I asked the new service manager if anyone made motor mounts that had slots instead of just a narrow bolt hole to allow for lateral adjustment but he did not know of any. The Mercury Power Tune evaporates within a few seconds of bein' shot onto the bellows,. It is nice to be able to borrow tools from buddies, colleagues and forum members that are close by. I believe the Problem with folks bustin' their hinge pin tools is because they don't Heat the pin, to soften the Loc-tite holdin' 'em in-place. If the grease has been scraped off the machined end of the tool evenly all the way around the tool, the engine and lower unit are perfectly aligned. I realize that he's not actually building but I for one would be interested in what some of you might think of his problem.
The mounts allow the engine to be lowered or raised. I was referred to this site from the caravelleboat. I have a couple close friends with boats they are the only ones that no I have it. If he's off by 8 degrees eek , that's a huge angle. Otherwise, talk to a lawyer. Should have done this years ago. They are trying to cover their asses from having done a bad job.
Watch it break 1st time out. The rear ones have only one position: the right one. If you want a world of advice go to this website here and ask. The male splined driveshaft yoke from the outdrive slides into the female splines of the drive coupler. Click for new Drive Couplers. I put the boat in the water a few weeks ago since getting it back, and now the drive is stuck in forward even though the direction shifter was in neutral. Checking the alignment requires removal of the sterndrive unit.
You only have to push the ring in, 'n hold it, literally, for a few Seconds. I was just outside playing with it again and the tool slides in easily and very slightly bumps the top edge. I thought that somebody could point him in the right direction. I also asked about fabricating a bracket to attach to the hull and the mounts to slide the motor into alignment and he said their shop cannot take the liability risk of doing that. Last time I installed a sterndrive was a few years ago. A special is slid into the drive coupler from behind and the tool must insert and turn easily.
I took it back to the repair shop again, and now they tell me that the original engine mounts were installed wrong at the factory, so instead of being perpendicular to the transom, the motor is sitting at a lateral angle with the front part of the motor shifted about 8 degrees to the port side. The drive is attached to the engine through the use of a drive coupler. If the grease is scraped off one side or the other, the engine needs to be moved a bit to the port or starboard to align things horizontally. Motor mounts have slots in the front for lateral adjustment. Don taught me the Mercury Power-Tune trick for the metal retaining rings for the bellows. Once it's perfect, retighten the top engine mount nuts and reinstall the lower unit.
Gotta try that C-note deposit idea. The alignment must be checked with the engine rotated in 90 degree increments. It is for offshore hi speed boats but the guys are the most knowledgeable on the web and some of the nicest. Mine came with the bar, all 3 drivers, the bellows expander and the hinge pin tool. Don taught me the Mercury Power-Tune trick for the metal retaining rings for the bellows. Impossible to mount the engine there with any lateral error.
The transom bracket is a single piece of alloy with just 2 holes for long bolts, washers, bushings and spring washers. Also when installing your replacement motor there is a tool called a alignment tool that looks like your out drives drive shaft that is repeatedly inserted until the shaft slides in and out with ease. Tightened everything to the transom and then dropped the engine onto the rear mounts. Re: How many actaully own Mercruiser drive alignment tools? If I remember correctly we installed inner and outer transom plates. I've got an plain ole alignment bar I've had for years,.
The water pump impeller disintegrated and the engine overheated in May 2010, so I replaced the impeller myself and the boat ran okay for most of the summer with a slight engine skip that got worse over time. With the tools in hand, I now see how much easier these tasks will be having the tools. My outdrive was stuck in forward when tried to run it a few weeks ago, so I took it to the repair shop that has worked on it since I bought it, and they say I have a problem with the engine mounts not being aligned correctly with the outdrive and this will cause drive problems from now on. I have thousands of hours in the commercial world running your setup so i speak from experience. You need to find another repair shop. It is standard policy to check the engine alignment whenever the drive is removed. Coupler failure can be reduced or eliminated by checking and adjusting the engine alignment on a regular basis.
If the motor drops out of alignment damage can occur to the drive coupler. As my luck goes again, after getting the boat back in May 2011, the new rebuilt engine would bog down when given full throttle from idle and never recover, but it would accelerate correctly with slow steady throttle and then take off like a jack rabbit at 2000 rpm's. I store one of there boats at my house and do all the work on it anyway so no big deal. I used machinest die on the end of the alignment tool and while the alignment improved with adjustments, I consistently had strike marks on the port side of the tool. I also replaced the gimbal bearing, the drive is an Alpha. . Com I have a Mercruiser 470, 485, 488, 190, 3.