Do you have questions about strut bearing replacement? Below is a list of the most common questions.
Normally, the first noticeable sign will be a vibration. Even if you don’t feel a vibration it is always a good idea to closely inspect the strut bearing each time you haul out your vessel, or periodically if the boat is trailered. Look for debris restricting water flow through the grooves. These grooves are necessary to provide cooling and lubrication for the propeller shaft and bearing. Try to lift the prop shaft up and down looking for looseness in the bearing. Also, look for cracks in the rubber that indicate a sign of deterioration.
Yes. You are not changing any critical propeller shaft or strut alignments, and you do not have to hit the bearing to remove it. Many of our customers are DIYers that have their own tools and do most of their own work. Many of our customers keep their Strut Pro® Bearing Replacement Tools on board in the event their bearing wears prematurely or gets damaged. This replacement is often done underwater, thus eliminating the need for an expensive haul out and blocking of the vessel.
As the old saying goes “time is money”. Most repair yards save enough time to pay for the tool after the first or second use. As a boat owner, you do it yourself and save substantially. Plus, it’s totally damage-free. Many yacht owners keep their Strut Pro® Bearing Replacement Tool on board along with their prop puller. In the event of a worn bearing due to fishing line or other debris restricting water flow the bearing can be replaced without even hauling out the vessel. Many of our charter and marine service companies do underwater bearing replacement using the Strut Pro® Bearing Replacement Tool.
Absolutely. Every kit can be upgraded. Just let us know what you would like and we can send you all the upgrade components.
Yes. All kits are expandable. The Standard (8” Yoke) can be expanded up to accept a 3-1/2” bearing x up to 2-1/2” shaft. The Mega (10” Yoke) can go all the way up to 4-1/2” bearing x 3-1/2” shaft.