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Old 18-09-2008, 07:55   #1
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Repacking the rudder post?

I'm on a 1982 Liberty 458 that looks like it needs to have the packing that seals the rudder post replaced. Lots of green at the top of the fitting and a bit of water when the boat is in the water. It's on the hard now having some work done.
Any ideas as to the easiest way to replace the packing--other than have someone else do it. After all, having a boat is a continual learning experience.
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Old 18-09-2008, 08:17   #2
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No different than repacking the stuffing box. But if you do not know haw to do this you might have someone do it. It is not difficult but if not done right it will leak worse. there are a couple of threads here on the board about repacking the stuffing box.
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Old 18-09-2008, 08:33   #3
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Never did that either

I have never repacked the stuffing box either. I'm all in favor of letting a pro do it but the wife feels we need to learn how as we will be cruising next spring.
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If you plan to do it the first time I highly recommend you get someone that is experienced to guide you through the process even if you have to pay someone. learning all of these chores is a great idea but be sure you learn how to do it right.
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Old 18-09-2008, 10:29   #5
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I recently repacked mine and found it pretty straight forward. First select the correct size packing, by measuring the diameter of the post, and checking w/ the mfg of the packing gland for the correct size. I new mine was made by Edson so I just referred to their catalog. Next wrap the packing around the post allowing for an overlap of the width pf the packing, cut both ends on an angle, I used approx a 30 degree cut overlapping each other, so when its compressed by the flange both ends will be pressed together producing a leak free surface. Apply packing lubricant to the post and gland, wrap packing around post amd tighten the bolts on the top of the gland until they are snug, but not any tighter than required to seal; you can adjust this latter... If the rudder post is in a space restricted area (mine was) and you can only get one hand on it; you will need a helper, placing a tie wrap around the packing before tightning can help temporaily hold it in place until it is pressed in place, then remove.

Thats it....good luck

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you need to take your quadrant/radial drive off first. not being smart ass.! take top off packing gland, use hook to pull out old packing, then go to chandler to match old. mine was orig 79 2 yrs ago and they matched it first time. after that do as sailor guy posted!!!!.
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ps my gland was so crapped up on the outside from corrosion i thought i had to replace it.
for the rest bought boat in fall and replaced steering cables etc and found prob. no leaks since
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