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Old 04-14-2016, 06:54 AM
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Anyone replace the starter on a mercruiser stern drive? Previous owner broke a bolt off...PLEASE tell me I don't have to pull the engine?
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:25 AM
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It's no big deal to pull the engine, I can have mine out in 45 minutes
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:39 AM
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Sounds like you need to buy 805gregg an airline ticket. If there's not enough access to remove the broken bolt, it will probably have to come out.
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Can you get a better pic like of the lower left rear of the engine? You need clearance between the deck/stringer and the engine block. The one thing you can do, is remove the exhaust manifold/riser on that side first to see if that gives you enough room. I'd try that first, take pix and post em up. Some boats have easy access to the starter, some you have to pull or lift the engine to replace the starter. Mine's easy, I can have it out in a half hr (most of that is pulling out the rear seats)....
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I'll try to get pics this weekend. Called mercury and they stated needs to be pulled, called a marina and said depending on how far bolt is in may or may not need to be pulled. I'll say my prayers and hope I can access it with out pulling it. Not sure I have the skill to pull the out drive and realign everything myself.
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:11 PM
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Not worth the hassle, pull it. Why spend 2-3hours standing on your head when you can pull it in 45 min.
Replace the hoses and bilge pump while your at it. Nothing to realign if you save the shims under the mount bolts.

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Old 04-14-2016, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by richlou View Post
I'll try to get pics this weekend. Called mercury and they stated needs to be pulled, called a marina and said depending on how far bolt is in may or may not need to be pulled. I'll say my prayers and hope I can access it with out pulling it. Not sure I have the skill to pull the out drive and realign everything myself.
How would mercury know? It depends on whether or not you have enough access for a drill/EZout or drill/tap. If yes, motor stays in. If no, motor must come out.

But, NONE of my V6 or V8 I/O's ever had sufficient access; there was barely enough room to squeeze a hand/wrist with wrench down there to access the bolts. I think there might be enough room on my 3.0 liter 4, though......I hope to not have to test it......
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Old 04-14-2016, 01:39 PM
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If it needs to be pulled guess I'll have to take it to a marina cause I definitely don't have a motor lift
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Originally Posted by LouC View Post
Can you get a better pic like of the lower left rear of the engine? You need clearance between the deck/stringer and the engine block. The one thing you can do, is remove the exhaust manifold/riser on that side first to see if that gives you enough room. I'd try that first, take pix and post em up. Some boats have easy access to the starter, some you have to pull or lift the engine to replace the starter. Mine's easy, I can have it out in a half hr (most of that is pulling out the rear seats)....
I've thought about removing the manifold but wasn't sure if that would help or not.
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Probably needs to be pulled. Not much room under there. If you can back it under a good tree limb, you can use a come-along. If you have to go to a marina and want to save some $$, pull the drive and disconnect everything except the motor mounts at home. They charge by the hour.
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