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    Unhappy tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    Well I'm going to tackle the job. I have a water drip in my engine compartment coming off the driveshaft that goes to the outdrive on the transom side. I only have 250 hrs on the boat. I can't think of any other way the water would be getting there except for a leaky bellow. I have the complete bellow kit including gimble bearings. I have the SELOC sterndrive repair manual. I need a bellows expander.
    It looks like I have to remove the bell housing. The tools listed for removing that are 1. tapered insert tool (#91-4379), 2. sleeve removal tool (#91-81869) and 3. hinge pin tool (#91-78310).
    If anyone could recommend a source for getting these tools, at a reasonable price, I'd really appreciate it. It seems that it's just my luck to have problems like this arise. ARG!!
    From what I can see right now before taking anything apart the bellows look good. No abraisions and they are real flexible. I wish they looked like crap or one was torn but they look like new.
    Any thoughts would be really appreciated. I'm on a limited budget. With the water coming from where it is, I don't want to use the boat fearing I may damage some expensive parts.

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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    It probably doesn't help, but I just bought the hinge pin removal tool 91-78310 from Ebay for $17 (inluding P&P) but you won't have it in time for the weekend..

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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    Thanks Gary! Time isn't the issue, money is. But isn't that the way it usually is. I'll hit ebay. I didn't think of them.

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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    Any Merc. dealer can get the tools. You can use a 1/2" allen wrench to get the hinge pins out, and you can destroy the tapered insert with some needle-nose pliers to get it out while you wait for the tools to come. A new tapered insert is dirt cheap and you will probably wreck the old one getting it out with the proper tool anyway.

    What's the sleeve tool for? I don't recall needing one for my Bravo 3

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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    Now I remember the sleeve removal tool. Just use a slide hammer with a hook. The bellows kit likely came with a new sleeve anyway. It's an aluminum ring about 4-5" in diameter

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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1






    It is tight in there and you must watch how ALL the hose clamps are positioned as they will poke holes in your NEW bellows if you place them wrong


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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    Thanks guys!!! I like the little med kit in the pic!
    I guess I won't need all the tools then. I'll skip the sleeve tool and the hinge pin tool and the tapered insert tool. Looks like all I really need then is the bellows tool. Could I use plumbers goop for a sealer or should I go with the Mercruise stuff?

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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    It is just 3m rubber glue

    i would do it buy the book as a Leak cost so much money


    NOT skipping the small stuff that makes the job get done right


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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    Quote Originally Posted by tommays View Post
    It is just 3m rubber glue

    i would do it buy the book as a Leak cost so much money


    NOT skipping the small stuff that makes the job get done right


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    RIGHT!!! I'll use the glue. Thanks again. Would you have any hints on making this job easier????,or should I just follow the manual?

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    Default Re: tools needed to replace all bellows on bravo 1

    It's pretty easy work. If you can disconnect the drive oil line from the fitting on the gimbal housing, rather than removing the fitting by disconnecting from the inside, I think the effort will be worth it. I had a miserable time re-installing the E clip on the fitting from inside the boat. Went through three E clips before I got one on there.

    Clean and paint everything you can while it's apart.

    Be a great time to replace the shift cable. The Mercruiser cable is vastly superior to the aftermarket cable that was installed by the PO in my boat. Worth the extra money.

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