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Old     (mikef9844)      Join Date: Sep 2008       03-13-2009, 5:51 PM Reply   
My 1984 Mercruiser 3.8L V6 sterndrive is leaking oil from the back. I just noticed this today and it leaked a very small puddle over a 12 hour period. Its leaking from the little brown piece in the picture. What is this and how can it be fixed? Also, will it be ok to run for a few days, it seems like a small leak and I just added some more.

Old     (treycleaton)      Join Date: Mar 2005       03-13-2009, 7:31 PM Reply   
It's ok to run for a few days, but you should get it fixed. It's probably a seal in your outdrive unit. Think about the nasty stuff that will do to the water. Do the right thing and fix it sooner than later. Aside from the tree-hugging, you don't want lake water in your components.
Old     (azwakekid)      Join Date: Apr 2005       03-13-2009, 9:41 PM Reply   
it looks like the shifting linkage. but the picture is blurry so im not so sure. but if it is its just a little seal that needs to be replaced. any shop could take care of it for you with in a day.
Old     (reachjims)      Join Date: Aug 2007       03-14-2009, 5:27 AM Reply   
yeah it looks like shift linkage or your speedo tube hook-up, but that wouldn't be leaking unless something in the lower unit was leaking.
Old     (justintime)      Join Date: Mar 2009       03-14-2009, 8:01 PM Reply   
post a better pic please
drain the lube and see if there is water
Old     (coz)      Join Date: May 2008       03-15-2009, 5:47 AM Reply   
Could be the o-ring between the upper & lower unit. When I had an i/o it started leaking and it was the tiny o-ring. Found the right size at home depot for 12 cents, put it in and it never leaked again.


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