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#11489739 - 03/20/16 07:06 PM Another lower unit oil change question
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 204
Loc: Humble,Tx
Trying to get the screws loose to change lower unit oil. These are in so tight that I cant break them loose with a screw driver. Any suggestions as to how to break them loose? I do not want to strip out the screw driver slot in the screw head.
Thanks guys

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#11489773 - 03/20/16 07:30 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
jwcromer Online   content
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Registered: 11/18/06
Posts: 2228
Loc: N. Richland Hills,Texas
is this your first time to remove them?.........left loose........right tight.

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#11489795 - 03/20/16 07:43 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
Eric Reeves Online   content
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 358
Loc: Decatur, TX
Use a small punch and a hammer. Same effect as an impact

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#11489799 - 03/20/16 07:45 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
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Loc: Humble,Tx
It is the first time for me on this motor. It isnt the first time this motor has had an oil dchange. The screws are very tight.

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#11489805 - 03/20/16 07:49 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
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Registered: 05/05/13
Posts: 400
Loc: cedar creek lake
Mine were like that to some degree. I could not seem to find a screwdriver that would fit just right into the shallow groove. I ended up having to take a bigger screwdriver and grind it down slowly, checking for the perfect fit. Grind a little , check fit ,grind more , check fit. After getting it ground to fit , I then put something around the handle for grip an pushed in on the screwdriver while trying to turn it and worked them loose. Hope this helps a little. Good luck.

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#11490278 - 03/20/16 10:44 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Loc: Arlington
Go ahead and order new screws. You know you'll mess atleast one head up if they are that tight. When they are tight they are a pain to get off. The metal doesn't seem to be that hard.

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#11490339 - 03/20/16 11:53 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
danwill12 Offline
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Go ahead and buy an impact driver set. You can use it for other things around the house? Mac, Snap On or Hobo Fright .

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#11492373 - 03/21/16 09:49 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: danwill12]
jbobo Online   content
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This will work. Just be careful hammering on the impact driver. Aluminum housing!
Originally Posted By: danwill12
Go ahead and buy an impact driver set. You can use it for other things around the house? Mac, Snap On or Hobo Fright .
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#11492453 - 03/21/16 10:23 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
stratos caster Offline
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Posts: 98
Loc: whiteoak,tx
I had that problem I used a large craftsman screwdriver that has the flats on the shaft. Put a cresant wrench on the shaft and push in hard as you turn with the cresant.

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#11492516 - 03/21/16 11:15 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
JimmyP Offline
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Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 802
Loc: Waxahachie, Texas
Snap-On has a Dzus button tool that works like a champ on these. If you know what they are and have access to a Snap-On truck you can get one for about 15 bucks i think. I had one from my racing days. Or Sears makes a real short Craftsman screwdriver in 5/16 I think, but that came out of the tool catalog. Not sure they have them in the store. Both have a square shank that you could put a small crescent on and turn while pushing in on the driver.


Edited by JimmyP (03/21/16 11:17 PM)

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#11493420 - 03/22/16 11:38 AM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
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Loc: texas
Always wondered why they couldn't put a hex/torx head screw in there and provide a torque spec... so much easier!

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#11493818 - 03/22/16 02:27 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
JimmyP Offline
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Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 802
Loc: Waxahachie, Texas
An Allen head would be too simple. LOL Anything that raises costs lowers profit.

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#11493944 - 03/22/16 03:22 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: TxRanger1]
Jiff7210 Offline
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Registered: 12/10/13
Posts: 126
Loc: Wichita Falls TX
A speed handle with a large bit works well too. You can really put some pressure on it.

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#11497099 - 03/23/16 08:04 PM Re: Another lower unit oil change question [Re: JimmyP]
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 204
Loc: Humble,Tx
Originally Posted By: JimmyP
An Allen head would be too simple. LOL Anything that raises costs lowers profit.


Actually , I bought 2 new screws and washers and they are allen heads. Also got a impact screw driver and got them out.
Thanks for the help.

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