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Old     (kalcotter)      Join Date: Aug 2004       06-22-2006, 4:08 AM Reply   
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.
Old     (ctrider)      Join Date: Apr 2003       06-22-2006, 5:22 AM Reply   
The shaft goes into the coupler and the coupler attaches to the transmission. The four bolts are all you need to undo to disconnect the shaft from the transmission. It will still be tight and you will need to tap it with a soft mallet or pry it apart. Be careful so you do not damage the coupler. If you are not removing the shaft from the boat this is all you need to do. Good luck.
Old     (kalcotter)      Join Date: Aug 2004       06-22-2006, 5:38 AM Reply   
Awesome. Thanks a lot Kevin, that's all I needed to know.

Old     (showtime)      Join Date: Nov 2005       06-22-2006, 5:56 AM Reply   
kevin is correct--all yoou need to do is remove hte 4 bolts. the inside of the coupler has a pertruded collar (if yoou will) to align the coupler to the output flange on the trans. this is what is sticking... good luck


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