I have a Malibu, and Iím taking my motor apart to lift it out. Itís a Mercruiser 350. My question is about the drive shaft. Hopefully I can explain this well enough without a picture. Coming off the engine thereís a round plate that hooks to a brass looking plate that holds the drive shaft. These two plates are held together with 4 bolts. I took the bolts off, and they seem to be still together.
My question is, does the actual drive shaft go further into the engine? Or should I pry these apart? Iím not sure if theyíre just stuck together because they have been for so long, or if thereís something in there holding them together. I donít want to try to lift the motor out without knowingÖ donít want to bend the shaft. Hopefully Iíve explained this well enough for you to know what Iím talking about.
Any help would be great.