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Hi, my name is Kerry
If you have it down 1/4" you must also have the nut on the front off?
The driveshaft is likely stuck on the crankshaft splines.
How long has it been since the leg was off?
There are a total of 5 nuts, if you have them all off or loose and it won't come down, it's stuck on the splines.
Sometimes wedges work, be careful not to break the housing.
There in another one at the front, the stud faces upwards.
Front center above the leg
The stud is in the leg and goes through the exhaust housing.
Yes toward the boat
It's not hard to get once you find it
It's about 1 1/2" above the top of the lower unit
You can get it from the front with an open end wrench, you may need to tilt the motor up a bit if it isn't already tilted.
I'll see if I can find you a diagram.
Just looked up a diagram, you are right, not the same motor I thought it was.
Is the entire let down 1/4"
leg down 1/4"?
It has to be stuck on the driveshaft splines
The only possibilities there are the water tube and the driveshaft.
Yes wedges, either wood or metal
Be careful though, wedges can put on a lot of force
The middle might not be the best place, choose a spot where the housings are solid.
The splines go in more than an inch but once you move it a little it will get easier
I usually go at the front and back
If it doesn't break free easily, turn the engine with the wedges in tight.
Start it for a sec with the wedges in
Good luck, I can be pretty difficult
Yes, patience, don't break anything.
If wood doesn't work you may need to use metal, just carefully
Or possibly a thin chisel
Best luck and have a good summer