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Registered: ‎10-28-2019

Lower unit issues

Has anybody experienced issues with water in the lower unit on 50hp etec?
I purchased a 50hp etec in 2017 and right off the hop I had issues with water in the lower unit. Long story short, went back to the dealer, they ended up finding out that there are 2 seals in the lower unit which were incorrectly installed at the factory. The seals were replaced and everything seemed fine until now and now I have water in the lower end again.
Anyone else had similar experience? My personal opinion is that this lower unit should be replaced under warranty.
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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Lower unit issues



Your dealer should pressure and vacuum check the gearcase to find out how the water got in. Running in the shallows and picking up sand or mud can wear the driveshaft seals fairly quickly. Having fishing line wrapped around the propshaft can damage those shaft seals. If the leak if from the same 2 seals and there is no sign of wear or damage, then perhaps the housing holding them is faulty.


Your dealer has to examine and determine what happened first, then can correct it. 




"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 



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