Yahoo.gif

You may have a leaky HDS. On the trailer fill the bilge with water and if the waterpours out the shaft hole... you got hds issues.

Search HDS leak. lots of reading... I had one in a 99 LXI.

Good luck!

Patrick

No HDS in a V-drive...

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waterskater

How often do you change your DD shaft packing????

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bretski75

Should only be every 5 plus years. I am going on 12, but am due to replace it within the year.

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Faceplant409
I have a 99 Sunsetter that's been doing the same thing for the past 3 summers. About every hour or so we just let the bilge pump do it's thing. When someone asks why there's so much water in the boat we just say it pee'ing! Yahoo.gif

You may have a leaky HDS. On the trailer fill the bilge with water and if the waterpours out the shaft hole... you got hds issues.

Search HDS leak. lots of reading... I had one in a 99 LXI.

Good luck!

Patrick

No HDS in a V-drive...

...OOPs... :blush: I saw " xxxxxxx LXI" in your signature and I instantly thought "Sunsetter LXI" (I had a '99 SLXI in '99)

Patrick

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oldyeller
Do you have ballast tanks that pump through the hull? Check fittings/hoses?

Deke

That was my problem...crappy blue plastic fitting broke! Anyhow I replaced my packing and it should be good for another 5+ years.

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