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    Default Stuck Prop

    Any advice on removing a stuck prop? I removed the nut from the end of the prop shaft, near the prop. The prop was not on the shaft very tight. I can get the prop to slide on the shaft about an inch and a half. It appears the problem is the key is stuck to the prop. The prop will slide on the shaft, but when the key hits the threads of the prop shaft it stops. I have tried to push the key further up the shaft, but it will not budge. The prop and the key move together.

    The prop is in perfect shape. I think someone installed it incorrectly (I bought the boat in the fall). 98 Mobius DD if it matters.
    She ain't pretty, but she can dance!
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    The prop is a taper fit to the shaft and shouldn't be lose. Sounds like your key has deformed since it was taking all the force and you will have to drive it out with a punch.
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    If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer! I was able to drive the key out using a 3/16 punch and my 3 lb mini sledge hammer. Kind of nerve wracking pounding on the key/propeller like that. I wound up wedging a 2 X 6 between the ground and the underside of the prop shaft, right against the webbing of the prop. Of course I was swinging the hammer right next to the rudder as well! All's well that ends well I guess.
    She ain't pretty, but she can dance!
    1998 Mobius

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    Eff Me.

    She ain't pretty, but she can dance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1967Goat View Post
    Eff Me.

    Well now you've learned how to to fix both.. Lol.
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