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Water in outboard lower end oil, what to do?

As the title says, I found water in my lower end oil.  Did a DIY pressure test at 10-12 lbs and found air and oil being pushed out around the prop shaft seal.  How should I proceed?  Can I just change the seal and go or do I need to pull the whole carrier out?  What are the chances that there is damage in there?  Any advice is welcome including recommendations for a place to take it if I decide to go that route.  

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You are going have to do all of the seals on the shaft as a start.  You need to put your location on the post so guys can send you to an appropriate shop.  

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It's probably the lower shaft seal, which with a little know how you can do it yourself, need year, make,& and model. Then we can go from there.

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First remove prop and look for fishing line around prop, 2nd thing drain it and run it a few times. Check after running to see if it was condensation or water intrusion. If it's water intrusion after running it the will be milky.

 

I thought I had water getting in my lower unit one season as I didn't drain my oil but instead just checked to make sure there wasn't any water sitting in the bottom and it was caused by condensation.

 

EDIT: NVM you already figured out it's leaking. I would just pull the prop shaft housing and replace seals and run her check her after a few trips. Worst that happens is you get more water and have to drop the lower unit and replace upper seals too.

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Motor is a 2002 Mercury 150 Saltwater series if that helps.  

 

Anybody know a good source for the carrier bearing tool cheap?  Or a place to rent one?  Or an easy way to make one?  

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Just a follow up, I ordered the service manual and tool to pull the bearing carrier retaining ring.  After calling 4 separate marine service places in the Rochester area (Waterloo was a little farther than I'm hoping to go) I received 1 quote for $119/hour plus parts to pull it and change all the seals and 3 of the places never even returned my phone call.  

 

So much for service.  

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Instead of doing nothing, at least drain the lower unit. Pump it full of new oil. The oil can handle some water for a while. Next fall drain the lower unit to remove any water for possible freeze damage and refill it for next season. Dealers sell a pump with a hose that screws into the lower drain hole and pump new oil in till it flows out of the upper hole.


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OOH man I thought you were talking kicker, not your big hammer, that's a differant ball game. Get a hold of Hank on here, pm him and see what he says!! He's the king of swing when it comes to stuff like this. If it were a kicker that differant, but your talking big Yankee $$$ if you F'up!!

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