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Old     (dave27)      Join Date: May 2005       06-06-2010, 8:57 AM Reply   
I notice yesterday right after I put the boat in the water, I heard water leaking. I investigated and came to find the prop shaft packing was leaking. Now I know they are suppose to leak to keep the joint cool. But this one was leaking and about a 3 year old boys pee rate. Not quite that much, but more than I think it should be leaking. I would think a drip every other second would be ok. Not a pee stream. I didn't get a real good look at how this packing works. Does any body have some pictures or a part number for this? Any help from anyone who has worked with this packing before would be great. Thanks guys!
Old     (humboldt9)      Join Date: Jun 2004       06-06-2010, 9:56 AM Reply   
How many hours are on your boat? You probably don't need to replace the packing yet, it just needs to be tightened. Or you can go to the dripless packing route and be done with it. Search the board there are a ton of great threads for fixing this issue.
Old     (dave27)      Join Date: May 2005       06-06-2010, 3:24 PM Reply   
I have 445 hours.
Old     (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       06-06-2010, 3:56 PM Reply   
Can't hurt to try tightening before replacing.
I tighten mine up every couple years, so far still on the original packing - 600 hrs. plus.
Old     (dave27)      Join Date: May 2005       06-06-2010, 4:05 PM Reply   
Can you twist it by hand? It looks pretty confined in that space. What tools do I need? any cotter pins required?
Old     (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       06-06-2010, 5:19 PM Reply   
No cotter pin, just the packing nut and a lock nut.
It is tight quarters in there,but doable. Short handle wrenches are easier to maneuver, but offer less leverage.

Here's a pretty good write up on adjusting as well as re-packing:
Old     (humboldt9)      Join Date: Jun 2004       06-07-2010, 12:11 PM Reply   
I use two adjustable plumber lock nut wrenches for this job. You'll be able to twist the packing nut by hand once you have the lock nut loosened; however, when you find the ideal drip position you'll want to tighten the lock nut with the wrenches. You can find them at pretty much any hardware store for about $8 a piece.
Old     (humboldt9)      Join Date: Jun 2004       06-07-2010, 12:14 PM Reply   
Old     (dave27)      Join Date: May 2005       06-08-2010, 8:40 AM Reply   
sweet. thats what I need.
Old     (4white)      Join Date: Apr 2010       06-09-2010, 12:03 PM Reply   
I just bought a 2006 V215 with 220 hours and experienced the same issue, I had the packing seal replaced and it seems to be fine now, I will know more after the weekend.
Old     (dave27)      Join Date: May 2005       06-23-2010, 8:35 AM Reply   
What do I do about the safety wire? Do I need to replace it?
Old     (dave27)      Join Date: May 2005       07-06-2010, 2:23 PM Reply   
Ok guys, I use the above wrench and a pair of big channel locks. But I could not tighten or loosen the joint to get it to stop leaking. I think I will just wait until winter then replace it with a drippless one. What do you guys think?
Old     (vette74)      Join Date: Jun 2008       07-06-2010, 4:50 PM Reply   
I would just put new packing in. To put drip-less in you have to pull the shaft ect.


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