K- should be a simple one for most of you out there.
merc. 165 gimbal bearing. In regards to lube and installation, the new bearing has a hole on the outer perimeter...which direction should this be placed when installing? Also in regards to lubrication...it would make sense to rub some lube around the bearing for ease of installation, but what about overall lubrication? Firstly, should I clean out the existing lube that was sitting behind the old bearing? Secondly, the gimbal housing has a tip for a lube gun, is this what lubes the bearing housing?...anything else I should know?..
Oh, one last thing....another post-er mentioned that the retaining ring doesnt need to be reinstalled. Is this true, and if so, why was it there to begin with? (as it was a pain in the a** to remove)
retaining ring was used on the very early unit that didnt have the grease fitting. You dont list a year or serial number but it will accept the newer style gimbal bearing. If you do have the fitting on the side of the transom ,line up the hole with the grease fitting hole, usually around 5:00 and install untill fully seated