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    Alpha One Gen II Upper Steering Pin Leak

    Late in the season I noticed water just under the steering arm on my Alpha One Gen II. What it looks like to me in the seal on the upper steering pins has started leaking. Has anyone else had to repair this seal? What I found was a kit from Mercruiser to drill to access holes in the gimbal ring to do the repair. Also seems this water was enough to work its way to my gimbal bearing and it will need to be replaced.

    2004 Trophy 2359
    5.7 liter Carb
    Alpha
    15 hp Merc Kicker

    #2
    Most of us use this method.
    http://www.jrmarine.com/instructions.htm
    Dave
    Edmonds, WA
    "THE FIX"
    '93 2556
    Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

    The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
    Misc. projects thread
    https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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      #3
      So I did my bellows in the spring and they are new so will I have to redo them in order to fix the seal?
      2004 Trophy 2359
      5.7 liter Carb
      Alpha
      15 hp Merc Kicker

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        #4
        In 2016 our 2000 Bravo 3 had the same issue just after we owned it for a year. Friends with a Bravo 2 told us of the issue.

        We opted to pull the motor to accomplish the stainless steel replacement pin and new seal. This because we also wanted to look at the drive coupler (we replaced it), the drive oil line elbow (the standard is restrictive and gets easily clogged- bad juju for drive gears), and various other pre-emptive replacements that are far easier (and cheaper labor-wise); raw water pump, serpentine belt, idler bushing and exhaust flappers. Hopefully this will be the last big repair job for a few years.

        Good luck, and welcome.
        Jeff Prime
        "Optimystic Prime"
        2000 Bayliner 2855 Ciera Sunbridge
        Anacortes, WA

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        • ardoski14
          ardoski14 commented
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          Yeah I was thinking the same thing about if I had the motor pulled being a 2004 was to have the coupler changed. Hate to have another year or several going by and the coupler fail.

        #5
        Originally posted by ardoski14 View Post
        So I did my bellows in the spring and they are new so will I have to redo them in order to fix the seal?
        The bellows have to come off to replace the seal for the upper square shaft regardless if you use the JR method or decide to pull the engine.
        Good idea to inspect/replace the coupler
        Dave
        Edmonds, WA
        "THE FIX"
        '93 2556
        Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

        The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
        Misc. projects thread
        https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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          #6
          So one last question is there way to inspect the coupler without pulling the motor? Thanks for everyone's responses. Taking boat to storage and will need to plan end of March work.
          2004 Trophy 2359
          5.7 liter Carb
          Alpha
          15 hp Merc Kicker

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            #7
            Using a bright light you can visually inspect the condition of the splines in the coupler by looking through the gimbal housings opening.
            Dave
            Edmonds, WA
            "THE FIX"
            '93 2556
            Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

            The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
            Misc. projects thread
            https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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