Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
Yes, check engine mounts and do a realignment. There's got to be a reason why it isn't aligned. If you have flexible engine mounts then you should also have a flexible coupling.
I got my flexible coupling from West Marine
and they got the right one to me on the second try.
Absolutely right Skipper
John and everyone else that recommends engine mounts check and realignment
Please look at "Shaft is too short" thread for my recommends on machining a spacer out of nylon. That will help but the misalignment has to be attended to first.
I have replaced 3 engines and had to work up from a new engine bed
on each. One was a 135 hp Perkins
. This I installed without flexible engine mounts. I used stainless shims to adjust for height and angle. Then bolted the lot down tight.
I mention this as it may be an appropriate solution for you.
In any case the start of a realignment is loosening or even removing the coupling bolts. Then the shaft can be moved backwards and forwards easily.
Have the shaft coupling just close enough to be touching the engine coupling.
The misalignment then will be clearly visible.
Is the shaft coupling higher that the engine coupling??
Does one side of the coupling have a bigger gap than the other?
Does the top of the coupling have the same gap as the bottom?
If you would like more info please ask.
I just do not want to bore readers if no interest.
Cheers from the top end of down under.