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Screwdriver

water dripping prop shaft

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Screwdriver
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Hey crew!

had my first ride today with our 2004 xti. mounted diy-gen2-style surftabs this winter so i was a little bit nervous but all good. i had a little bit of a problem though. in between the propeller coupling and shaft seal (dont know how its called, please see picture) there was some water dripping in, like one drop per second.

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i didnt have this issue last season. could it be the cold water temperatures? the water is like 5 degrees celcius, still a lot of snow on the mountains around the lake. is there a easy fix or is it better to have someone professional to fix this for me?

cheers

Edited by Screwdriver

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oldjeep

Your picture didn't show up, but on a 2004 I would assume you have normal packing and a drip a second would be the norm/desirable.

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wdr

Pretty much considered normal for that type of shaft seal to leak some water. I have read in a couple places varying amounts of drops per minute as a norm and I have experienced different rates with the old wax style versus the newer Gortex style seals.

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wdr

You can easily replace it with an OJ or other make dripless seal for @ $140.00 IIRC. Would be a breeze of a job on a DD.

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Screwdriver

ok cool. i just was curious as there was no water last season. gonna check out the oj dripless seal. thanks a lot

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solorex

Honestly why spend money on something that ain't broke?  The packing is designed to drip a little bit, you can check the torque on the nut if you are concerned, but what you are describing is just fine.  I have packing rope in my spare parts bin, but honestly I checked mine last year and it's still fine and the boats over 20yrs old now.

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boardjnky4
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yes, it's supposed to drip. If it's not dripping, you have a problem.

Replacing the shaft seal is a pain in the a** process.

Edited by boardjnky4

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wakesetterDD

Yes it's supposed to drip.  Water movement acts as cooling for the shaft.

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Screwdriver

ok didnt know that its supposed to drip. will check the torque on the nut though. thanks all for your help

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Eagle River Mike

Since its your first ride of the year, the wax is probably all dried up.  It will absorb some water, soften up and expand and seal a little better as it gets more use.  Totally normal.  You should end up at a drip rate of one drip every 10 seconds or so.

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