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Old 14-03-2017, 05:27   #1
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I have a 2004 290 Chaparral with twin I/O's. They have Volvo outdrives with dual props. Hit the bottom late last year and slightly bent both props on the starboard side. Was able to get the first prop off, no problem. Bought the special tool for the inner prop and got the nut off, but the prop will not come off. Hit it with a rubber mallet and no luck so far. Any ideas?
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Old 14-03-2017, 05:47   #2
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Re: prop removal

Heat, but not too much. I have seen a lot of damage done trying to remove props and even the foot having to be replaced. May be time to hire a Pro?
When you get them off, put them on with waterproof grease and get into the habit of removing them yearly and re-greasing, then its easy.
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Re: prop removal

A lot of folks on this forum in particular are sailboat based and don't regularly deal with powerboats and their issues as you have. I would think Iboats.con forum would be an excellent place to pose this question as many people probably have had the same issue. Now if it were getting the prop off a straight shaft on a Catalina, you would have tons of idea
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Re: prop removal

You're probably going to take the props to a prop shop for repair so you might ask the prop shop guy for advice on getting it off. Another option is the service manual. These (third party, not Volvo) usually go for about $35.
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Re: prop removal

The problem is common as corossion and salts build up in the splines between the prop shaft and the prop hub, and as the front prop has about twice the surface area on the shaft as the rear prop it can be twice as hard to get off.

As mentioned, too much heat will destroy the rubber hub in the prop....and the hub will have to be replaced. Your best bet will be to take it to a dealer who works on these frequently. They have experience removing stuck props, both VP and Merc.

To help in the future remove and grease every season with waterproof grease.

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