I've got to rebuild
the shaft log anyway so pulling the shaft out is part of the deal. Once thats done I suspect I can get the tranny off easy enough and check out the rear main seal. Im inclined to agree that thats what it is. Its a Volvo Penta
MD-17c by the way.
From what I can see there is a fair bit of room behind the engine
, I just need to get the access opened up so I can climb in and work on it. I had the water
pump rebuilt when I bought her as it was leaking and the mechanic
(Robert at Puddle Duck in Toronto) is a fairly small fellow. He was cussing a blue streak working on that.