Helpful Hints for Replacing 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.

Regardless of the times when your boat is used, you must change the cutlass bearing in the long run. When the time is up for changing the cutlass bearing, you will locate it a little off the keel or underneath the woodwork of the boat.

Fortunately apart from getting your hands dirty, removing the cutlass bearing is not tricky. Keep reading this article to know how to replace a cutlass bearing, now.

The first thing you should do is to locate the set screws and remove them. The area where you will find the layer of crud and marine is where the set screws are hidden in most cases. Always remember that set screws are not used by all boat manufacturers. If you notice your boat does not have the set screws then do not waste any more 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. With a cold chisel and a hammer, you can bend the cutlass bearing to the inside until you reach the place where you have made a cut. Do not use excessive force when hitting the cutlass bearing for it to bend. When you forcefully bend the cutlass bearing, you risk damaging the strut of the boat.

Insert a maple dowel after creating a space from bending the cutlass bearing on the boat to the inside and using a hammer slit it open to the other end. Avoid using any tool made of metal to split the cutlass bearing on its length. By so doing you may damage the strut’s inside.

Lastly, you can now 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. Now that you have removed the old cutlass bearing, and you have cleaned the strut’s office and are ready to insert a new bearing purchased from Propeller Depot all the while making sure the bearing enters the acme props in a straight line.

If the ramrod strut is forced and not straight it, you may damage it. 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.