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Posted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:57pm

Post Subject: Stern Gland

Should I be concerned that at present I do not get any water dripping from my propshaft stern gland. The boat only has 130 hours on it from new, however it is fittred with a manual greaser and after running I can screw it down a least a turn? The shaft will turn easily by hand when the engine is out of gear, so alignment and resistance seems ok. Duncan

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Posted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:51pm

Post Subject: Stern Gland

Personally I would not worry. I found years ago that with stainless steel shafts if you tightened the gland until the water drip just about stopped BUT when turning the greaser down a bead of water or grease appeared around the shaft there would be no excessive wear. The greaser sounds normal to me. I always turn down until the slack has been taken up and then at least one more turn. This forces grease into the shaft bearing and hopefully expels some of the mud that has probably got into it. Tony Brooks

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Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:03pm

Post Subject: Stern Gland

Tony, The issue is that there is no water drip, and hasn't been since new! Duncan

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Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:08pm

Post Subject: Stern Gland

Assuming it is not one of the packless glands which it is probably not because of the greaser then I gave you my opinion in my reply. If you want to try loosening the adjustment then be my guest but I doubt there is a problem - have you actually checked to see if that bead of water or grease appears at the front of the gland when you screw the greaser down. That is a bead - NOT a drip. Tony Brooks

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Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:20pm

Post Subject: Stern Gland

Tony, ok I will check for a bead of grease. I have confirmed that it is not a packless gland. Thanks Duncan

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