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How Can You Replace a Cutlass Bearing?

A cutlass bearing is a bearing on a vessel’s drive shaft log that is commonly made using brass and a lining that is grooved from the inside which is lubricated by the water which enters the grooves during rotation, this.

After some time you must change the cutlass bearing regardless of how often you use your boat. When it is time to change that cutlass bearing, you will find the cutlass bearing a bit far from the keel or somewhere buried in the woodwork of the boat.

Removing the cutlass bearing is not challenging however your hands will get dirty. These are the steps to follow to replace your boat’s cutlass bearing, now.

Prior to doing anything else, you should first locate the set screws so that you can remove them. The area where you will find the layer of crud and marine is where the set screws are hidden in most cases. Not all boat manufacturers use the set screws. If you know that set screws are not existing, then it is no use wasting time looking for them.

During a cutlass bearing replacement you will be required to cut the bearing. In the absence of a Sawzall, you can use a hacksaw to cut the cutlass bearing. You must have enough knowledge of how to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot.

Bending the cutlass bearing is the next step. You can bend the cutlass bearing to the inner side using a cold chisel and a hammer so that you reach the other side where you have made a cut. Do not use excessive force when hitting the cutlass bearing for it to bend. Do not force the cutlass bearing to avoid damaging the boat’s strut.

Put a maple dowel where you have created a space by bending the boat’s cutlass bearing inside and with a hammer slit it opens up to the other end. Do not use metal tools to slit open the cutlass bearing up to its length. By so doing you may damage the strut’s inside.

Finally, remove the cutlass bearing. Use a pair of pliers to hold the cutlass bearing to remove it. Now clean the surface of the strut and install a new cutlass bearing. After you remove the old cutlass bearing, cleaning the surface of the strut, and want to install a new cutlass bearing bought from Propeller Depot, make sure enter the acme props in a straight line.

If the ramrod strut is not straight and if it is forced it may get damaged. So that the ramrod of the strut can go in straight use some grease on the cutlass bearing to help it to slide in easily.