I am having problems reinserting the drive shaft into the exhaust housing. Removed the lower unit to replace the water pump and now I can't get it back in. It would seem that would side back in without much difficulty. The drive shaft plate under the crankshaft seal gasket is getting stuck midway up the tube. Is there a trick to this or do I need renew my shortbus pass?
There is a diagram supplied (borrowed the machinist's diagram)
All of the drive shaft seal parts are original except the drive shaft/crankshaft seal/gasket (1st part ) and the o ring (3rd part).
Any help greatly appreciated!