03-12-2012, 04:26 PM #1
Replacing the shaft seal on an '05 15F
My S-O-L has water leaking into his hull. He put water into the hull and it leaked out the shaft seal. I purchased a Kawi manual that says "Remove the engine" before sliding out the driveshaft into the engine bay. Since our Honda's driveshaft easily slide out the rear [with the pump removed], does a Kawi 15F have to have the engine out to change the seal?
His has been a great 'Ski and this is the first real problem with it after 260 hours.
03-13-2012, 10:31 PM #2
A lot of times that drive shaft seal leaks after a rope gets around the shaft.
Raise the engine (by hoist) just enough to slide out the drive shaft forward.
03-14-2012, 09:54 AM #3
03-14-2012, 01:23 PM #4
I had the driveshaft seal & bearing replaced in my 2006 15f, didn't feel I could do it, gave it to the dealer they removed engine for the job, make sure you have the ability to properly align the engine/driveshaft relationship, this is what caused the bad vibration in mine, which is why I was having the bearing changed.
03-16-2012, 02:28 PM #5
03-16-2012, 10:55 PM #6
03-21-2012, 08:29 AM #7
03-30-2012, 02:47 PM #8
We found out the shaft seal was not bad, but the rubber coating around the bearing holder had bubbled up with aluminum corrosion underneath [just like the shaft seals on my Hondas] and the water was comming in under the rubber coating.
We also found that the exhaust manifold was almost corroded thru. We have had a couple more 12F and 15Fs corrode thru and all the cooling water is lost into the exhaust stream and it overheats /shuts down.
03-30-2012, 04:12 PM #9
Are these salt water skis? Just curious with that much corrosion. Or something that happens with age, mine had alot of corrosion on the pump & ride plate when I bought it, but it was docked in a marina (fresh water) for the whole season.
04-02-2012, 10:16 AM #10
His 15f is 95% freshwater and 5% salt [jumping breakers during hurricanes] but he flushes it immediately and maintains it very good. Even with 250 hours it looks brand new inside but the exhaust and cooling system [inside] is heavily corroded due to Kawi's poor choice of aluminum alloys. The cooling fittings have been retrofitted by Kawi from aluminum to brass due to them corroding thru [his was almost thru]. We ordered the new brass kit for it.
I don't think Kawi ever intended this ski for any salt water.....
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