12-08-2009, 05:27 PM
I changed the packing out on the boat a couple of months ago. I put the boat in the water and proceeded to adjust the nuts to get water to drip out at the normal interval. It felt like the packing nut was barely screwed on before any water would come out. On the 99 outbacks, there is only room for one round of flax, so that is all that is in there. Is it normal for new packing to be this good at stopping the water flow? I tightened it down a little bit and water wouldnt come out. I have taken the boat out a couple of times since this and dont want to get the shaft to hot, although I know water is getting in there (just not dripping out). What do you think?