Author Topic: B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing  (Read 428 times)

SYJetzt

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B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing
« on: March 07 2019, 10:19 »
My upper rudder bearing has loose in the four mounting screws. See attached foto.
The four screws (M8) are stuck, and i cant tighten or untighten them.
The loose rudder bearing causes a bang, if the rudder get pressure after tacking when going upwind.

I consider untightening with an impact wrench, and replace screws with hex socket head screws.

Any suggestions?!?

Yngmar

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Re: B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing
« Reply #1 on: March 07 2019, 13:16 »
Yes, stop. Those four aren't screwed into the GRP, they're bolted through, with a nyloc nut on the inside of the boat. You need to gain access to those nuts and then you can tighten them up properly (needs two people, one inside one outside).

Also, I have no idea why you have elongated holes on that fitting or why there are two extra screws in addition to the four bolts, seems odd, but if you tighten the bolts up it should be okay.
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Re: B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing
« Reply #2 on: March 07 2019, 14:22 »
sorry, forgot to attach the photo from inside hull. Seems to be a solid aluminium ring.
i think, the elongated holes are for adjusting the  correct vertical positioning of the rudder shaft.

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Re: B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing
« Reply #3 on: March 07 2019, 16:16 »
I see. Looks like you had a leak there and significant corrosion - there's pitting on the aluminium ring even outside. Once you get the bolts out (using release spray or ATF+Acetone and probably some force - impact driver will help), you should drop the rudder sufficiently to rebed the upper bearing housing and stop the water leak. Inspect the housing and clean up any pitting - you can fill and fair it with epoxy. The threads in the housing are probably gone, but you can just add nuts instead.

There is also normally a cover over the outside, I think on the aft cockpit boats it's just a plastic lid though. This should prevent any water even getting there, I think (our CC boat has a longer shaft and different cover, and the housing it stainless, but functionally the same).
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Re: B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing
« Reply #4 on: March 17 2019, 07:44 »
The slotted screws are to enable the rudder to be adjusted and the two single bolts are to lock it in place. Same system on the Cruiser 40 2009 build. I have used a tight fitting through bolt to replace the single bolts. These are all hex head machine screws too. photo attached
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Re: B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing
« Reply #5 on: March 28 2019, 10:04 »
Thank you all!
So i try to loosen the screws and replace it.
Hope to get the play out of the rudder shaft.

Robert

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Re: B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing
« Reply #6 on: March 28 2019, 11:58 »
When changing my rudder bearings I couldn't release all the bolts on the rudder shaft clamp as they were corroded in place. However, if you can get two on one side loose it is possible to gently tap the clamp upwards whilst dropping the shaft down - lubricant will help. Once out it was easy to clean and remove the remaining screws on the clamp  ;)

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Re: B46 2005 Upper Rudder Bearing
« Reply #7 on: March 28 2019, 17:34 »
My bav39 has exactly the same arrangement and I also experienced the same banging when under load sometimes. I tried for ages to see what was happening - expecting it to be the mounting sliding along those elongated holes. It wasn’t, it was the whole mounting moving slightly under load and tightening the bolts was not the solution. I believe it’s wear in the plywood that’s glassed in that the bearing mount is fitted in.