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    How to remove the impeller shaft pipe inside the hull

    Hi:

    New to the forum and have learned a great deal from you guys and now I have a question.

    I have a 2014 FX Cruiser that has started leaking water into the hull around the plastic transition piece where the shaft enters into the hull. I believe the official term is joint pipe. Apparently something got jammed into the drive shaft and cracked the plastic piece and needs to be replaced.

    Now my question is how the heck do you remove the old one? The adhesive is so strong that I can't it to move. I thought I could pry it up, but no way. I tried heat gun, dremel tool, etc and nothing but brute force even touches it. And then only small piece will break off.

    Will I have to grind this out with a angle grinder?

    Here is what I have done so far. Most success was with a 40 grit grinder.



    thanks for any suggestions

    Mark
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    Do you have the replacement piece?

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    on order, will be here Wednesday


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    heat it with a heat gun really hot then pry it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2fast4u View Post
    heat it with a heat gun really hot then pry it off.
    You might melt the hull before you melt the glue. I once cut up a 2005 FX hull and wanted to save the midwall. Tried melting that glue with a propane torch but it didn't soften at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy_steven View Post
    You might melt the hull before you melt the glue. I once cut up a 2005 FX hull and wanted to save the midwall. Tried melting that glue with a propane torch but it didn't soften at all.
    I did not say a torch, use a heat gun. once the glue has been heated extreamly hot and then cools it will release from the hull.

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    I read what you wrote. But like I said, I tried a propane torch with no luck. I'm guessing a torch is as hot as a heat gun.

    I simply shared my experience using heat. Maybe you had better luck than I did. But the point of the forum is to share ideas and let people make their own decisions.

    Next time I cut up a hull, I'll give your idea a try.


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    Heat gun will work same glue I believe that holds the side pieces on on the pump tunnel.

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    I'm sure it's the same glue. I didn't get the glue to soften at all, so I gave up.

    Perhaps melting the glue is not the answer. Maybe heating the glue and letting it cool, as suggested by the other member, causes the glue to expand and contract, thereby weakening the bond. It might even help to heat it up, then douse it with cold water to make it contract. Never tried it... just tossing out ideas.
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    I have done a few pump tunnel reinforcements and a heat gun will do it. It won't soften it or melt it. It makes it almost makesharder and brittle and it comes off.

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