Removing the Propeller Shaft

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Remove the rudder on lift out or after lift out by digging a clearance hole underneath the rudder.

Shaft fouls rudder

Remove the propeller and cutless bearing and unbolt the gearbox coupling. In addition to four bolts there may be a set screw through the side of the coupler. If a clamp type of coupler is used inserting a wedge into the split of the clamp and tapping the wedge with a hammer will slide the coupler off the shaft allowing the shaft to be completely withdrawn for inspection.

Clamp removal

If a lip seal is fitted great care must be taken not to damage the lips whilst removing the prop shaft.