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Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician
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Experience:  40 yrs. experience with complete engine repairs both inboard/outboard and MerCruiser Certified Technician.
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I'm trying to take off the lower gearcase on my evinrude 25

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I'm trying to take off the lower gearcase on my evinrude 25 hp so I can replace the water pump. I have all the bolts off and took the water intake screens off and started turning the lower to nuts hoping to get it loose. I read above that I needed to loosen only the top nut. Can I rescrew the lower nut back down without having issues when I put it back together?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: I haven't taken the lower gearcase off yet as it wouldn't come off by taking the 5 bolts out. So I took the water intake screens off to try to disengage the shifter rod so I can get at the water pump
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Tan replied 6 months ago.
Hello. My name is***** you can just screw it back down till it seats. Once you have unscrewed the top retainer nut remove the plastic retainer # ***** so the shift shaft will slide out of the nut allowing removal of the lower unit. Post back with questions.

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