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kayjayfech
03-19-2012, 03:36 PM
Can someone post some pics (step by step) or maybe a how to video on youtube for an impellar replacement on a v-drive? I located mine and have the spare impeller I ordered from bakes, but don't really want to start without a push and some confidence in seeing it. I have read some past threads but they are over my head. Dumb this down for me. Thank you!

Ken
07 LSV - 325 indmar

Boonejeepin
03-19-2012, 03:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yld2M81l31U&feature=youtube_gdata_player

From docdrs

brain_rinse
03-19-2012, 03:51 PM
Just jump in and do it! Here is my dumbed down version that takes no more than 1 beer to complete:

Remove the 2 screws on the back panel for easier access
Take the cover screws out without dropping them (hardest part of the whole process)
Lock a pair of needle nose vicegrips on one of the impeller vanes and wiggle back and forth until it pops out
Align the new impeller and push into place (light tap with a mallet if needed)
Replace cover gasket
Put the cover back on
Put the back panel back on

dusty2221
03-19-2012, 06:01 PM
I replaced mine this weekend. I did not have and locking needle nose vise grips. I ended up using the paint opener you get at home depot when buying a gallon of paint. It fits between the veins and will hook on the back of the impeller. It took me a solid 45 minutes to finally get it out. I would have loved to have the vise grips small enough to grab a vein.

I noticed, it is all about getting it 1/4 of the way out. Once I got it that far out, I gripped the part sticking out with a pair of channel locks and it came right out. New one slides right in.

edit: I now realize I did not have a beer on hand while doing this. I think that was the issue.

squeeg333
03-19-2012, 07:07 PM
One way to make it easier is get some lube in there... the new impellars usually come with a small tube of glycerine, but if you spray some silicone spray lube in there, and bump the engine to spread it around, it should come out easier. With those needle nose vice grips it takes about a good 30 seconds of pulling/wiggling to get it out. No Sweat. Well, maybe a little, depending on the day, and how cold the beer happen to be.

Anyway, yeh, simple. Just be sure to lube the new one going in, and spin the vanes in the right direction, it should slip right on. Don't overtighten the coverplate bolts either - they don't need to be torqued too much, a good solid hand tight should do the trick.

lsvboombox
03-19-2012, 07:56 PM
I think you can get the impeller puller tube on ebay for less than 20 bucs. It takes about 2 minutes to remove it. It also doesnt destroy the veins if you plan on re using it.

viking
03-19-2012, 07:58 PM
A pair of needle nose pliers maybe a couple F-bombs later and it'll be out :)

bret
03-19-2012, 09:35 PM
Is it possible to put the impeller in the wrong way?

rdlangston13
03-20-2012, 12:34 AM
last year when i replaced mine i tried the pain can opener trick with no luck, ended up going with two pair of needle nose pliers and it came right out, didnt even damage the veins

moombadaze
03-20-2012, 08:25 AM
id say pretty much how newty wrote it-simple version



Is it possible to put the impeller in the wrong way?

no, either end goes in first and as soon as it spins over the veins are going in the correct way.

kayjayfech
03-23-2012, 02:08 PM
Hey guys just wanted to let you know I completed it last night and it went smoothly except for how tough it was to pull that sucker out. I damaged the rubber. Oh well. I posted a step by step video on YouTube with 4 quick videos on how to do it. Just search for impeller replacement vdrive. Thanks for your help. Saved me 500 bucks from the dealer.

brain_rinse
03-23-2012, 02:20 PM
Glad to hear it worked out for you! Even with a damaged vane or two that impeller will still work just fine as a spare. So are you using the $500 "saved" to justify a new purchase for the boat? :)

lsvboombox
03-23-2012, 06:32 PM
Hey guys just wanted to let you know I completed it last night and it went smoothly except for how tough it was to pull that sucker out. I damaged the rubber. Oh well. I posted a step by step video on YouTube with 4 quick videos on how to do it. Just search for impeller replacement vdrive. Thanks for your help. Saved me 500 bucks from the dealer.

For the n Ext one get yourself the impeller puller. Its not that much and makes it very simply to crank the impeller out. Just twist the handle and out she comes. It does no damage to even the most pita impellers

bret
03-23-2012, 10:10 PM
Hey guys just wanted to let you know I completed it last night and it went smoothly except for how tough it was to pull that sucker out. I damaged the rubber. Oh well. I posted a step by step video on YouTube with 4 quick videos on how to do it. Just search for impeller replacement vdrive. Thanks for your help. Saved me 500 bucks from the dealer.

Awesome job! I wish more people would post videos like this. Still waiting for a nice oil change video that shows how to drain it through a thru hull under the boat. :)

Kidder522
03-23-2012, 10:39 PM
Hey Everyone,

Here is another web site that does a great job at showing how to replace the impeller. Also, lots of other links that may be helpful if you don't know exactly what to do or if you are a first timer like me.

http://www.inboardonline.com/how-to/

Kidder

usaski1
03-29-2012, 04:11 PM
How often do you think you need to replace an impeller? Yes, when it looks bad, or your having temp issues, but other than that? 1x a year? every 100 hours?

viking
03-29-2012, 04:22 PM
i do mine every 2 years whether it needs it or not. Keep the old as a spare in the boat. Cheap insurance imo.
they never seem to want to go out in a very optimum time :)

wolfeman131
03-29-2012, 04:23 PM
I'm with viking.

kaneboats
03-29-2012, 04:30 PM
That's what I do too. It's about 60-70 hrs. per year in clean fresh water. Not too worried. Probably still overkill.

wolfeman131
03-29-2012, 04:35 PM
Like a Pinto w/ $6,000 rims?

KSmith
03-29-2012, 04:59 PM
I'm with viking.

I am on the 2 year plan as well. The first impeller was still in such good shape it is my spare now. I bought two, one for the replacement and one as a spare. Don't need teh second as a spare now so I hope the second new one lasts until I need it in 2014...

jmb
03-29-2012, 08:54 PM
Good idea to keep a spare. I spun the hub on the impeller and the rubber wouldn't move anymore. Just the brass piece. Only a year and a half old. Something to think about. I could have changed it on the water.

mcdye
03-30-2012, 09:10 AM
I replaced the first one after first year and then it kept as a spare. I take mine out in the fall, check it over, if no issues, lube it, and place in a bag to put back in the spring. Replace it every 2 years no matter what.

saskie99
05-09-2012, 04:36 PM
I just did mine for the first time, only thing that i did that made it way, way, way, easier was spray the impeller with wd40, cranked over the engine and pulled it out. I fought for ten min with no luck with needle nose pliers and after wd40 it was less that 15 seconds!!