Need some guidance/help.
When we bought our boat in 2008 we had the cutlass bearing replaced along with the PSS shaft seal
. So it's time to replace the bellows on the PSS.
I had our marina pull the prop and trans hub because my wife couldn't get it off. Did I mention that I injured myself in a motorcycle accident
and can't climb the ladder. So after the marina did thier work my wife disassemble the rest of it. It was suggested that I replace the cutlass bearing since it's all apart anyway so I cut the old one out and readied the stern tube for the new one. The prop shaft is 1 1/8 inches. The old cutlass bearing was 6 years old also but was still tight on the shaft. The new one however is not snug on the shaft.
My question is: Does the rubber swell when submerged in water
I checked the shaft and it's 1 1/8 in. I checked the inside diameter of the new bearing and it's correct. So what could be happening here?
Any advice/instructions/references would be great.
Some background info. Our boat is steel
, the cutlass bearing is a composite material. The shaft is Stainless. Thanks for the collective wisdom.