Originally Posted by forsailbyowner
Geez at $400 a whack get familiar with the pump and carry spares and tools to rebuild. I have a hand impact driver, and a gear/bearing puller for just this reason. A year old shaft should be fine.I keep one good pump in reserve and an assortment of spare parts. I will go through 2 or 3 seals to 1 impellor. If the leak is fixed promptly I sometimed get away with reusing the bearings.
I am now familiar with the pump and I agree that it was easy enough to change the seals. I did reuse the bearings although I would have preferred to change them and the year old shaft was grooved already. However, it took 5 hours or so to do this, mostly because of access issues, and quite frankly I only enjoy working on the engine if I can do it all myself with no help from the hubbie.
Rebuilding the pump was an exercise in frustration because I just didn't have enough strength in my hands to pull/push the seals out of the pump easily. I did get one out on my own eventually (they were fused to the pump) but had to have help with the other. In deciding to order a new pump I took the following into account- my time to source parts @ 10.00 an hour, the loss of time to do other things in exotic foreign parts, the fact that the nearest dealer for Jabsco
and Perkins were in another port 3 hours up the coast and the fact that we have an engine driven refrigerator
that we can't run if we can't run the engine twice a day, price
of replacement parts as listed online at 3 different sources (which by the way added up to almost as much as the 311$ I spent on the pump). Could I have found more spare parts somewhere here in Morocco, maybe but I don't speak the local dialect and my French is laughable. So like you said above "I keep one good pump in reserve" and now I'll have one (we can't find the old one from before, I think the mechanic
must have kept it). Had to argue with the husband for weeks about the need to rebuild the pump and the first thing he said to me when I finally insisted it had to be now not later was...."but I just got the beer