I'm putting new back to back seals in the driveshaft bearing housing when i notice a small hole that (I'm guessing here) carries oil to the bearings inside the housing? If so, then why does the first seal i install effectively cover it up ? How does the oil get to the bearings? Also, does the orientation of the hole, with respect to the lower unit, make a difference? i.e. does the hole face forward or backwards towards the prop? Thanks in advance.
Ooops! your're right. My bad....it's late and I shoulda quit an hour ago. It's in too deep and i've covered the hole #$%@! BTW, Once i get the bearing housing bolted in, how much side to side movement should the driveshaft have? It seemed pretty loose before i tore it down. When i pulled the oil plug, i didn't see any filings to indicate excessive wear. How much is too much? Thanks for the seal/oil passage info.
Thanks for the info. I went ahead and put a new waterpump repair kit on. Man, digging those old o-ring gaskets out of the housing was a pain! That adhesive sealant really sticks to the housing and o-ring. One more question. I'm also working on my counter rotating lower unit. When i shift (pull/push the shifter up or down into forward/reverse) gear, I cannot turn the propshaft and driveshaft in either direction. Of course, in neutral, the propshaft turns as usual, but i cannot rotate the driveshaft. Any thoughts?
I've pulled the water pump (and impeller), removed the drive shaft bearing, associated shims, thrust washer and thrust bearing. Still i cannot rotate the driveshaft and propshaft when in forward or reverse. The shifter will go into forward/reverse, but not the shafts. Is the fact that this one is counter rotating make a difference? It seems to me that it would be the same as my other one. I've read the lower unit section on my OMC service manual with no luck. Arrrgh!