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Cant get drip on shaft


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Just had new packing put in and trying to adjuct drip rate..

Should it drip in idle?

should i run it and then idle loosen toi get drip ..

do i undo packig nuts all the way and start tightening till i get rate or will water enter boat :)

i would appreciate help ,then new packing went in perfect as i had help from a machanic but then it got dark and left it to me to

tighten the next day ...


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The packing should only leak when the prop shaft is spinning. It's supposed to leak like 10 drips/minute when the prop is spinning at idle speeds.

I used Skidim.com's Goretex packing. We tightened it down good to seat the packing. Then loosened it, put the boat in the water, made sure it leaked quite a bit for 30 seconds or so, then tightened it up till it leaked a bit less than 10/min...... the idea being that this is their "semi-dripless" packing & it doesn't need to be lubricated as much as the regular old flax packing.

It's kind of a trial & error process. Just be carefull that your not working around the packing when it's spinning.

Good luck.

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I need to do mine over the winter. How hard is it removing the old packing, and putting in the new one in? I know it's not technically hard, just mechnically a pain on a v-drive?

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