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Shaft Not Leaking Much But Still Cool Is That Ok?

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had new packing put in ,tried to ajust it for 1 drip every 10 secs. but it either leaks alot or nothing..

we ride for an hour and we find a small amount of water under shaft and when we touch shaft its still cold or just abit warm to cold

is this ok or must it leak 1 time every 10 -20 secs??

thks

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Ndawg12

I'd say you're ok, that's how mine is, and I've looked at it for a couple minutes at a time and never noticed a drip and the shaft is never too hot. Got about 100 hours like that.

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martinarcher

I would say your fine. Count your blessings....a dry bilge is a hard thing to come by on some boats.

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Bake's Marine

I would say your fine. Count your blessings....a dry bilge is a hard thing to come by on some boats.

Isn't that the truth!!!

You are okay if your shaft seal is cool to the touch!

-Paul

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malibu.c.c

thanks alot for the info !!

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bound4er

Mine doesn't drip either but is cool to the touch. I am glad I don't have anything to worry about.

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DIE2SURF

A slightly older thread; but most appropriate for my situation:

I replaced the packing yesterday. Have a drip every 10 seconds in idle drive/forward. It drips a little less when not in gear; about 1 every 15-20 seconds.

It's cool to the touch...until I pick up speed. If I drive the boat 20+ mph, then the large brass nut gets hot. Also, there is no drip when at faster speeds (I was watching for the drip while my buddy driving the boat up on plane). Once we slow back to idle-forward, then the nut starts to cool down, and the drip every 10 seconds starts again.

So, should the drip continue at higher speeds? Greater driprate at higher speeds?

Should the coupling stay cool even at the higher speeds?

On a side note: if anyone needs to buy the 1 7/8" Anodized Blue Shaft Packing Wrenches (Malibu Logo), I have two new/unused for sale (they were too small for my Echelon...bummer)

PM me with an offer... shipping can't be much more than $5 USPS.

Edited by DIE2SURF

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RTS

I would back it down until the nut was not hot at the higher speeds. I found that there is a very, very fine line at which point the brass will start to heat up. For me, it was a situation where 1/8th of a turn was the difference between the brass heating up and staying cool. If you back that down ever so slightly, you will not see your drip rate increase to any significant degree....but you do not want that brass heating up, ever. Things will start to warp, and the wax impregnated packing will deteriorate so much faster than if you let enough water through the keep things cool.

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DIE2SURF

I would back it down until the nut was not hot at the higher speeds. I found that there is a very, very fine line at which point the brass will start to heat up. For me, it was a situation where 1/8th of a turn was the difference between the brass heating up and staying cool. If you back that down ever so slightly, you will not see your drip rate increase to any significant degree....but you do not want that brass heating up, ever. Things will start to warp, and the wax impregnated packing will deteriorate so much faster than if you let enough water through the keep things cool.

Thanks. That was my thought as well, but figured I throw it out there for anyone else who may know. Much appreciated.

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