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Flywheel is shot on1988 4.3 engin. can i pullengin without

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flywheel is shot on1988 4.3 engin. can i pullengin without removing outdrive unit
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jason replied 5 months ago.

Hi Roger, my name is Jason.

Technically you could remove the engine without removing the drive. However, the correct way to do it would be to pull the drive first, then the engine. The reason being is when you go to install the engine back into place, you have to align the engine to the sterndrives input shaft. This is a very precise alignment procedure that is done with a machined tool called an alignment bar. If the alignment is not perfect, the engine can blow what is called the coupler. The coupler is what the input shaft slides into. It can also put undue stress on the gimbal bearing. If the coupler lets go when you are out on the water, you will be dead on the water. So while it technically could be done, it's not advisable. Does that make sense to you?

Expert:  Jason replied 5 months ago.

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